A Comprehensive Review & Comparison Of The Best iPhone Stands On The Market


Notice:

The comparisons and tests in this article reflect my personal observations. Readers should take note that there is really no loser in this selection. All these stands are excellent and a viable purchases. It all depends on your personal desired use. They all specialize in certain areas and the ultimate result here will be determined by splitting very thin hairs.

All tests were performed in uncontrolled environments, using feet, fists, floors, walls, pliers, hammers, and children. No wind tunnels were used, nor crash test dummies injured in these tests. Stands were kicked, slammed, tugged, abused and thrown at walls, people and pets (yes…really)…


…A special thanks to all the manufacturers who were gracious enough to participate in this comparison…


iPhones are pure multi-media/communication devices. Watching movies on them is one of the main features available by their use. Holding them in your hands to observe your motion entertainment can get old and tired, fast. Thus, a market opened up to take on the task of being our beasts of burden, shouldering the duty of cradling our iPhones leaving our hands idle, to do other things.

From all over the Webscape, they have come by invitation only. To a secret place they meet. To do battle and see which will be THE LAST STAND, STANDING…

Most have come. Eight stands, to test and be tested on their Form, Function, Style, Stability, Portability, Durability, Adaptability and Price. They have come to this place and you are the audience. Given the privilege to observe their form of bloodsport for truly, your “entertainment”.


The wreathes of honor will go to the standards of:

Most Portable, Best Stationary, My Personal Favorite, & Best Overal


The Criteria will be based as follows:

Form The basis as to how easily the stand adapts to iPhone use. How it is willing to accept the device in its form, Whether naked or cased.

Function How well it performs it’s specified purpose and its ability to permit viewing.

Style How visually beautiful it appears and the delivery of function.

Stability How well planted the stand remains under the rigors of motion and use. (Stands will be subjected to motion, bumps and sudden inertial shifts to cause them to tip or lose grip of the iPhone and the surface it rests on.)

Portability How easily the stand is to pack and carry around. (Note: All these stands are designed to be portable, thus this will determine how much space they take up)

Durability How tough the stand is when subjected to accelerated forms of every day abuses applicable to that type of stand. (chips, dents, cracks, breaks, tears from abuses and every day use, will comprise this criteria)

Adaptability How well the stand can adjust to various environments for general use and viewing purposes.

Price How expensive the stand is in regards to its bang for the buck. (this will be a highly subjective determination made by myself)


All areas of criteria will be scored on a 1 – 10 ranking system with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best.


The stands in this order are:

GoGoStand – from Dean Liou

Crabble – from Seskimo
In Your Face – from In Your Face LLC
iZel – from Movaic Inc.
GorillaMobile – from Joby Inc.

Movie Wedge – from Wedgeworks LLC
Innovation Wednesday – from 219 Design
PED3 – from Thought Out Accessory Company

Let the games begin…


GoGoStand $4.99 (Free S&H)                    “What’s in your wallet…?”

Form **********
Function ********
Style **
Stability *********
Portability **********
Durability *******
Adaptability ****
Price **********
Total Score 7.5



GoGoStand, From Dean Liou, the creator of the Youtube sensation, The “Paper Clip iPhone Stand”. This inventive man comes to us with his newest creation: The GoGoStand. A “wallet stand”, meaning that when collapsed it travels in your wallet. Always available at anytime. And how many of us go anywhere without our wallets? It ain’t pretty and it ain’t stylish. But what it lacks in beauty and fashion it more than makes up in functionality and its extreme convenience in portability. Precisely the size of a credit card, makes this stand slip into any card holder or wallet with ease. Making it one of the most portable stands available on the market. The design and construction is so stupid-simple that I must admit, I found myself frustrated that I did not come up with the idea myself. The stability of the Stand is rather remarkable. This is primarily achieved by its low profile and its use of the iPhone itself allowing the entire side to lay flat acting as anchor for the stand, while also being a point of contact for the stand’s foot print. Really only being good for flat surfaces, this stand is a real contender within the market outside this limitation. Landscape positioning is the obvious intended use for the GoGoStand. Portrait positioning, while stable is not optimal for actual iPhone use as any real pressure can cause the stand to tip. However, entertainment purposes such as watching videos is what makes this stand chime.

Form:
The form of this stand allows for cases, even iPhones with Mophie Juice Pack Airs/iMaxPower IMP130’s to be placed into it without a worry. Just about any case can be used within this stand without concern.

Function:
The GoGoStand, Is a single piece unit that has 3 moving parts. The parts bend intentionally from 3 creases placed into the plastic during the manufacturing process. As can be seen in the picture, the GoGoStand essentially bends from the middle, leaving the center of the card intact to bend closest at the top/bottom of the card like stand. When bending the center piece up and then bending the card in half. Then slipping the center piece into the open slot where the card is bent up you can position the stand to angle the iDevice to 3 different angles. To prevent the iDevice from sliding off forwardly a third tab at the closest end apposed from where the stand was bent upward, is also bent up, creating a lip, which hold the device securely in place. Because of the high and adjustable back, the iDevice is comfortable in both a landscape and portrait mode.

Style:
As I said in the beginning, the GoGoStand aint pretty. The overall look of the stand is extremely utilitarian and not sleek. (in this case since it is so small, I personally do not care about this.) Dean has made The GoGoStand available in colors that range from a reflective Blue, Gold, Purple, Clear and Holiday designs in Powder Blue and Red. Unfortunately the colors are on a single side and all but the blue are observable at specific angles, needing reflective light to bring out these hidden highlights. The “Holiday” designs suffer this same issue, but to a much lesser degree.

