One great thing about this unit is its size. Its compact and still provides all the functions of any other iHome clock radio. Placing an iPad on it seems out of scale, but for the simple iPhone, its perfect. Being a sound buff, it was very nice to hear good crisp sound with a punchy bass come out of the speakers. Not only that, but one can adjust the bass, treble and balance to your needs; something not all clock/radios give you. The 'line-in' jack is great and you can play most any music device through this (like a blackberry). There is also a great USB port for charging other devices.
If you worry about your power going out, the batteries provide plenty of power to keep your clock ready for alarms. In fact, there are two alarms; one for the week and one for weekends. The remote is kind of an extra for me. I find I don't use it and when I need to get up to slap that snooze button, I'm more likely to move than grab a remote with my eyes closed! Also, don't forget about those cool iHome apps that you can use for interplay on the iHome clock/radio. For its size and price, I have to say this is one of the better iHome clock/radios that are available. The entire iHome clock/radio has all the bells and whistles you'd expect and more. I'd suggest reading the specifications for this and comparing it with other iHome clock/radios. This one is a keeper.