iPhone docks are important. They’re better than cords for charging phones on desks and nightstands or anywhere where a person might want to see the phone’s screen easily while it powers-up. And if you haven’t yet seen the Kanex iPhone dock, it’s worth a look.
I’m a big fan of many of the products produced by Kanex from the Multi Sync keyboards to the 4-port charging station and beyond. It’s one of my favorite Apple accessory manufacturers.
The Kanex iPhone dock looks very nice and has an equally nice price coming in $10 cheaper than the official Apple iPhone 6s docks at $39.
It sports an aluminum finish, charges and syncs your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s (including the Plus models) and is designed to make hands-free FaceTime calls easy and enjoyable.
There are a couple of appealing features that help set this dock apart from the pack. First is the articulating Lightning connection designed to reduce stress on your phone and the dock during connection. The male Lightning port rocks forward and back (but is spring-loaded to rest in a backward position, thus leaning your phone at an optimal angle for viewing). I found it simple to dock my phone with one hand thanks to this ability.
I also really like the cord length which is not all that long at 3 feet. For a desk situation, where I’m currently testing the dock, it’s just right. One of the worst disasters an office setup can experience is cord clutter so I appreciate that this cord helps to cut down on that.
That said, it does have a few small issues that may turn some people off. For starters it is very light. Normally that would be a very good thing but I find that in this case it makes using the iPhone while docked a bit tricky. For instance, when I try to push the home button or tap on an app while my phone is docked, it scoots away from my finger because there’s nothing holding the dock in place. Obviously, this isn’t an issue with FaceTime calls since the phone is just sitting there.
I also found that the slip-resistant base wasn’t all that slip-resistant on the glass surface of my desk. Again, this ties in a bit to the weight; if it were somewhat heavier I don’t think this would be an issue.
Finally the little clip that sits on the tower that your iPhone rests against tends to be very loose; you definitely want to be careful when removing your phone not to knock it off or lose it.
I’d recommend the Kanex iPhone dock to anyone looking for a cheaper Apple iPhone 6s dock alternative and to people looking for a FaceTime-friendly docking experience. On the other hand, if you need a dock that will let you easily operate your phone with one hand while it charges, you might want to see what else is out there.