Stanley Stand by Distil Union – Review

What we love…

Stanley Stand is easy to use portable stand for your iPhone, iPad or other device

What we’d love to see…

better way to carry it around – I currently put it back in the box each time I use it although it can be flattened.

Summary

Overall, this is a great flexible stand which is perfect for anyone with tech in your life.  It’s held up very well during my testing and multiple uses.

Our Rating

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Stanley StandThe Stanley Stand by Distil Union is a leather device that bends to hold your device and accessories while cooking, serving as a portable charging station, holding your tablet and more.  Stanley Stand is made of leather, merino wool felt and heavy steel.  The Stanley Stand is covered on the outside by leather in your choice of color (black, brown, gray, lime, aqua, red) and on the inside is Merino wool felt.  They cover up a piece of steel inside which bends to make the Stanley stand usable in so many situations.  Each stand has light grey Merino wool felt which has white stitching, and the darker stand (black) has darker grey felt with black stitching.  The stand features a small hole in the back designed to feed your cables through so they are not in the way of your device.

You can use it as a non-traditional dock on your desk at work, on your kitchen counter to hold your device while cooking, to act as a small typing stand or simply to get your device up from a flat spot.  It will hold phones and tablets up to 8″ tall and held my iPad Mini in a Griffin Survivor case quite comfortably.  You can bend the stand to your viewing angle (so you can watch movies while it is on a table or use it for cooking) or a low angle so you can use it as a typing stand.  Inside the box is the Stanley Stand in your choice of color and a USB extension cable which is six feet, this plugs into your lightening charger for your iOS device and works with any USB cable you already use to charge your device by giving it a bit more length.

When I got my Stanley Stand I started coming up with great ideas of using it.  The Stanley Stand is  small enough to toss in my backpack and bring with me when I’m out with my kids, so I can stream a Netflix movie while they are having an appointment or while I wait in the car for the time of the appointment.  I also brought it along as a portable charger – I like many have my iPhone go dead sometimes.  This can be frustrating – especially when you find a plug but it’s a little bit too far away or perhaps you don’t want to be limited by the length of your standard issue Apple cable.  Thankfully using the USB extension you can now comfortably sit in a char while having your device plugged in!  I also liked the Stanley Stand when cooking – I have lots of recipes on my device but I hate touching my iPhone with dirty hands to check the ingredients.  Now, I simply prop it on the Stanley Stand, turn off sleep mode and get cooking!  My husband also recently brought the Stanley Stand to a conference he attended where he had all of the slides on his iPad – instead of having to hold his device while listening to the lecture he simply propped it up and could easily follow along.  One of my favorite things was that I could adjust the Stanley Stand to almost any direction to make it suit my needs – it was nice that it was not molded plastic and static.

In terms of enhancements – right now I put the Stanley Stand back into the box each time I take it somewhere with me – and the box is getting a bit tattered.  I haven’t figured out a better solution – it’s pretty small and fits in tight spaces but I don’t want to mistakenly stretch it out.  It does fold flat – and I have done that a few times to slide it into a tight space in my bag – but I’m not sure if that is a good idea long term.

Overall, this is a great flexible stand which is perfect for anyone with tech in your life.  It’s perfect for kids who may be using a tablet to do reading and need to prop it up, adults who need a desktop charging stand or anything in between.  It’s held up very well during my testing and multiple uses.  In fact, if anything the leather has gotten a nice patina to it.  At a cost of $49.99 USD I feel the Stanley Stand is worth it and is a great gift for someone on your list who may be hard to buy for!  You can buy it direct from Distil Union for $49.99, Amazon and other retailers.

Product details

  • Compatibility: Phones and tablets up to 8″ tall
  • Bend to your viewing angle, or low angle for ergonomic typing
  • Premium materials, skilled craftsmanship, and 1-year warranty
  • Materials: Leather, Merino wool felt, and heavy steel
  • Included: USB extension cable (6ft) – Note: Cable is NOT an iPhone cable. Instead, it works with any USB cable you already use to charge your device.

 

 

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

Tablift Tablet Stand by nbryte – Review

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What we love…

Sturdy, well-made, works with a variety of tablets in portrait and landscape modes, works on soft uneven surfaces, keeps weight off you

Cons..

Will not work with most iPad Cases, limited viewing angles

Summary

If you like to use your iPad in bed to read or watch movies and don’t mind the iPad being without a case the Tablift is a stand worth considering. It feels sturdy and well-made and works well on soft, uneven surfaces.
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The Tablift is a tablet stand designed to fit the iPad (all generations), iPad Mini and Android tablets. It is designed to hold the tablet when you are using it on an uneven surface such as a bed or couch. I tested it with an iPad 2. iPad 3, iPad Mini and iPad Air 2.

