Nightstand Charging Dock review
Kensington’s Nighstand Charging Dock for iPhone aims to turn Apple’s multi-purpose mobile phone into a bedside clock.
Essentially it’s a USB dock complete with European or UK plug adaptor and it charges up your iPhone. It’s designed to hold the iPhone on its side, displaying the time like a bedside clock.
Of course, the iPhone functions pretty well as a clock and alarm clock, but it’s designed for vertical viewing and typically switches the screen off after a minute or so (depending on your settings).
To this end the Nightstand Charging Dock comes with a link to a free iPhone app called Rise And Shine (www.riseandshine.kensington.com).
This app incorporates a large horizontal clock display and built in weather. You can choose between three different styles of display and adjust the brightness of the screen. Clicking the weather icon brings up a basic five-day forecast.
It doesn’t have a built-in Alarm Clock. The iPhone has a perfectly functional alarm clock of its own of course, which works in the background. However, the Nightstand should really have provided its own option - preferably one that improved upon Apple’s offering. How about an in-built alarm that plays an iTunes playlist? Or integration with radio stations in the vein of RadioBox.
The Kensington Nightstand Charging Dock does pretty much what it sets out to do - charge your iPhone while supporting it horizontally and displaying the time and weather. If you use your phones as your alarm by your bed, then its display and charging is an upgrade of sorts - but it could have packed more features in.