JustMobile recently sent me their Xtand for iPhone to review.
iPhone Xtand features
According to JustMobile:
- All solid aluminum construction
- 360-degree rotation
- Adjustable viewing angle
- Cable management
- Non-slip feet
I’ve found the Xtand to be most useful for hoisting my iPhone vertically on my desk so that I can access it easier as I work on my computer (see above photo). It rotates 360 degrees on an axis, which is essential for switching from landscape to vertical modes.
When the screw that holds the mount to the stand is screwed on tight, the iPhone is tilted back at about a 45-degree angle.
You can watch movies in bed with your Xtand placed on your night stand. The thing is, you’ll want to tilt the iPhone down for a better viewing angle. You can turn the knob behind the mount to loosen the screw and adjust the viewing angle, but then the mount is flimsy because the screw is loose. I think JustMobile should rethink this part of the design.
Also, unfortunately you can only mount your iPhone without a case on, so if you have an iPhone case you’re going to have to remove it before using the Xtand.
If that’s not a bother for you then I’d recommend the Xtand. It’s sturdy and sleek looking and it serves its purpose. The mount allows easy access to the sleep/wake and volume buttons. And the hole in the back for cable management, though not essential, is definitely appreciated.
Update (Feb. 5, 2009): I have come to really like using the Xtand on my desk. It’s much more comfortable to use the iPhone when it’s propped up at a 45-degree angle, than when it’s flat on your desk. You can lean back and use your iPhone almost as if it were your computer, and the Xtand doesn’t prevent you from comfortably gripping the phone to use it with both hands.
In the photo below, I’m listening to my music with the iPhone through speakers, charging the phone and browsing. Maybe you have to try it to know what I’m talking about, but it really does change the iPhone experience.