After months and months of waiting, my Elevation Dock has finally arrived. Oh, and it’s really nice.
It’s everything that was promised on the Kickstarter page: it’s metal, it’s heavy enough to double as an anchor, and the docking really feels frictionless. It comes with a small Allen key, a short USB cable, and a longer one. I appreciate the inclusion of the shorter cable for people who like keeping their iPhones docked to their Macs, but now that Wi-Fi Sync is built right into iOS, it’s very rare that I need to connect directly to the Mac. Fortunately, it took only a minute for me to remove the bottom plate of the dock with the Allen wrench, replace the cables (pro tip: please pay attention to the included instructions!), and seal the whole thing up again.
I actually didn’t have a major issue with the original iPhone dock, but for the fact that it didn’t accomodate cases in any way. The Elevation Dock accomodates a naked iPhone by default, but a quick reversal of a rubber plug (located just above the 30-pin connector) readies the dock for cases. The dock works well with a standard bumper and most any kind of snap-on case, but not with cases as thick as the TwelveSouth BookBook (as expected).
The Elevation Dock is now seating neatly on the left side of my desk, just under the lamp. I didn’t need to purchase it, but it’s a cleaner and easier way for me to keep my iPhone charged while I’m at home. Elevation Labs also says the dock should be future-proof, so to speak, but there’s no telling how much that might cost at this time.