Review: Landing Zone Makes It Easy to Listen to Music While Your iPhone Is Docked

The folks at Landing Zone make some nice landing docks for MacBooks so I was interested in checking out their IONA dock ($59) for iPhones. The dock has some features that other stands don't offer. First, the IONA can swivel left and right. This is nice for my setup, as my desk doubles as a nightstand. So during the day, my iPhone can face my chair and at night it rotates to face my bed.

The other interesting feature that the IONA offers is an elevated height, with a supportive backrest. This raises the iPhone's screen to a nice height when placed next to a MacBook, so users can see their iPhone screen next to their MacBook. This is great for for developers. Finally, the IONA has a cutout for the audio jack, making it easy to hookup headphones or external speakers.

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IONA

Unlike many other stands, the IONA includes a Lightning cable, which could be a $20 savings. Plus it can accommodate most cases using a variety of included adapters, however there is indeed some assembly required and you would need to swap out adapters for different cases, which could be a nuisance. 

Pros

  • Swivels to face any direction
  • Audio port exposed for cable access
  • Includes Lightning cable
  • Can accommodate most cases
  • Raises iPhone to working height

Cons

  • Some assembly required
  • Adapters needed for different cases

Final Verdict

If you like to listen to headphones while your iPhone is docked, the IONA dock from Landing Zone is one of the few stands that makes it possible. 

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Todd Bernhard

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.