Tip of the day: Smartphone/ tablet desktop stand for five bucks

Summary:I am frequently asked about desktop stands for phones and tablets that I recommend. For five bucks you can make a run to your local office supply store and get one that works perfectly.

With all of the smartphones and tablets that pass through my office, a desktop stand is a good accessory that makes these gadgets more useful while working at the desk. Tablets can be quite useful for displaying information next to my computer, but it requires a stand to prop the tablet up at a convenient viewing angle. There are a lot of stands available that provide this function, but for five bucks you can make a run to your local office supply store and get one that works perfectly.

You have probably seen business card holders in a Staple's or other store that are designed to sit on the desk and keep business cards at hand. These holders have a better use, as many of them make the perfect desktop stand for smartphones and small tablets like the Galaxy Tab. I use this wire mesh holder that is sturdy, looks nice and is the perfect size to handle either my smartphone or the Tab. The best part is it only cost me about five bucks.

I often drop my smartphone in this stand with the clock displaying, making it a useful desktop accessory that takes little room. I also use it frequently with the Galaxy Tab displaying a mind map/ outline for the article I am writing; it's the perfect reference tool in that scenario. Note that larger tablets such as the iPad or XOOM are too big to be used in the stand, but 7-inch tablets work fine.

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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