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Gear4 Halo 2 Alarm Clock Docking Station Compatible with iPhone 4, 4S, iPod Nano 5th Gen and iPod Touch 4th Gen - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • FM radio with 9 programmable preset stations
  • Charges iPod / iPhone
  • 12 / 24 hour clock with alarm - wake up to radio, your iPod / iPhone or buzzer
  • 2 programmable alarms Snooze control Sleep countdown timer
  • Line-in port for use with other music players


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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 16.3 x 17.5 cm ; 1.1 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Item model number: PG548US
  • ASIN: B005WGCN70
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Jan 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

The AlarmDock Halo is designed to be incredibly attractive without compromising on sound quality
The elegant design of the AlarmDock Halo 2 makes it the perfect addition to any bedroom. Click here for a larger version.

AlarmDock Halo 2 App-enhanced Alarm Clock for iPod and iPhone

The newly refined AlarmDock Halo 2 is the second generation of the AlarmDock Halo, and part of the second generation of smart, app-enhanced products, from GEAR4. With a new premium fabric, sleek-black design and beautifully enhanced LCD display, Halo 2 looks stylish in any bedroom. Furthermore, its small footprint means the alarm clock sits comfortably on the smallest of bedside tables.

Features for the AlarmDock Halo 2 include a dimmable LCD display designed for visibility, without keeping you awake at night, and a 12 / 24 hour alarm clock with optional wake-up from the classic buzzer sound, FM radio or music from your iPod. The inclusion of an easyreach snooze button means the Halo 2 is the perfect bedside companion.

Auto-Sync Time and Alarms

Dock your iPhone / iPod touch onto the AlarmDock Halo 2 and launch the SmartLink app. The time on the clock radio will automatically sync with that on your device, including synching any alarms already set within the SmartLink app. Set alarms on-the-go, wake with confidence.

Case Friendly Dock

Docking wells are a thing of the past. The AlarmDock Halo 2 comes with a universal dock which means a reinforced flexible connector and no more individual dock adaptors. You can also dock your iOS device with its case on. Hassle free docking: more time playing your music.

The large LCD display is designed for visibility and can be dimmed to aid undisturbed sleep
The large LCD display is designed for visibility and can be dimmed to aid undisturbed sleep. Click here for a larger version.
Line-in Port for Use with Other Music Players

Use the AlarmDock Halo 2 with any music player with a 3.5mm jack. Enjoy your favourite music, movies or games from a Smartphone, MP3 player, tablet or Laptop by connecting a 3.5mm audio cable into the line-in port.

FM Radio

Tune and save your favourite stations with the Halo 2. Scan for the nearest station with the press of a button and store as a pre-set. Halo 2 can store up to 9 pre-sets so you’ll never forget a station.

Remote Control

The AlarmDock Halo 2 includes a handy remote control that allows you to operate the alarm clock from just about anywhere in the room. As well as playback controls, you'll also be able to adjust the volume, mode settings, repeat or shuffle functions and access iPod menus.

Compatibility

Made for iPod touch (2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation) with iOS 4.0 or higher, iPod classic (80Gb, 160Gb), iPod with video, iPod nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th generation). Made for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS (with iOS 4.0 or higher).

Smartlink app display styles - Steel and Digital
The SmartLink app has two display styles and will store all your FM stations. Click here for a larger version.

SmartLink

SmartLink is a free music / radio / alarm clock application for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. It’s designed to enhance the functionality and usability of your speaker, giving you full control through your iOS device. SmartLink hosts a range of features including, animated weather display, customisable interfaces, auto-tune FM and much more.

App-enhanced with SmartLink:

  • Complete wireless control – control your speaker over Wi-Fi
  • Animated weather display – wake-up knowing the weather
  • Auto-sync time & alarms – set your alarms, dock to sync
  • Wake-up to FM radio or music
  • Auto-tune, save & edit FM stations
  • Dim your speaker display with swipe gestures

App-enhanced Features

Remote Control

Use an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad to control the speaker from anywhere in your room, over Wi-Fi. Dock a 2nd iPod touch or iPhone onto the speaker, launch the SmartLink app, and use the device in your hand as a wireless remote control.

