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Posted July 26, 2010
There are some major issues with the iLuv iMM183 that should prevent anyone from buying this product.
Problem #1: The alarm function is deeply flawed. When you set an alarm for the next morning, the audio system must be off (radio, ipod, etc.). This is terrible because if you charge your phone on the dock and the phone sends a sound signal to the device it will cause the audio system on which disables the alarm.
Set an alarm 6AM for work a week ago with my phone charging overnight (typical usage). Someone sends me a text at 1AM in the morning, triggering the sound system to turn on. Alarm does not go off at 6AM because the sound system is on.
This has occurred numerous times and now I find that I don't even bother charging the phone when I sleep in fear of being late to work. I've missed work many times because of this failed alarm, and just recently figured out why this was happening.
Problem #2: The glue holding the remote holder magnet has ceased to function and my magnet plate just comes off. My remote sits on top of the alarm now.
Problem #3: When you snooze your alarm, this raises the dimmer level also. This causes frustration as my dimmer levels are always different everyday.
Problem #4: The LCD panel can only be seen if you are looking down at the product. This was a minor inconvenience for me, as I just raised the level of the product.
Problem #5: The LCD's lowest setting is too bright for nighttime.
This product has been a very frustrating experience and has placed a negative light on the iLuv brand. I am past my return period and have just submitted a support ticket at iLuv's website. Will keep this review updated to see what happens.
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