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Review: ElevationDock 4 Offers Excellent Stability and Angle With Tiny Footprint

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Elevation Lab first made a name for itself with the original Elevation Dock, which was one of the most popular docks on the market when it came out in 2012. Since then, the company has continued making docks and stands for iPhone and Apple Watch.


The fourth iteration of the original Elevation dock, the ElevationDock 4, was introduced this September, just in time for the debut of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. These devices no longer require docks at all thanks to wireless charging functionality, but they still charge faster over Lightning, so docks continue to be accessories worth considering.


ElevationDock 4 is one of the smallest iPhone docks that I've used. It's smaller than the palm of my hand, with a base that measures in at about two inches on one side and two and a half inches on the other side, which tapers back down to the two-inch size.


With a footprint that small, it can fit just about anywhere and it takes up a lot less desk/table space than a standard dock. It's less wide than my iPhone, in fact, so it can go anywhere my iPhone will fit.


The dock is made from a medical grade silicone that comes in black or white to match your iPhone. I tested the white version, which is a soft white shade that matches well with everything else on my night stand. This is a lightweight silicone and it's an interesting choice for a dock -- most are made from a much heavier material for stabilization purposes.


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BaracksPhallusPalace

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This thing is ugly as sin and costs more than the Apple branded weighted aluminum dock that is used with the display models in stores... why not just get one of those? at least then you'll have 3.5mm audio out.
 
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fruitpunch.ben

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Bought one as soon as it was announced here, and have had it for a couple weeks.

Best iPhone/iPad dock money can buy. The one-handed removal (of an iPad!) really is amazing and worth the price by itself imo.

The adjustable lighting connector is a really nice feature, as is the angle adjustment. I have it on my desk and want the iPad to be nice and upright; while those like Juli who want it on their nightstand can angle it back.

I agree it doesn't look the best, but I accidentally bought the black one even though I have a white-front iPhone (too excited and ordered it too quick without realizing there was two colours), and in a shadowy corner of my desk the stand really fades into the background. pretty much just looks like my iPhone is standing up on my desk next to my iMac.

They chose function over form this time, and did a fantastic job (this is why it costs $60 as opposed to $100+ for previous aluminium ones). Highly recommended.
 
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pdaholic

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Medical grade silicone.

You'd have to be a boob to not want this dock. I bet they rack up a lot of sales.
 
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mdelvecchio

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review fails to mention it but the braided lightning cable is non-removable. deal breaker if you have pets who like to chew.
 
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MBPro2017

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I like the minimal design and it's adjustable, but looks like the knobs really stick out- ruins the aesthetics.
What case is on this iPhone in the pictures? Looks like an apple case but I can't find that color
 
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