Friday, May 13, 2016

A Gadget Holder (aka a Gadget for my Gadgets)

I have always wanted a good #cellphoneholderstand that would allow me to have the phone facing me and kind of suspended in the air. The perfect one would support the phone enough to I could touch the screen and use it, yet would not wobble all over the place. I would be able to position it in a way that the screen would be 90 degrees from the ground as the most used position, but that I could also rotate it to be parallel to the ground for some uses. The camera would need to be accessible when in the holder. The stand would not need to be bolted to any furniture, would be portable itself and versatile enough to be used on different anchors.

I have found something that almost does all of that! The Universal Cell Phone Clip Holder Bracket Flexible Long Arms for iPhone, GPS Devices, Fit On Desktop Bed Mobile Stand for Bedroom, Office, Bathroom, Kitchen - Black by eShopMind is described as a Multi-Angle Portable Cellphone & Tablet Desktop Stand. It will *not* hold tablets that are wider than the maximum opening of 3.54 inch, but I believe that will allow for it to hold the smallest of the devices that are labeled tablets - like a 7" diagonal tablet. I cannot say for sure since the smallest tablet I have access to is a 10.1".

The negatives are quite minimal. In order for the holder to allow the phone to essentially hover, the flexible arm is quite difficult to maneuver, which is why it can hold the phone in the air. It will move, but one needs to be smart about how to place it. I had to play with it a few times before I was able to get the phone to hover where I wanted and without too much movement when I touched it. It is a bit of a balancing act but it can be done.

There is a very nice bonus item, the Universal Lazy Bed Desktop Car Stand Mount Holder which I LOVE! This holder has several angle options, is very sturdy and tight (it will not lose its angle position) and easily holds my 10.1" tablet in the portrait and landscape positions. I do a lot of reading in bed in order to get to sleep. I have had to hold the tablet in an upright position using only my arm, which is not only uncomfortable but slightly dangerous. I can't count how many times I have woken myself up because my arm let go of the tablet and the tablet smacked me in the face. Such a *horrible* problem, I know, but this actually eliminates it!

To illustrate how I am using the stand I created a short video and posted it on instagram. Please ignore the dust...I do.

The video shows my qi charger pad in the clasp of the holder. What is really neato is that I can actually place my qi charger pad and the phone in a case in the clasp and it holds everything! As you can see I have the base clip on a piece of pressboard that is about 1/2" thick and about 1-2" wide. The clip also works on the basic metal frame of a bed, but the metal piece is perpendicular to the ground, not parallel like the pressboard that is part of the stand where my monitor lives.

I received this product at a discount in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Trust me, I have no problem with complaining about a product and not recommending it. With this particular product, if you do not feel you are strong enough to twist the arm or are not comfortable with balancing objects, you might not want to purchase this. Or, you would be wise to ask someone to help you with the initial set up.