What's a Good, Simple iPhone Speaker Dock?

What's a Good, Simple iPhone Speaker Dock?

Anthony Nguyen
Jun 30, 2010

Q - My bedside digital alarm clock just broke recently and was thinking about buying another one until I realized I could probably use my iPhone as an alarm. It'd be nice if I could dock my phone into a speaker at night, but I really don't need anything else aside from something that charges it and can play music. Do you guys know where I could find something like that?

A - There's plenty of options to choose from in the realm of iPod/iPhone speaker docks, but if you're looking for something simple you can check out the recently released Altec Lansing Octiv Mini M102 ($59.99). It's a small little package, but packs an attractive design with an affordable price. You can also run a custom alarm app that'll give you even more functionality when your iPhone is docked.

Another app-driven speaker dock you might want to check out is the iHome iA5 ($99.99). It's a bit steeper and comes with a larger footprint, but reviews have been pretty good and can be easily found at your local big box tech store for personal testing.

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