With the introduction of the iHome iH5 in 2005 (my first iPod clock radio), the iHome brand has proven its worth to the market through its durability and ease of use. Recently, the company released its 2010 model, the iP90. My speedy purchase of the clock radio has provided both an exceptional way of starting my day as well as an end all review for those looking to purchase an iHome clock radio.
iHome has ditched the ridged surface of the clock in lieu of a sleek and modern look which makes it very ascetically pleasing at your bedside. I was however happy they kept the two rows of buttons used for adjusting the sleep time, time, date, alarm settings, and standard music selection options. A few functional changes as well as some improvements to its sound quality have been made, discussed in detail below, but as for its overall performance and simplicity, iHome has knocked this one out of the park. The most notable features which have been added since the iH5 include a larger display screen and buttons which illuminate, but darken during “snooze”. Also, a button on the rear of the alarm clock has been added to quickly sync the time and date from your iPod or iPhone. Existing features include the obvious AM/FM radio, a universal dock which works for all iPods and iPhones, dual alarm clock settings for separate wake times which can be set for everyday, weekdays, or weekends only, and finally, a remote to manage all your iHome needs from across the room.
As in the previous iH5 system, the iP90 features both wall power and a AA battery back up. I was pleasantly surprised that iHome set the MSRP for the iP90 at only $100. For what I have paid in the past, this alarm clock radio surpasses all expectations of sound, functionality, and overall appeal. The sound quality on this beast only adds to its superiority. The iHome iP90 system was updated with larger speakers, most noticeable improving its bass quality but also allowing for higher highs and lower lows. When all is said and done, the sound quality of the iHome iP90 blows the iH5 out of the water. Think of the sound improvements like moving from cassettes to CD’s.