Stability:
Because the iDevice remains flat on the same surface that the GoGoStand rests on, the stability of this stand is superlative. My Earthquake tests done by placing the stand with an iPhone in place on a board and quickly shifting from side to side and also slapping up under the board to cause simulated bumps and rough road found that not only did the stand maintain a reasonable proper position, but also due to the flush nature of how the iDevice sits within the stand, I found that the iDevice barely moved. Only sudden motions such as extreme acceleration by a vehicle, or when facing way from the direction of travel could cause the iDevice to tip forward causing a lack of stability and hence security for the iDevice.

Durability:
The GoGoStand, is also pretty tough. Dropping the stand will cause no chips or dents as it is feather weight.  Twisting and pulling shows the stand to be durable and resistant to any damage from such unreasonable abuse and only after I took a pair of pliers to it, did the GoGoStand show any deformation. But even then, afterwards (while even less pretty), it still functioned like a top due to its flexibility and succumbing to the weight of the iDevice. However, with prolonged compression within my card holder and my derriere placing almost near consistent weight on it, the GoGoStand has reclaimed virtually almost all of its original shape. A passing concern due to this stand not having any hinges but works on creased plastic gives me momentary pause that over time, inevitably, the creases will become frail and they will eventually crack. As we all know, nothing lasts forever and this is an inevitable eventuality, but I cannot see this happening anytime soon. I took the time for about an hour, to bend in the same direction the plastic over and over. The plastic did become more pliant under these conditions within the creases. But I feel the material the GoGoStand is constructed of will deal well over time from this form of normal abuse and so does not come as a surprise or major concern in my opinion.

Portability:
With a stand this thin and this small, portability is a breeze. Setting it up and breaking it down to then slip into your wallet makes this one of the ultimate portable stands. There is really nothing more to say about this. It goes where you go as long as you take your wallet with you, and who goes anywhere without their wallet?

Adaptability:
GoGoStand is limited to flat surfaces. You cannot use this stand on your leg or an uneven surface. To do so would result in a tipped stand and iDevice. Anything outside of a very controlled flat environment will not take well to the GoGoStand, nor it to that environment.

Price:
At $4.99 (Free S&H) how can you go wrong? And with a 1 year warranty where Dean will replace it for free if somehow something goes wrong? Even if you don’t necessarily need a stand, everyone could use one of these when in a pinch.

Supplemental:
I can say since this stand found it’s way into my hands, I have made sure to make it find its way into my card holder and it goes everywhere I go now. I simply just do not leave home without it.



Crabble $8.00                                        “Definitely not a board game…”

Form *****
Function *******
Style **********
Stability *******
Portability *********
Durability *******
Adaptability ***
Price *******
Total Score 6.9


From across the pond, straight out of England from Seskimo (the same makers of the Batrest), comes Crabble. An odd name I know, but don’t let the label fool you. This little “Wallet Stand” packs a good repertoire. When flattened the Crabble looks like a stealth wing. Highly styled, with a plethora of printed designs that are so many that I cannot make mention of them all. Made of very flexible (yet hard plastic) the Crabble is a delta shaped stand that bends from the center folding the cutout in half. When doing this the arms with two hook-scoops protrude to catch and hold the iDevice while having the back of the iDevice rest on the highest point. Nice points of this stand are the fact it has two scoops for 2 viewing angles with the highest one good for portrait viewing. The Crabble is more than good at being stable and with the addition of two silicone wrap-arounds on the farthest hook-scoops makes this stand grip pretty well on flat surfaces. While not the most adaptable of stands it makes up for that shortcoming through its portable nature. Highly portable, the best way to carry this stand is in your wallet by placing it with the crease of the stand lined up with where your wallet folds, into the bill fold itself. If you have just a card holder, bending the stand fully, in half will make it 2x as thick but workable to slide into one of the card pockets. Construction is pretty solid for a small stand like this. Not the most friendly in terms of adapting to a lot of iPhone cases, The Crabble however, has its charms.

Form:
The Crabbles’ form does not allow for thick cases to be easily adapted for use within its its claw like hook-scoops, which are shallow. SPECK CandShell Cases and the like will barely work, and you can forget ones like Mophie Juice Packs or iMaxPower – IMP130s. These cases will simply slip right out and even if you get them to stay in place the slightest jolt or disturbance will cause the iDevice to slide right off and fall.

Function:
The Crabble is a single piece, cutout that has one moving part. A delta shaped item that is creased down the center. The crease is manufactured into the Crabble at the production level. By then folding the delta extends the protruding arms that hold the hook-scoops. The scoops are friendly to thin and medium thick cases such as iFrogz. Beyond this you have troubles and you can absolutely forget about it holding an iPhone with a Mophie Juice Pack or iMaxPower IMP130. It is in this fallacy where Crabble loses some luster.

Style:
Styling is quite fetching on the Crabble. It may sound silly but it looks great. The designs for the Crabble are extensive with various graphics to choose from. The shape with its hard angles and sharp corners give a crisp look, indeed. Angling the iDevice within its grasp is defined by sets of hook-scoops and pinching the Crabbles arms together or spreading them apart will lift or lower the iDevice which will define a variety of viewing angles.

Stability:
Stability of the Crabble is impressive. It’s semi-rigid construction allows it to withstand gravitational and inertial variances pretty well. My “Earthquake” test on a board to simulate sudden vehicle direction changes and harsh road displayed more than adequate resilience in both keeping the iPhone mounted and the stand itself from slipping and sliding. This was achieved by the cleverly placed 2 silicone wrap-arounds at the furthest points of each arm. However, since the iPhone is suspended and has only two very thin contact patches, the iPhone is prone to some slippage within the stand under aggressive circumstances, this invariably will cause the stand to fail to maintain its composure causing the iDevice to become unsettled and even fall off.

