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Best Cell Phone Stand of 2020

Adjustable angle is probably the most versatile feature of a cell phone stand. Here  to view while laying down  a steeper angle is beneficial.
By Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor
Friday August 21, 2020
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Seeking the best cell phone stand? Our team of experts examined over 40 options and then purchased the top 8 for extensive side-by-side tests. We put each model through the most common applications and evaluated each for comparative effectiveness, aesthetics, and value. You'll use a cell phone stand for mainly for video viewing, video conferencing, and to hold your phone as an auxiliary screen at your desk. We did the same, and then some. We compared each, guided by the sole mission of helping you quickly find the best phone stand for your needs.

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Best Overall Cell Phone Stand


Omoton Adjustable


Editors' Choice Award
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$11.99
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Style: Fixed Stand, Adjustable Angle | Holds a Tablet?: Yes
Stylish
Large
Bulky

The Omoton Aluminum Desktop is a simple, sturdy, clean option. Its footprint on your desk is less (up to a lot less, depending on your phone) than your phone lying down on its back, but the overall structure is large enough to not get lost beneath papers and other desk detritus. Further, it is sturdy enough to hold all but the largest tablets. The phone cradle is adjustable in angle. The hinge is stiff enough to hold it in place but smooth enough to readily adjust with one hand. Every contact point (with phone and with desk) is equipped with rubberized patches to minimize the impact of bumping and jostling. The most aesthetically-minded testers on our team preferred the Omoton over all the others.

If you won't use this all the time, whether you travel with it or because your desk space is tight, the Omoton might be bulkier than you'd prefer. It is certainly the largest non-gooseneck stand in our selection. Other than this minor debit, the Omoton Cell Phone Stand is nearly a perfect product.

The Omoton Aluminum is the largest simple stand in our review. That  plus its color options  edges it ahead of the rest.
The Omoton Aluminum is the largest simple stand in our review. That, plus its color options, edges it ahead of the rest.

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Best for Simplicity and Long-Term Function


Tobeoneer Aluminum Desktop


Best Buy Award
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$9.99
(9% off)
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Style: Fixed | Holds a Tablet?: A small one
One piece, simple
Bulky in storage or transit
No adjustments

The ToBeoneer Aluminum desktop cell phone stand is the ultimate in sturdy simplicity. There are no hinges or moving parts to wear or fail. You won't get "decision fatigue" from adjusting your phone position, as you get only one phone viewing angle and one phone viewing height setting. This is simply one piece of aluminum bent and machined to hold your phone up and in view. The cutouts both lighten it and route your charging and/or headphone cord out of the way. Its initial purchase price is among the lowest in our selection, and the sturdy, simple construction will amortize that low cost over years and years.

You can't fold this thing up for storage, nor can you make any adjustments. We found the display angle to be just right for most desk/table top work but found ourselves wishing for a flatter angle view when reading recipes in the kitchen or watching YouTube how-tos at the garage workbench. We also wished for a steeper viewing angle when catching a few videos while lying down on the couch. A fixed angle like this one will be optimized only for desk-top use, but you will likely use it in other settings.

The ToBeoneer is all one piece and is way simple.
The ToBeoneer is all one piece and is way simple.

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Best For Travel and Compact Storage


Nulaxy A4 Foldable


Top Pick Award
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$10.99
(31% off)
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Style: Fully Folding | Holds a Tablet?: A small one
Folds fully flat for storage
Stiff hinges
More "cluttered" design

The Nulaxy A4 cell phone stand does essentially what the Omoton does, but also folds flat. The Nulaxy is clean and simple, with both adjustable angle and a little room for height adjustment. None of the other metal, simple stands adjust for both angle and height. There isn't a ton of height range, but it is enough to make some valuable minor adjustments. When not in use, either for travel or storage, the Nulaxy folds almost entirely flat for minimal space occupation.

Relative to the Omoton Aluminum, the Nulaxy is smaller and a little more cluttered in appearance. The smaller stature means that larger tablets won't sit securely while the extra hinge is less visually appealing in use than the Omoton. With time (a lot of time, likely… we've used the Nulaxy pretty steadily for over four months now with no degradation of the hinges) the hinges may loosen up and lend less support. If you will travel with your cell phone stand, one that folds flat like the Nulaxy is the only way to go. Of those that we tested that fold flat, the Nulaxy is bulkier and heavier than others. On the other hand, that weight and sturdiness make it more convenient and stable in use.

The Nulaxy folds flat and otherwise does all that the more rigid options do.
The Nulaxy folds flat and otherwise does all that the more rigid options do.

