• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Equally disappointed

    • Written by from STALYBRIDGE

    Sad, that in Apples usual near perfect designs, they don't accommodate the one thing that physically separates the first and second versions, something that costs 10% of the product itself.

    Without the Smart Cover, and it fits fine, but it still feels like a design flaw to have to either remove, fold back or just leave the cover flapping undignified at the front.

    384 of 486 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish I'd read more pre-submitted questions and answers before buying

    • Written by from London

    In my opinion I will probably use this as a bedside stand to charge the iPad overnight.

    My two main gripes with this accessory are...
    1. I bought this to be used with the Digital AV connector. However, the ipad can only be positioned in portrait; this is fine for most applications but when connecting via the Digital AV connector most movies, pictures would be more suited to being displayed in landscape.
    2. The smart cover does not sit neatly behind the ipad when docked, therefore it either needs to be removed completely each time the dock is used or it has to be folded to one side, which looks untidy.
    Overall disappointed. I would have expected more thought from Apple given the innovative ideas that have gone into the iPad and the price of the accessory.

    329 of 391 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    • Written by from London

    Not really worth getting. Several faults in my opinion:

    - Does not accommodate iPad with the Smart Cover on
    - Pretty fiddly to line up iPad with connector
    - The dock is HUGE!

    332 of 430 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Good

    • Written by from Nottingham

    I like this dock because it seems very stable and accommodates the iPad 2 much more securely than the first generation dock for the iPad 1. The previous review about the dock being "huge" is true, but this also gives peace of mind as it is much more stable than the previous iPad original dock. Also, comments about it being difficult to align the iPad 2 are sometimes true if you don't make the effort to get the home button and 30 pin connector together.

    There is nothing i don't like about this dock because i took the effort to make sure it worked properly.

    Overall, this dock is very good because of its stability and ease of use because it is very well built and looks brilliant on my desk.

    144 of 174 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    poorly conceived

    • Written by from St Albans

    I bought this dock with intentions of it being a tidy way to charge and view the ipad. it is not.
    - the smart cover gets in the way of the dock. your option is to constantly take it off or leave it flapping.
    - the dock is not compatible with the iphone (or anything else). a shared dock for the kitchen top would be so much more useful. is this greed on apple's part or bad design?
    - it's portrait only, therefore no good for picture or video viewing. more care on how this was designed could have meant a landscape holder (e.g. sprung plug), even if you had to charge with a cable dangling in the end.
    - it's fiddly. because there are no left/right guides it doesn't fit home comfortably.

    in short a waste of money, maybe a 3rd party dock has a better answer to the current limitations.

    101 of 122 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited design

    • Written by from Ealing

    Does a completely adequate job of supporting iPad 2 in portrait mode...

    However:

    - Would have been nice if it could also act as an iPhone dock; it's just slightly too tight.
    - Many Mac's don't have 10W capable USB ports, which means that the iPad won't charge very fast (actually says 'Not Charging', but it does, slowly). Would have been good to have an option of a supplementary power source when plugged into a Mac, rather than having to have a powered hub.
    - Why not also put a video port on it?
    - Doesn't support iPad 2 in landscape mode (dock plug gets in way). Would be nice, even if not simultaneously plugged in.

    72 of 91 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A must have!

    • Written by from Poole

    I read the reviews on the iPad 2 Dock, some good, some not so good. I decided to buy one and see for myself. I find it great in every way, I don't find it difficult to attach, in fact, I think using the iPad 2 power lead is far more difficult than sitting my iPad in the dock. In short, we all have the Apple accessories for this and for that, the iPad 2 Dock is the best Apple accessory I have bought. It is perfect for me and I think every iPad 2 should have one.

    58 of 67 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Unjust criticism

    • Written by from Ruthin

    Don't normally bother reviewing stuff but got this iPad dock, and none of the criticism posted here is justified. You don't have to remove the smart case, just fold it into a triangle behind it as you would if you were using it as a stand, and the iPad fits perfectly in the dock.

    People complain it doesn't work in landscape mode - of course it doesn't, it doesn't claim too! It clearly shows and describes the iPad docked in portrait mode, the charger goes in at the bottom so how anyone could expect it to work in landscape mode, I don't know.

    This is an excellent dock, keeps my iPad charged in the right postion for reading documents, which is what I use it for primarily - replacing paper.

    50 of 55 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works just fine but disappointing.

    • Written by from NEWTON ABBOT

    Does what is says on the packet, however if like me you purchased one of Apple's 'iPad Smart Covers you have to remove it before docking.

    Thankfully still had the dock I purchased for my original iPad, which unlike the third generation doesn't have the front plate which secures the iPad (3) into the dock. I can therefore leave my 'smart cover' on my iPad.

    Disappointingly Apple didn't think to consider the marriage of the two when they were developing the dock, but then again we still have this very same issue with the iPhone Bumpers.