Portability:
In regards to transport, the Crabble is a “Wallet Stand”. Since it will fit within the confines of you wallet you can take this stand anywhere. However, it is not small enough to fit within a card pocket. That is, unless you fold it in half which makes it a bit too thick. The best way to store it is to place it within the bill fold and allow the Crabbles crease to line up to where the wallet itself folds.

Durability:
The Crabble, is also pretty tough. Dropping the stand will cause no chips or dents as it is feather weight, Twisting and pulling shows the stand to be durable and resistant to any damage from such unreasonable abuse and only after I took a pair of pliers to it, did the Crabble show some deformation. But even then, afterwards (while looking a bit chewed up), it still functioned like a top due to its flexibility. However, with prolonged compression within my card holder and my derriere placing almost near consistent weight on it, the Crabble has reclaimed virtually almost all of its original shape.   A passing concern due to this stand not having any hinges but works on creased plastic gives me momentary pause that over time, inevitably, the creases will become frail and will eventually crack. As we all know, nothing lasts forever and this is an inevitable eventuality, but I cannot see this happening anytime soon. I took the time for about an hour, to bend in the same direction the plastic over and over. The plastic did become more pliant under these conditions within the crease. But I feel the material the Crabble is constructed of will deal well over time from this form of normal abuse and so does not come as a surprise or major concern in my opinion.

Adaptability:
Crabble is limited to flat surfaces. You cannot use this stand on your leg or an uneven surface. To do so would result in a tipped stand and iDevice. Anything outside of a very controlled flat environment will not take well to the Crabble, nor it to that environment.

Price:
Crabble is a bit pricey when compared to it’s fellow wallet brethren. At $8 it is a tad expensive and so loses some luster from this. But making a supposition and even risking an assumption, I would imagine manufacturing costs being a bit high over in Europe, which could be the reason why it is that high. Regardless, the price is a bit steep for such a simple piece of plastic. Nothing serious but a bit of a discount or at least free shipping would be nice.




In Your Face $29.95                                     “Myopia never looked so good…”


Form **********
Function **********
Style *****
Stability ********
Portability ******
Durability ********
Adaptability *******
Price *********
Total Score 7.9




From the genetic coding of desk lamps comes, In Your Face. A company based in the Silicon Valley has brought us this treat of a stand. By taking the same components found with any “cable” clip lamp and replacing the electrical components with a “Vice Grip” Device Holder, In Your Face has created quite a stand for on the go travelers. The cable stem is very flexible, enabling the stand to position the iDevice in virtually any angle for viewing purposes. The clip while heavily springed, is not prone to slipping when attached to something that allows itself to be fit within the bases clamps jaws. However, a full horizontal application of the clamp with the cable arm and device fully extended out can cause the base clamps grip to break when making the stand perform its function. This happens when you are either clipping from above or below. Only clipping from the side will maintain an acceptable level of grip in this circumstance. Because of the cable arm and design of the stand as a stationary stand to use the iDevice for utilitarian purposes does not allow for the most stable of platforms. When pressing the screen the iDevice will give way somewhat and have some after-sway when done tapping the the screen. It can be used for a stationary/utilitarian purpose, but I feel this stand is best suited for multimedia uses such as watching movies. What makes this stand unique from all the others is the fact that (like its namesake), it’s In Your Face. The arm allows the iDevice to be shoved straight into your mug, allowing a more panoramic view of your tiny screen. And this is a good thing since the other stands force a somewhat more distant view. Portability of this device is decent but not optimal. Between the bulky Vice Clip and Springed Base Clamp, coupled with the limited range of motion the cable arm can be bent into a circle, this stand will take a lot of room in a bag. In an over stuffed bag or pocket, you will not be able to get this stand in for transport. But all that aside, due to its excellent specialized function of getting the device very close to your face, I can say most assuredly, regarding my personal favorite in this comparison or what the statistics say in the ultimate outcome, on flights, this one is coming with me.

Form:
In Your Face uses a Vice Clamp, a vice looking holder that fits every case. Not all as perfectly as it could but due to the level of tension within the Vice Clamp which grips the iDevice from the sides only, the IYF holds even an iPhone surrounded by a Mophie Juice Pack Air/IMP 130 very securely. The reason for the non optimal hold is due to the Vice Clamps curved holder are not extended enough to contain the width of the device under those circumstances. Definitely a case of “The eyes are bigger than the stomach” But the valiant effort IYF makes (as said earlier) is good enough to allow this to slide. Nothing slips out.

Function:
The IYF, is constructed in a very familiar form in our society. Think a cable armed clipped table lamp, replacing the light housing with a Vice looking Device holder and you have the IYF. Very flexible, the arm can be positioned to almost any angle and shoving the iDevice as close to your face as you pretty much wish, and that is good for all you people suffering myopia.

Style:
The IYF is not a work of art in the visual sense. It is definitely an old and played design, which works very well for these purposes. The accents of color used are appropriately place and not overdone. The IYF is in no way pretentious in its design and is in fact under spoken save when it is seen being used in its appropriate capacity. It is then when it stands out causing some stares and inquiries of its procurement.

Stability:
The IYF, is a perplexing stand in this area. In some positions it’s almost like a rock. In others the base clip will not be able to take the strain. Lateral from the side work best from this position. while clipping under or over will cause the base clip to lose its grasp. No matter what happens, the iDevice will not move and be released from the extremely effective Vice Clamp which holds the device in place like a mother clinging to her new born. Clipping from a bottom up position finds the stand in its most stable setting. However, extending the arm too far out, especially with the iDevice in it can overload the base clip. This is not a major concern and the over all “ATV” disposition of this stand makes it a winner in this criteria.

