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I’ve tried a bunch of iOS accessories, but one that I keep coming back to is TechMatte’s iPad stand. I use my iPad Pro a lot, and actually bought this stand when I was using my iPad Air 2 last summer.
Unlike most stands, which are fixed in one way or another, you can adjust the angle of this stand to better suit your posture and preferred viewing angle. This is great if you find yourself using the stand in different parts of your house, where table and chair height can differ.
The main reason I love this stand is that it’s small enough to fit in a pocket or purse. I’ve used it on an aeroplane’s tray table before, and setting it up at the perfect angle took all of 10 seconds. Then, when I was done typing, I folded the stand and slipped it into my backpack.
I’ve used a number of different stands in the past, some of which have better designs or are made of nicer materials, but it’s this TechMatte stand that I keep coming back to.
While I’ve primarily used this stand with an iPad, it’s small enough that it won’t look silly if you slip your iPhone into it on a plane ride to watch a movie. When paired with an Anker keyboard, TechMatte’s stand is an iPad writer’s dream — I’m writing this column using this method right now.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive stand with a small profile and adjustable viewing angles, then it doesn’t get as simple or useful as this. TechMatte’s stand may not reinvent the wheel, but it’s a really good wheel.
This article was originally published on August 5, 2016.
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