Best Apple iPad 2 docks

Best audio nests for your iPad to roost.

From the Logic3 i-Station Podium to the Bush 20W speaker dock, T3 unveils the best Apple iPad docks of 2011

Owners of the Apple iPad 2 are fully aware of the power-draining hell the device goes through when used in the office and the daily commute to and from work. It's no wonder, then, that a number of docking stations have been created to provide these over-used devices with a platform to sit back and regain their energy. Following T3's iPad docks group test, here are some of the best Apple iPad 2 docks 2011 has produced so far...

BEST… KITCHEN CALENDAR
LOGIC3 I-STATION PODIUM
The 4W stereo speaker won’t blow you away, but the Podium can display your iPad in landscape or portrait and it’s got its own calendar/alarm app.
Price: £70
Link: Logic

BEST… iMAC RESEMBLANCE
PADDOCK 10
As well as charging your iPad, this dock also rotates it through 360 degrees and tilts it back and forwards. Makes it look like a mini iMac too.
Price: £78
Link: Amazon

BEST… COMPACT DOCK
LOGIC3 I-STATION BASE
This compact dock contains two 3W speakers. A stereo input lets you add another MP3 player and there’s a remote control for easy track switching.
Price: £60
Link: Logic

BEST… BEDSIDE DOCK
IHOME IA100
This 20W dock/alarm clock supports iPad, iPhone and iPod. You can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth and there’s an FM radio tuner too.
Price: £150
Link: iHome

BEST… TRAVEL OPTION
PHILIPS FIDELIO DS7700
This executive travel dock is designed to fit into a briefcase and has 14W speakers and Bluetooth connectivity, while the battery lasts ten hours.
Price: £180
Link: Philips

BEST… FOR SIMPLICITY
BUSH 20W SPEAKER DOCK
The simplistic lines of this dock complement a kitchen setting and it’s compatible with the entire current generation of Apple devices.
Price: £130
Link: Argos

ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR MEAL TIME AND NIGHT TIME

Big Oven (free) 170,000 recipes, complete with shopping lists. Pocket Wine (£2.39) Your kitchen’s own sommelier, without the smarm. Learn about grape types and food matching. Chronolite (free) Run multiple timers simultaneously, so that your veg doesn’t overboil while your steak’s charring. Bedtime Stories Collection HD (Free, books 99p each) Great illustrations and speedy downloads. Lifelike Alarm Clock and Weather HD (£1.79) Wakes you up and shares the latest weather updates. Mornings sorted.

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