Portability:
While portable, the IYF is bulky. It has two large clamps, one to secure the stand and the other to secure the iDevice. These are issues in and of itself, but coupled with the the cable arm which, while very flexible is not enough to enable one to really consolidate the stands size terribly well makes the portability of this stand an issue to take into consideration while packing. It needs some room and room you will have to give it if you are going to take it on a trip. My “Earthquake” test saw no slipping or sliding, the device held in securely, even with it contained within the confines of a Mophie Juice Pack air/IMP 130. Violent inertia in directions which went against the grain of how the device was clipped would cause slippage and loss of stability, but this was not a real concern.

Durability:
The IYF seems pretty tough. I spent about 1/2 hr kicking this stand around on the floor, hard enough to cause it to lift up and drop to the ground. The cable arm stood the test well though some chips formed on the power coated arm. I saw no cracks in either clip and found the stand secured as well after this test as it did straight out of the box. A few light throws at the wall, demonstrated some scoring in the plastics clamps but the stand continued to perform as it should. I know for sure however like all plastic, evetualy the structural integrity will give and so this device may not be a “lifer”, but it takes punishment well. Over all? Pretty tough.

Adaptability:
Being a semi “ATV” Stand, the IYF can handle just about any base as a platform to operate off of, as long as it has a flat surface. Poles and uneven surfaces will not work with this stand. If you cannot clip it securely with the base clip, it will not perform. It’s as simple as that.

Price:
At $29.95, the IYF considering it’s good quality of construction, is a reasonable purchase price. You definitely get your monies worth here. While somewhat pricey, you get what you pay for and this is a worthwhile investment. Especially for those of you who do a lot of flying.





iZel $24.95                                                 “Sleek meets indestructable…”

Form *********
Function *********
Style **********
Stability ********
Portability ********
Durability **********
Adaptability *****
Price ********
Total Score 8.4


Straight out of the “Rainy State” of Washington, comes Movaic’s – iZel. A state of the art brilliantly designed Stand. But what else would you expect from the companies founder/owner John Bandringa. John is a designer by trade and his credentials demonstrate this very well. He is one of the cool-cats who was on the team that designed the VWs New “Beetle”. Being a recipient of the Gold IDSA Designs of the Decade , the design of the iZel would be a cake-walk for this man. His design went to not only the stand, but his packaging and even his marketing. Down to even the paperclip included in his press material screams professionalism and sophistication. When I had the pleasure to speak to John, I almost felt the need to don a tie again when speaking on the phone. This level of excellence finds its way to you by his iZel. The iZel in general use is similar to the Crabble and that’s where it stops. From then on it is a product of amazing quality, durability, forethought, stability and delivery. Constructed of industrial grade plastics and rubbers fused together which is called “Elastomer”, forms this one-piece stand which has no moving parts and bends only in three places without any creases. Looking like something found on Batmans’ utility belt, this stands design, look and construction are excellent. The design was also cleverly designed to have the front look exactly like the back. So it does not matter which sides you bend to form it because it’s the same in reverse. When flat and “Broken down” portability of this stand is a breeze. It wont fit in your pocket comfortably, but will be able to be easily slipped into any bag even if it is over-stuffed. Assembly is a breeze by bending the wings/arms toward you and bending the top flap down and inserting the wings/arms pegs into one of the two holes on each side, secures the stand. The large hook-scoops are generous in space to allow a secure hold on any iDevice and even (barely) a Mophie Juice Pack Air/iMaxPower IMP 130. While capable of easily supporting a portrait position, the iZel is not optimal in this capacity being somewhat unstable when tapping the screen can cause a tip. Landscape mode however is superlative. This is a fine piece of equipment and definately a worthwhile purchase even at the price of $24.95.

Form:

The iZel compliments the fit of every iDevice case. A Mophie Juice Pack Air/iMaxPower IMP 130 barely fit in its generously spaced hook-scoops warm embrace and while not terribly secure for that matter, it seats well enough to feel confident. The rubber rimmed construction of the hook-scoops prevent a lot of slip when the stand is suddenly jolted from side to side. The stand itself does not slip much either and the same rubber rimming of the Elastomer keeps the iZel fairly well anchored when inertial forces go to work attempting to unsettle it.

Function:
The iZel functions as you would expect it. With a varying degree of positions for optimal viewing, a sliding extender in the back allows you to tip the iZel forward setting the iDevice from a 35 deg angle to 0 deg. Hence viewing from various seated heights is as adjustable as desired.

Style:
Styling…What really needs to be said here? Look at the picture. The look and feel are simply beautiful. High tech in looks, when flat the iZel look like a wierd stealth fighter or a bat-arang, extend the height adjuster it looks like a bird. Assembled into the stand it looks like a flat faced Mastadon. At certain angles it looks like a third party game controller for an PS or Xbox. All this with excellent viewing properties for your iDevice. It comes in Black/Grey and now in new Pink/Grey.

Stability:
Stability of the iZel is near excellent. Certain forces applied at certain angles can destabilize the stand, but over all it is rock solid. It simply works, and looks good doing it.

Portability:
When broken down and flattened, this stand will slip into tight areas. While it will not fit in your wallet or even your pocket, the iZel can be squeezed into even the smallest of bags where you have somehow managed to fit 10lbs into what should only contain 5lbs. An excellent compromise of portability and size cleverly designed to work.

Durability:
Tough does not describe this stand. It is nigh, indestructible. I kicked it around for 1/2 hr, nothing. I threw it at walls, nothing. I threw it at people, nothing. I threw it at my pet, the cat bolted out of the room and I cannot find her. I even gave it to my neighbors 3 yr old twins to play with for a day. Again, nothing. Mr. Bandringa even told me they boiled it and deep froze it, and it still came out functional. If you have any concern about this products longevity? Don’t, it will most likely out-live you, maybe even your kids.

