by Brent Dirks
June 21, 2012
With the competition in the rugged case market heating up, there are more choices for users looking to strongly protect their iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. But there is also a slight problem. Most type of the cases don’t fit into the plethora of docking accessories, and to take a case off is sometimes quite a hassle. But CableJive does have an interesting solution – the dockXtender. The cable, as the name suggests, is a 30-pin, male-to-female extension cord for your iOS device. The cable was newly redesigned last month. And CableJive says it now works with every single iPod, iPad, or iPhone case on the market – including the notorious Apple Bumper and rugged offerings from Lifeproof and Otterbox. The only caveat with compatibility is that the cord will not work with the Apple VGA or Digital AV adapters. And in the age of AirPlay, that shouldn’t turn off many iOS device users. At first, I did wonder how the dockXtender would fit in to my daily iPhone and iPad use. But, I quickly found numerous ways the cable can be put to good use. I prefer rugged cases for my iPhone, but have shied away from the class because of the numerous docking accessories I own. Most notably, one of my favorite accessories is a Philips speaker system/alarm clock that sits on my nightstand and is used daily. And it was great to see that the dockXtender worked with each and every iPhone case I own (which is more than a few). I can now also even use my iPad with another iPhone-only speaker system I own. There was no audio distortion while using the cable. CableJive says the dockXtender features a two-tier shielding system that puts all video and audio signals inside a separate wire to reduce interference from other signals traveling in the cable. The cable is very well designed and feels like it can put it with any bending or twisting that users might throw at it. While not as thin as the normal iOS device sync cable, the dockXtender measures in at a 0.17-inch diameter. The dockXtender can be purchased on Amazon for $26.95 for the 6-foot version and a dollar less for the 2-foot edition. While the price is a little high compared to low-cost iOS device sync cables, I think the dockXtender definitely comes in handy, especially if you like protective iPhone cases.