I would never recommend a product to anyone that I haven’t physically used myself, so I was eager to try out the new Nest stand before we made it available for purchase. If you aren’t familiar with it, the Nest is a slick, compact, multipurpose stand which was originally designed with the iPad in mind, but works with a number of smartphones and other media devices (ex: Kindle, Nook, etc.). I was using an iPad 2 in my tests, so for the purposes of this blog post, I’ll be referencing that.
At first glance, the Nest looks like a tiny desk tray for holding small necessities (more on that in a bit). However, upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that a co-molded, non-slip rubber surrounds the entire “lip” of the tray. This same rubber can be found on the “sticky feet” on the bottom of the Nest. That rubber is the key here. All you need to do is place your device on the Nest screen-up , so the back is sitting against the rubber. I was skeptical at first, but was quickly (and pleasantly) surprised at how well the Nest both stays in place itself, and how securely it gripped the iPad. Also, I found that it held my iPad at a great, usable viewing angle.
The Nest is nothing, if not versatile. In addition to the standard use outlined above, it also holds a hidden slide-out cradle so you can keep your device at an upright viewing angle, great for showing media to your friends/family/coworkers, or for simply kicking back and watching something yourself. And remember when I said that it looks like a tiny desk tray for holding small necessities? Well, that’s because it triples as one of those too (I’m currently using mine to hold my iPod shuffle and an iStubz cable)! That same tray works great if you want to use the Nest as a holder for your smartphone (quadrupling as a stand for those as well).
After spending some time with the Nest, I was more than reassured of it’s quality, and I’m happy to see it introduced into the CableJive line of products. If you’re looking for a great smartphone, iPad, tablet, or e-reader stand for your desk at work or home, the Nest is an excellent solution. It’s available now, and comes in both white and black.