With Dayframe now available, this is a great time to recommend what we think are the best phone and tablet stands for Android devices. We’ve tried about a dozen different brands and models, but settled on a few favorites that we use all the time.
Here’s our picks:
- Portable kickstand case
- Tylt Vü wireless charger
- elago P2 phone and tablet stand
- Thought Out Stabile 2.0 for large tablets
The least expensive solution also gives you lots of options. For my Galaxy S4, I use the Hyperion shell holster combo w/ kick stand and belt clip.
A kick stand makes it easy to use your device in portrait or landscape while eating lunch or simply to show off your Dayframe slideshow. The case is also textured so it’s easier to hold on to your phone.
Check out the Hyperion kickstand case on Amazon
Wireless simplicity: Tylt Vü
The Tylt Vü (started as a Kickstater project) is a really convenient wireless charger designed to prop up your device so you can see it. Because of the low viewing angle, it works best close-by on a desk. You’ll need a Qi compatible device like the Nexus 5 or Galaxy S4. The stand comes in red, blue, green, and black.
You can order the Tylt Vü direct.
Excellent universal stand: the elago P2
The elago P2 became our standard for daily development. It may seem a little pricey for what appears to be a basic stand but it was the only one that “just worked.”
To begin with, it’s universal. Unlike docks, once you get one of these you’ll be able to use it for years regardless of your current phone or tablet. It’s also cheaper than most device-specific docks.
Physically, it’s solid w/ wide rubber pads so it doesn’t move when you tap the screen, even when using a Nexus 7 in landscape (wide) mode. It’s high enough that you can connect a USB cable to the bottom of your device without bending the cable.
The P2 is surprisingly one of the few stands that makes it easy to pick up and put back down a device on this stand – you’d be amazed how many stands overlooked such an obvious need. There’s a cable-hide slot in the back, but we find wrapping the cable around the back is easiest for frequent handheld use.
Check out the elago P2 stand on Amazon
Stabile 2.0 stand for large tablets
Although it was pricey, we decided to try out the Thought Out Stabile 2.0. Turns out it’s actually very good and the only stand we can recommend for large tablets like the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Nexus 10. It’s stable in both portrait and landscape, raises the tablet up to a decent height, has a cable-hide slot in the back, looks smart on a desk or counter top, and is universal enough to use long term.
The only downside is these are pricey. But thinking long-term they are still very versatile and an excellent deal.
Check out the Thought Out Stabile 2.0 on Amazon
At the time of this post we use about a dozen elago P2 stands in our studio (and two or three in each home), four Thought Out Stabile stands, and I’m on my third kickstand case. We have several other types and brands of stands available in the studio, but we only use them when all of the P2 stands are busy. We also have a few original Nexus 7 docks (I use mine as a bed-side clock) and a Galaxy Nexus dock (never used).
For desktop stands, there’s not much competition. The Tylt is a wonderful addition and could be the best solution since it’s wireless. For wired-charging only devices, most stand simply aren’t high enough from the surface to plug in a USB cable. Other stands have you thread the cable through a slot up into the device. While it may look good, it’s a pain to pick up the device and reattach it again each time.
Another problem is that most tablet stands don’t have counter-balance or leverage for tapping the screen with a little force. In many cases, the stand will tip over when you tap at one of the far ends or slip off the stand when you tap the action bar up top.
If we find better stands, we’ll update this post.
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We’re also using this post in Dayframe to make it easy to find good stands. We think a great stand is essential to a great Dayframe experience.