iHome iP90 review: iHome iP90

MSRP: $99.99
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Improved design with larger display; decent sound quality; good array of alarm and radio functions; time syncs with your iPod or iPhone; remote included; GSM-shielded so iPhone can be used without the need to switch it to airplane mode.

The Bad No integration with iHome's iPhone app.

The Bottom Line With the iP90, iHome has slightly improved the design and audio quality of its classic iPod-iPhone clock radio for 2010.

7.0 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0

iHome's clock radio iPod docks continue to evolve. The iP90 is the 2010 iteration of the company's bread-and-butter model that started as the iH5 several years ago. This model has a new design that features a bigger display and what the company describes as "bigger sound."

Like a lot of iHome products, the iP90 has a sort of a retro-modern look, but it eschews the boxy design of its predecessors and opts for a slightly more rounded body that's arguably more attractive. It measures 3.27 inches high by 10.67 wide by 6.15 inches deep, and yes, that bigger display really jumps out at you. The time and date appear in white on a blue background, and the backlight can be dimmed and even completely turned off so that it doesn't bother you at night (alas, the dimming function is manual, not automatic). It's also worth pointing out that the buttons on the unit are backlit, which allows you to see what you're pressing the dark.

Unlike iHome's iA5 (also $99), which interfaces with iHome's free iHome + Sleep iPhone app, the iP90 is not considered an "app-enhanced" device, though you can sync the time on your docked iPod or iPhone with a touch of a button on back of the unit. It's a convenient, common-sense feature that works well.

Though you can use the alarm features on the iHome app just fine, some features will not work (with the iA5, the app, for instance, will automatically track your sleep and wake-up times). We're not sure why iHome didn't make this an "app-enhanced" model, but it does offer more base features, including an AM/FM radio with six presets and dual alarms. It also comes with a remote control that allows you to control your iPhone's or iPod's basic functions. You can adjust bass and treble levels from the unit itself.

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