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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, 3 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Philips AS851 Fidelio Docking Speaker for Android (Electronics)
Given the hundreds of iPod docks available it's always frustrating how few Android docks are available. This dock from Philips is quite flexible in the way you can attach android devices with all their myriad of connection placements and orientations, in that the connector can rotate through 180 and move side to side, but it has its limitations. Devices with a connector on the side, at one end might not be that stable and might put stain on the connector. Thankfully most manufactures place the connector on the bottom in the centre now.

Because this is an old 2011 dock design, it was released before the official Android dock specifications were created, so really it is a USB charging station with a Bluetooth speaker, not a fully functional dock. The Bluetooth connection doesn't support Apt-X, so sound quality is limited to standard Bluetooth quality, though there is a line in for those who prefer higher audio quality.

If you are looking for good audio quality, then look elsewhere as this speaker has a muffled low end a thin mid-range and a tinny top end. In all honesty you'd get a far better sound by charging your device via a wall plug and connecting to a pair of desktop monitoring speakers, though visually this'd be more messy.

If you are thinking of buying this so that you can use your phone as an alarm clock then there is the additional hurdle that the alarm will play though your device's speaker and also on the dock speaker, the later with a half second delay. The only way around this I've found is the app Alarm Clock Xtreme, which has the option to play the alarm only on the external speaker, thus far I've not found any others.

So in summary, it does the job, but not overly well.
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