Because we are so beholden to our various devices, we live a life cluttered with endless cords snaking their way around everything in our homes and at our offices. I like to think of myself as someone who seeks to live an uncluttered life, but even still, you'll find an ugly brown extension cord with a Macbook charger and a iPhone charger plugged into it sticking out from in the middle of my couch, which is ground zero for any at-home work.
That's why you can get very interested in docks. There are a ton of device docks that promise to free you from the cord monsters and bring some order and beauty into your life. Most do a shitty job of it, mainly because they only accommodate your phone without your case. Who wants to take their case off every time they want to charge their phone? Nobody.
That's why the Spool iPhone Dock ($65, Bite My Apple) is so awesome. It's beautifully designed, using wood and felt and can accommodate various devices (like both your iPhone and your iPad), even if they've got cases on them.