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Native Union made an iPhone DOCK worthy of Jony Ive

Native Union made an iPhone DOCK worthy of Jony Ive

Native Union has revealed its latest iPhone, iPad, and smartphone dock, and it's so handsome you'd expect it to come from Apple's design studio. The simply-named DOCK opts for clean lines and solid materials, a solid chunk of dark aluminum for the base and a slice of the metal with a lighter finish to support the phone or tablet.

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Native Union turns your iPhone and iPad into a dual-line deskphone

Native Union turns your iPhone and iPad into a dual-line deskphone

Native Union has been pushing its corded handsets for smartphones for some time now, but the Curve Twin is perhaps the first we'd actually have on our desk. Hooking up a tactile, soft-touch wired handset to two devices - Native Union is pushing the idea of your iPhone and iPad, though anything with a 3.5mm jack will work - and then propping them up on a stand, the Curve Twin can flick between the lines at the push of a button.

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Play by Native Union, hands-on

Play by Native Union, hands-on

Post-it notes are great, but they'll never be able to give the same interaction as the "Play" by Native Union. Instead of leaving a message on the counter for a friend or family member, those with a Play can just quickly record themselves for video playback later. The Play has a magnetic black panel, so it can easily attach to your refrigerator.

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Moshi Moshi MM03i Bluetooth handset packs iPhone dock

Moshi Moshi MM03i Bluetooth handset packs iPhone dock

Native Union won't give up on the idea of traditional handsets for modern smartphones, and their new Moshi Moshi MM03i even gives you somewhere to dock your iPhone. The new model has a MultiPoint Bluetooth-enabled handset and a special charge/sync cradle with a charging bay and an iPhone dock.

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Native Union Moshi Moshi MM04 Bluetooth handset/speaker combo

Native Union Moshi Moshi MM04 Bluetooth handset/speaker combo

We've written about Native Union's range of Moshi Moshi handsets for cellphones before, and while they've always been endearing in a retro way, you could easily dismiss them as pretty gimmicky.  The company's latest models, though, are a little more usable in their functionality however; the new MM04 is a combination stereo Bluetooth speaker and handset, while the MM03 is a more traditional Bluetooth handset and there are brand new colors of the original Pop handsets.

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Native Union Moshi Moshi want to give your cellphone a handset

Native Union Moshi Moshi want to give your cellphone a handset

While full-sized handsets for cellphones and VoIP aren't new - we've seen several companies offering unusual or retro ways to pretend your smartphone is something else - it's taken Native Union to attempt to make it all serious.  Their Moshi Moshi line of wired and wireless handsets and speakerphones not only look pretty darn good, but they offer features like dual-pairing (with, say, your phone and your laptop), streaming audio and more.

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