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I'm Tempted to Buy an iPhone Just So I Can Use the Elevation Dock

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Most phone docking stations are little more than glorified microUSB connections—cheap, plastic, and useless if you use a cover. But this! This is a iPhone dock I can get behind.

The Elevation Dock by Portland-based ElevationLab is the Cadillac of iPhone docks. Machined from a solid billet of aircraft-grade aluminum, it features a low-friction connection that doesn't require two hands to disconnect, a movable support pad to accommodate cases of virtually any size, and a hand buffed, glass bead blasted, electro-chemically micro-polished finish. It's solid and sturdy, what more do you want? Oh, right. Elevation Dock+.

Elevation Dock+ incorporates a shielded Line Level audio out as well as a USB wall power adapter. The Line Level outputs better audio than the mic jack since it bypasses the iPhone's internal amp, delivering a higher fidelity sound.


The Elevation Dock is a Kickstarter project—and not yet fully funded—but is roughly halfway to its goal of $75,000 with 60 days to go. Pledge $60 for the aluminum finish, $85 for the matte black and $150 or more to earn a custom, limited-edition finish in either green or orange. [Kickstarter via Daring Fireball]