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Summary:

With many shaped and sized Android phones, it’s often difficult to find third-party accessories that work with multiple devices. Grace Digital’s gdock speaker won’t work with every Android, but it does support audio playback and charging for Samsung’s Galaxy S2, S3, Note and Note 2.

Grace Digital gdock for Samsung Galaxy devices

Unlike Apple’s iPhone, there are relatively few third-party accessories for Google Android phones. Why? While the iPhone has a standardized dock port on the bottom — which recently changed with new iOS devices — Android devices come in hundreds of shapes and sizes so there’s no standardization across the line. But Samsung has been fairly consistent of late and that’s why Grace Digital can make a speaker dock for the company’s Galaxy handsets.

The gdock is a $129 speaker that charges a Samsung phone during music playback. An optional rechargeable battery allows the gdock to leave home, but the device won’t charge on a phone when running on battery power. Grace Note’s gdock takes advantage of Samsung’s phone design over the past two years. It supports the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy Note II because all four phones have a micro-USB port on the bottom.

Don’t expect massive sound out of the gdock, but it does have a respectable 16 Watt amplifier and 60Hz – 18KHz +/-3dB frequency response, which ought to sound much better than the integrated speaker in a Galaxy smartphone. An included remote control allows for tweaking bass, treble, volume and input. That last bit is important because the gdock has an auxiliary input jack for piping sound from another source as well.

  1. i have never understood the attraction of a device specific dock, it just seems really limited.

    personally i have a Bose wave radio with a cable running from the back that i can plug into any headphone jack, this works with any phone, tablet, laptop, etc. i wish to use. nearly any jam box or mini stereo can be used in the same way. why anyone would buy speakers that only work with a single brand just makes no sense to me.

    1. Tom, this has the same option of your Bose; an auxiliary input from a headphone jack. The benefit here is that the dock charges the phone at the same time.

  2. Charles Manholecoversnake Berg Thursday, November 15, 2012

    So its a $130 charger with speakers that ought to sound better the the device’s built in speakers? lol Where do I sign up?

  3. Or, you could just buy the $30 Samsung Desktop dock which has a speaker out, and plug that into any audio system you choose.

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