The iPhone and iPod Touch are both remarkable products. They are like having little computers, gaming devices, data storage, etc in the palm of your hand.
iHome Audiohas found a way to make those products even better. I recently took a look at the iHome iA63 App-enhanced Alarm Clock FM Radio Stereo Speaker System with Motorized Rotating Dock for iPhone and iPod. It was tested on the 4th generation of each.
Before I set it up, I went to the app store and downloaded the two enhanced apps for the iHome docks;
You’re going to need the iHome+Sleep app to take full advantage of the alarm clock’s functions. This is probably a no-brainer to previous iHome users, The iHome+Sleep app is available for FREE through iTunes. It has unlimited alarm set-ups, and it is SO much nicer being able to pull out the iPod and change/add alarms, as opposed to doing it on an alarm clock for once.
You can also purchase the iHome+Radio app, which is $1.99, to listen to internet radio. According to iTunes;
“The new iHome+Radio app connects you to over 30,000 internet music, talk, sports and news stations from around the world. Sync with iHome+Sleep and wake to your favorite internet radio stations. Use with any app-enhanced iHome product for a new radio experience.”
The iHome also has regular FM radio stations that come in loud and clear. You can set up the alarms to wake you up to your iPod music, the FM radio, internet radio if you have that app, and buzzer sounds as well.
The iHome+Sleep will even update your Facebook and Twitter accounts when you wake up and go to sleep, if you’re the type that needs to update the world to your literal every waking move. Yeah, I did that.
In terms of general setup, there really was nothing to set up. Once plugged in with the iOS device docked, I hit the sync button on back of the unit and it automatically set the time from my iOS device.
The iHome iA63 accommodates iPods/iPhones of varied widths by way of a little bumper that rests to the left vertically against the vertical iPod. When you’re in horizontal mode, your iPod/iPhone rests on the bumper like a small ledge. You adjust that bumper the first time you put your iPod in, and then it’s set. This is important, because if you have a narrower iPod than the bumper is set up for, when you turn it horizontally, the iPod’s going to sit at an angle.
I really like when a product seems like there was some actual thought put into it.
There is a tiny button on the alarm clock, as well as a button on the remote that allow you to change the orientation of the iPod from vertical to horizontal. I’m fascinated by it like I was fascinated by pressing a button to make a CD drawer go out and in on computers many moons ago.
You can listen to music or do whatever else your iPod/iPhone does when it’s connected to the alarm clock, although as it’s connected to the alarm clock, doing most tasks would probably be most cumbersome. However, you can easily watch your iPod movies as well as Netflix, if you’re a subscriber. As the sound comes out of the speakers when it’s attached, THAT is a very useful feature.
As for the sound, well it might as well be a full sized stereo system with sub woofers, tweeters, etc., because that is the sound quality you will get. No matter what genre, it will be clear, with the highs and lows you would expect.
This is a great dock system that is both pleasing to the ears and wallet. Learn more at www.ihomeaudio.com.