If you own an Apple Watch, you might as well display its gorgeous looks at every opportunity. Thankfully, there are several products available that do this while allowing you to charge your smartwatch.
My favorite of the four I've tried is the Griffin WatchStand . It has an advantage in that it's built to work with both the Apple smartwatch and an iPhone.
The ebony pedestal looks classy on a desk, nightstand, or tabletop and allows you to power up the Apple Watch in either horizontal or vertical orientation. Conveniently, it works with all types of Apple Watch bands — from the Sport model to semi-flexible ones.
The WatchStand houses the MagSafe charging cable that comes with the Apple Watch (there’s no cable included with the Griffin product — or any of the stands/docks mentioned here). To get started you simply feed the MagSafe cable through the center of the post, then place the Apple Watch against the cradle. The MagSafe connector’s magnet snaps itself onto the back of the watch and begins charging.
As mentioned, its weighted base has a place to store your iPhone. The raised lip on the front of the dock holds the phone at a convenient angle for viewing. The Griffin dock also helps eliminate cable management problems thanks to its grooved post for wrapping extra cord length around.
All this will set you back US$29.99. It’s a reasonable price for this well-crafted product. (And you can check out Steve's review of the WatchStand here.)
My second favorite of the Apple Watch accessories I've tried so far is the $39.95 Just Mobile Lounge Dock. What makes it stand out from the crowd is that it's an adjustable angle charging stand.
You slip your magnetic charger into its moulded recess and strap your Apple Watch to the soft-touch cuff. Thanks to the heavyweight aluminum base and adjustable viewing angle (it moves backward and forward), it’s easy to interact with your Watch while it charges – whether you’re working at your desk or chillin' in bed. Also, it's non-slip rubber pad prevents the Lounge Dock from scratching or slipping,
It requires a bit of easy assembly. The Lounge Dock works with both 42mm and 38mm Apple Watches — though you'll have to unbuckle a 38mm watch to use with the dock.
Twelve South‘s HiRise is an US$49.99 metal stand (available in silver or black) that works with the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable. One of the best looking Apple Watch accessories around, it holds the Apple smartwatch at an elevated height and angle, allowing you to interact with the watch while it’s charging.
The brushed metal stand — gorgeously made, like every Twelve South product I’ve used — can be used with any style Apple Watch band, including closed-loop metal bands. The stand’s cutouts are lined in soft silicone, so the Apple Watch never comes in contact with metal and risks scratching. Also, the bottom of the stand is coated in rubber for additional “grippiness.”
To use, you must assemble the HiRise. That’s pretty simple, although my clumsy fingers had problems with the teeny screw involved in the assembly. Once you’ve connected the three pieces of the stand you insert the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable into the HiRise support stand and route the cable down and out the back.
When you’re ready to wear your Apple Watch, just remove it. If you need to take your charger with you, push the disk out of the HiRise, wrap up the cable and go. (You can check out Steve's review of the HiRise here.)
Bringing up the bottom of this round-up is the $39.95 Just Mobile TimeStand. There's nothing wrong with the aluminum charging pedestal. It simply lacks any feature that makes it stand out from the competition.
That said, it's precision machined from a single cylinder of high-grade aluminum and looks great. To use you just slip your Apple Watch magnetic charger into the TimeStand's rubber-lined recess. Its weighted base and high-friction rubber underside make it easy to use your Apple Watch while it's charging,