Music Player

SmartLink includes a built-in music player to access your iPod library. You can search for songs, browse playlists and even display album artwork in full screen and without closing the app.

Weather Integration

Wake up knowing the weather. The SmartLink app gives you animated weather based on your geographical location. It displays up-to-date weather information, current temperatures and the high to low temperatures expected for that day. You can also take a glance at forecasted weather for the next five days, allowing you to plan for the week ahead.

Synch the time, set alarms, and view the weather for the week ahead with the Smartlink app.
Synch the time, set alarms, and view the weather for the week ahead with the SmartLink app. Click here for a larger version.
Auto-Sync Alarms

Create and save alarms within the SmartLink app, whenever you’re on the move. Simply dock your iPod touch or iPhone before getting into bed, launch SmartLink and your saved alarms will be synced with the speaker. There’s no excuse for being late to work.

Clock Display

The SmartLink app offers you a flip clock or digital display, which can be used while playing music or FM radio. Alarm times are shown on the clock display and if your speaker does not include alarm clock functionality, SmartLink adds this feature. Create as many alarms as you need and choose to wake up to your favourite music, FM radio or changeable alarm sound.

Reduce Screen Brightness with a Gesture

Don’t be disturbed by the bright night time glare. Swipe up or down between the alarms and clock display to adjust the brightness on your iOS device. This also adjusts the brightness on your speakers display, simultaneously.

FM Radio

Auto-tune, save and organise your favourite stations. Automatically find all FM stations in your area with the press of a button. Your FM stations are stored within the app and can be reordered at will. You can also rename stations making it easier for you to switch between your preferred stations.

Customisable Interface

The SmartLink app features two display styles: Steel and Digital. Instantly switch from one style to another and personalise the way your speaker looks.

Product Description

App-enhanced alarm clock for iPod and iPhonenThe newly refined AlarmDock Halo 2 is the second generation of the AlarmDock Halo. With a new case-friendly dock, sleek black design and enhanced LCD display. Dock you iPhone or iPod touch and download the free SmartLink app. The intelligent technology allows you to control every feature of the Halo 2 via the touch screen of the iPod or iPhone. Auto-scan for FM radio stations. Sync time and pre-set alarms. Dim both screens using swipe gestures. What's even better, you can control these features wirelessly over Wi-Fi, including your music. Simply dock a 2nd iPhone or iPod touch and use the device in your hand as remote control.nnWireless Remote ControlnUse an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to control the speaker from anywhere in your home, over Wi-Fi. Dock a 2nd iPod touch or iPhone onto the speaker, launch the SmartLink app, and use the device in your hand as a wireless remote control.nnMusic PlayernSmartLink includes a built-in music player to access your entire iPod library. You can search for songs, browse playlists and even display album artwork in full screen, without closing the app.nnAnimated Weather DisplaynWake up knowing the weather. The SmartLink app provides you access to animated weather based on your geographical location. It displays up-to-date weather information, current temperatures and the high to low temperatures expected for that day. You can also take a glance at forecasted weather for the next five days, allowing you to plan for the week ahead.nnAuto-Sync AlarmsnCreate and save alarms within the SmartLink app, whenever you're on the move. Simply dock your iPod touch or iPhone before getting into bed, launch SmartLink and your saved alarms will be synced with the speaker. There's no excuse for being late to work.nnClock DisplaynnThe SmartLink app offers you a flip clock or digital display, which can be used while playing music or FM radio. Alarm times are shown on the c

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hoare TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Feb 2012
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It's not very often I get something that totally changes my perception of how a product should work and the Halo 2 Alarm Clock is one of them. Gear 4 have made an alarm clock that holds up the Apple Principle of "It just works." Without reading the manual the alarm clock rang at the right time from the first morning and kept track of my random alarm programming for a week; and so far it hasn't gone off at the wrong times.

