Wanted: Universal Dock Adapter for iPhone 3GS + Contour Hardskin for iHome iP9

hardskinI have the  Contour Designs Hardskin case for my iPhone 3GS, actually it was on my prior 3G. I love the case so much, I convinced my wife to buy one for her 3GS. The case is sturdy, and offers a nice texture that doesn’t slip in your hand.

ihomeWe recently purchased the iHome iP9BR Clock Radio for iPhone. Unlike our prior iHome (for the iPod) the iP9 is universal dock compatible. This is handy if you should need to buy a dock adapter from apple to fit your device. The iP9, came with 3 adapters, one of which is designed for the iPhone 3G(S), but this doesn’t work with a cover or skin on your iPhone. Now honestly, I’m not complaining and expected that. I was happy to see that removing the iPhone 3GS dock adapter allowed ample room for my iPhone + Hardskin.

I do understand that using the iHome’s dock this way isn’t recommended since the iPhone is left with no back support. So, why aren’t case manufacturers like Contour Designs creating matching dock adapters for their products? I for one would fork out $10 for one (probably only cost a few dollars to produce).

In the mean time I’m left to create my own solution. Suggestion? Drop a line in the comments. If I come up with something easy, and attractive I’ll post it here. I also left a message for Contour Designs not sure if I will hear back from them…

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3 thoughts on “Wanted: Universal Dock Adapter for iPhone 3GS + Contour Hardskin for iHome iP9

  1. I have a similar problem with 3G S. #15universal adapters will not work. The radio being used is Sony ICF-S10iP. Help needed.

  2. Seriously, why haven’t apple or the case manufacturers figured this out yet? More to the point, why aren’t apple consumers demanding it en masse?? I think there is one case maker that actually is including compatible dock adapters with their cases. This is common sense. It’s a selling point for cases, it’s a selling point for docks. The cost of such an initiative would be nominal (these adapters cost pennies to make) – infinitessimal compared to the margins iPhone cases rake in. Apple vets all products that brandish the “made for iPhone” label…so why don’t they require manufacturers include compatible dock adapter as a condition of approval? This would SELL docks: it’s a no-brainer. And what excuse do companies that sell docks AND cases have? Their docks aren’t compatible with their own cases! They’re LOSING money!

    You’re 100% right when you say that the dock without the adapter doesn’t provide enough support for the phone. By slapping it’s “made for iPhone” approval on case that are incompatible with the universal dock, apple is encouraging it’s consumers to either NOT purchase a universal dock, or to use the dock incorrectly and damage the phone, resulting in AppleCare repairs and replacements. This costs Apple $$$. Why haven’t they figured this out yet???

    (All the same applies to iPod accessories with the “made for iPod” label.)