This review is part of the 1 Pound Challenge - can you find a decent gadget in a pound shop?
Before I start, I should add that although it’s called an iPhone/iPad Docking Station there is a sticker on the product which states that it doesn’t work with iPads. However, I have tried this with an iPod Touch and it works fine.
This is a glossy white plastic dock. On the top of an iPhone docking connection and the plastic raises up behind this to support the device. Underneath is a white, non-slip pad. The product looks remarkable similar to Apple’s own, but this doesn’t have the support. And the Apple version is £26.
On the rear is a connector for plugging in your phone’s cable and a headphone socket next to it for audio. However, this doesn’t work unless power is being supplied via the iPhone cable. With the iPhone cable connected you can both charge your device and sync it with your computer.
The device doesn’t look too bad – it’s not brilliantly put together with some rough edges and the non-slip pad being placed crookedly, but overall I don’t really have complaints.
It’s available from Poundland.
Summary of Signalex iPhone/iPad Docking StationIt works well and looks good. The connection are a bit stiff, but that might change over time, and it’s not brilliantly glued together. However, it is just one pound and you’ll need £25 more to buy the Apple version.
Reviewed by David Artiss on 16th May 2012.