Ever since we’ve had smartphones and tablets, there have been stands to help prop them up in various new designs and fashions. PadPivot by Uifit, however, has bought the stand to a new field: Your leg.
At first, a stand for your knee sounds as silly as a toilet roll holder which plays the national anthem every time you use it. But when you look at it closer, PadPivot is a lot more ingenious than that, and thanks to our friends at Gearzap, I got to test one out.
PadPivot is a very small device which folds up neatly into your pocket until it’s needed. There are only three parts to the whole thing: the stand, the nano suction head and the strap. The concept is very simple. Pull the head out from the bottom and screw in to the top. Place the stand on your knee or table, place your device either in the desk stand or on the head and secure to your leg with the strap.
The underneath and edges of the stand are rubberized to stop slipping, and with the added security of the strap (when using it on your leg) you can safely use your device hands free. For me, this is great, as it means I can have my phone or tablet give me directions whilst push myself along in my wheelchair.
In the box, you get a series of connecting stickers in two sizes (small and large). The micro suction head clings on to these stickers when your device doesn’t have a grippable surface. However, with the devices I tested the PadPivot with, I found I didn’t need the stickers, as the back cover of the Samsung Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Tab 2 have a smooth shiny surface. If your chosen device has a similar back, then the PadPivot’s micro suction cup will stick fast. Either way, your phone or tablet won’t fall off at the least opportune moment. In fact, in my tests, it had stuck so well (without the sticker) it was a little difficult to get off. This will no doubt fade as the head ages and gets dusty, but the instructions state that a quick wipe with a damp cloth should reactivate the nano suction. Otherwise, just keep the protective plastic when not in use to prolong the use of the head.
Whilst using the PadPivot out and about in my wheelchair, I didn’t feel like the device was going to fall or slip off, despite going over some big bumps in the pavement. I was able to clearly see the navigation instructions on the screen and still keep my hands free to push the wheels. This saves a lot of stopping to pull out the device to look at the map again.