Elegant LIL KIKR Dock Shames Apple’s Own

Elegant LIL KIKR Dock Shames Apple’s Own

Elegant, functional and useful. Unlike Apple's effort

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.

[Thanks, Valerie!]

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  • SkolVikes88

    One of the things I like about Apple is that they offer a very basic range of Apple-labled accessories. This opens a HUGE market for others to innovate/develop things like this, making money and jobs for lots of non-Apple folks. I like that model. Apple doesn’t need to do it. If their boxed products are OK with you, you’re set. If you demand more, there’s a HUGE market out there – cases, speakers, etc. etc. Apple could never and should never waste time on some huge range of accessories IMHO.

  • Lane Jasper

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE will someone make a dockable speaker like this that accounts for the phone or iPod being in a case? iHome kinda does with their adapter inserts but someone needs to think or a REALLY universal type docking “mechanism” if you will, so you don’t have to remove from case all the time. I know auxillary works etc. but these docks look better with the device IN them actually docked.

  • Wackintosh

    Go without a case. They’re all ugly anyway and take away from Apple’s design… I never use them. Buy insurance upfront and then don’t sweat breaking the little guy.

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE will someone make a dockable speaker like this that accounts for the phone or iPod being in a case? iHome kinda does with their adapter inserts but someone needs to think or a REALLY universal type docking “mechanism” if you will, so you don’t have to remove from case all the time. I know auxillary works etc. but these docks look better with the device IN them actually docked.

  • B Stur

    I recently bought this at amazon:
    Satechi iFit-2 Portable Rechargeable Speaker Stand for Smartphones & Tablets: for $28. It plugs in to the headphone jack and has a slot that holds any phone or tablet with or without a case. Works great and is cheaper than the above non-powered hunk of aluminum.

  • Cheree DeRiemer

    I want a dock that gives you the option of parking the phone without charging. When I come through the front door I want to park my phone in a dock so I always know where it is. My ideal dock would advise me of the battery level when I park it. If the battery level = > than 20% it would ask if I want to charge and I could choose to charge or not. If the battery level is below 20% it would automatically start charging.

    A nice add on would be speakers. They could wrap around the above dock like a U (viewed from above).

    Yeah, I want a dock that can accommodate a case too.

  • zzooMac

    Talk about “vaporware”…this is in the funding stage?
    I will eat my hat if, a. it is only 50$ and, b. it actually sounds good.
    Let us not get into the habit of overhyping things that don’t even exist.

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