The GoodThe Griffin TuneFlex Aux with SmartClick includes an in-car iPod charger, auxiliary audio-output cable, and a magnetic iPod remote control that mounts onto your car's steering wheel.
The BadFor an in-car iPod dock without an FM transmitter, the TuneFlex Aux with SmartClick is too expensive and requires a car stereo with an auxiliary audio input or the purchase of a cassette adapter.
The Bottom LineThe Griffin TuneFlex Aux with SmartClick is one of the best in-car iPod docks we've seen, but someone needs to let the air out of Griffin's price.
The Griffin TuneFlex Aux with SmartClick ($79) offers a tidy, creative way to charge and control your iPod or iPhone in the car. The TuneFlex Aux kit includes a flexible charging stand, remote control, 3.5mm line-input cable, and eight acrylic dock adapters for every model of iPod and iPhone made over the past three years.
In-car iPod chargers are cheap and plentiful these days, but the TuneFlex Aux is distinguished by its remote control. Griffin's remote comes in two pieces: a plastic base with a Velcro strap that wraps around a section of your car's steering wheel; and the remote itself, which magnetically sticks to the base. The two-part system improves on similar steering wheel-attached remotes we've seen from DLO, with better ergonomics and a more practical way to quickly detach and reattach the remote from the steering wheel.
The SmartClick remote included with the TuneFlex Aux kit straps onto your steering wheel and offers intuitive control over your iPod.
Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.