iPhone alarm clocks

My husband and I need a new alarm clock and, after many deliberations, we have decided to go with a unit that works in conjunction with our iPhones. Since the units are all multi-functional (they’re all iPhone chargers, and all but the first include speakers to play music from iTunes at better quality than the phone speaker), I thought I would share with you our finalists.


The Kensington K33458US Nightstand Charging Dock for iPhone and iPod Touch

The Kensington K33458US Nightstand Charging Dock for iPhone and iPod Touch

This is the most basic of all the options. It’s really only a charging dock that helps your iPhone stand on its side. It works with the Kensington Rise and Shine clock and weather app available in the app store. We found it to be a bit overpriced ($20) for just a charger but its design is simple and straightforward.


The Philips DC315/37 Speaker System for iPod/iPhone with LED clock radio

The Philips DC315/37 Speaker System for iPod/iPhone with LED clock radio

It has a futuristic and sleek design, along with a built-in FM tuner and auxiliary input. I specifically like the auxiliary input to use with even more devices. My husband likes the LED screen on this one, but I’d prefer a bolder typeface. It’s $89, which I think is a bit more than I want to spend.


The iHome iP99BR Dual Alarm Clock Radio with Dock for iPod, iPhone

The iHome iP99BR Dual Alarm Clock Radio with Dock for iPod, iPhone

This one looks like a more traditional alarm clock radio than the others, takes up a bit more space than the others, and is a lot more expensive than the others ($139). It comes with a remote for the person on the far-side of the bed. It’s okay, but neither of our favorites.


The Sony ICF-C7IP Clock Radio for iPod and iPhone with hidden sliding dock tray

The Sony ICF-C7IP Clock Radio for iPod and iPhone with hidden sliding dock tray

The dock slides in so that the unit is smaller when the iPhone isn’t attached. It also comes with a remote for the person to use on the far-side of the bed. This is my choice because it’s functional, good quality, reasonably priced ($62), and looks decent without an iPhone in it. You’ll have to guess which unit my husband prefers.


Do you have any of the units mentioned above? Another one we didn’t consider? We still haven’t made our purchase, so tell us about your alarm clock preferences in the comments.

59 Comments for “iPhone alarm clocks”

  1. posted by kre8iv1 on

    I’ve been eyeing this one:

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obi.....tterer-20/

    can’t wait to hear what you think!

  2. posted by Brian Hollar on

    Download the Kensington software for free and get a stand for the iPhone that you can use for other purposes (watching video, etc.) and fold away when not in use. Less clutter and cheaper too!

  3. posted by Andy on

    I agree. What’s the point of any of these? Just get a cheap stand for the iPhone and use an alarm app (the built-in one works great for my purposes).

  4. posted by calel on

    I’m still using the same alarm clock that I got when I was 7…23 years ago.

    Do the newer versions of the iPhone not come with the dock anymore? My 1st gen had one.

  5. posted by Lizzie on

    I had three issues with my alarm clock situation: a beloved old Ipod that no longer worked when not plugged in, a tiny nightstand and the need for a clock that would be absolutely dark except when I wanted to see the numbers. I have the triangular iHome and I love! Small profile. Unlit unless you press it (although it has various levels of light which other, better sleeping people could choose). And my first Ipod has a home! The speaker quality is only fair, but I still put music on while I’m ironing and such.

  6. posted by Freddy on

    Hmmm. I ran across this new Electrolux vacuum cleaner with built-in speaker and iPod dock and it made me think back to this article.

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/1.....d-speaker/

    An alarm clock with a built-in iPhone dock makes no more sense to me than the vacuum cleaner, especially since an iPhone can function as an alarm clock but an iPod can’t vaccum.

  7. posted by Scott on

    The only thing holding me back from getting one of these radios is that I want it to have HD as well. No point in being obsolete in a couple of years. Has anyone found a good HD option other than Costco’s Teac HD-1 mentioned earlier?

  8. posted by faith on

    i have the ihome ip97, i got it for Christmas. i love it but im an extremely deep sleeper so i have to set the ipod alarm and buzzer to make sure it wakes me up. sound is great, i can blare it if i want, i got it at costco for 89. i have an ipod nano 2nd gen and ipod video ( the original, 5th gen) but it says its compatible with the iphone as well so i would deff recommend it

  9. posted by Joanna on

    I actually didn’t buy an alarm clock, and I can still use my iPhone as an alarm clock. There’s an app called Alarm Clock that has all the functionality of a regular alarm clock, and I think I paid 99 cents for it. I use the charger that came with the phone and a stand that holds the phone horizontally. I can wake up to whatever music or sound I choose at whatever volume, and it’s totally portable. I love it!

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