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Reg Hardware is always inundated with speaker systems for the iPhone and iPod in the run-up to Christmas, but there are still relatively few sets of speakers designed to dock Android phones. Yes, most iPod and iPhone speaker-docks do have an 3.5mm aux port that will allow you to connect almost any audio source – but a mere audio …

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80%???

What is the point of this device? It doesn't make any special use of the connector so what does it do that I can't already do with my charger and a 3.5mm cable? From the CableJive website: "dockBoss+ doesn't provide integration features like device control or playlists. It simply provides power and audio signals. "

Am I missing something (other than more coffee)?

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As far as I can see, that's what it does. Which is fine.

If you have a home or car hi-fi device, alarm clock, whatever, with an iPod-shaped space on it - either for your partner's iThing, or just because - this cable lets you use the dock to charge, and play from, other, micro USB compatible thingies. Probably, converting the power voltage is the expensive part.

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Excuse me while I yawn...

Apple doc connector already does other things which are key for a good dock.

There is the so called "Direct iPhone/iPad control" option which allows the iPhone control the media device. Now if the connector did that (+/- app on the phone) that would have been really interesting because it would have allowed some of the really cool iPhone oriented dock gadgets to work with a Droid.

Examples:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pioneer-SPH-DA01-Mechless-Advanced-AppRadio/dp/B0057EZAX6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321874119&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/JVC-KW-XR611-Double-Ready-Radio/dp/B003E6VEKW/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1321874140&sr=1-1

And so on.

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Why I bought a Vauxhall...

It came with a full-size USB & a 3.5mm socket instead of a fruit dock.

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Android device makers...

...really should bang their heads together and develop common protocols for making iDevice-style docks and connectors. MicroUSB should be up to the job. It is a selling point for Apple that owners of their devices can get docks that allow control of their music through a hi-fi and have playback controls on an infrared doofah- amongst other applications.

My £50 Lidl car stereo does me proud, with USB, SD Card and 3.5mm Aux in... dead handy for charging my phone or MP3 player .

Besides, my cigarette lighter socket doesn't work ever since it caught fire - I'd been using a Mercedes Benz lighter in a Peugeot socket and it jammed on. Serves me right for assuming things were 'standard'.

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iThing to bluetooth?

The smart way to have done this would have been to adapt the fruit connector to bluetooth and just have a uUsb power plug to power the phone/slab/....

That way you could use BT to get your sound and control the media player on the Droid - rather like the Parrot mki9200 that I have in my car does!

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