Adaptability:
The iZel was really designed with flat surfaces in mind, but it does not do too badly on slightly irregular surfaces due to its larger foot print. It wont fit on your thigh right, but a couch or chair will suit it OK. Anything that is horrizontal and relatively flat will work. Do you need to watch your entertainment on your iDevice and have your hands free? The iZel will do the job and do it well.

Price:
iZel is a great stand, and while $24.95 seems steep the quality of this stand is excellent. You would be buying a highly functional item that does almost everything right. Now it may be a bit steep for some of you but we all need to live a little now and then, right?





GorillaMobile $39.95                           “WHAT THE!?!…”

Form ******
Function **********
Style ********
Stability **********
Portability ********
Durability *******
Adaptability **********
Price *******
Total Score 8.3



That was the exact quote that went through my mind when I first laid my eyes on the GorillaMobile (GM) from Joby, “WHAT THE!?! I saw this stand and said to myself, “This thing looks like it should be chasing the Grand Pooba of the Church of Scientology, Tom Cruise down the street while vaporizing everyone in its path whilst in hot pursuit. Looking at the GMs design was creepy, yet…cool. Yet, creepy…but…COOL! Not exactly pretty like other stands, it does however, have a weird-tech appeal and instead of being a museum piece, it being featured in a sci-fi film seems to be more appropo, or in an issue of Architectural Digest. GM is the most stable of the stands, period. No contest there. If you need an “ATV Stand, this is your choice. It wraps and clings to virtually anything and anywhere. It does this through the use of its tentacle like arms. Three of them to be precise. When I first saw the GM, I was under the assumption that the arms were nothing more than bendies with rubber nodules on them. I was wrong. The entire stand is composed of interlocking ball joints with a rubber rim around each ball. This design creates amazing grip on any surface. Poles, Chair backs, even your leg. These attributes coupled with an actual clip that secures your iDevice rounds out this stand nicely. There is a dark cloud here though, with all this ingenuity of design for the stand how Joby could miss not making a universal holder for our iDevices makes me scratch my head. Did they run out of IQ points? I don’t know, ’seems like they got lazy there. (Update before publication: Joby now includes a levered suction-cup clip{which I did not get so I could not test it] that will work on just about every case and a naked iPhone. A decent solution, but a universal holder is best IMO) What they included was a free case with a built in clip- slip, to slide into the clip to secure the iDevice, but if that did not suit you (like it did not, me) then they included…two adhesive clips to stick to the back of your iDevice or case. A Band-Aid to a gaping wound IMO. Anything “Adhesive” gives me the willies. They slide or fall off and who wants a bulky nodule protruding from the back of their phone? The best solution that the GM seems to offer is the levered suction cup which needs no “Lick-n-Stick” but actually has a lever to draw suction. Now suction cup eventually peel away and since I did not get one I am unclear how long this one might maintain a hold. But judging by Joby’s degree of quality, I am confident in saying I am sure it is more than adequate and not a serious concern, but still makes me take pause. Well that aside, when you do affix your iDevice to the GM it is SOLID. I mean Rock Solid! Able to be angled in any direction and positioned as either a tripod or a clingy I-Don’t-Know-What, the GM perfoms spledidly for not only viewing movies but also for family photos and videos. Amateur movies are gonna get a lot better in their production value, due to the GM. On a table, the GM is most stable. The lower you place it by splaying the legs further out, the larger its foot print becomes as the center of gravity is lowered. Making this the most stable and one of the most fast holding of stands. As a stationary stand for utility purposes on a desk, it works well but the foot print might be a space hog. Setting the tentacles to support the iDevice will enable non-movement when tapping the device. Combine this with Joby’s free camera app on iTunes you have an “ATV” Stand that works also like a tripod with an almost professional photo app that permits options and functions like; delayed, sequence, anti shake, press anywhere to shoot, leveler, and others. This makes this stand a universal utility for photos and multimedia. But at $39.95 it can be questionable if this stand is too pricey for you. Personally I would pay for it due to its versatility and and performance.

Form:
While the GM holds iDevices brilliantly still and secure at almost any angle it loses some gravitas in this area due to its lack of a universal device holder. Any device can be used with the adhesive clip. But with this kind of ingenuity to create this stand, something better should be devised. When clipped in place the device and the stand are inseparable. And this attribute saves the GM, as security is met with safety and we deserve both. Made of nothing but interlocking ball joints, creating a whopping 32 moving parts, the form of this stand allows a versatility of positions and in any environment is what sets this stand apart from others.

Function:
The GM functions brilliantly with it being an “ATV Stand, it goes anywhere, clings to anything and allows any angle for viewing. I could go on but I would be simply bloviating. The point here is it works and works extremely well.

Style:
Creepy, yet cool. That’s the GM. More industrial in looks than an aesthetic beauty, the styling of this stand is definitely a eyebrow-cocker. Quirky-creepy-cool design went into this stand, but what it may lack in looks to you is more than made up for in function, utility adaptability and most of all, viewing. Thumbs up!

Stability:
By far the most stable stand. The GM depending how much you decide to make its foot print determines the degree of stability on a flat surface. But where the GM excels where no other stand can go is the unconventional platform it will anchor itself to. Pipes poles, chair backs, limbs. this stand can handle it all. Remaining stable in any environment, it holds your iDevice not by a cradle but by clipping it in. Once clipped in it goes where the stand goes, end of story. If you need the up-most of stability? GM is the stand for you. Go no further.

