With millions of iPhone 4 and 4S’s sold there is no-end to the amount of gadgets and accessories that are available both in the iStore and at third party retailers. The newest one that has been causing waves is the HiveDock, which is available for both the 4 and 4S. It’s a funky little docking station that you slot your Apple smartphone into either sideways or lengthways. Once you set it up, it displays whatever is on the screen and amplifies the picture onto the glass screen. It also enhances the sound so you can watch video clips, movies and anything else in a larger size.
It simply shows that the iPhone doesn’t need to have tens of off-shoots like the Galaxy range has and it bridges the gap for those that have an iPhone but don’t want to shell out for an iPad for a larger screen. It also means that as you don’t need to carry it around it’s always as portable as the iPhone has ever been. Try saying that about the iPad or the Galaxy Tab!
The HiveDock doesn’t use wires or need to be plugged in an additional power source as it draws its power from the phone itself. As you’re most-likely to be sat down indoors watching the HiveDock anyway you can plug the phone in to charge it. The funky screen of the HiveDock is slotted into the groove on the phone so that the Fresnel lens can amplify the picture to 2-times the size. This means that you aren’t peering at the small 3.5” screen as it’s almost like you have a 7” iPhone – although th rumours of an actual 7” iPad are being thrown around still.
Thankfully, despite being in the HiveDock you still have access to the phone to use in pretty much the normal way except it’s as if someone is holding it for you. You can still access the touchscreen, power button, charging port, volume controls, headphone jack and the home button. As you can get a Bluetooth keyboard you can almost turn your iPhone 4 or 4S into a mini-laptop (or MacBook). So it’s not just an amplification device it can make it easier for you to use the smartphone itself.
The HiveDock is fairly portable as well, at just 7” x 6” x 2”. It comes in two colours, silver or black, and looks great. It is less than £25 to buy and the firm ships worldwide. So if you have an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S then the HiveDock could well be a gadget that can make your viewing pleasure enhanced. If you want to watch videos or clips without having to peer down at the screen with your friend or loved one then you can invest in a docking station such as this one.