Review: Griffin's WatchStand for Apple Watch Keeps All That Extra Cable Hidden

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    With its WatchStand, accessory maker Griffin has come up with a unique take on an Apple Watch charging dock, incorporating a cord management feature that sets it apart from the many other stands on the market. Made of plastic instead of aluminum or wood, Griffin's stand is also one of the more affordable options available.

    I've been testing the Griffin WatchStand for the past week and have been impressed with the level of functionality vs. the price, but there are a few drawbacks that might not make it the best stand choice depending on which Apple Watch you own.

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    When it comes to looks, the Griffin WatchStand is not quite as attractive as some other options on the market. Its black plastic design doesn't complement the Apple Watch and other Apple devices, it feels overly tall, and it doesn't blend into a range of different decors as well as aluminum or wood.

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    Griffin WatchStand next to Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch

    Aesthetic preferences vary heavily by person, so the form and material of the WatchStand may not be a negative for some. Though it's made of plastic, the WatchStand doesn't really look cheap and there are no flaws in its construction -- it has a wide, heavy rubber-bottomed base for stability and the part of the stand that holds the Apple Watch charger is well-designed and at an ideal viewing angle.


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  2. rgspb macrumors newbie

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    I'm just wondering if it wouldn't seem so tall with the watch band on the other way. On my watch the longer piece (with the holes) is on the bottom and the piece with the peg is on top, more like regular watches come.
     
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  4. studio¹³¹ macrumors 6502

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    It has no buttons. It's simply a stand to feed your Apple Watch charger through.



    I just picked this up the other day at Best Buy. The first night i used it, i rested my watch on it and it said and made the audible 'it's charging' sound. I go to sleep and wake up to it being still at 52%. Since then, I've noticed that sometimes when setting the watch on the stand, the watch slowly droops and settles into place, losing contact and the charge. If the charger magnet were stronger, this probably wouldn't happen -- I'm going to look for an upright solution rather than an angled one.
     
  5. nfl46 macrumors 604

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    This is the stand I have. I love it. Thanks for the review!
     
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    I imagine he's talking about the buttons on the Apple watch I think they have stickers on them.
     
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    The Digital Crown and side button on my Apple Watch are covered with WatchDots. I'm going to be sharing a review in a day or two.
     
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    Did yours come with a little rubber insert? Without that in place, the charger for the stainless steel Apple Watch is pushed down into the rubber holder a bit too far and it doesn't always give you a secure connection. Early versions didn't come with it.

    Sport Watch charger is thicker and shouldn't need the insert for a flush fit. With the stainless steel charger, I didn't have any problems with it staying put and charging through the night.
     
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    Thanks, it's a lamp!
     
  10. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040

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    If I'm spending $600 on a watch, why would I put it on a cheap plastic stand every night just I save a few dollars?

    I use the twelve south and it has a great weight to it and you can't move it around unless you really try. Nice aluminum material and the watch only touches rubbers and faux leather
     
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    The Milanese Loop weighs 1 1/2 ounces The Link band with 3 links removed is substantially heavier at 2 1/2 ounces. When I place it sideways on the stand it immediately falls off. The only way to keep it on is to put it on at an angle so that that weight that the magnet has to hold is reduced. I don't have the spacer for the stainless steel. You contact Griffin support and they will send it too you at no charge. Maybe that will fix the problem ....

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  13. lzyprson macrumors regular

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    I went with this as well. It wasn't the most attractive choice, but i chose this specifically because I could place my iphone right on the stand below the watch. At first, i felt that the magnet wasn't holding the watch on tightly, so i propped the magnet up in its pocket a bit.

    Worked like a charm - never an issues. The watch sits on the stand tightly, it charges quickly, and now serves a dual purpose as a place to rest my iphone while its charging.

    I'd buy another if they made a more attractive version...

    Cheers.
     
  14. acctman macrumors 65816

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    your AW has white buttons, did it come like that?
     
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    It came with the rubber insert. I think. The charger is flush with the mount, and not indented. Also, forgot to mention that I'm using a Lunatik Epik case/band for my watch but the entire bottom of the watch is exposed, so I shouldn't have an issue mounting it. I've found that buckling the watch and placing it on the stand works perfectly and can really feel the magnet grab the watch unlike before.

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  16. studio¹³¹ macrumors 6502

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    Lol. Where did you read that?! It has the regular Space Gray buttons...
     
  17. szw-mapple fan macrumors 65816

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    Well yes. Apple designed the magnet to have enough strength to hold up the charger puck rather than holding up the watch.
     
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    The image in the article appears to show a white button and a white (on the inner circle) crown.
     
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    I have had this stand for a couple of weeks now and i love it. Just a sport AW and it holds it fine open or closed band. Set my iPhone 6+ sideways on it to charge each night running the alarm clock app and doing that has allowed me to chuck my old alarm clock and keep all the functionality, it's lit up all night and is easier to hit the snooze button in the morning. Love it so much I just ordered a second one for my wife's watch and iPhone. I have some crappy black wood IKEA nightstands anyway so this thing looks just fine.
     
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    It's such a great stand at a great price. Love mine!
     

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