If you prefer the phone on the right and the watch on the left, you can’t have that, either.
In theory, you could turn the entire dock around, but the metal for leaning the iPhone against and holding the watch is stuck in place with no way of shifting it at all.
Unfortunately, as good a charge dock as it is, you are stuck with the phone on the left and the watch on the right, with no sense of modularity.
The last problem with Belkin’s Charge Dock for the iPhone and Apple Watch is one that isn’t so much a problem but rather a concern, and it’s price, because with a recommended retail price of $189.95, Belkin’s dock is no cheap purchase.
Granted, it is built fairly well, and it does bundle in two products — an iPhone Lightning charger and an Apple Watch charger — encasing both in the same unit for under $200, but it’s still quite pricey, especially when you factor in that you already have an Apple Watch charger with the watch, and you may already have an Apple iPhone charge dock.
When you separate them, and if you have neither, the price isn’t a total travesty, but rather just more than you might initially pay, simply because Apple’s iPhone dock comes in at $75 while a magnetic Watch charger is another $45 locally, and this is both of those things built into one unit.
But we still have troubles with almost $200 for a charger because if you have the devices necessary for this product, you already have the chargers, too.
This is just doubling up in a nice package.
There aren’t many options for charging an Apple Watch out there, and most Apple Watch owners have to turn to the charger that came in the box, and if they want it to look a little snazzy — or snazzier than the basic cable you get — have to turn to a stand that doesn’t do much more than hold your charger in place.
Belkin’s Charge Dock gets around this and does it with a level of build quality Apple customers have come to expect out of Apple products, which is a touch surprising for Belkin. Sure, we’ve seen some quality gear from Belkin in the past, but not to this extent, and not feeling like the tank that this charger is.
If you know someone who loves their Apple Watch and are shopping for the right gift, Belkin’s Charge Dock does fill a gap, and it might even make their desk or nightstand look a little neater.