Review: Just Mobile Xtand

Keep your iPhone above the mess in a rotating stand. (January 27th, 2009)

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Product Manufacturer: Mobis Technology Ltd.

Price: $39.99 US

The Good

  • Great look - matches the look of the iMac and Cinema displays. Solid aluminum construction. Easy to adjust vertically or horizontally. Works with all iPhones and the iPod touch.

The Bad

  • Top heavy when phone is in the stand. A bit light and could tip over if bumped. Cord hole has no protection around it. Cannot use the camera when in the stand.

While it is easy to just put your iPhone on your desk, it is often not the best option. It is so thin, that it is too easy to bury it under papers, not to mention hard to view at that angle. It makes much more sense to prop it up and have it ready at a convenient angle for viewing. Whether you watch movies, demonstrate new software, or participate in conference calls, the Just Mobile Xtand may be just what you need.

The Xtand package is reminiscent of the iPhone; a small black box with a picture of the Xtand on the top. Inside the box is just the Xtand - no manual. The only instructions are a single diagram showing how the two pieces in the box fit together. Given the simplicity of the Xtand, that's all you need.

Xtand box

Xtand Box

Made of solid aluminum and styled to match Apple's iMacs and Cinema Displays, the Xtand fits right in on your desk. It has soft rubber feet on the bottom of the stand, which keeps it from slipping, and protects the finish of your desk.

Xtand Disassembled

The Xtand Parts

The Xtand's iPod/iPhone holder portion pivots so that you can display your iPhone horizontally or vertically. There is no need for excessive fiddling; you can just grab the iPhone while in the stand and twist it. The Xtand pivots and then stays in position when you stop.

The design of the Xtand leaves all the controls and ports of the iPhone available for your use - with the exception of the camera. The camera lens is covered while the phone is in the Xtand. Other than taking pictures, you can dock your phone with your Mac, make and answer calls, plug in a headset, play tunes, adjust the volume, and use all the other features of your iPhone while it is in the Xtand.

Xtand with iphone

The Xtand with iPhone

The only problem that I found with the Xtand is that with a phone inserted, the stand is a bit top heavy. If you hit the side by accident, it could cause the whole assembly to tip over. I think the solution would require adding quite a bit of weight to the base of the Xtand.

The Xtand holds the iPhone 3G very nicely, but the iPod touch and, I think the original iPhone, are a bit smaller, so the Xtand does not hold them securely. However, Just Mobile includes an alternate set of rubber grips for the Xtand that are just a bit thicker, and if you install these, the Xtand holds the iPod touch securely.

The Xtand lists for $39.99, but Ilene Hoffman notes that for the same price you can purchase the venerable Ped2 from thoughtout, which is steel and has not toppled over once in the four years she has owned it. This stand includes plastic spacers, so you can use it for almost any iPod, including any iPhone. In addition, the cord hole includes rubber protection, so that your cords never rub against the stand, which could damage them, another feature missing on the Xtand. The Ped2 does not rotate though, so if you want to rotate the view, the Xtand may better meet your needs.

Edited by Ilene Hoffman, Reviews Editor
Photos with wood background by Marshall Clow.

by Marshall Clow


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