[review] Philips DC220/37 iPhone iPod dock

hey hey. sorry, been away for so fucking long cos i am busy. but a mr. “Son” requested for a review of my (now not so) new iPhone dock and as i am but a servant of the internetz and whatever minimal attention i get on it, here i am.

FULFILLING DAT PROMISE. or, more plainly put, swinging my nerd swag at yo face BOOOOOOOYAH

most important factor – iPod VS iPhone docks

i trust that if you are reading this you probably don’t know much about these docks. but i made the mistake of buying a dock for ipod only, thinking it would work for my iphone, since they both share the same port design – and i was dead wrong. with the cellular interference coming from your phone, the speakers for ipod only docks will end up rattling you with beeps and cackles in the middle of the night – so AVOID at all costs!

ONLY buy iphone compatible docks. there will be a difference in price of $10 – $50 but its worth a peace of mind.

build review

its well built. but pix blah blah thousand words, so enjoy these views of this god damn dock.

front

top


butt

closeup of butt

 

snoooooze button, aka “today i am not going to do anything” delimiter

specifications

this dock, manufactured in 2010 has marketing gibberish which you can read here.

 

 

my fucking opinion

Pros Cons
  • digital tuner
  • good build quality
  • pleasing enough unit design
  • good sound quality
  • auto radio tuning feature
  • SRS bass sound option
  • LED lit clock/indicator screen is not too bright
  • shitty antenna
  • weak radio signal
  • weak alarm audio
  • clunky tuning options
  • higher priced than other similar docks

after about a month’s usage on this thing, i am quite convinced that its a subpar level product – even though i am a huge philips fan girl (weird but true).

although the dock does fulfill my desire for a convenient, non-computer power charger for the iPhone and has great sound (with a bass stimulant that does a fairly decent job), it is fuck poor when it comes to radio transmission. with a digital tuner, i don’t need to find a tuner outlet in order to enjoy the radio function. however, the signal is weak when the tuner is not extended, yet difficult to accomodate due to the design.

the best way to describe the tuner: a sperm-shaped tip with a long ass tail.

can you imagine trying to hide this damn thing? let me put it clearly for you: its impossible!!!
i can’t!

its also a pain in the ass trying to manually tune stations as the unit skips stations it feels the signal is too weak to listen to. so basically it skips all of the most popular stations in singapore. mother fucker.

so…buy?

no. although i do enjoy having it in my life,  you can get units of a similar standard for around half of the price. but if you are dead set on getting one, consider giving me the money and taking mine instead.

 

price & buying options

i paid $100 for this unit due to niceness of best denki salesman, but if you don’t have boobs and don’t like salesmen, you can get it for the silly full retail price of SGD $129.



10 responses to [review] Philips DC220/37 iPhone iPod dock

  1. Son Says:
    May 31st, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Booooyaaaaahhh! Nice review, i didnt even know that ipod only dock will not be really compatible with iphone. (Knowledge +10)
    after reading ur ducking opinion, i think im gonna put off buying an iphone dock for awhile, as i think the philips dock is one of the nicer model out there. Even a philips fan girl thinks it is subpar, wst more can i say when i didnt even have a white fluffy (.)(.) to bewitch the salesman.?

  2. weissweiss Says:
    June 2nd, 2011 at 1:09 am

    haha yeah steer clear!! check ou the sonic gear ones, priced at about $65 – 80, same features minus the bass simulation. i assume you are singaporean. :)

    thanks for visiting+reading!

  3. Pregnant Wife Says:
    June 3rd, 2011 at 8:10 am

    http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/iPod_and_Computer_Speakers/iPod_and_Computer_Speakers/Zeppelin_Air/overview.html

    There’s one =)

  4. Son Says:
    June 4th, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Sure will check in often~ :-)

  5. Son Says:
    June 14th, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Hi pregnant wife, did check out the zeppelin air that u’ve linked. It cost $1200sgd…..which is like???. Thanks for the link though.
    Btw hows the baby?

  6. Pregnant Wife Says:
    June 19th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    1200sgd is only like 800 usd. for quality speakers, that’s a good price

  7. Son Says:
    June 20th, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Currently switched my attention to soundbar with iphone/pod dock, but seems like the model im looking at is not available in singapore~ :$:

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