Lenntek Sonix iPhone 5 Dock Review

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Senseotech, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. Senseotech, Oct 5, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2012

    Senseotech macrumors 6502a

    Senseotech

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    After looking at several other docks available for the iPhone 5, I decided on the Lenntek Sonix Dock for iPhone 5. The main reason I was drawn to it instead of others was the slotting built in; most of the other docks have the phone sitting on a surface with the only support being the Lightning Connector. I'm rough on my phone when I'm waking up, hitting the snooze button with some force, so I was worried the lack of back support may cause problems down the road.

    I received the dock today and immediately upon unboxing I knew I'd have issues. The dock is far too light; it actually weighs less than an Apple iPhone 4S dock, despite being much, much larger. Since the Lightning Connector is a very tight, solid fit, the amount of force to disconnect is significantly higher, and with this lightweight plastic dock being the only thing tugging back, the end result is one of tho things: the dock comes off the desk with the phone or, if I hold the dock down, the cable and phone both come up and out of the dock. This is due to the way the lightning cable is inserted into the dock; the cable must be rotated a half turn in order to slide in from the bottom, ensuring that once rotated back for use, the cable cannot slip down and away.

    Theres no similar mechanism for the other side though, so the only thing holding the cable into the dock is the silicone insert, one for a bare iPhone 5, and one for those in a case. While the bare insert works as expected, the case insert gives way to a mild yet annoying problem. When the cable is fully inserted and channeled out the back properly, the Lightning Connector naturally slants forward. Dock your phone this way, and instead of a phone thats slightly tilted back for access or even straight up and down, you end up with a phone that leans awkwardly to the front.

    Overall, I'm not satisfied with the Sonix Dock, especially for the price, $39.99. As a stand, it works in the sense that the phone is upright and not laying on the desk, but as a dock, it fails absolutely once you're forced to manually disconnect the cable and slide it back into the dock every time.

    Heres the link to the product page should you decide you're a glutton for punishment and want one: Lenntek Sonix Dock for iPhone 5

    And heres a gallery of (poorly taken, I'm horrid at lighting it would seem) photos of the dock to highlight the issues I mentioned in the review:
    Photo Stream of Sonix iPhone 5 Dock Pics

    And the requisite blog post of the exact same thing for those interested: Sonix Dock Review

    TL;DR: Don't buy this dock, poor design and high price.
     
  2. Ntombi macrumors 68030

    Ntombi

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    Thanks for the review. That's one to strike off my list.
     
  3. Senseotech thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Senseotech

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    No problem! These issues, combined with the fact that the majority of competing docks aren't shipping for weeks or cost a similarly sized arm and leg, have made me decide to just build one myself so I can get exactly what I want and nothing I don't. Keep on the lookout, I'll be taking lots of pics and documenting along the way.
     

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