Apple’s iPhone and iPad docks suck. They look great, but they also grab onto your phone and won’t let go, they don’t fit if you use a case and they don’t do anything but charge the phone (yes, you can plug it into a stereo, but who does that?) The LIL KIKR, on the other hand, looks awesome, sounds awesome, and is made from tough, long-lasting aluminum.
I have accumulated a stack of iPod and iPad docks, but I almost never use them because I test so many cases. If I was in the market for another one, though, I’d probably choose the LIL KIKR, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. It consists of a milled aluminum cylinder with a cut-out in the side for the iPhone, a horn-shaped hole at either end which channels and amplifies the iPhone’s speaker by up to 10 dB, and a pair of legs that stick out the back and let the whole thing perch at a jaunty angle.
The dock comes in two versions. The LIL KIKR fits the iPhone 4/S like a glove, but that’s it. The LIL KIKR+ comes with a set of foam pads and inserts to customize the dock to fit any other iDevice you have, with or without a case. Both will cost you $50, or $10 less than Apple’s own piece of junk.