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Best for Versatility


B-Land Universal


Top Pick Award
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$22
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Style: Gooseneck | Holds a Tablet?: No
Clever
Versatile
Bulky

The B-Land Cell Phone Holder is one of the more clever entries in our test. The flexible rod that makes up the bulk of it is both platform, adjustment, and stand. Both ends of this rod attach to a simple, pivoting clamp that holds your phone. You can hang it, wear it, or stand it on a surface. We found that you can affix or place it in dozens of ways. There are likely an infinite array of possibilities that we haven't even thought of.

With any gooseneck style cell phone holder, it takes a minute or so to configure it for your purposes each time you change its setup. The B-Land is the same; it takes a little bit of fiddling to get it set how you like. Further, given the nature of the flexible rod, you are only ever going to get its position "close enough" and never "perfect" in alignment or position. Another issue we had is that the flexible rod sometimes becomes disengaged from the phone clamp portion. The flexible rod requires strong moves and stands up to rugged use. The phone clamp portion isn't nearly as robust. You need to know where and when to be gentle and where and when to be strong with this one.

The B-Land is clever and simple. You have many options on how you use and deploy it.
The B-Land is clever and simple. You have many options on how you use and deploy it.

5

Best Lightest, Most Compact Option


UGreen Portable


Top Pick Award
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$8.99
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Style: Folding | Holds a Tablet?: A small one
Super light
Folds flat
Adjustable angle
Flimsy plastic construction
No height adjustment

The UGreen is simple, light, and compact; it's just two pieces of plastic joined by an incremented, frictioned hinge. As you open the hinge further, you get a lower angle of view. This is the lightest and most compact stand we tested. The contact points are rubberized for stability. For the minimalist digital nomad, the UGreen slides virtually unnoticed into a mobile office.

There is no way to adjust for height, and if you want to connect a power cord or headphones to your phone, you will be relegated to landscape view. Vertical view requires a clean, unused short bottom edge of your phone. We had no issues with the construction of the UGreen, but it feels a little flimsy. The award-winning Nulaxy stand folds flat like the UGreen, but is heavier. The Nulaxy, though, feels much more robust.

The UGreen is ultra simple and features adjustable angle but no adjustable height.
The UGreen is ultra simple and features adjustable angle but no adjustable height.

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Best for Clamping to Table


Aduro Solid-Grip


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$13
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Style: Gooseneck | Holds a Tablet?: No
Clamps down
Fully adjustable in all ways
Wobbly
Takes some work to get phone positioned

This is the only stand we tested that clamps down. Light to moderate bumps to the Aduro Phone Holder wobble your phone considerably, but did not dislodge it. You have to hold the phone steady with one hand while using the touch screen with the other, but taps and jostles won't upset the whole apple cart.

The fasteners are a little moody and seem vulnerable. Getting the gooseneck rod oriented for your purposes takes a little effort and time, but can be done.

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Best Travel Stand with Height Adjustment


Lamicall Adjustable Foldable


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$9.99
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Style: Folding | Holds a Tablet?: A small one
Folds flat
Some height adjustment
No angle adjustment

This Lamicall Portable stand goes head-to-head with the UGreen. The Lamicall has adjustable height while the UGreen has an adjustable angle. At your desk, the Lamicall has the advantage of being able to hold your phone in vertical view with charging cord or headphones plugged in.

You won't notice the lack of angle adjustment in many circumstances. However, at your bed or couch side, you will likely want a steeper angle than this Lamicall provides. For standup work, like reading recipes or watching how-to videos at the workbench, a lower angle would be better. You don't have those options with this Lamicall. Overall, we've found that angle adjustment is more valuable in a stand than height adjustment is.

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A Smaller, High Performing Model


Lamicall Adjustable


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$11.99
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Style: Fixed Stand, adjustable angle | Holds a Tablet?: A small one
Simple and sturdy
Adjustable angle
Too small for tablet

The Lamicall A Stand is very similar to the top-scoring Omoton Aluminum Desktop. In fact, there are very few things to differentiate between these two; this is a good thing. The Lamicall is a little smaller than the Omoton, with both pros and cons associated with this size difference.

The Lamicall takes up less desk or drawer space than the Omoton, but isn't quite as stable and doesn't hold as big a tablet. Otherwise, it is the same general format as the Omoton. You can adjust the viewing angle on this Lamicall, but you cannot adjust for height nor can you fold it flat for stowage. These adjustment limitations are the same as the top-scoring Omoton.

