iPod and iPhone speaker docks vary a great deal. Some, like the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin, winner of our Product of the Year Award in 2008, are high-end stereo replacements. However, most are rather more ordinary and the Logitech Pure-Fi Anytime has modest pretensions as a bedside table stereo with iPod and iPhone integration.
To this end it has all the features you'd typically expect to find in a clock radio. You can program two different alarms and you can choose to be woken by a regular old buzzer, the radio or your iPod or iPhone. There's also a battery backup, to protect you from power cuts, but no DAB radio here, just regular FM/AM options with a wire FM antenna already attached. There's also a 3.5mm auxiliary jack for connecting non-Apple players and devices, though this cannot be used for alarms and devices connected this way cannot be controlled using the included remote.
So far, then, you'd understandably think the Pure-Fi Anytime had very little out of the ordinary to offer. However, it does have a trick up its sleeve since this is the first iPod/iPhone speaker dock we've seen that features magnetic shielding and so can be used with an iPhone without resorting to the airplane mode.
This means you can happily plug in your iPhone, leaving it to charge and play music, and if it rings you can just pick it up and take the call. Logitech hasn't gone the whole hog and included a microphone and call control to make it hands-free, but that would have added cost and as it is the Anytime does its job just fine.
As we've come to expect from Logitech the Pure-Fi Anytime is a neatly designed piece of kit, too. Finished largely in a combination of glossy and matte black plastic, the slightly off camber shape (I'm reliably informed it's a parallelogram) gives it a funkier appearance than your regular boxy device. At the front, meanwhile, the docking section is neatly housed within a cutaway section, ensuring your iPod/iPhone isn't exposed to being knocked off its perch, though you still have to rely on rather clumsy plastic adapters - none of which seem to fit an iPhone perfectly.
Then, on the back, there's a small and very useful compartment for housing the provided remote. This is your typical slim-line effort with blister-style buttons that are fairly responsive and offer enough feedback to avoid confusion. On it you can control most of the devices functions, including selecting saved radio stations, Play/Pause and Next/Previous controls for your iPod, volume controls and alarm controls for selecting an alarm and snoozing. You can also cycle through the different modes but, unlike the Gear4 Blackbox 24/7 we looked at a couple of weeks ago, you can't navigate iPod/iPhone menus using the remote - something we'd have liked to seen on this, too.