Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Product Review; Universal Audio Dock from

When the nice people at My Trendy Phone asked if I was interested in reviewing one of their products it seemed like a good time to take a look at some of the accessories which were available for The Boy and The Girl’s swanky, shiny new iPhone 5s. I’m not a techy so I can only review this as a consumer but then, that’s all that most of us are too.
We had a look at the website and, once I had steered The Boy away from the high end items – every the optimist! – we settled on some sort of dock system so they could charge their phones and listen to their music without headphones, seeing as the mad Lurcher puppy has a fondness for eating them.
We settled on a Universal Audio dock with lightning charger which is compatible with all iPhones from the 3GS upwards, as well as iPads and iPods and offered a 30pin plug as well so you could charge or play an iPod while you charge your phone.
It arrived promply – the company says delivery within 2-3 days is standard – and, after a few giggles at the badly translated English, we opened it up. It looked small but quite robust but the size actually belies the quality of the sound, which we all thought was pretty good. It has a Bluetooth function which both children enjoyed using. It means you can play your music through it remotely. You can also sync your iPhone and the intelligent control charging means your Apple product is protected.
We have now used it for over a month with no problems. It works well, charges efficiently and the sound quality is good for such a small piece of kit.  I do, however, wonder if there is a slight design fault in that the lightning plug is set in a very shallow seat which means that there is little support for whatever you are charging and the actual plug is taking the bulk of the weight. The first one that we were sent broke within a few days, with the plug snapping off completely. However, all products come with a 2 year warranty so that shouldn’t put you off.
All in all, I’d give this product 4 well deserved stars. offers telephone support and chat from 7am to 9pm and if you join their Club Trendy, you get an automatic 7% discount on any product. They have a wide selection of iPhone  accessories, including chargers and cases but it doesn’t stop there. All phone brands are well served as offers a wide choice of gizmos and accessories for all different makes and models as well as iPads and tablets.


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