The Rokstand: a quality stand with attitude [giveaway and review]

By , Dec 18, 2012

iPhone stands are a dime a dozen. Like iPhone cases, there are millions of iPhone stands, small and large, powered and passive, plastic and metal, cheap and expensive. However, when pulling the Rokform Rokstand out of the package, I knew this stand was unlike any other stand I had ever seen or felt, for that matter. Quite simply, it is a machine, and a very elegant one at that. It owns your desktop. Just looking at it, I feel it glaring back at me. To get the full scoop, Rokform sent over a stand for review and offered to give one away to a reader in our contest below…

Form and Function

The overall design of the Rokstand is stunningly crisp and every edge is pristine, every contour smooth. It sits demandingly atop a desk, begging the attention of the room occupants. I have used a Rokstand for about a full calendar year and when I say “used,” I mean constantly. Every day, the first thing I do in the office is place my iPhone down on the Rokstand. It halts conversations from office guests when they take note of its dominating design, even without me drawing attention to it.

Machined of a single block of 6061 T-6 anodized aluminum, the Rokstand is a solid, sturdy, and serious addition to any desktop. Because of its wide stance and heft, both iPhones and iPads rest easily in its grasp. Four rubberized feet and heavy weight keep the Rokstand from sliding across smooth surfaces and a depressed cradle keeps iPhones and iPods from moving in the stand during use. The depression is made to fit perfectly with the Rokbed iPhone case. While cradled, a knob adjustment moves the viewing angle into each of four different positions, perfect for FaceTime or eliminating the glare from a ceiling light.

While the Rokstand holds an iPad, it is made specifically for the iPhone 4S. A recessed channel holds a 30 pin cable in place with two included screws. Sliding a 30 pin device down on the mounted cable, it will sit flush with the stand, preventing rocking. The Lightning cable still fits, however, the iOS device will no longer sit flush with the dock while charging. As we move toward Lightning cables, I look for Rokform to modify this as an option and eventually offer a specific iPhone 5 version.

Conclusion

Hold your breath. You can take home a Rokstand for a killer $169.00 although you can find a more affordable $120 version on Amazon, and start turning heads in your own office. Given the price, the Rokstand is not for the faint of heart, but rather an artful, modern rendition of an iPhone accessory for discerning tastes. In conclusion, yes, the Rokstand is merely a holder for your iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Does it hold your phone? Yes. Does it hold it in portrait and landscape? Yes. Does it tilt for multiple viewing angles? Yes. Then what makes this stand different from any other iPhone stand?

Quality. Design. Detail. Attitude.

Pros:

  • Solid aluminum
  • 4 viewing angles
  • Rubber feet to prevent slipping and rubber ‘o’ rings to prevent scraping your iOS device
  • Heavy and wide to prevent tilting or knocking
  • Comes with screws and mounting tool for the 30 pin cable

Cons: 

  • Does not hold a Lightning cable, but it is not intended for iPhone 5
  • No rubber pads on the cradle for iPads or iPhones in landscape
  • Price

Giveaway

What do you have to do to win?

We teamed up with Rokform to giveaway this awesome stand! One lucky winner who follows the next steps will be chosen to win a stand in the color of their choice:

Winner

Congratulations to @iByron for winning Rokform’s awesome Rokstand! Thanks to everyone else who entered! We have a new giveaway up our sleeves so stay tuned.

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  • http://www.eraser.org B. Braun

    Would like to see this tiny thing in my office folks my twitter Name @eraser_org

  • http://twitter.com/wonggt Oliver Wong

    Use it in lectures and when doing work at home, I can display notes and slides on it.
    Also can watch youtube videos on it in bed.
    AND who would forget when facetiming!???
    @wonggt

  • Javier Gore

    The creator must be an aviation geek. This is just a thrust lever :)

  • http://twitter.com/rickz97 Ricky

    Great would like to have one. Use it for style it seems like transformer kinda thing good for showoff
    @rickz97

  • http://twitter.com/cRaNiOn256 Vaarish Misra

    I would place it in my new office and use it for everything from facetime to giving orders to SIRI..This would give my 4S a Major style boost! and make it look even more Exclusive :) its stainless steel Finish makes me wonder how beautiful and elegant an iPhone stand can look ! Well yeah hell of a design! (y)

    Twitter – @cranion256

  • Javad

    I would place it on a table in front of me for face time and skype video chat and also mirror image for my apple tv3

    @jdadvar

  • http://twitter.com/Makkiej Mark

    done done done,

    I would use it on the dashboard of my rental car that we are going to use during a 3 week roadtrip along the westcoast of America (i’m from Holland) and use an App to take a picture every so many minutes to get an awesome timelapse of the whole trip!

