"Looks/sounds amazing but doesn't last long..."3.0 starson by WoodsOfYpres89
Pros: Sound quality; Alarm; Design; Ease of use.
Cons: Faulty display light; Cheaply made shell; Wiring issues
Summary: One of the main things I enjoyed about this iHome was the blue-light display feature; and how you could hit the SNOOZE button to dim it. Well, after about 6 months of use, the light completely died. Everything else works fine, but I have no light on the display. So in order to see/set the time, see/set the alarm, or check the display at all, I have to hold a flashlight up to the screen. The SNOOZE button still works for the "Snooze" feature but it fails to have any effect on the brightness of the display. I contacted the manufacturer and they told me to remove the back-up battery, unplug the device, and wait 30 minutes and it will be fixed. I tried this process twice to no avail. I still use this iHome, and I enjoy its features very much. However, this "no-light" issue is extremely annoying (especially if you dished out $100 for this device). I never abused the device at all. Every night when I went to sleep I would turn the display light off so it would not glare. After one time of doing this, it would not turn back on. The light itself is a very important feature to me personally. I removed the plastic shell from the iHome to see if I could possibly fix the problem. I was met with shoddy and cheap wiring, but I found no direct wiring problems that would affect the lighting. The hard shell casing is also painfully difficult to replace once removed.
Another issue I've been having is that when my Zune 120GB is docked in the iHome, its display will randomly light up and turn off several times.... as if I was touching the Touch Pad or hitting the Play/Back buttons. It sometimes will do this randomly in the middle of the night and wake me up. The only way to stop it is by resetting the Zune. It's not a big deal, but it is an annoyance be woken up at 3AM because of a light flashing in your eyes.
All in all these annoying little setbacks -(One thing that's supposed to light up [the iHome display] doesn't, and what's NOT supposed to light up [the Zune display] does)- would stop me from paying full price for the iHome again. I would dish out another $40 or so for a new one, but I would never pay the atrocious $100/$90 price that it retails for. It seems like the manufacturer focused more on the features and less on the quality. It is a wonderful idea, but a terrible product. I would say if you own a Zune and are looking for awesome sound quality but not necessarily for an alarm clock, then this is your best bet. The sound quality gets an A+