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.