CableJive recently released samDock, which connects a Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Note or other Galaxy phones to sound docks designed to work with the Apple 30-pin dock. This means that switching from an Apple iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy S3 (or the popular Samsung Galaxy Note 2) means that 30-pin sound docks don’t have to become fancy door stops.
But how well does the cable work? In a word, great!
CableJive sent us the samDock and we immediately hooked it up to a Samsung Galaxy S3. On one end of the 2-foot cable users find a micro-USB cable that’s capable of charging the phone and sending an audio signal to a dock. On the other end of the cable we find a female 30-pin dock connector that plugs into any sound dock, like our iHome dock or our ION Block Rocker portable sound system.
samDock charged the phone without issue, taking the normal amount of time to go from totally drained to fully charged.
The samDock offered good sound quality. The cable felt solid, like all of CableJive’s adapters and cables. Two feet seems like a good length for ordinary usage.
The first time we plugged the samDock into the phone and iHome dock, sound kept playing through the phone instead of the iHome speakers. After finding a troubleshooting page at the company’s website we found a simple fix.
Users have to enter the phone’s settings app by tapping the menu button and selecting Settings. Scroll down to the last section of settings marked System and tap on the Accessory setting. Putting a check mark in the Dock sound and Audio output mode check box sends audio through the micro-USB port to a Samsung’s dock. It also works with the samDock.
When we did this music rang out through the iHome speakers.
Right now the samDock works with all Samsung Galaxy phones including the S2 and S3. It also works with the Note and Note 2. We hope it will also work with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4. It will likely work with Galaxy tablets too.
We recommend the CableJive samDock without reservations. We only wish they would include documentation explaining the necessary setting change in the Accessory section of the phone’s Settings app.