Who needs to carry a clutch of compatible cables just to charge a few gadgets when you could just toss the CrossLink into your pocket/travel bag and be done? Best of all, it costs less than many single dedicated cables.
The CrossLink has a standard big flat USB plug at one end, and what looks like a cancerous 30-pin dock connector at the other, complete with two tumourous outgrowings on its sides: a Lightning connector and a microUSB plug. The cable itself is flat, like a tapeworm (or at least, like I imagine a tapeworm to look) and measures a meter, or three feet long. It also comes in a whole palette of pastel shades.
And that’s about it, apart from the obligatory quip about the old 30-pin connector. What a monster that thing was. And while we’re about it, microUSB isn’t any better. At least when the dock connector was the right way round, it went straight into its hole. With microUSB, every time I try to poke one into its socket I end up having to turn it, only to find I was right the first time. Anyone who suggested that Apple should have adopted USB instead of coming up with the awesome Lightning connector should be forced to use U.S power plugs for the rest of their lives. Wait…