    54 of 65 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Usually Disappointed

    • Written by from Dublin

    Very basic dock with limited application. Would have been nice if it came with a remote like the ipod touch/iphone dock. Would defiantly have paid more. Also the ipad3 wont fit in the dock with its case on? the design of this unit needs to be rethought.

    44 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed, scratched my iPad 3

    • Written by from LONDON

    I am very disappointed with the iPad dock. Its seems It can be difficult to place the iPad 3 on the dock due to the bevelled edge as the bottom of the ipad.

    When attempting to place my iPad on the dock it slipped, missing the dock connector. This resulted in the two prongs (located at the end of each end of the dock connector) scratching the rear of my iPad 3 in 3 separate places.

    I'm a big fan of Apple products, but feel they have made a big mistake with this flimsy dock.

    45 of 56 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great accessory

    • Written by from Walsall

    The dock is very stable, easy to align (all you have to do is place the home button in the middle), charge and play music at the same time, as for the smart cover issue it's hardy difficult to remove the smart cover and then place it back on when needed, and in terms of syncing and charging when iOS 5 is released you can charge with the plug and sync wirelessly to your PC/mac so no issues there. Overall very good price, very stable and sits the iPad at the perfect angle. Well worth the small investment.

    41 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wouldn't be without it

    • Written by from CHELMSFORD

    Originally got this for our iPad 2 and it works just as well with our New iPad (as Apple insist on calling the 3). Sits perfectly on the cabinet, always plugged in but only using electricity when the iPad needs it, so you know that the moment you pick it up its 100% charged and ready for the next 9 or 10 hours. It also ensures that the iPad is safe because its standing at an angle not laying about the room waiting to be knocked off the sofa or walked over on the floor, To be honest I can't get my head around any of the negative comments below (for instance we have never had an issue putting the iPad onto the dock!).
    The only way it could be better would be if it was heavier; but this is solved with a bit of Blue Tack to stop the dock lifting as you pick up the iPad.
    The £25 it is currently retailing for is worth every penny and we wouldn't be without it.

    33 of 38 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs improvement...

    • Written by from London

    Can't use the smart cover while on the dock: this is very annoying.... Could probably be fixed by having a wider slot on the dock...

    39 of 51 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice product

    • Written by from Sandycove

    After perching my iPad 2 on the iPad 1 dock for a few days, I reckoned it would be a good idea to get the new dock. The new dock is pretty good. It's wider and heavier than the old one and the first thing you'll notice is it's extremely stable, much better than the first generation dock. It connects really well with the iPad. It also matches the dock for the iPhone 4 nicely so the two look good side by side.

    33 of 43 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Dissapointing

    • Written by from Ruislip

    Several problems

    1/ totally agree with smart cover and alignment problem
    2/ my main dissapointment is that it cannot be placed in portrait position in which I like to use it especially for work and movies

    54 of 85 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Quite ridiculous !!! READ THE DETAIL CAREFULLY !!!

    • Written by from BANBURY

    First, this dock DOES manage to hold the iPad at a sensible angle. The actual connection with the dock connector is a little hit and miss. Why ever Apple didn't take the opportunity to redesign this is beyond me.
    However, the really BAD part is that you can't USB connect this AND charge at the same time!! On top of this the charge rate from an iMac only manages to charge the iPad VERY slowly. To charge at a decent rate you need to use the 10w adapter. A truly hopeless arrangement. Worst Apple design ever!

    68 of 114 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Makes my iPad look even better!

    • Written by from Hellerup

    It works as it should and are simply just perfect for my iPad.

    28 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Below par product

    • Written by from MANCHESTER

    I thought that removing and replacing the smart cover would be easy but no, i kept on losing the cover and the magnets now seem weak and worn out (not the SC's fault). In addition, if you miss the dock connector it will most likely scratch the iPad. The iPad 1 dock made more sense, but it is smaller and more wobbly (but compatible with Ipad 2's SC). Also, the 2 dock doesn't state this on the box, and it doesn't come with a 10W adapter or apple stickers, which is a shame.

    On the plus side if you do think on getting it it is well made and weighty (but you'll struggle getting it in your bag due to odd shape) and the dock connector is not solidly fixed it is slightly flexible so it won't snap off as you angle it forward. There is also an audio out that i can't comment on.

    Fortunately, return was simple and painless and I am definitely pleased with the service on that part. Just don't throw the box away.

    31 of 42 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I think it's worth it.

    • Written by from Milnthorpe

    The design is good, works perfectly, having to take the Smart Cover off isn't exactly a big deal, it's not going to harm you, so not really worth rating one star because of that, I would give it 5 star though if you could leave it on, but I think the other reviewers have been really harsh.

    P.S think one like this should be available for the iPod Touch.

    30 of 41 people found this useful