Review + giveaway: iCooly PhoneStand for iPhone

"Pairing the latest in Apple iPhone hardware with a 1980s style telephone handset, iCooly certainly demands attention even if its form sometimes overwhelms its function."

The iCooly PhoneStand is an iPhone dock/cradle with a twist -- a retro-future look like something out of the 1980s... or a 60s world's fair. Instead of a rotary dialer or touchtone keypad, it has a tacky surface on which you can place your iPhone, and the handset plugs right into your 3.5mm audio jack. And that's only the beginning.

You don't need leg-warmers or big hair to rock the iCooly PhoneStand, though they certainly wouldn't hurt. This is one sleek plastic and shiny white and silver finished 80s flashback phone. But it works; once the spiral corded handset is plugged in you can answer calls with the tap of a button. (You can also activate Siri on an iPhone 4S or Voice Control on an iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS with a longer press.)

The nice thing about the old school handset design is that it was an absolute breeze to tuck between the side of your head and your shoulder, so you could keep your hands free to keep working, cooking, gaming... whatever you want to keep doing. The cord isn't incredibly long, mind you, but it's long enough to go from your desk, counter, or comfy chair. iCooly even maintains the distance allows for a 96% reduction in cellphone radiation.

The build quality is great. The iCooly PhoneStand aluminum so it feels strong but not heavy. The sticky surface that holds your iPhone in place can be a bit annoying the first few times you use it, but since it doesn't obstruct the touch screen or buttons, your iPhone remains fully usable even while docked. Likewise, the 30-pin connector is completely exposed so you can charge your iPhone while it's in the cradle as well. The iCooly PhoneStand even includes a place to keep a pen (or capacitive stylus!)

Now, I'm not going to lie. The iCooly PhoneStand isn't for everyone. It's a conversation piece. It's something to have fun with, especially if you enjoy that retro vibe. It's probably not going to be the go-to cradle solution for everyone, and that's okay. Those who do want it, however, will want it a lot.

iCooly PhoneStand for iPhoneReviewed by iMore

iCooly PhoneStand for iPhone

$21.99

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The Good

  • Striking retro design
  • Strongly built
  • Keeps iPhone, buttons, and ports accessible

The Bad

  • Button requires a strong push to answer calls
  • Cradle starts out excessively sticky

The Conclusion

Pairing the latest in Apple iPhone hardware with a 1980s style telephone handset, iCooly certainly demands attention even if its form sometimes overwhelms its function.

Source: iMore store

The giveaway

Leave a comment below and you'll be entered to win an iCooly PhoneStand for iPhone of you very own! Giveaway starts now and ends Sunday, January 29 at midnight, PT. Enter now!

Georgia

Senior Editor at iMore and a practicing therapist specializing in stress and anxiety. She speaks everywhere from conferences to corporations, hosts the ZEN & TECH podcast, and should be followed on Twitter @Georgia_Prime.

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Review + giveaway: iCooly PhoneStand for iPhone

104 Comments

Looks really promising. I would love to try it ;). Let's see whether I win this thing or not.

That's the another boosting edge for iphone over others. Always innovative things one can expect

That's too cute. Would definitely add a nice to my room which I'm in the process of refurnishing wink wink ;)

BUY NOW button has a wrong URL.
It points to hhttp:// instead of http://
Kindly correct it and I feel someone could buy it.
Nice rewiev, as always
Cheers
Fabio

My bedside table is crying out for this piece! I've been searching for the perfect dock for months, and all I had to do was to reach back into the heyday for this design. Brilliant.

Love it, for those days you don't wanna lift a finger or hold the cell phone while in bed. And when speaker phone and head sets don't cut it. Good old days of the phone reciver in bed lol.
Count me in :)

I saw this months ago, and thought it was a great idea. No, it is not for everyone, but it really is cool.

Would have been nice if it was a dock instead of a plug, and if it hangs up the call if you place the phone back on the hook, but nevertheless, it's a great looking conversation piece.

This would also work for iPods which don't have microphones so that the user can make Skype calls without necessarily having to buy a fancy headset.

This looks great and boy would it be nice to have. I could give up on the land-line and just go cell phone.

Being a "senior citizen" this device would bring back "the good old days". Thanks for the chance to win one.

These are pretty nice stands with the bonus of a headset. I've been thinking about getting one for my desk at because I hate keeping my iPhone in my pocket (while I sit for hours on end).

This would look great in my computer lab. I use speaker phone or bluetooth, or dock because i hate smearing up the screen. This would be a great solution that looks fantastic!

This would be neet for the bedroom night table next to the bed. It charges the phone while being readely accessable so that you don't need to search for the phone in the middle of the night when it rings and you are half asleep.

After an hour with the iPhone pressed against my ears (I switch), I really wish for an old fashioned phone handset!

I love the demo. Looking for something like this for a long time. Love to have it. Tried to click on the price to buy it but it wouldn't let me.

How do you promote and review a product that is a blatant knockoff of a hammacher schlemmer design without even mentioning hammacher schlemmer.
Not cool.
I expect more from you guys.