Excerpt: I bought an iD9 for my girlfriend a year ago and loved using it. I wanted my own, and B&H had it for a good price. To me, it's a much better portable audio solution for my iPhone and iPad than the bluetooth speakers I've tried. For one, I'm docking the device so there's a physical connection and no signal drop-out, which occurs often with bluetooth...even when the device is just a few feet away.
Summary: As an all round speaker and charger it does what it says on the tin. It is not a high spec device but if you want a system to charge your ipad and play your music on your holiday balcony or listen to radio in the garden. It seems robust charges my ipad and my lad knicks it all the time so it must be good.
Summary: Assessing a speaker dock or similar product is really about your expectations. If you own an Arcam `rcube', at £350, to plug your iPhone (not iPad) into, then this iHome docks sound really sucks! However, all things are relative, and after all, the rcube has taken the champion's crown from the very successful Bose iPhone dock, for sheer sound quality. I own an rcube (for my iPhone) and it is really impressive for a portable device.