Kickster Takes A Stand, Adds Grip and Kickstand to iPod Nano

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Besides the fact that I think lots of gadgets should have kickstands, this new iPod Nano case is actually practical. The Kickster has a kickstand on the back that doubles as a handle for holding the Nano in video mode.

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Our Nano reviewer had pretty steady hands when filming footage, but for those that get the shakes the Kickster should help. I also presume it will make shooting with one hand easier. And honestly, if I watch a video on my iPod Touch I always like to prop it up with something; this case takes care of that with its swivel mechanism that lets you kick the stand up vertically or horizontally.

The Kickster was designed by the open-sourcers at Quirky so the profits of the $14.95 case will be split amongst designers. Kinda sucks that they don't know if it will fit the fourth generation Nano, but I'm assuming it does. [Quirky Kickster]

DISCUSSION

I submit for the consideration of Gizmodo commenters everywhere (and for my own personal need to be flogged for straying ever-so-slightly from the story at hand) that the fifth generation Nano is proof that Apple desperately needs Steve Jobs. The genius of Cupertino steps out for a few months and now we need a first-gen iPod Shuffle stand to be able to avoid having a video of our pretty index finger.

The complaints about the new Nano (no "camera" - only video, placement of the video camera, a toss-in of an FM tuner that could have been added generations ago) not to mention the complaints about the other product upgrades really has me questioning whether Apple is really just an average company when Jobs is not at the helm. Not that the upgrades are not a good start, but I cannot help but wonder if we would really need a Kickster stand for an otherwise excellent product had there been one additional employee in the office.

Note to Giz: See how I managed to bring the conversation back to the product being discussed right at the end to avoid the ban-hammer? Some would say that was a C.M.A. move, but I prefer to interpret it as pure genius.