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Talk Dock brings back that retro feeling

- April 26th, 2013

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Headsets, earbuds speakerphones are all great, but watching That 70’s Show or seeing retro in vogue, sometimes makes you yearn for yesteryear. But while the evolution of technology might make turning back the hands of time unlikely, we seem to come across gadgets that almost take us there.

Enter Talk Dock. It looks like the shell of a classic rotary-dial phone, but it’s not. It’s made of ABS plastic, with a matte finish and sturdy just like they used to be but it’s actually a receiver, a charging station and a dock all in one.  To use it, you simply rest your phone on the front slot, plug the 3.5mm jack into your headphone jack and you’re ready to go. When your phone rings, you simply have to pick up the receiver, push the one-touch answer button on the inner bridge of the handset and talk. To disconnect, push the same button to end your call.

I guess there is something sentimental about an old handset and the coupling of one end on you ear and the other end at your mouth. And as for hands-free no problem, just turn your head and cradle it to your shoulder.

Talk Dock does not require any external power as it’s powered by your cellphone. It’s designed to allow you to connect your charging cable to keep your phone powered up without removing it. If you want to use the handset on it’s own, you can do that too. Simply disconnect the braided cable from the dock and plug it directly into your headphone jack.  Now, that should turn some heads at the mall.

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Talk Dock looks like it was designed for the iPhone but it’s also compatible with most mobile phones with a standard 3.5mm jack and yes, event the BlackBerry.

Because not all manufacturers configure the internal connections the same way, there is a toggle switch located on the back of the retrophone unit which you may need to set before using it for the first time.  There is an “i” setting for use with your iPhone, HTC or BlackBerry and an “n” setting for your Nokia or Sony Ericsson. For others, it might be trial and error. I can only surmise that the “i” and “n” stand for iPhone & Nokia respectively.

As a gadget guy who typically likes bells and whistles, I truly like the Talk Dock’s simplicity, functionality and vintage nature. It feels like the real thing and has a good sound quality to match. Plus, it doesn’t require any batteries. It’s practical but also fun especially the 2-in-1 feature that allows you to unplug from the dock and take your receiver on the go.

While it hasn’t been an issue thus far, the only thing I would have like to have seen is the ability to snap in your iPhone, so it doesn’t fall out in the event you give the cord too much of a tug. Of course, then it would restrict the number of models it could work with.

The only other thing I discovered is that my significant other likes it too. She seems to think that she’s convinced me that the black model goes quite nicely with her white iPhone.  I guess, it would make a great gift for Mother’s Day and well – Father’s Day too!

Talk Dock sells for $36 U.S. and comes in two colours – green as well as black.  You can get it directly from Uncommon Goods.com.

Rating: 4.5/5

 

Photo courtesy Uncommon Goods.

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Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

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5 comments

  1. James McAllister | April 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I find it rather humerous that something like this has been created, especially the second one. The sad thing is that, I bet if my grandmother had an iPhone, she would get this product as she likes that sort of look in her house. For me, even though it looks interesting I’d pass :p

  2. Greg Gazin | April 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    James, thanks for chiming in. The 2nd photo is the handset unplugged from the dock. It may be funny, but it’s actually cool. But then again, I love gadgets! :) cheers!

  3. Vancouver Web Design | April 28, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    A friend of mine uses these kinds of gadgets for her cell phone. Fantastic clarity and better to avoid any kind of harmful radiation from the cell phone, if there is any truth to that theory.

  4. Pawan | April 29, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Super, I would like to have that as it will look perfect in my home. I still like the old traditional telephones and like talking on them (when in home). Now this dock will bring me back my old traditional beloved telephone. :)

  5. Alisa | May 10, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Wow! Incredible technology. :)

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