Review: Bloki – The Landscape Stand for your Smart Phone

Rating: 4/5

Posted in Accessories, iPhone, Reviews on 06/05/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Here at MacTrast, we’ve reviewed various stands for our iOS devices. A new one came to us a few days ago, and the design of it is so simple, yet ingenious, that we’ve fallen in love with it. Meet the Bloki Landscape Stand for the iPhone 5/5s/5c.

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Overview

Bloki, (pronounced like “blocky”), was first offered on Kickstarter, where it was easily funded, and now it’s available to the general public. Currently there are two versions of Bloki, the Bloki-i4, which works with the iPhone 4S and below, and the Bloki-i5, which works with the iPhone 5 and newer models. We tried out the Bloki-i5 for this review. (The Bloki website only mentions the i5 as currently being available for sale.)

Bloki is made of machined metal, and measures approximately 1-3/4″ x 1-3/16″ x 5/8″. My first though when looking at the Bloki stand was that there was no way this little hunk of metal was gong to keep my iPhone 5s upright and stationary. I am pleased to say I was proven wrong.

This ingeniously designed hunk of metal does precisely what it was designed to do. It secures to your lightning cable, and holds your device upright in the horizontal position. I used the Bloki on my nightstand, and my iPhone stayed upright, and stable, allowing me to reach over during the night to easily check the time and take a quick look at messages.

I can’t get over how simple this accessory is, and it’s hard to believe that someone hadn’t come up with this before. Gotta love the way an engineer’s mind works.

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Verdict

While some might think the Bloki is priced a bit dearly at $14.99, there is no doubt that it does exactly what it is designed to do, hold your iPhone in an upright, horizontal position, allowing it to simultaneously charge your iPhone and use it as an easy-to-read alarm clock via any of the readily available alarm clock apps in the App Store. (Bloki suggests Alarm Clock HD.)

If you want a stand that’s travel ready, easy to use, and won’t take up much space when it’s not being used, be sure to check out the Bloki today.

Rating: 4/5[rating:4.0]

Price: $14.99 – Available at Amazon.com.

Pros:

  • Well made.
  • Easy to use.
  • Travel-friendly.
  • Simple, simple, simple.

Cons:

  • Maybe it could be priced a bit lower.


Author

Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.