VestaLife Butterfly iPod Speaker Dock
Vestalife $79

The Butterfly is a sweet, simple-to-use iPod speaker dock from Vestalife, maker of the stylish Ladybug iPod speaker dock.

Made from high-quality plastic and shaped roughly like a picture frame, the Butterfly works with all dockable iPods and with iPhone 2G and 3G models. An auxillary-in jack lets you connect non-dockable iPods, CD players and other MP3 players. The compact unit includes an audio/video out port and a USB port for syncing your iPod with your computer.

The frame design protects the iPod docked inside from accidental knocks. It works great on a desk or perched on a bedside table.
A set of three interchangeable face plates in pearlized green, blue and red can be snapped in and out for a quick change of decor. The on/off button and volume indicators are illuminated with blue LED light when the speaker dock is turned on – another fun touch.

The Butterfly comes with an AC charger, and also works with four AA batteries (iPod charging works only in AC mode).While not designed for audiophiles, the sound quality is pleasantly full.

In a stroke of inspiration, I loaded all of my favorite music and audiobooks onto the previous generation iPod which was languishing in a drawer and gave it a permanent home in my Butterfly. Now I can leave my iPod touch in my shoulder bag and enjoy my iTunes collection away from my computer and without earbuds. How cool is that?

– Elsa Travisano

Copyright ©2009 by Elsa Travisano. This review appeared in the April 2009 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.