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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 iPhone

$21.99

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The Good

Striking retro designStrongly builtKeeps iPhone, buttons, and ports accessible

The Bad

Button requires a strong push to answer callsCradle 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!

Senior Editor at iMore and a practicing therapist specializing in stress and anxiety. She speaks everywhere from conferences to corporations, co-host of Vector and Isometric podcasts, follow her on Twitter @Georgia_Dow and check out her series at anxiety-videos.com.

104 Comments
  • looks cool
  • I'm in for one
  • Looks cool, does it work with an iPhone in a case? It looks like there's extra room.
  • Has a weird look to it, which I kinda like.
  • looks really cool. i may have to get one and maybe one for the gf
  • Very Retro! Looks Nice!
  • I wanna try this
  • Looks really promising. I would love to try it ;). Let's see whether I win this thing or not.
  • phone home...
  • That's the another boosting edge for iphone over others. Always innovative things one can expect
  • Badass. I want one.
  • Love it!! Reminds me of high school
  • This looks really cool!
  • Love it! Want it! :)
  • That's too cute. Would definitely add a nice to my room which I'm in the process of refurnishing wink wink ;)
  • I would love one of these. Very cool...from a child of the 80's
  • OK...this looks like the coolyiest ever. I think it's a must have!
  • Looks awesome. But why did you grope your vag at 0:50 seconds? Kinda weird.
  • 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
  • Count me in!!!
  • I love it & want to win one.
  • Redonkulous!
  • This would be great on my desk at work!
  • Nice, count me in
  • What about a wall mount?
    Dash mount ...
  • I"m in for one...Thank you ;).
  • Free rhymes with me!! :)
  • Count me in, love the retro look and design of the iCooly PhoneStand.
  • Definitely a conversation piece.
  • So retro, I love it!
  • Sweet design iCool Phone Stand!
  • 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.
  • My teacher has one that looks just like that but in red. She's in for some competition.
  • I could use this for my office, sweet!
  • Awesome idea.
  • That would look awesome in my car.
  • My whole life is retro!! I need this phone.
  • Need this for hands free while on my motorcycle.
  • Very icooly! Would live this on the desk
  • One for me please
  • Looks very cool, and would make a grey addition to my office!
  • Nice - now I can use my 3GS as a home phone. =)
  • Look really cool! :D
  • I most definitely want this!
  • I want this - Pick me!!!
  • 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 :)
  • This looks awesome! I want one.
  • I want to win this
  • I saw this months ago, and thought it was a great idea. No, it is not for everyone, but it really is cool.
  • Coolio
  • 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.
  • Totally cool!
  • This looks great and boy would it be nice to have. I could give up on the land-line and just go cell phone.
  • Wouldn't mind having one of those.
  • Being a "senior citizen" this device would bring back "the good old days". Thanks for the chance to win one.
  • cool
  • Haha, pretty funny! Would be a cute gift for the 80s Afficionado in your life!
  • 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).
  • Don't you hate it when you use the wrong e-mail address?
  • Love it
  • Cool! I want one!
  • That would go perfectly in my retro room! i want one!!
  • Thats's great!!!
  • Very cool - I want it!
  • Nice!
  • Count me in. This looks pretty cool.
  • Lol I love it!!!! It's new technology meets Old technology..
  • This would be awesome!
  • Blast from the past. I like it.
  • Can tell people I have a LAN line!
  • Can't wait to win this!
  • I like the retro--future look is has.
  • One more item to remind me of the greatest decade ever! I love the 80's !
  • Great idea. Hard to find stuff like that where I live.
  • So neat I would love to have one
  • Simply amazing. lol.
  • Really nice retro look,smart idea for an accessory1
  • I want it !!
  • 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!
  • cool I was looking for something to give to the wife for her B'Day
  • 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.
  • THis would be a cool item for my desk!
  • Being 59 years old I love the design. Being an attorney I love the hands free use. Love to have it.
  • I got a spot picked out for mine.
  • After an hour with the iPhone pressed against my ears (I switch), I really wish for an old fashioned phone handset!
  • This would fit perfectly on my desk.
  • Would be fun to use at work. I'm in!
  • 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.
  • Looks very retro-chic. Would love to win it! :)
  • pick me
  • Looks cool. Would look nice on my desk.
  • Very cool. I'll take one. ;)
  • Count me in!
  • Hope I win!
  • I love the name of it
  • Haha, retro. Nice.
  • 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.
  • nice!
  • Cool!
  • I like it!
  • i'll take it
  • Was the winner announced?
  • Very Retro, want me one of those