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Aug
fidelio

Android docks are thin on the ground, mostly because there's just too many phones and tablets for accessory makers to invest in developing them. Philips is the exception, and while their range of Fidelio docks have been well-received, they're also pretty expensive. On that note, you can pick up the Fidelio AS140/37, their mid-range Android speaker dock, for just $49.99 in Target stores. That's $60 off the suggested retail price, and more than $30 off of Amazon's price. The deal is not available on Target's website - trying to get it into your cart will only return an error. We called a local store to make sure the deal is active.

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The Fidelio docks are "universal" for basically all Android phones (and at least some Android tablets). This is accomplished with a MicroUSB connection that twists 180 degrees and moves a few inches laterally, making it possible to dock and charge nearly every phone out there - though those with a top-mounted USB port may be a little tricky. Check out our review of the bigger AS851 for a look at the mechanism. Music or other audio is streamed over Bluetooth, or via a standard 1/8" jack if you want more fidelity. You can also get the smaller and less powerful AS111/37 model for $39.99.

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Philips also has a free app for more precise dock control, but it's just short of useless - After testing the AS851, we can testify that you're better off just using your device's standard controls. Unfortunately, the Fidelio AS140 won't work with Galaxy Tabs, Transformers or other tablets with non-standard charging ports. On the bright side, it will work with anything that handles A2DP Bluetooth streaming, so an older Android phone can combine with Google Play Music, Pandora or the like to become an instant wireless jukebox.

Target - Philips Fidelio AS140/37

Target - Philips Fidelio AS111/37

[SlickDeals via DroidMatters]

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • nsauce7

    Any one have one? What's your opinion

    • https://twitter.com/SoFloEasycore SoFloEasycore

      I picked up the AS140 on Saturday night and I like it. Well worth the $50.

  • Nikhil K

    Any idea till when is the deal on?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Now.

      • Nikhil K

        I got it! :) Thanks folks @ AP... the speakers are great value for $50! And works well with the laptop as well!

        BTW, where did my other post go? Had posted the moment I bought the speakers...

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Disqus spammed it for some reason.

    • Shun

      The Target here says price discount ends on the 11th

  • UniBroW

    Pretty cool deal, I snagged one for work. Thanks for the headsup Android Police!

  • anonymous

    As soon as I saw this blog I got up and picked one up for myself couldn't be any happier GREAT PRICE AWSOME SOUND AND QUALITY (: I wouldn't of known if it wasn't for this thanks!!

  • nsauce7

    use there fidelio dock app or any other suggestions?

  • http://smidgensjourney.wordpress.com/ Jim L

    When does the deal end? Thanks.

    • ericl5112

      I'm assuming when they run out of stock. I got to my local target when it opened today, and bought the last two. Most of the other local targets are out of stock or limited stock.

      • b166er

        Deal ends 8/11

  • M Newman

    Went to 3 Targets in North Dallas. No stock and no salesperson knew what I was talking aboout - typical Target. That's why I don't shop there!!!

  • fafa

    Bought the last one!!! Target located in Bridgewater NJ

  • http://www.facebook.com/kpkramer Kevin Kramer

    I went to the local Target and they were sold out. So I walked next door and to Best Buy and they price matched the Target add.

  • TheTrueGMG

    Got one today and it is very good. Has anyone been able to get the phone to ring through it? I missed a few calls because the phone doesn't seem to ring when in the dock.

  • TheTrueGMG

    My last comment didn't post for some reason but has anyone been able to get their phone to ring through the dock speakers? Mine wont ring when docked

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