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Native Union Dock Review
      #49238 - 03/17/16 09:27 PM

Native Union offers the Dock for smartphones and small tablets. It works with smartphones or 7" tablets. You can use the charging cables that come with your devices; or alternatively, you can get Native Union's excellent Belt Cable, which comes either in Lightning or micro USB flavor, to work with the Dock. The Dock comes in three two-tone color options: Slate/Space Gray, Midnight Blue/Gold and Stone/Rose Gold.



The Native Union Dock comes in several parts that fit together like a puzzle. The base of the Dock is made with cast metal and covered with soft touch silicone that prevents the Dock from sliding on glass or metal surface. The back panel is made with aircraft grade aluminum that's strong enough to keep your phone or tablet in place while it's standing on the Dock. There's no soft coating on the back panel however. The back panel slides into the tight slot on the base, and it can hold any smartphone, phablet or a small tablet in place even though the panel isn't very tall. Unlike the Native Union Dock for the Apple Watch, the Dock for iPhone and Android phone isn't designed to work on its side.



In front of the back panel, you'll find the cable seating port. The Dock comes with charging cable holders in two sizes; one accommodates your naked phone or tablet and the other for your phone or tablet in a very slim case. We tested several cases on the iPhone 6s with the Dock Lightning and found that only the very slim shell cases fit on the Dock. Most wallet cases, rugged cases, battery cases and thicker shell cases won't work with the Dock.



The Native Union Dock has a cutout crater on the bottom and a plastic cover for the cutout that also functions as storage for the cable holders. The Dock doesn't come with any charging cable, and you can either use your own cable or get Native Union's braided Belt Cable, which is weighty and tangle free, for $15. Be sure to install the cable holder before sliding in the back panel. The Dock is very easy to assemble and disassemble.



Conclusion

Small yet sturdy, the Native Union Dock is a good dock to hold your phone while it's recharging and it allows you to still use the phone in portrait orientation. The dock looks very sleek and modern, and it's very easy to use. The colors match the latest smartphone and tablet colors, and it hides the charging cable neatly underneath. The dock works with phones and tablets without cases and with some very slim cases. It doesn't have room however to accommodate your phones in thicker shell cases, wallet cases and battery cases. It can also work with any accessories, such as the Apple keyboard, Apple TV remote or anything that's slim enough to fit on the dock. It doesn't come with any charging cable.

Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Sleek and modern looking, easy to use, compact and comes in nice colors.
What's Not: Excludes users whose phones are in thicker cases. Doesn't come with any charging cable.
Price: $49.99 for Dock Lightning. $64.99 for Dock Micro-USB
Website: Native Union

Reviewed by: Tong Zhang








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