The Tablift consists of a plastic centre console with 3 grooves in it for holding the the tablet at different viewing angles, 4 flexible metal legs and an elastic strap with a plastic clip.

Set Up

Set up is pretty simple:

a) Open the 4 legs to the outside

b) Spread the legs apart

c) Place the iPad in one of the grooves, it can be in landscape or portrait modes

d) Use the clip to hold the elastic on the upper edge of the iPad

The Tablift is designed for use with tablets without a case on. The slots that the tablet sits in are approximately 10 mm wide so the tablet must the thinner than that to fit. With the older iPad 2 & 3 I have not found any cases that will work with the Tablift. With the newer iPads that I tested- the iPad Mini and iPad Air 2 they could be used with a case if it was very slim such as the Impact Mesh iPad Mini case by Tech 21.

In Use

The Tablift is surprisingly stable on a bed, I found even when moving around a little to shift position in bed it stayed well in place. The legs are very flexible and can be placed at a variety of angles to fit different uneven surfaces, as long as you make sure the 4 feet are well spread apart is is pretty stable. I did like that it could be used in both landscape and portrait modes, and that it could accommodate a variety of 7″ and 10″ tablet models.

There is not a huge range of viewing angles, just 3 options- the centre slot is vertical, the rear slot puts the iPad screen a little tilted back and the front slot tilts it forward. The angle depends on the thickness of the iPad- the slimmer models (mini, Air) are more tilted than the older models. I did find, especially with the thinner iPads, you need to be careful using the front slot- before you have secured the iPad in place with the elastic strap it tends to fall out forward if you don’t hold it in place. I like that it keeps the weight of the tablet and stand off your legs or body, unlike many other stands designed for using your iPad in bed.

The Tablift worked fine when using it on the sofa, but doing so made me nervous. I felt that it would be very easy to accidentally knock the iPad and stand over, and potentially have it fall from the sofa to the floor. With the iPad without a case, or in a very slim not very protective one, this could have disastrous consequences. This may be less of a concern for some people, but with a household full of kids and animals, that are liable to make sudden movements and unwittingly knock it over, I wouldn’t use it on my sofa. On the bed it did not worry me the same way, because, as long as I wasn’t too close to the edge of the bed, it would fall onto a soft surface and unlikely to be damaged.

The Tablift weighs just over 2lb and folds down for storage to approximately 6″ x 11″ x 3″.

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Summary

If you like to use your iPad in bed to read or watch movies the Tablift is a stand worth considering. It feels sturdy and well-made and works well on soft, uneven surfaces. A downside is that it will not work with most cases, so if you use a case on your tablet you will probably need to remove it to use the stand. As this leaves the iPad unprotected I would be uncomfortable using it in situations where there was a risk of it falling onto a hard surface.

Available from Tablift.com and Amazon RRP $59.95

 

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Universal Car Mount from Kensington – Review

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When traveling by car I often use my cellphone as a GPS navigation system, and to do that I need it securely mounted where I can see it without taking my eyes off the road. The Universal Car Mount from Kensington is a great solution for this, and is really flexible, working with different vehicles and phones. This makes it a great accessory to take when traveling as you never know exactly what model rental car you will get.

It mounts in 2 ways- either via a 12 inch long flexible arm attached to a powerful suction cup, or via a vent clip.  The suction cup adheres really firmly to the windscreen, with a lever that adds extra suction, and a tab to pull when you need to release it. The arm is strong but can be gently bent to adjust the angle to work with different windscreen angles. It some states it is illegal to use a windshield mount, so it also includes a vent mount as an alternative. The vent mount is like a short cone with 4 slightly flexible petals, and I found it attached easily to my car’s heat/ air vent. The mount works in both portrait and landscape mode.

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I love that it is really easy to adjust to fit different size phones, so my husband and I can use it interchangeably even though we have different model phones. It fits my iPhone 5 and my husbands iPhone 6 fine, and will even fit an iPhone6+! It will work with or without a phone case. Adjustment is really easy, you just touch a button to release the phone, this opens it fully and when you put a new phone in just squeeze the fits and it automatically adjusts to the correct size. It has a soft foam lining that grips the phone securely and releasing the phone just takes a simple touch of a button.

I highly recommend the Universal Car Mount from Kensington as a very simple, easy to use, secure, flexible smartphone mount that will fit a variety of  vehicles and a large range of Smartphone sizes. Available from Kensington.com , Amazon or other retailers for RRP US $29.99.

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Review and Giveaway for The Otterbox Agility System for iPad

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Pros…

Good drop protection, variety of case options and accessories available, you can pick and choose which accessories to buy

Cons…

Quite bulky and heavy, no screen protector, not spill proof, buying the whole system can be expensive

Summary

The Agility Tablet system from Otterbox combines good drop protection with a very flexible system of cases and accessories.

