Review: Valet Is the One Dock You Need for Apple Watch and iPhone

Finally, someone has made an iPhone and Apple Watch dock thatdoesn't require any expensive Apple cables! The Valet Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone ($129.99) from Belkin addresses most of the concerns I've had with such iPhone and Apple Watch docks from other vendors. 

First and foremost, the Valet Charge Dock does not require Apple cables. That helps offset the expense, as an official Apple Watch and iPhone Lightning cable would cost $50 or so. Plus, with built-in wiring, there is no extra bulk or spaghetti wires to hide.

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The Valet sports an elegant, mimimalist styling and comes in Rose Gold or Silver, both with chrome accents for the Watch charger. It also offers nice heft, so it will stay put on your nightstand or desk. There's no Gold or Space Gray version, but that's not a big deal.

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The stand manages to accommodate iPhones in bulky cases or no case at all, thanks to a built-in rotating adjustable Lightning port that moves forward or back at the touch of a dial. One concern is that it doesn't accommodate Nightstand Mode as the Apple Watch has to be in "portrait mode" when charging. 

Pros

  • Doesn't require Apple cables
  • Elegant, mimimalist styling
  • Nice heft
  • Rose Gold or Silver, with chrome
  • Adjustable Lightning port

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Doesn't accommodate Nightstand Mode
  • No regular Gold option

Final Verdict

The Valet Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone from Belkin is a quality stand and iPhone and Apple Watch dock that doesn't need any cables or assembly. 

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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.