    @makkiej

  • Kiran Kumar Satyavarapu

    I would use it in my office and make everyone envy about me

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chun-Yian/721563637 Chun Yian

    I would use it on my workdesk to show it off to my friends! Loving its elegant and its TOUGH look. totally worth putting it on anywhere to show it off to everyone! ROAR!

    @chunyian1001

  • http://twitter.com/pinny716 Adam Cohen

    I would use it in school during boring lectures and I like how it’s so tough.

    @pinny716

  • http://twitter.com/p_vantilborg Patrick

    I would use it @Work and test my app designs while using this badass stand! :D

    @p_vantilborg

  • Kiran Kumar Satyavarapu

    @unified_kiran

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1384316579 Byron C Mayes

    I’d use it at work. That’s where things need the most shaking up and that shake-up-ability is what I like about it most. — @iByron

    • http://twitter.com/pinny716 Adam Cohen

      Congrats. Enjoy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Capone214 Mike Ponciano

    Would use it @ work & home, for my iPhone & iPad. Especially for my 4 yr. old. Since he drains my battery. At least he could use it & charge @ the same time.
    Twitter: capone214
    Fb: mike Ponciano

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1167174955 Anson Nam

    Would be a great Christmas present for my dad as he is constantly checking his mail and it drains up his battery — @anz0n

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    looks over done and cool

  • http://twitter.com/IanFuchs88 Ian Fuchs

    I’ve yet to allow myself into the RokForm product line, knowing that I’ll need to buy every possible product…. I constantly have my iPhone or iPad sitting on my desk at work, and having is propped on a stand would make a world or difference! Hook me up Jimmy!! – @ianfuchs88

  • http://twitter.com/parkerreed Parker Reed

    I would use it as a night stand. Very solid.

    @parkerreed

  • http://www.facebook.com/zodd.zeorrenia Zodd Zeorrenia

    I think it’s ugly and unfinished. But that is just my opinion.

    • http://mikelightman.com/blog mikelite

      +1 it’s hiiiiideous

  • http://twitter.com/AmpxMC Amp

    I think it looks really nice, and I would definitely get one if I could use my iPhone 5 with it

  • http://twitter.com/ericwilborn Eric Wilborn

    My wife could use this to dock at night instead of that boring Apple dock.

  • http://twitter.com/spalten Steven Spalten

    I would love this cool stand for my desk at the office. I am always looking for a good way hold my phone to charge and use while at work and the cool look alone would get me to use it! Since I work in an IT shop, everyone would NOTICE for sure! twitter handle is spalten

  • jskurkis

    I love the high-end industrial look. It is simple yet indestructible looking. I would love to have it on my desk at home.

  • http://twitter.com/mattssmith Matthew Smith

    I would use this awesome stand at work here at MasterCard… right on my desk for everyone to see. This would be amazing! @mattssmith

  • Braydin72

    @Kell_R72 would use it on his nightstand the most!

  • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

    It looks really cool but I don’t like the price, it think its too high for a 30-pin connector stand which have been out for years now so you can probably find a really nice looking one for a lot less. I would just get an actual dock instead, preferably Apple’s universal dock which is only $60 and already gets you way more advantages over this stand but unfortunately I have an iPhone 5 and Apple decided not to make a dock for it this year :(

  • http://twitter.com/boobebeshi Abdullah Tarabishi

    I like its design.. its awesome!!
    @boobebeshi

  • http://twitter.com/atheeq91 Muhammad Atheeq

    Looks cool will try it out
    @atheeq91

  • http://twitter.com/ps3fanboy923 M

    @ps3fanboy923

    I would use it at work! I work in IT and this would fit it perfectly in my cubicle. :D

  • deepdvd

    Seriously?? $120 dollars? For a stand? Are you nuts? How does the price not go in the “Con” section? How biased can you be?

  • Logun Watkins

    @bassguru I would use the Rostand with my ipad 4 my lively wife got me for Christmas. I love everything about the stand looks function everything.

  • http://profiles.google.com/arivadsk Hector Rivera

    @ak7579

    I would love to use this in my office. Love the industrial look of it and it would fit in perfectly

  • http://twitter.com/GoncaloMrqs Gonçalo Marques

    Twitter: @GoncaloMrqs

    I would love to have this crazy stand wherever I am! It would be amazing to see movies and other stuff using this. It really makes me remember some motorcycle levers. I love this aggressive and beautiful design! :)

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    LOL, $120 for a fugly aluminum dock….good strategy in taking advantage of iSheeps.

  • http://twitter.com/Reinhardt_Drew Drew Reinhardt

    I would use it in my classroom to prop my iPad up on my desk. I teach from it regularly and that is a very classy stand to use! @Reinhardt_Drew

  • http://twitter.com/vande919 Ben VandeHoef

    I would use it at work to keep me inspired! This thing is a piece of art!