Griffin Simplifi Dock

When I got my iPhone 3G, I was a little bit annoyed that it didn’t come with a dock. Really Apple? No dock?

To get the dock you had to pay an addition $29. Not for me, no thanks. If I’m going to have to pay for a dock it either be really cheap or do more than hold my phone, am I right?!

Enter the Griffin Simplifi Dock

It’s $69, fun number, but I got mine for $39 at Amazon.com. Have I told you lately, that I love Amazon.com?

What is the Griffin Simplifi Dock? It syncs any iPod/iPhone ever made in it’s dock (original iPod Shuffle uses the USB hub in the rear) while reading xD, SD/SDHC, Memory Stick/Pro and Compact Flash. That’s a lot.

So it syncs your iPhone, adds two USB ports and let’s you take pics off your digital camera’s memory cards! All that for $69/39?! That’s really a steal.

Mine came in today.

So how about it. The build quality, like any Griffin product, is stellar. The dock is heavy, the rubber pad below it keeps it stuck to the desk when you push in a memory card and it comes with all the dock adapters you’d ever need.

Oops, wait. Unless you have an iPhone 3G. Yep. It’s advertised for something for which it doesn’t have a dock adapter. You can buy one for $1.99… plus $6 in shipping. Well, it works with the original iPhone dock adapter.

I’ll stick with that. Though the 3G adapter will be a bit sturdier.

It’s a great dock, I love it for that. However, when syncing with Aperture, it took a good bit longer to get my 10.2mp NEF files from my SDHC card. Significantly longer. But, then again, it always takes a while to import 1-4gb of photos into Aperture so maybe it isn’t so bad. Definitely better than having to unplug things to get my card adapter into the back of my computer!

I really should run some tests comparing speeds of syncs and taking data off the cards. If anyone shows interest, I’ll do it otherwise… In the end it gets a solid B+. It’d be an A/A+ if they included the dock adapter for the iPhone 3G and if were a bit faster.

Bottom line?  If you have an iPod/iPhone and a digital camera, you should, must buy this dock.  Consider the two extra USB ports the cherry on top!