Why You Should Trust Us


We bring years of productivity, attention to detail, and cell phone use to this review. Our primary tester on this project, Jed Porter is well known for his work at sibling OutdoorGearLab and as a full-time, year-round mountain guide and professional climber/skier. To optimize his time in the mountains, he has become one of our review and productivity gurus. Our review team brings fundamental office productivity, careful analysis, and a burning desire to do anything but sit at our desks. For that reason, we are students of efficiency and clean phone viewing/use spaces and systems.

Through the entire testing period, we compared and assessed for versatility, stability, portability, ease of use, and aesthetics. Each metric was assessed individually and all products were compared directly, and each metric was also noted during actual, "real world" use. Calibrating subjective and objective assessments to one another yields our proven and authoritative conclusions.

Viewing recipes and other instructions on your phone is easier with a stand  and especially with a stand that features adjustable display angle.
Few applications of a cell phone stand require minimum bulk. However  when size matters  it is difficult to shop and compare without our first-hand observations.
All the 2020 tested products. Three "rows"  upper left to lower right: Aduro  Omoton  UGreen  Nulaxy  Lamicall Portable  B-Line  Lamicall  ToBeoneer.

Analysis and Test Results


To test cell phone stands, we mainly used them in our day-to-day lives. Then, to augment our day-to-day use, we made formal observations. We weighed and measured each stowed product. We folded and unfolded each hinge, looking for wear and introduction of "play." We tried each model with two different sizes of cell phone and a small tablet, and tested each one both with and without charging cord plugged in.

The Lamicall Portable is light and compact  with adjustable display height.
The Lamicall Portable is light and compact, with adjustable display height.

Versatility


All tested stands will hold your phone vertically or horizontally. Not all on the market do so. All that we tested work with any phone model, size, or case configuration. Not all on the market meet this description. What differentiates the models in our test is the variety of viewing angles and positions. Some adjust in nearly infinite ways, while others don't adjust at all.

Gooseneck style products can adjust the most. Both the B-Land Cell Phone Holder and the Aduro Phone Holder have infinite viewing angles and adjust for height over a range of 1-2 feet. The B-Land can be configured to hang and even wear, while the Aduro clamps to any shelf or table edge. It can stand above or hang below the clamped edge. The gooseneck style products are the most versatile in our fleet.

Your cell phone stand isn't just for holding your cell phone.
Your cell phone stand isn't just for holding your cell phone.

The remainder of the products we tested are differentiated by height and angle adjustment. If the non-gooseneck products adjust for height, it is only up to a couple of inches at most. Height adjustment is nice, but is secondary in importance to angle adjustment. If you have to choose angle or height, choose angle adjustment. The Nulaxy and Lamicall Portable both adjust for height, unlike the rest of the non-gooseneck products.

Aduro's clamped gooseneck phone holder fills a niche. It's the least prone to bumping  but the most wobbly.
Aduro's clamped gooseneck phone holder fills a niche. It's the least prone to bumping, but the most wobbly.

Angle adjustment is nice for any task that doesn't take place in a seated desk situation. When lying on the couch or bed and watching tv on your phone, you want your screen more vertical than you do at a desk. When standing and viewing your phone, as when following recipe directions in a kitchen or DIY instructions at a work bench you want a flatter phone screen. Adjustable angle is handier than you would think. The gooseneck products all readily adjust for angle, as do most of the other stands. Only the ToBeoneer and the compact Lamicall Portable do not adjust for angle.

Shown here is the Omoton  one of our highest scorers.
Shown here is the Omoton, one of our highest scorers.

Stability


Basically, we look at "bump resistance" in this sub-category. Can you readily use the touch screen without stabilizing the phone with your other hand? What if you accidentally kick the leg of your table? Will you dislodge it all? Stability is a function of the device's "stick" to the surface and the phone's security within the stand.

The stability of gooseneck stands is a double-edged sword. The long, flexible rods bounce around more than others. But, because the phone is clamped in place, full disconnect is rare. The Aduro clamps on both ends; to your desk, and to your phone. A prowling house cat can wobble it, but shouldn't dislodge anything. The B-Land phone stand only clamps on the phone end, but its mass is greater, and its flexible rod is stiffer than the Aduro. We had good luck stabilizing the B-Land with a heavy book on the base.

Gooseneck holders bounce when you touchscreen  but they'll vibrate back to a still viewing position.
Gooseneck holders bounce when you touchscreen, but they'll vibrate back to a still viewing position.

The remainder of the products accomplishes stability with a combination of stand mass and rubber contact points. Heavier stands are more secure. All those that made our final cut have rubberized contact points everywhere they sit on a surface and everywhere your phone contacts them. The heavier metal stands like the Omoton Aluminum, and the fold-flat Nulaxy A4 are stable enough that you can drive your touch screen one-handed, without stabilizing with your other hand. The plastic options, like the eminently portable UGreen, require two hands for most touchscreen operations.

