Gear review: A Zoom-friendly smartphone cradle |

Gear review: A Zoom-friendly smartphone cradle

It seemed frivolous, back in December, when I was shopping for a smartphone cradle for hands-free video chats.

But in our current stay-at-home reality — when most of our social, professional, spiritual and home exercise lives rely on Zoom and FaceTime and the like — it’s all but essential.

Back then, I was looking for a stand for my dad to use during our regular FaceTime hangouts (during which, generally, my wife and I chase our daughter around with our phone and dad watches the action from home back east).

After much research, I settled on the Nulaxy T Stand, which is affordable ($12 or so at most online retailers) and has all the features I wanted: it works for iPhone, Android and any smartphone between 4 and 8 inches, can work in portrait or landscape mode, it’s easily adjustable for height and angle, it has a projective silicone pad (so it won’t scratch up your device or table and won’t break anything if, say, your 2-year-old throws it across the room).

Nulaxy makes tons of variations of stands for home and car mounts, some with more bells and whistles like wireless chargers, made for laptops, tablets, smartphones and smart watches. My experience, with the two I’ve tried out, is that adjustable is better and the T model does everything we need it to and well worth the price.

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