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Dexim Dock Links iPod, iPhone to Home Entertainment Center

By John P. Mello Jr. MacNewsWorld ECT News Network
Dec 14, 2009 4:00 AM PT

Just in time for the holidays, accessory maker Dexim has beefed up its product lineup with a new entertainment dock and a compact battery extender for the iPod and iPhone.

Dexim Dock Links iPod, iPhone to Home Entertainment Center

Dexim AV Dock Station
The Dexim AV Dock Station
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The entertainment dock, DRA022 (US$79.90), adds more muscle to a product released by the company earlier this year, the DRA107. The DRA022 allows audio and video to be played or streamed from an iPhone or iPod to a home entertainment system.

Using the WiFi capabilities of the iPhone or iPod touch, an operator can surf the Net, showcase photos, and display video on a high-definition television at a resolution of 720i, as well as listen to music on a home stereo system.

With the infrared remote included with the unit, podslingers can navigate through menus, make selections and manipulate volume, as well as play and pause content from as far as 30 feet away from their diminutive devices.

Designed With Economy in Mind

Eight inserts are packed with the unit to ensure a smooth fit with all the latest iPhone and iPod models, including the new iPhone 3GS and iPod touch.

Also in the dock's box are a component AV cable, mini HDMI cable and a USB AC adaptor, which allows an iPhone or iPod to be charged from the dock, as well as be synchronized with a computer.

When designing the new entertainment dock, Dexim was sensitive to the current economic climate, according to General Manager Laconia Cheng.

"Right now the economy is bad, so we consider price acceptance and try to offer a reasonable price," she told MacNewsWorld.

Eight Hours Talk Time

The compact battery extender, DCA132 P-Flip ($59.99), provides supplementary battery power for an iPhone or iPod touch. With the gadget's 2000 mAh lithium polymer battery, talk time can be stretched to eight hours, video viewing or game playing expanded to 15 hours, and music listening prolonged to 80 hours.

Small enough to fit in a pocket, the device can be flipped either horizontally or vertically to meet content demands or physical exigencies. A video is better seen in landscape mode, for example, while portrait mode is better for conserving space.

The P-Flip includes a USB cable for recharging its battery and synchronizing i-gizmos through it.

Although Dexim earlier did an OEM version of a battery pack for another accessory maker, it revamped the product for its own brand, Cheng explained. "We wanted the product to synchronize the iPhone, as well as charge it," she said.

In addition, the company increased the juice in the package so it can charge the iPhone 1.5 times before the P-Flip needs recharging.

The unit also better protects the iPhone's connection socket. "Once that socket is damaged, the iPhone can't be charged anymore," she explained.

Lucrative Market

The accessory market for the iPhone and iPod is very good, according to Cheng.

"The market for the AV docking station is quite big," she observed. "A lot of people want to download video and watch it on their TVs."

However, power products for the iPhone is an even bigger market "because it's so easy to burn power with the iPhone," Cheng contended.

The overall accessory market for mobile phones will follow the growth curve of the handset market over the next five years, according to ABI Research, which expects growth of about 4 percent a year.

"It's not going to explode out of the market," ABI Mobile Devices Analyst Michael Morgan told MacNewsWorld.

Nevertheless, Morgan is confident that the iPhone accessories market will do better than the market as a whole. "I'd bet my bottom dollar that it will," he declared.

"The accessory market is very closely tied to the handset market, so iPhone accessories will be closely tied to iPhones. It doesn't take a wizard to tell you how the sales of the iPhone are going to be going," he said.

"It's not just the new models," continued Morgan. "Apple is expanding into new countries and expanding its global reach, increasing the mass for accessories."

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