Portability:
The GM is highly portable. Not able to be fit into a wallet or pocket comfortably, it is however small enough (and flexible) to be stuck into just about any sized bag. Even when overstuffed, you should be able to find just enough room to get the Joby GM in there. And that’s nice considering wherever you go you will be able to use this stand regardless of the environment.

Durability:
Durability for the GM is pretty good. The balls are solid but like anything with joints, the joints are the weakness. I gave this stand to my neighbor for his 3 yr old twins to play with for a day. When I came back for it, the kids do what they do to all insects…They pulled the legs off. Poor GM…The kids were too much for it. But Jobys GM, snapped back. Literally! I took the separated parts and with a good deal of force popped the dislocated joints back into place and the GM was working again to creep me out with its encephalopod action. Everyone loves a come-back.

Adaptability:
This is probably the GMs specialty. It works just about everywhere in any environment on any surface. It simply works and works well as well as, hard. You cannot go wrong here. It’s ability in this area is simply awesome and there is nothing else out there like it.

Price:
This is a touchy point for the Joby GM. It really all depends on what you need a stand for. If you do not need something that can be used everywhere? The $39.95 price tag may be too rich for you. However if you are in need of the areas where the GM excels at, (and they are many) then that price is a bargain. I report…You decide.





Innovation Wednesday $5.99           “A Museum piece you can own…”

Form *********
Function *****
Style **********
Stability ********
Portability *********
Durability **********
Adaptability *****
Price *********
Total Score 8.1


Looking like a piece of art from the Guggenheim Museum here in NYC, comes Innovation Wednesday (IW). This stand is elegant in its form, function and design. With no moving parts, this is really a stationary stand gone mobile. By clipping your 30 pin charger/sync wire into your iDevice and then clipping on the IW to the 30 pin adapter and viola!…Cool stand! There are no moving parts and the stand is made of what seems to be an acrylic plastic, maybe a resin. It is highly durable, very tough and will resist breaking and chipping very well. While not allowing any adjustability in angle the set angle is about 30-35 deg which is the standard angle for most viewing. This stand fits right in your pocket with ease so portability is a snap (No pun intended). Not the most adaptable of stands the IW, uses the iDevice itself as part of its support structure. Making an oblong 3 point footprint enables this stand to compete with the others here on a realistic basis. Stable, solid, sleek, makes this stand a winner and at a cheap price of only $6.99? The IW gives a good investment value. The only downside to IW is the fact that if you do not have your charge wire, you can’t use IW. Some sort of plastic chip that can be plugged into the iDevice would be nice, making it independent from the charge/sync wire.

Form:
The IW is an interesting design as it works by proxy. By this, I mean it does not actually ever touch the iDevice, but rather holds the 30 pin adapter, making it unique amongst the stands. So holding the iDevice is perfect with no worries about supporting any case unless it uses a proprietary charge wire, such as a Mophie Juice Pack Air/iMaxPower IMP500. When clipped in place and then having the 30 pin adapter plugged in it does it job superbly.

Function:
IW, is a pure simple design. Due to this pure simplicity there is not much option with this stand. The angles are around 30 deg, or flip the stand over and you have a 42 deg angle. That’s it. The 30 deg angle is the preferred overall seated angle you want to view at. So if you’re seated at a table or flat surface often, this should work well for you.

Style:
They say simplicity is beauty. In this case I agree. The elegance of the styling of the IW is really a beautiful thing to behold. No moving parts, no flexing points, just one solid slickly shaped piece of plastic.

Stability:
The IW is surprisingly stable. Mind you, it would be well worth noting that the stand sits essentially in a oblong tripod manner. By this I mean that the stand (with use of the actual iDevice) has three points of contact. The the points are not evenly spread. which means any inertial force that is place in a forward and to the right motion can cause the stand to lose stability, but this is not often when I subjected it to the “Earthquake” test. Overall, while the stand did slip and slide, it never lost hold of the phone and rarely tipped (except in the direction I mentioned earlier).

Portability:
The IW fits in your pocket easily. Being flat and a solid piece of plastic makes this stand one of the more portable ones and does well in this area.

Durability:
The IW is tough. I mean Tonka tough. I threw this thing at walls and after bouncing off and me having to find it , remained uncracked, chipped and very little scoring. I also gave this to my neighbors 3 old twins. Aside from being drenched in childrens saliva, the IW withstood the punishment of children. So like the cockroach, in the event of a nuclear armageddon the IW will outlast us all.

Adaptability:
The IW is not a very adapatable stand. Other terrains aside from flat surfaces do not do well with this stand. Uneven surfaces will not be kind either unless they allow for the three point contact to occur without any forward tilting. The adage is true, fashion will take away from function. In this case that is very accurate

Price:
At $5.99, the IW is quite a catch when looking at it from its quality, styling and function. Definitely a decent bang-for-your-buck, Compared to some others that are as expensive or even more this stand will stand out and people will be curious as to its design by looks alone.





