I took advantage of the sales at Staples to upgrade the electronic capabilities of my guest rooms with cute little iPod/iPhone speakers/chargers/clock-radios/alarms. I do not consider myself to be technologically challenged. My VCR never flashed 12:00 and I have helped friends set up their computers.
I’ve been an iPod user from the year 1, when iPods looked like this one. Now with my iPhone I can listen to audiobooks from Audible.com while doing my housekeeping chores, whip out my camera to catch moments like the Balbec Days Chicken Pull, use the maps function to find my way home from anywhere, play a guitar, piano, ocarina (we called them flutophones in 3rd grade) and also make phone calls. So, I’ve also been an observer of the iPod docks. In my opinion, the iPods haven’t gotten any more difficult to operate, but the docks are a different matter.
I really like the idea of having all of those functions in one little box. The trouble is that all the buttons have multiple uses, and I never could get the alarm clock function to work. So the older clock radios are still at each bedside with the iPod docks along with their detailed instruction books waiting for the guests who either want to use the speaker/charger function or who are technologically gifted and will choose to use the alarm clock function also.
So today I received an email from Staples asking me to review these little contraptions (That’s a first for me, getting a request regarding a purchase I made at a bricks and mortar store for an online review). I took them up on their review request, and then–today being a day of many firsts–after completing the review and before Staples would let me go back to reading my emails I was asked if I’d like to post my review to my blog. So for your enjoyment and edification, the review follows.
Just one last observation. I think this is my first introduction to the social part of social media. I was also invited to post my review to Facebook. Since I don’t have a Facebook account I decided to skip that option. I still haven’t figured out Facebook. But now that The Perspiring Innkeeper is almost a year old and blogging has turned out to be a lot more fun than I thought it would be I will give another thought to Facebook.
The Memorex iPhone® dock with Digital Clock Radio will power and charge your iPhone® as well as your iPod® with its convenient flip-down universal charging dock. It has a dual alarm so you can wake up to music, alarm or buzzer. You can also connect your other “line-in” devices as well ma…
Here’s where my review starts:
Alarm too difficult to set
Pros: IPhone compatable
Cons: Hard To Setup, Difficult To Use
Best Uses: Upgrade
Describe Yourself: Quality Oriented
Primary use: Business
I run a bed and breakfast and decided an iPod dock would be an enhancement for each guest room. Unfortunately I found it very difficult to figure out how to set the alarm clock function, and gave up after spending 10 minutes without success. The device is not intuitive, and will need detailed instructions for the first-time user. Due to this difficulty, the iPod dock cannot be used to replace the clock radios I already have, which is a big disappointment.
I’m actually just leaving one in each room unplugged to use as a charger/speaker for those travelers with iPhones.
For the months of January through April, 2011 I will offer a 10% discount to any guest who brings a vintage iPod (older than 4th generation) to plug into the dock. I’d love to compare playlists!
Happy New Year to All