Review: MediaGate iKit FM Transmitter for iPhone

iPhone users are always looking for ways to integrate their iPhone into their vehicles. The obvious advantage here is having access to your entire iPod library in your car without the need for CD’s. There are many in-car solutions for the iPhone and today I will spotlight one from MediaGate called The iKit.

iKit by MediaGate

The iKit is a Hi-Fi FM Transmitter and car charger for your iPhone. The device actually supports many iPods as well including the iPod Touch, Video, Classic, Nano 1G/2G/3G and Shuffle but we will focus on the iPhone end of things here.

The iKit features a Digital FM Frequency Display where you will tune into a clear, unused radio station on the cradle and then the same station on your vehicle radio. From there, the iKit has a USB port on the right side for charging other USB-enabled devices and on the left side, a 3.5mm audio jack.

As mentioned, the iKit is a Hi-Fi FM transmitter transmitting at 88.1 – 107.9 MHz which means that you can listen to music or have a hands-free phone call through a radio station, however the best sound quality comes from a clear, little static, unused station.

This is advantageous for iPhone owners that do not have auxiliary ports in their vehicles, but you do lose some sound quality using the radio, as the occasional loud static can emerge. However, the iKit includes a 9-inch 3.5mm male to male audio cable that you can use if your vehicle does have an auxiliary port. This allows you to bypass the FM transmitter feature completely and simply use the cradle as a holder for the iPhone and the auxiliary port in your vehicle for sound, which provides greater sound quality than the FM transmitter.

The front and side of the cradle for the iPhone is wrapped in a high quality silicone gel to protect your device from damage. Flexible clamps also hold the iPhone securely in place. The bottom of the cradle features adjustable stoppers to prevent the iPhone from falling and an attached Dock Connector to keep your iPhone charged.

Along the back of the cradle is attached a flexible goose-pipe that makes it convenient to find the best adjustable position for you in your vehicle. The goose-pipe, once adjusted into place should stay in its position, but I found that once you put the iPhone in (I was using an iPhone 3G) the goose-pipe did not do such a great job. The entire cradle would fall over sideways causing periodic readjustment. The end of the goose-pipe plugs into your vehicles DC outlet and this is where you get the charger for your iPhone.

Overall the iKit is a little bulkier than most FM Transmitters for iPhone but does include a cradle. I like that you can have the option of using the FM transmitter or the auxiliary jack (if your vehicle supports it), as the FM transmitter does suffer some loss of sound quality. I also like the inclusion of the 3.5mm audio cable. The goose-pipe provides a lot of flexibility but did not hold up the iPhone very well for me, however it is convenient that the iKit includes a charger.

The MediaGate iKit is scored a 3 out of 5.

The iKit is available online from QCS Accessories for $33.99 with free shipping within Canada.

If you use promo code ‘CANUCK‘, you receive 10% off your purchase.

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  • Dusty

    Good to see it work on all Apple products as iPods. I take it 3GS too?
    Im not a fan of these FM transmitters though. I don't like the quality but sometimes they do work ok I guess…

  • Rey

    As mentioned, it has an aux port to bypass the fm transmitter. You just plug the dock connector to it, then plug the aux cable to the cradle and you'll have better quality music, while charging. It's an awesome accessory. It also serves as a good holder for using maps or directions because the screen is right in front of you.

  • qcs

    I have one and found the like it use with the new Navigon GPS app. Holds the iPhone where I can see the map. The voice directions come over the car speaker as well – even with music playing.

  • Kilimats

    If you want ease of use (no cable to plug in) and quality, I would also highly recommend the Kensington LiquidAUX Deluxe

    Here is a video demo i made:

  • alan

    Bought it on sale from Anitec, after 5 minutes of use last week, there was white smoke coming out from it and now unusable. Also, the stand is kinda loss, it keeps on swinging around when your car turn…. I hope there is warranty on this product…..

  • Name

    Mine also causes static on nearby radio frequencies. So for example if you have your mediagate transmitter set to 88.9, then and you decide to listen to an actual radio station say 88.1 with the IKit still plugged in. You will get static on 88.1 until you unplug the transmitter.

  • Name

    Mine also causes static on nearby radio frequencies. So for example if you have your mediagate transmitter set to 88.9, then and you decide to listen to an actual radio station say 88.1 with the IKit still plugged in. You will get static on 88.1 until you unplug the transmitter.

  • This is cool! And so interested! Are u have more posts like this? Plese tell me, thanks

  • tonyo

    the rubber stopper and the end of the plug fell off mine…twice… I got a replacement the first time, but this time they would not do it. It screws off easily. I should have glued it. I will try to contact the manufacturer, as i only bought it 2 weeks ago!