PED3 $35.99 – 49.99                              “Some assembly required…”

Form **********
Function *********
Style ********
Stability **********
Portability ****
Durability *********
Adaptability **********
Price ****
Total Score 8.0



OK, let’ me start off right from the bat to say, while all the other stands felt like toys, the PED3, was the only stand that actually feels like equipment. Constructed of steel, industrial grade rubbers and a weight and feel that makes the PED3 feel more like tools separates this stand from the others. The PED3 is a stand that centralizes around their “Form” holder which comes in two sizes. One size to contain iDevices that are cased with “normal” cases and a larger size to contain abnormally sized cases like Mophie Juice Pack Airs/iMaxPower IMP130s. The Form Holders are a 7 finger holder made of metal with each finger gloved with a rubber cap. These fingers are flexible and bendable so you may determine exactly how secure of a hold the Form maintains on your iDevice. The Form can then be placed on a variety of bases (each sold separately). Now let me say this, that if H.R Geiger,the artisit who created the Alien in the movie “ALIEN” were to design an iPhone stand, it would be the PED3. Especially with the Form Holder in combination with the “Naja” stand. The PED3 looks like it is ready to spring forth, wrap those fingers around your face, wrapping the Naja’s tail around my throat and slip its ovipositor down my gullet to impregnate me with a Chest-Burster. Luckily for us our iDevices will run interference. But that is just one of the bases. A PED3 Base, Bike, Bicycle/Motorcycle, Car bases are also available. With strong functionality like this, you can’t go wrong. Portability is a bit encumbered however. As the PED3 is heavy by the quality of the materials it uses for construction and the bases designed for travel to not pack into very tight or small bundles and are weighty. The durability of this stand is excellent, though chipping and scoring will be prevalent, as it is metal and then has powder-coated or painted surfaces.

Form:
The PED3 performs as advertised by the use of excellent quality metals and rubbers. It allows for excellent stability and stregnth at the cost of it being light wieght. But this is more equipment than a toy like the others. Its ability to hold the iDevice in a secure and durable holder is unparalleled.

Function:
The Form Holder in the PED3 is simply excellent. The company “Thought Out” is appropriately named as they seemed to have missed nothing. Every device I threw into that “Facehugger” of a holder never moved. Every case (depending on which Form Holder I used) stayed put. I even fit it in there snuggly and started making throwing motions while holding only the Form in full force over-handed throws and my iPhone never budged. A risky move I know, but I spared no risk of expense to test these stands out for you. In terms of delivery of over all function the PED3 was a top winner.

Style:
Depends what base you go with, but the style is cool and high-tech. And in terms of viewing at various angles the PED3 worked brilliantly in Car, Bike, and Naja form. Angles were at whatever desire within the 360 deg circumference and within a full 90 deg in any direction. Only downfall was the need to switch bases.

Stability:
PED3 Is an extremely stable stand, regardless of which base you choose. As far as their table top stand? It has replaced my iPhone dock. It’s gone. Even though I have to actually clip the 30 Pin adapter in place and remove it every time., this base allows me to poke and tap the screen with zero play. No wobbling, no sway, no concern. And because of its “Forward” design and empty bottom I lose virtually no space. Using it with the Naja Base allows me great stability whether I coil it up like the snake its name takes on or wrapping it around the back of my neck, this base sings. And for the car or bike mount? It just does not move. And in regards to the Bike? I actually mounted this stand on my motorcycles bar, slapped on the Form holder, fired her up in 20 deg NYC weather, and hit the FDR. One of the most bumpy, torn up roads that classifies as a highway here in the city limits. Now I will admit…I was nervous about the Form holding my iPhone in place. I went tearing down the road at about 75MPH with hard leans and lots of road turbulence. The iPhone was as secure in the form as when I started out 20 min earlier. So fear not, it hold and holds well. No tipping, no sliding, no worries.

Portability:
Just as there is no perfect people there are no perfect stands and this is where PED3 loses some luster. While still portable (speaking of desk and Naja bases) their heavy, bulky and simply are not able to be packed into tight spaces. The Naja, way less so than the desk. You can carry them, but wieght makes this the heaviest of the stands and also the Naja Coil has limited curl. It wont fit in your pocket, but will fit in almost any bag.

Durability:
Tough stuff. Metal and industrial rubbers. It wont break but kicking these stands around on the floor and a few wall chucks demonstrated chips and scratches. The scoring on the stands are to be expected but did diminish their beauty. I could let the neighbors 3 yr old twins play with these but someone could have gotten hurt which sort of says it all right there.

Adaptability:
The PED3 is adaptable to just about every environment you could encounter. The only problem is, that each environment needs the purchase of a new base. And that can get costly.

Price:
At a base of about $35, you get a high quality stand that is tough and pretty sleek looking. However, the change in environment to make it all-purpose requires additional purchases of new bases. As a result this can become expensive…FAST! And that takes away as most other stands simply achieve an all-purpose functionality within a one time purchase. But then again, this is really more equipment than a convenient toy, so you be the judge, it all depends on your needs.





MovieWedge $9.95                                “The Sleeper must awaken…”

Form **********
Function ********
Style ****
Stability **********
Portability *********
Durability ********
Adaptability ********
Price ********
Total Score 8.1


I have to admit to you all. This last entry which is Movie Wedge (MW), I expected nothing from. Concieved in the belly of a jet liner air-bus by owner/designer John Piccolo, and coming out looking like it came from the rear end of that flight, I genuinely thought this stand was going to be a non-event in this comparison. When I first stumbled on it I saw it on Amazon. I saw the pic and thought to myself “Why are they showing the stand inside the bag it comes in?” After some further digging I realized “Oh..That is the stand…” A bean bag. *yawn* Whoopie…But I wanted as many stands as I could get for this “Stand-Off” (Pun intended). So I got on the phone with John, and asked him to participate. He agreed. As soon as it came in the mail being the last stand I was waiting for, I opened the package and saw it and the first thought that went through my mind was “I thought it would be taller….” No really it was small. About the size of those jelly squish balls you can buy or are given out as swag at event. But then I opened it and was honestly amazed. This was a good product! Better than most! I am telling you, the Movie Wedge is a really good stand. Made of beans in a micro-suede pouch with a foam lip at one end, the stand due to the iDevice sitting flat on what ever surface it is on and in combination with the Micro-suede which grips the iDevice preventing slips and the bag itself grips the surface it’s on, makes this one of the mos non-slip stable stands out there. Now add a variety of angles to place the iDevice in by shifting the beans in the bag and the ability to fit any sized case and you have yourself a real killer stand here. Being semi-ATV, the Movie Wedge permits use on uneven surfaces and even a propped up knee. Durability of this stand follows the practices of Bruce Lee, “Be like water”. And like water, the Movie wedge is flexible and tough without the need of being rigid. It is that exact flexibility that allows it to be durable by absorbing abuse vs rigidity which attempts to deflect damage. The Movie Wedge also lends to be great in portability. Just small enough to fit somewhat uncomfortably in a pocket but easily in any bag, even over stuffed ones. It aint pretty, but other than that, this is one great stand that delivers in volumes and for a $9.95 price tag you get some serious good bang-for-your-buck. Hell, because of the Micro-suede fabric you even have the ability to use it to clean your screen. How cool is that?

