Sunday, 22 August 2010

Just Mobile Xtand for iPod Touch Review

Rating: 7/10

Best Price: £19.00 on Amazon

Excellent build quality
Bulky as a portable device
Slick and simple design
iPod does not fit with a protective case on

What it does

The Xtand is a desktop stand for your iPod Touch allows you to switch between landscape and portrait.

What it’s up against

The PED3 stand, a very similar product to the Xtand, but uglier and less sleek.

  • Solid aluminium construction
  • 360-degree rotation
  • Adjustable viewing angle
  • Cable management
  • Non-slip rubber pads
What’s in the Box?

· The Stand
· Fittings for the first generation iPod touch
· Instruction Manual

First Impressions
Very easy to put together with a smooth and simple design, very reminiscent of Apple brand products.
The Base is sufficiently wide and sturdy with rubber feet to protect your desk and stop it from moving around. Four rubber pads on the end of each tip keep the stand’s solid-metal pieces from scratching your iPod and also help keep it in place.
The iPod slots in with ease, but it’s held in place firmly, requiring a firm hand on the base of the stand to help it out again. No marks or scratches are left on the iPod once you have removed it, and there’s plenty of open space to easily insert the charger and earphones.
The Xtand provides convenience by tilting the iPod towards your head in contrast to having it lay flat on your desk.
Whilst travelling on a train or plane the Xtand would be much better way to watch a film than my usual balancing act using a bottle and my wallet. However it is a fairly bulky object to carry around.

A very well made product at a good price, a little chunky as a portable device, but on the whole a nice piece of kit.

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