Review: SendStation PocketDock

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Pros: Simple and cost effective solution. Keep the old accessories and get a PocketDock.

Review: SendStation PocketDock

Cons: None.

When Apple removed the standard FireWire port and opted for a proprietary connector on the bottom of its 3rd generation iPods, our readers wondered they were going to use their 1st and 2nd generation accessories when upgrading to the 3G iPod. At first, users were out of luck, but then came along a German company with a simple adaptor to allow the use of older generation accessories with new 3G iPods. As they say, good things come in small packages, and the PocketDock adapter is no exception.

Now you can charge or sync your iPod using a standard FireWire cable or charge your 3G iPod using older generation in-car power adapters. The PocketDock saves you from having to upgrade to new accessories and has quickly become one of my many must have gadgets when going mobile with my iPod – so simple, yet so versatile. Instead of buying an extra proprietary cable from Apple, now you can get a PocketDock and use any standard FireWire cable as a second set for charging and syncing at the office or anywhere you like.

Review: SendStation PocketDock

Review: SendStation PocketDock

I tested the PocketDock with various FireWire cables, Apple’s iPod wall adapter and several auto chargers by Belkin, XtremeMac and Griffin and it worked flawlessly. I even restored (erased and formatted) my iPod and re-synced all my music from iTunes to iPod without a hitch. The PocketDock is the tiny adapter that could, can and has.

If you’re an iPod user with a 3G iPod and own 1G and 2G accessories using FireWire, get a PocketDock and don’t waste money buying new accessories.

Our Rating

A-
Highly Recommended

Company and Price

Company: SendStation Systems

Website: www.SendStation.com

Model: PocketDock

Price: $18.95

Compatible: iPod 3G, 4G, iPod mini, iPod photo

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Dennis Lloyd

I'm a passionate, long-time lover of Apple products, and was a civil draftsman and graphic designer before creating the iLounge web site. My prior projects include work for The Los Angeles Times' LATimes.com, and the company Creative Domain, where I developed websites for clients including Columbia Pictures, Disney, Fox Studios, Universal Pictures and Warner Brothers. As the Publisher of iLounge, I direct the site's community forums, photo galleries, iPod User Group, and general business affairs, which have grown under my watch to over sixteen million page views every month. I'm happily married with one daughter, one dog (Rocket the Wonderdog), one cat (Ferris), many iPods, iPhones, iPads, and two turntables.