Form:
Constructed of beads, micro-suede fabric, teddy bear stuffing and genius, the MW’s form is essentially shapeless, yet fully comprehensive. Taking on a philosphy of flexibility and adaptability makes this sleeper, a giant. Do not be fooled by its looks. It works and works well.

Function:
MW Holds a phone like your girl’s warm caressing hand. Any sized case fits in its sultry embrace. It will not slide much within the stand nor the stand itself slide much under inertial forces. This is due to the MW having the largest contact patch with the iDevice and surface it lays upon. To quote Darth Vader…”Most impressive”.

Style:
It aint pretty, this is true, but do not think for an instant you could replace this with a run of the mill bean bag. The lip makes the stand (well that and the micro-suede). This design will function as you desire for the most part.

Stability:
With a huge contact patch, shock absorbing beads, grippy yet pleasant to touch fabric and a simple but effective holder that allows the iDevice to lay flat on any surface, the stability of the MW for what it is, makes it a top scorer in this area.

Portability:
Put it in your pocket, in your bag. It can go where every you want if you want it.

Durability:
You can’t break it as it has no parts. It is all flexible and the only thing you need to worry about is a tear or popping a seam. If that happens, get out the needle and thread and sew it up. Self repair made cheap and no worries about glues not working. Throwing this stand, kicking it around affords no discernable damage or loss of function. I gave this stand to my neighbors 3 yr old twins to play with for a day. It looked fine after a day of hard abuse. A little stained and dirty but still worked. However I have to give it back as my neighbor told me his kids are going nuts asking about it. I almost said no cause I like it so much, but then he has twins and did me a favor, so… I reluctantly gave it back.

Adaptability:
The MW is a semi-ATV Stand meaning it will not cling to everything like walls or poles. But it will work on just about any uneven semi-flat surface. And this is huge as its special design seems to be adaptability. This stand works and so impressively so that I am glad in this instance to simply be wrong.

Price:
The MW at $9.99 is an awesome price for what you get. A quality, highly functional/adaptable stand that not only acts as your beast of burden but also cleans too by use of the very fabric it is constructed of. Out of all the stands, this one is definitely the best bang-for-your-buck. But get it soon, John has told me the price may be rising.



So who won? I must tell you all, the decision was not easy. This entire comparison was not easy. I had to really split hairs and take sincere consideration and when one would seem to take top honors another would make me reconsider. But decisions must be made, this was the burden I had to endure as the responsibility is mine. So here they are….




Best Portable:
GoGoStand



GoGoStand is such an amazing convenience. The design is nothing short of brilliant. Dean has literally created the stand version of the paper clip. Simplicity meets design, meets function = performance. Since I got a GoGoStand, it has been placed in my wallet and it goes with me everywhere. Awesome! At $4.99 it is a well worthwhile investment. Whatever stand you choose from you should have one of these too. Trust me it may look flimsy but when assembled it is surprisingly sturdy beyond expectations. Really, stop questioning me and just get one.




Best Stationary:
PED3

PED3 is not a toy, it’s real equipment and deserves the respect of such a distinction. Made of metal and industrial grade rubbers, this stand is tough tough tough. But in terms of delivery it is great. It has replaced my iPhone dock as I can actually tap on the screen and the device and stand do not move. It holds my iPhone as tight and securely as I wish with its inventive device holder and it simply performs fantastically while looking modern, high-tech and hella-cool. If you need a stationary stand that you need to work on but will not use up space on your desk? This is your winner.




Personal Favorite:
Gorilla Mobile

The GM is such a cool stand. I know I keep saying it’s creepy looking and it is, but it is so cool. It can be used anywhere and that specialty makes it really chime for me. Wrap it around a pole, a seat back whatever and the GM will do it’s job. This makes it a my personal favorite. I love this stand Joby, so make no bones about it, anyone who needs this kind of versatility along with ultimate stability and adjustability of view angle, but also desires something you can take photos/videos with? Joby Gorilla Mobile is the way to go. My video collection thanks you Joby. *wink*




Honorable Mention:
Movie Wedge

This was not going to be a category to win. However the MW really impressed me. The personal favorite decision was split between MW and GM. GM won out but MW had to be mentioned here and even got its own category due to its unbelievably user friendly, adaptable, fantastic performance. And the price is just right considering all these factors and what you get. You simple cannot go wrong with Movie Wedge. I highly recommend this stand.



This leaves the winner. The Last Stand, Standing…


Best Overall:
iZel

iZel, statistically the winner. The overall numbers make this the best overall stand of them all. The performances of the various criteria when summed up made iZel the best overall by the sum of its parts. I guess John just won another award. Congratulations John, that trophy shelf must be getting crowded. With sleek designs meeting indestructibility, a form and function that is superb and a user friendly design that appeals to the eye, all at a reasonable price makes the iZel the best overall. If you decide to get one of these stands? The iZel will in no way disappoint you.