Edifier Tick Tock Dock sounds as good as it looks

I'm a sucker for classic, old-school styling married with modern technology. The juxtaposition of old and new just satisfies something in me. So I was really excited when I saw the Edifier Tick Tock Dock.

The Tick Tock looks like an old fashioned nightstand alarm clock, complete with the dual bell ringers on top, reminiscent of Mickey Mouse ears. The Edifier units more than a cheap plastic ripoff of your old clock radio. I love the design elements like the perforated speaker grill, the large blueish round LCD display, the recessed iPhone dock, and even the back of the unit has noteworthy features.

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I am reminded of Steve Jobs' design ethic going back to his craftsman father, who said you should use high quality parts for the back of furniture, even though most people won't see it. With this in mind, the Edifier uses attractive metallic legs to support the unit in the back, and has an attractive circular dashboard for buttons and jacks. Most people will never see the reverse side of the Edifier, but it could be displayed at any angle and be admired. No wonder the packaging has clear front and back, so you can see the front and back before you buy it.

As nice as the Edifier Tick Tock dock looks, it sounds good as well. Yes, there is an iPod/iPhone dock to play your favorite songs, but there is also a built in FM radio. This is nice because the dock can be recessed and you might never suspect it to be of those run of the mill iPod speakers.

Other nice features include five separate alarms, 24 FM radio presets and an auxiliary input option. The Tick Tock dock is available in white, beige, or black, all with silver accents.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.