The grey circles are rubberized  gripping pads. All non-clamping stands in our test have rubber grips like this on all contact surfaces. Pictured here is the Lamicall.
The grey circles are rubberized, gripping pads. All non-clamping stands in our test have rubber grips like this on all contact surfaces. Pictured here is the Lamicall.

Portability/Stowability


You won't always be using your cell phone holder. For travel, or for stowage away from your improvised and temporary desk or home workspace, compact stored stature is valuable. Our selected products vary greatly in stowed size and mass.

Stowed stands. Left to right and top to bottom: Omoton  B-Line  Aduro  UGreen  Lamicall Portable  Nulaxy  Lamicall  ToBeoneer.
Stowed stands. Left to right and top to bottom: Omoton, B-Line, Aduro, UGreen, Lamicall Portable, Nulaxy, Lamicall, ToBeoneer.

The gooseneck products are bulky and heavy. Only the most generous bike-messenger style work satchels will have room for a stowed gooseneck holder. The rest are all much smaller. All non-gooseneck products take up less space than a can of soda. Among them, the fully folding versions are the only ones we can really recommend for digital nomadery. The sturdy and fully adjustable Nulaxy A4 is the one we recommend most highly for portable use. Paired with a folding keyboard, the clever technophile can closely replicate a laptop workspace with less carried mass and bulk than a legit Brooklyn slice.

A portable computing and correspondence solution is nice for travels that don't require a computer but involve more typing than your touchscreen is ready for. A good stand makes it easier.
A portable computing and correspondence solution is nice for travels that don't require a computer but involve more typing than your touchscreen is ready for. A good stand makes it easier.

Much of what we like about the highest scoring Omoton Aluminum is its bulk. As it pertains to stowage and transport, this bulk works against it. For dedicated desk usage, you won't notice the bulk in any negative fashion.

Here's a portable computing arrangement that is way more compact than any laptop. Folding stand  folding keyboard  and your smartphone. Shown here is the Nulaxy  folded.
Here's a portable computing arrangement that is way more compact than any laptop. Folding stand, folding keyboard, and your smartphone. Shown here is the Nulaxy, folded.

Ease of Use


What's it take to get your phone in position? Simpler, in this case, is better. The fixed-view-angle and one-piece construction of the ToBeoneer is absolutely the easiest to use. On the other end of the spectrum are the gooseneck options. Getting the optimum viewing angle with either of these can be a bit of a wrestling match. We found the B-Land to be a little easier to work with than the Aduro.

The simplest  cleanest product in our test. No moving parts and no adjustments on the Tobeoneer.
The simplest, cleanest product in our test. No moving parts and no adjustments on the Tobeoneer.

The plastic, folding options feel a little flimsy, especially when the alternatives are so darn robust. You could probably drive a vehicle over the folded Nulaxy (We didn't. Yes, we're guessing. But we're darn confident. Should we do it? Dare us…) but it seems that the wrong sort of table drop could damage both the UGreen or the Lamicall Portable (again, conjecture; we aren't prone to intentionally testing to failure. But we also aren't at all unfamiliar with equipment failure).

Imagine all you can do with this arrangement? Guitar practice? Car repairs? Dance lessons?
Imagine all you can do with this arrangement? Guitar practice? Car repairs? Dance lessons?

Aesthetics


If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you work well. Pleasing aesthetics are intertwined with function and productivity. Simple products with smooth contours scored best. The Omoton excels in many ways; that it comes in silver and black tips the balance. The extra hinge of the Nulaxy increases its utility and portability but breaks up the look. The gooseneck models are pure function; no one really fell in love with their look. The ultra-simple ToBeoneer leaves lots and lots of room for function after form. This value-oriented choice could be a sculpture first and a cell phone holder, incidentally, without scoring any lower. It's not sculpture, but that's perhaps why it costs so little.

This Lamicall is simple and functional.
This Lamicall is simple and functional.

Conclusion


We've conducted an in-depth comparison of the best portable phone prop options on the market. We purchased and used each one and had a team of testers consult on our findings. We bring engineer-level attention to detail to all product comparisons. There isn't anything much simpler than a cell phone stand, but it matters.

Ideally you're consuming  your space-out media content on a big screen. But we all know that isn't always the way it is.
Ideally you're consuming your space-out media content on a big screen. But we all know that isn't always the way it is.

Jediah Porter