I'll start this review off by saying, if you consume a lot of video on your phone or tablet, you might want to pick up the TechMatte Stand, it's really that good.
The problem with this cheap solution is that you only get one view angle. Depending on the brand you buy, it might lean too far back when viewing your phone/tablet while sitting at your desk. If you get one with a more vertical angle. it might not be easy to watch ESPN during your morning shave.
Of course there are other options like cases that have integrated stands but then you're adding bulk to a device that you probably don't want bulk added to.
|There's no reason to use it like this, but you can|
This means that you can hold your device in an almost vertical 90 degrees, all the way flat, and then use the stand to hold your device up if you're quirky like that.
The stand is made of mostly metal but has rubber feet at the bottom so it won't slide around your desk. There's also a rubber pad at the bottom where your phone sits so you don't have to worry about scratching up your phone. Rubber feet on the back plate also prevent scratching up the back of your phone as well.
The stand also comes with a velvet like sack to carry it it and when folded flat it's a little less than an inch thick. The compact folding size makes it a benefit over a cheaper options like the business card holders I mentioned.
It comes in two sizes, the one pictured and a larger XL version (for $13) that is meant for use with larger 10" and bigger tablets. My guess is that the version I purchased can hold almost any tablet. But if you plan on doing a lot of touching and swiping, the larger version would come in handy as it would be more stable. If you plan to prop up a phone or tablet at work and take in some streaming content, the smaller version should do fine.