I’ve always been a fan of products from BlueLounge. They’re well built, have minimalistic designs and they take on a lot of the Apple philosophy of doing one thing and doing it well. The folks from MobileZap sent me BlueLounge’s Milo to review and the timing couldn’t have been better.
I’ve always wished Apple made a iPhone smart cover so I could prop my iPhone up on my desk so I could quickly check notifications on it without hassles and the Milo seems like it would be a stylish addition to my desk.
The Milo is a very simple and nondescript looking stand. BlueLounge offers the Milo in black, white and aluminum plastic finish. The stand is not a huge stand by any standards and was surprisingly light out of the box. I was kind of skeptical if the stand would be stable enough but any worries was thrown out of the window when I stuck my iPhone 5 onto the suction pad.
BlueLounge made sure that the Milo stand would stay on any surface firmly by placing a huge suction pad on the base of the stand. There was no danger of the stand moving when removing or placing my iPhone on the top suction pad.
Like I mentioned before, the Milo is quite a small stand so it is really only suitable for iPhones or iPod touches. I’ve tested it with my brother’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the suction pads held up surprisingly well so larger phones should have no issues with it. The largest device I tried with the stand was my iPad mini but it felt very precarious on the Milo so I probably would stick with my smart cover for the iPad mini.
With smaller devices, the Milo had no issues holding them up in portrait or landscape mode. One thing I wished the Milo had was an adjustable top suction pad so I could tilt my iPhone while on the stand for a better viewing angle. O
n top of that, I was out of luck when I wanted to charge my iPhone in portrait because the stand wasn’t built for this. The only way I could charge it was to have it on portrait mode.
I really liked using the Milo stand. It looks great on my desk, the suction pad works very well and hasn’t lost any ‘stickiness’ in the two weeks I’ve use the stand and it’s one of the more affordable BlueLounge product.
But having said that, it’s not without its annoyances though. Even though the stand has a great design, it feels a bit cheap in the hand and I would have loved it if they made one in aluminum. Cable management was also non-existent on the stand but it really didn’t bother me that much.
The guys at MobileZap have the BlueLounge Milo in stock and they’re selling it for $24AUD so do check them out as they have assortments of mobile accessories like iPhone cases, iPad Air cases and lots more.