Our Rating

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Otterbox are known for their rugged protective cases for Smartphones and Tablets and they have recently introduced a modular line – the Agility Tablet System. It is available for iPad Mini, iPad 2/3/4, iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Tablets. I tested the iPad 2/3/4 system. In my household, like many others the kids get to use the older iPads and we still have iPad 2 and 3 that are used daily. Any time kids are using iPads having them in a protective case is a high priority, so I am always interested to test out any new protective cases on the market.

The Shell

The Shell is the heart of the Agility system, none of the other accessories work without it. The Shell is a hard plastic case, it has a cutout on the back of the case that connects with all the other parts of the Agility system. The Shell gives the iPad drop protection, it is made of a thick layer of plastic and is very solid. It has a raised edge that sticks out past the edges of the iPad in all directions adding extra protection of dropped on an edge or corner. There are cutouts over the speaker, buttons and ports, there is not a screen protector. The Shell can be used on its own as a case, and my children will usually use the Shell without a cover when playing games on the iPad. The Shell comes in Charcoal Grey, and retails for $39.95.

All of the accessories for the Agility system have a strong magnet in the shape of a circle with 4 tabs on them. This magnet fits perfectly into the cutout on the back of the Shell, so that the accessory connects to the iPad. The circular shape allows the iPad to be rotated, and the tabs make sure it stops perfectly in landscape or portrait position and keep the iPad securely in this position.

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The Folio and Portfolio Covers.

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The Folio is the more slimline of the case options and comes in Apple Grey, it retails for $49.95. The Folio is similar to the Apple Smart Cover but with the addition of the magnet for connecting to the Shell. The front has a vinyl type covering and inside is a micro-fibre lining. It has automatic wake/sleep for the iPad when the cover is opened or closed. The Folio can be folded to create a stand for the iPad but I didn’t find this very stable – it was easy to accidentally collapse the Folio when touching the screen.

The Portfolio is the more luxurious outer case option, it comes in black leather  with a grey micro-fibre lining and retails for $69.95. The Portfolio has a magnetic clasp and automatic sleep/ wake when the cover is closed or opened. There are 2 flaps inside the Portfolio which create a 2 position stand for the iPad, I found that this worked much better than the Folio stand and was quite stable in both positions. The Portfolio is larger and heavier than the Folio but I thought it was a much nicer case option.

Wall Mount

The Wall Mount is a 2 piece mount that allows you to securely mount your iPad on a wall or other flat surface. The back plate can be attached to the wall with 3M Command Strips (which come attached to the plate) or with 2 screws. Once the back plate is in position the front plate slides onto it via 2 grooves on the sides, the 2 parts attach very firmly together. The front plate has the magnetic mount and includes an even stronger magnet than the cases have so the iPad is very securely mounted. The Agility mount system lets you easily change the iPad from landscape to portrait mode. This is a great idea if you like cooking using your iPad and want to keep it off the counter, clean and protected from spills and could also be used in a bathroom or on the wall by a treadmill or exercise bike. It comes in a choice or Charcoal or White and retails for $29.95.

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Dock

The Dock is a great multi-position stand for the iPad, it retails for $49.95 and comes in Charcoal. It has a weighted base which makes it very stable. The iPad connects to the Dock (via the Shell) with the standard Agility magnetic mount which is Part of the upper section of the Dock. The viewing angle can be adjusted to any angle from lying flat to just under 90° (it will not go completely to 90°  to prevent it toppling over.) The dock needs to be on a flat surface such as a table or countertop and works really well as a stand for movie viewing or working on the iPad. It can also be used on a desk when using the iPad as a second screen for your computer.

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Power Base

We did not test the Power Base, but it is designed to be used underneath the Dock creating a powered docking station. It has 3 USB ports allowing it to charge 3 iOS or Android devices at once. It comes in Charcoal and retails for $49.95

Summary

I love the flexibilty of the Agility system, it gives great drop protection but also allows for a variety of different covers, mounting and charging options. One downside of the system is that it is, like most protective case options, quite bulky and heavy. The Shell on its own is similar in weight to other protective cases so when you add the Folio or Portfolio it is heavier still. It does not have a screen protector, which for some people may be a problem, but I actually like it without – the screen is more responsive than with a screen protector and it is protected from scratches in transit if it has the Folio or Portfolio cover on. The magnetic mount system works very well and I love the idea of being able to add the Power Base to the Dock so that it can be a charging system as well as stand.

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Giveaway

Otterbox have kindly offered to give an Agility System Package to one lucky iMums Reader – the Package consists of one Shell + Portfolio +Dock + Wall Mount, total value of the package is over $170. The winner can choose a package for iPad 2/3/4, or iPad Mini or iPad Air.   Winner must have valid US shipping address. Enter via Rafflecopter below, winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize.

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NOTE: Products were supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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