Before I actually get to reviewing this product I would like to provide a little background into why I made this purchase. I have a 05 Cadillac CTS with a factory ETR AM/FM radio with single CD Player. Although the car itself has a Satellite Antenna mounted on the roof, the radio does not have a Satellite Tuner, which you must have in order to get Sirius or XM. This older radio also does not have an "Aux" input, so I could not play
music from my phone without using a FM transmitter. I used a Satechi Soundfly transmitter and it worked great for that purpose. Additionaly, I also wanted a solution for my iPhone. I wanted to be able to have my phone mounted, not on my dash or my windshield. I have tried these and I just don't like them.
Having the phone mounted allows for safer driving when using the phone for Navigation and receiving phone calls, so that was very important to me as well. One day while browsing the internet I saw the XM Skydock and thought that if this thing works as advertised, it would be the all-in-one solution that I had been seeking.
Now for my review:
I purchased this product online from Walmart because it was $35 cheaper than retail stores in my city. The shipping was a little on the slow side, but that was expected due to shipping charge was under one dollar. Upon receipt of the Skydock, I had it installed in under 30 minutes. The time consuming part was running the antenna wire under the weather stripping. I then downloaded the free Skydock App from the iTunes Store. Upon plugging the Skydock into my cigarette lighter, mounting my Iphone 3GS and opening the XM Skydock App I was able to get XM Radio in about 5 minutes.
The sound quality is pretty good once you find a vacant FM frequency. The skydock has the second best FM transmitter that I have used. Much better than belkin, griffin & other's that I have tried. The best that I ever used is the Satechi Soundfly which will play over occupied channels. Fortunately I live in a suburban area that has sevaral vacant stations. I do get a little static here and there, but very minor.
If your car stereo has an "Aux" input, you can use that which will give you the best sound.
1. Satellite Radio.
2. Good FM Transmitter built in - Plays XM Radio through the app and plays music stored my iPhone.
3. Mounts in the cigarette lighter which elimates cables and provides a great mounting solution to display songs being played, an incoming phone call and GPS. When using AT&T Navigator on the iPhone you can listen to music stored on your phone but not XM Radio.
Cons: No XM Radio when using GPS.
In summary, this device is the all-in-one solution that I was looking for. Clean install and just plain cool. I am very happy with this product and Walmart's pricing.