For the last couple of years I have been using the innovative Philips HF3485 Wake-up Light with Radio Alarm and USB Playback which connected to my iPhone woke me up by slowly brightening the room and playing music. It is a good alarm clock; but suffers from a terrible user interface controlled by levers and rollers - and setting the music alarm basically consisted of pressing pause on the iPhone and hoping it works.

The Gear 4 replaces all the clunkiness of alarm clocks of old with a simple to use iPhone / iPod Touch Application that lets you program the alarm straight from your phone. Docking your phone and running the app synchronises the time and the alarms for the current day of the week. This means you can program it to let you have that lie in you deserve at the weekends without having to remember to set the alarm back on Sunday Night. If you are a multi iPhone household you can program it via another phone when one is docked (not sure how useful that is but its there if you need it.) You can choose to be woken by some relaxing (or not so) sounds (20 minutes of rain followed by an electronic beep if that is how you like to wake up) or you can use a playlist from your music collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bitsof on 2 July 2012
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Excellent, what more is there to say? For me the best things about this radio-alarm dock are: the iPhone sits in the front, not sticking out the top; the LED light can be dimmed so it's not too bright at night, but by far the best feature is the alarm setting. You can set the alarm for just Monday to Friday, just weekends or all seven days. I like not having to switch the alarm off every weekend only to forget ot switch it back on for Monday.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 23 May 2012
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This is a great clock radio/alarm. I love it - so much easier to set the alarm through the iphone and sync (but can be done from the base unit). I thought it needed the phone to function but that's not so - the iphone just makes the set up easier - the sync through the gear4 app saves setting up the time and date as it takes it from the phone. I don't think you'd be dissappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on 10 Oct 2013
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I got this for the radio alarm clock functionality a few weeks ago so ive been using it for a while.

As a docking station to play your ipod - Its ok, not the loudest but serves a purpose in a small room.
As a radio/radio alarm - Not the best, its not DAB and as such some mornings you wake up to static on the preset station or sometimes its so quiet because of the signal which can make you wake not as happy as you would hope. It has its days.
Functionality - Its fairly simple to use - the instructions are not big but you will need to play with the functionality a bit to get it working the way you want.
Alarm - you can set up to two alarms which is fine although it would be nice to have more options to set weekday alarms vs weekend alarms.
Remote - It has a convenient remote control which works well.

All in all, it wasnt the cheapest so i had hoped for a little more, but not bad enough to send back. Serves its purpose but beware of FM signal drop out.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Bacon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Mar 2012
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As soon as I plugged in the iPhone it prompted me to download and install the free app that goes with it.

It next let me scan for radio stations although it didn't know the names of many of them (it recognised Radio 2 but did not know my local radio station name - both are identified using RDS just fine in my car). However, it was child's play to edit the default name.

The quality of the radio was excellent; it certainly surpassed my expectations of a "clock radio". The same can be said for the music that was already in my iPhone and which was displayed using the Menu button.

Once a radio station was playing I could disconnect the iPhone that was charging and the radio kept going.

The small remote controller was quite nifty in being able to change music sources (Aux [3.5mm jack at rear], iPhone music and Radio) and I could navigate to the next/previous track or radio station.

I didn't understand why the DONE button on the radio list wouldn't do anything but pressing MENU got me back to the start just fine.

Certainly using the iPhone as the interface to this unit is a good idea but is not essential just to listen to the radio (or use the radio as an alarm). The unit has obviously been built for the iPod/iPhone and looks great when docked. It even shows the current weather on the iPhone screen!

The manual says you can use a second (!) iPhone as a remote control device for the first using Wi-Fi but I think that's going a step too far when they supply a perfectly good remote.

The time display is average sized, blue and can be dimmed to 3 or so levels of brightness. I haven't yet mastered the swipe-to-dim feature that syncs the iPhone to the AlarmDock but it's early days yet.
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