I hate lifting a coffee cup and finding the coaster has stuck to the bottom of it. It's minor and merely annoying, yes, but on some level that's a design fail. Similarly, I find it absurd that I have to use two hands to de-dock my iPhone, to prevent the dock from coming up off the table with the phone.
That's why this next product sounds crazy but actually makes sense, or at least highlights the central flaw in the iPhone dock's design. Hanover-based Mac accessories manufacturer Hardwrk's Massive Dock is made out of concrete.
The 570g (about 1.25 lb) chunk is meant to sit and stay on your desk, and has a bottom lined with a microsuction surface just to be on the safe side. A silicone insert accepts your charging cable, and provides enough wiggle room that you can fit your iPhone in there even with a case, provided it's a thin one.
And to me it isn't materials overkill as long as it solves the problem. If these guys would be so good as to make me a set of coasters too I'd be all set.