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

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.

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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

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

    Damn and I was hoping to get a cheap stand for my Xoom!
    slickjim
    • Or one of those slick new "smart covers"

      @Peter Perry
      Oh wait... Never mind:)

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
      • Better than smart covers

        I reckon this is better than the Smart cover (Incase iPad case):

        http://www.goincase.com/products/detail/CL57779

        Elastic ribbon on back means you're not holding it with your thumb pressure - easier to hold. The corner/edge clips I think are better than magnets, more mechanically solid. It protects the back as well as the front. Cheaper.

        http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/03/apple-ipad-2-smart-cover-vs-incase-convertible-magazine-jacket/

        And since its Incase it will also be made for his Xoom if it sells.
        guihombre
  • RE: Tip of the day: Smartphone/ tablet desktop stand for five bucks

    I use a plate holder I bought from OD as a stand for my Galaxy Tab. It was 3 bucks. Has clearance for the data cable in both landscape and portrait mode. Office Depot Item # 189002
    marbo100
  • RE: Tip of the day: Smartphone/ tablet desktop stand for five bucks

    I have an old plate stand for use with my ASUS T101MT. Works wonders, unfortunately, I had to do a little home repair on it, so I might have to look for a new one soon.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: Tip of the day: Smartphone/ tablet desktop stand for five bucks

    That is a pretty nifty idea!
    athynz
  • RE: Tip of the day: Smartphone/ tablet desktop stand for five bucks

    that thing is a little clunky, and you can only work in landscape mode. how much is a cup of coffee at starbucks ? i say spend a little its okay. i read a bunch of articles weighed options and bought a spiderpodium.. hands down functions well and cools too. here you can see pics at breffo.com and here is one of the articles from CNET

    http://cnettv.cnet.com/breffo-spiderpodium/9742-1_53-50094470.html
    mauiguava
  • RE: Tip of the day: Smartphone/ tablet desktop stand for five bucks

    What's that calendar app in the 3rd picture?
    Thanks: srpohl4125@gmail.com
    srpohl