Cell phones have changed the way we live, but not the way we wake up — really, who wants to hear the tiny speaker of a cell trying to make getting up at 5 or 6 AM enjoyable. So while it might not be chic, clock radios continue to proliferate night tables; offering FM radio along with wake-up alarms and…Bluetooth for playing whatever the cell phone’s storage allows while the clock radio’s own alarm blares forth. OK you got me, a clock radio is now more of an audio dock with extras. But if we’re talking “extras,” then iHome’s Wireless Color Changing Clock Radio Dual Alarm Clock Radio is the one to get.
Sure it has an FM radio geared to play by itself or in conjunction with the two alarms — one to wake up the person making the coffee and the other for the one grumbling later in the AM. But the speaker doesn’t need a mini-jack input from an MP3 player to put forth sound: Bluetooth ensures that streaming can be done toot-sweet. The alarm has a battery backup too which means that there goes at least one excuse for not getting up on time.
The iHome has built-in color LEDS that can gradually rise in intensity as the alarm goes off, or “dance” in time with the music playing. Or just stay on in the color of your choice — I kinda like the Halloween-ish color right now, but most will find the blue the most pleasing when blurry eyed in the early AM. There’s five selectable colors in all (blue, green, amber, red, white), and the translucent cabinet keeps the light from being too sharp to the eye (especially when it too early!).
Now while you’re staring at the light-show, a tablet could be attached to the USB socket for charging up (or the phone could have been left connected overnight). Obviously being lit, the controls on top of this cube-like “audio dock are easy to find. It’s a nice way to illuminate a room without having the lights on full-blast and for a child, it could even make for a high-tech night light.
The designation for this iHome is iBT28, but most would agree with me that calling it at “alarm dock” makes more sense. This is an attractive and high-tech alternative to the “tech” found in bedrooms back in the 90’s, and for sure the quality of the audio (bass included) is about 1000X better than that speaker that’s probably on the night table right now. Especially when it’s the radio being listened to. Plus now you can now decide what you want to listen to, courtesy of streaming, should talk radio first thing in the AM not be your cup of tea.