This Is The Most Beautiful And Simplest iPhone 5 Dock You Can Buy

This Is The Most Beautiful And Simplest iPhone 5 Dock You Can Buy

I wish it wasn’t two days after Christmas, because the Chisel 5 is the iPhone 5 dock I want. Designed by iSkelter, it’s just a slab of beautiful bambo, carved out to perfectly ensconce the iPhone 5 and prop it up in landscape or portrait mode with the Lightning cable snaking through. $39. What’s not to like?

  • Michael Kleinpaste

    This is not a Dock. It’s stand. And a horribly expensive stand at that.

  • MacAdvisor

    “What’s not to like?”

    Almost everything. First, as Michael Kleinpaste accurately pointed out, this isn’t a dock. One has to use one’s own rare Lightening connector cable or spend as much the Chisel 5 costs to buy another such cable for this to even work at all. Second, one has to manually plug this cable in and then rethread the cable in the channel. Each and every time one removes or replaces the iPhone, one has to put that damn cable back in the channel. That will get old really fast, so what will eventually happen is the cable will be laying on the surface in front of this stand. Third, the stand is designed so one has to take off one’s rubber or silicon protector from the iPhone every time one puts the iPhone into the stand and put the rubber back on afterwards. Eventually, this will mean the protector will get left behind at some point and the result of that will be a cracked screen. Lastly, the stand is bulky and doesn’t have a convenient way to get the iPhone out, like with a thumb hole, so one is likely to be lifting the iPhone out by its cable placing great stress on the connector.

    Essentially, this “dock” is a collection of the worst possible features culminating in likely damage to your iPhone.

    The better question is “What’s to like?”

  • Martin Dobson

    Third, the stand is designed so one has to take off one’s rubber or silicon protector from the iPhone every time one puts the iPhone into the stand and put the rubber back on afterwards. Eventually, this will mean the protector will get left behind at some point and the result of that will be a cracked screen.

    Where you do have some very valid points, I’d like to dwell on one of them and point out that your silicon case argument and glass scratching doesn’t hold much merit. I work construction, my personal phone is a iPhone 4 from August of 2010. It’s in my pocket and thrown in my tool bag every day without a case. Yes, I do have screen protectors on both the front and the back, but for the most part, I have had very good experience with my 28 month old iphone. Not a single glass crack, and some minor chipped edges. I still run without a case. I like to innovation of this dock (errr… ok… “Stand”)

    Btw, tip the stand forward and you get around the “no finger hole” problem you seem to think will cause the apocalypse.

  • MacAdvisor

    Martin Dobson,

    You make a good point about the tipping forward. I didn’t think of that, though I am not sure I like the idea of having my iPhone fall to get it out much better, though it does make sure there isn’t stress on the connector. Still, I would rather a dock allow me to pick up my iPhone and that action disengage the connector rather than having to manually connect and reconnect each time.

    I am not particularly worried about scratched glass, though your iPhone clearly goes through a more strenuous day than mine does (I also suspect you also live more actively than I do), however you are welcome to drop by my kitchen and drop your iPhone from pocket height and see how it does on my slate floors without a bumper. Given my fumble fingers, my phone never goes anywhere unless wrapped in something with some give.

    Are you, by chance, any relation to the guitarist Ewan Dobson?

  • macfanatic

    Perhaps you should actually look at the link provided where you can purchase the product. It DOES have a finger hole. If you have so much time to write a condescending “opinion” about a product, maybe you should actually LOOK at it!!!!!

  • chama98

    If you like it why not buy a block of wood and then make it? You would save a fortune as well. Personally looks hideous, expensive and darn right rubbish!

  • Martin Dobson

    @MacAdvisor

    Haha, nope, no relation.

    After re-reading my initial post I realized that like most of my other ones, it got a little off topic. I have been quite fortunate that neither of my glass parts of my 4 have shattered, and I forgot that others have nicer houses than mine (:P) and don’t have cushiony carpets everywhere. I could see how the slate or tile floors would be scary for any device. I like what Mr. Ive has designed and whats most ironic is that my old Otterbox case is actually the sole device that has caused the most damage to my iPhone even though its sole purpose is to protect it. Which is why I run my phone without a case now.

    I must applaud iSkelter for thinking outside the box for an iPhone holder. It looks quite sleek and solves the problem for the cable. This doesn’t seem to be a dock/holder that is intended for everyday use, but instead as a display dock, perhaps one that sits on a nice table in ones den during a dinner party. The function is questionable but it sure makes the iphone look a lot better then the inside of your pocket would.

    I’d like to see one made out of glass blasted aluminum. That would be the essence of classy.

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