iPhone Bluetooth Dock Review: Native Union Curve Bluetooth iDock MM03i for iPhone Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Crystal clear sound and great range. Nicely weighted so feels substantial in your hand. Built-in iPhone Dock. Will pair with both a phone and a computer (simultaneously) for VOIP calls.
What's Not: iPhone dock requires an adaptor for use with iPhone 5 (not included).
Reviewed by Tom Slayton
The Curve Bluetooth iDock is a rock solid and tasteful desk phone that pairs with up to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously so you can make/receive both cellular and VOIP calls while enjoying the comfort of a full-sized handset.
The Curve is a bit smaller than a regular desk phone. It will be right at home in any office or home setting, and won't crowd or overwhelm even a small desk. The fact that it's not compact is purely intentional as The Curve is designed to provide you with both a full-sized handset and a means to keep your iPhone charged.
Features and Quality
The first time you pick up the handset, you're going to appreciate the weight and balance of the thing. It's not overly heavy, but manages to feel substantial and solid. The pairing process is dead simple. However, this is more impressive than it sounds because the Curve will pair with up to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously. The obvious advantage of this is the ability to pair multiple cell phones. However, this feature really shines when you use it to pair the Curve with a computer to make VOIP calls. If you're a VOIP user like me, you're really going to appreciate this feature. Once paired, the handset performs flawlessly. It has fantastic range because the Bluetooth module is in the base, right next to your phone (presumably). The base then communicates with the handset using a different technology with greater range. However, by far my favorite feature of the Curve is its ability to charge while it rests in its cradle (as long as you place it in the correct direction so the charge pins align). I love Bluetooth devices but always forget to charge them. This killer feature means that it will always be charged when you need it. Be warned, however, if you want to use it with an iPhone 5, you're going to need to provide your own charge adaptor as the base only accepts Apple's 30-pin connector unless you use an adapter for the Lightning port on the new iPhone 5.
The Curve is modern and sleek looking so if your office is lined with leather books and overstuffed chairs, it's not going to fit in. However, I don't expect this to be a problem for most. If you're going to make a phone in only one style, building something with clean sleek lines is the safest bet. It is available in either black or white.
If you are looking for a desk solution for your cell phone, and/or a remote solution for VOIP, The Curve is an excellent choice. It's solidly built, feature-rich, and will work with any Bluetooth device (although the dock will only work with Apple products).