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Works well once you know how
on 29 August 2012
My first impressions are that this stand is excellent value for the money. It appears to be made of strong plastic and is hinged in such a way that it would probably take a fair amount of force to break it. Folded up, it's about 5" long by 2" wide and so should fit in most pockets and at only a few ounces it's light, too. It is made of almost-transparent plastic which might not fit the Nexus colour scheme but doesn't detract from it, especially as the stand will be behind the tablet most of the time.
The lip at the bottom is exactly the right size to hold the tablet in place without covering the screen, whether it is placed in portrait or landscape orientation. I would imagine that the stand would also be suitable for 10" tablets but I don't have one to try it with. At this low price, you might think it worth a try.
As the stand is made of plastic and doesn't have rubber feet, you will have to put it on a flat surface or it is likely to slide. But this also makes it easy to slide to another position if you want. It's also very easy to pick up the tablet and stand together with one hand.
As you can see in the picture at the top of the product page, the stand can be angled at one of five positions, the most upright being far enough from the vertical as to make it unlikely that the tablet will topple unless you knock it, even in portrait orientation. However, at this angle you'd have to be some feet away from the tablet to view a video straight-on and the screen is probably too small at that distance; the next position down might be better for this. At its lowest position you could watch a video with the tablet a foot or two in front of you on, say, a desk.
I imagine that watching videos is where the tablet will get most use, or perhaps as a bedside stand in clock mode, but of course there are other things you might want to do with the tablet on a stand. And this is where the angle becomes important. With the tablet in portrait orientation, there is obviously more 'give' when you touch the tablet than when it is in landscape orientation. It is possible to type on the virtual keyboard when the tablet is at its lowest position, but above that you would not only have difficulty stopping the tablet from bouncing around, it would also be a lot harder to see the screen. Things don't get much better in tablet orientation so if you plan on doing any more than a short piece of typing, you'll want to take it off the stand. However, you should have no problems whatsoever tapping icons and web links, dragging, pinching and zooming, and most other tasks you use your fingers for. In portrait orientation the tablet will bounce a little more but you'd have to be very heavy handed to upend it, and as well as videos, the stand should work well for book and magazine reading (though perhaps not in bed), and probably web shopping too. It would also serve well for copy-typing onto a PC.
I gave the stand 5 stars because it seems to do what I want to use it for very well. But there was one small problem, hinted at by the title of this review. If marks were out of 10 I'd have given it 9 and a half stars.
The problem is this: when the stand arrives and you take it out of the padded envelope, you're confronted with what seems to be a slab of three pieces of plastic welded together. There are no accompanying instructions showing how to 'unweld' them. The photo at the top of the product page is some help, though it gives no indication that the upright piece of plastic is hinged to the bottom piece. I spent some minutes pulling and pushing at the stand trying to get it open and having arthritis didn't help one bit. It seemed that it must take a fair amount of force to open it but, as I said at the start of this review, it would probably take a fair amount of force to break it. And that's what I was afraid of.
The answer is to notice that the piece with the slots in is the upright piece, then to hold it so that this piece is towards you, gripping it at the sides with the curved lip at the bottom facing towards you; then put the first finger of your other hand behind the flat piece at the top front and pull it towards you. You'll hear it click and the stand should open.
It's only my first day of using the stand but my overall feeling is that it's a good product, especially considering the low price. It seems well-built and suitable for the purpose and arrived within a couple of days. There may be other, better stands on the market, but probably not at this price.