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PERFECT FOR LARGE HEAVY TABLET IN OTTERBOX DEFENDER CASE. Prong blocks Back button if no case.
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2020
I adore this incredibly sturdy and reliable Nulaxy A5 tablet stand. It's PERFECT FOR LARGE HEAVY TABLET IN 5/8" THICK OTTERBOX DEFENDER CASE, PORTRAIT OR LANDSCAPE MODE, but it DID NOT FIT 1" THICK CASE when I added the "outer screen cover" to the back or front of the Otterbox. The A5 is heavy and stiff enough to hold my roughly 2 lb 11" Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 w/Otterbox Defender case in all sorts of positions, including Portrait mode, while using the touchscreen.
STABILITY: I intentionally poked and jostled the tablet, and the side table it sits on, in left-right and forward-back directions, with a fair amount of force (to replicate me bumping the table walking by) with great results. Even when the stand rocked back and forth a bit, the tablet stayed put, even in Portrait Mode, and the stand didn't tip over. This requires, of course, that you've chosen a stable set of angles suitable for your device.
PORTABILITY and small storage size are imperatives for me. The Nulaxy A5 has superior portability (weight, folded dimensions) compared to a variety of roughly similar stands in it's class, including the one with the V-shaped base. Still, I found a smaller, lighter alternative (middle KOOPAO stand in 2nd photo - clones sold by many) that has a much sleeker folded profile, and is also suitable, with caveats including more limited positioning options, for daily use with my 11" Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 in Otterbox Defender case. The stability of the KOOPAO is due completely to the 2" back extension in the base-plate. (Make sure you get a clone with that baseplate extension for stability needed for larger devices.) I generally like the Nulaxy A5 better, but portability won out.
USABILITY ISSUE WITH LONG PRONGS: One usability issue affects use of larger tablets, with slim cases, in Portrait Mode: The exceptionally long upwardly-curved prongs block the outer bottom buttons, like the Back button, or "Show all open apps" button, which I use all the time. I eliminated this problem with the Otterbox case, since that case lifts the tablet edge about 1/2" (See 2nd photo.) Some may prefer the long prongs that ensure your device will NEVER slip forward off the prongs; however I think their length is serious over-kill under most conditions.
NOTE TO NULAXY: I suggest you shorten, by a lot, the upward curving portion of the prongs so they don't block the bottom buttons on large tablets in Portrait mode. A side benefit might be that, when folded, the prongs wouldn't extend through and beyond the baseplate, which would increase sleekness for snag-free portability.
COMPARISONS IN PHOTOS
- 1st Photo: NULAXY A5 is on left, HOOPAO plastic/metal tablet stand on right, showing the positions I used to hold my tablet in a close-to-vertical position. Using the HOOPAO, I *must* keep the spine of the stand vertical because if I angle it forward (like on the NULAXY), the weight of my tablet pulls it down and forward. The joints of the HOOPAO aren't stiff enough to hold my 2 lb tablet/case in many positions, though it suits my daily use if I take care. NULAXY benefits from totally trustworthy unmoving joints under great weight. HOOPAO has a minor height advantage, holding bottom edge of tablet almost 1/2" higher than the Nulaxy can. I couldn't comfortably make the spine of the Nulaxy any more vertical, because that moved the heavy weight of my tablet too far back for it to remain stable (since Nulaxy A5 doesn't have the baseplate extension out the back that makes the HOOPAO so unexpectedly stable in a backward direction.
- 2nd Photo: Folded NULAXY A5 at bottom, HOOPAO in middle, Small Typical Cell-Phone Stand at the top. Cell-phone stand is on the smaller size for these things; it has a 4" spine, 3.5" base, and 2.75" cradle height. I truly wish NULAXY made a stand just like the A5, but in between the sizes of the A5 and the cell phone stand (which is very similar to the Nulaxyy A4). (I'd like a hypothetical Nulaxy A4.5 - LOL.) If you don't care about extreme portability, you can't beat the price and sturdyness of the A5. But I do care about size and sleekness when folded, so, because I'm counting pennies, I kept the more portable HOOPAO and returned the Nulaxy A5. Normally, I would have kept both. The Nulaxy is more handsome, IMHO, especially if they got rid of the plastic base insert.
- HEAVY, LARGE DEVICES IN THICK RUGGED CASES: 12" tablets in thick (up to 11/16") rugged cases are held comfortably, at many angles, in this absolutely sturdy and stable heavy-duty stand. With care, I'm sure larger and heavier monitors/screens could be accommodated.
- LARGE DIMENSIONS: Overall dimensions are generous, offering the ultimate stability to larger devices, even in Portrait mode.
- THICK METAL: Metal is much thicker than look-alike smaller phone stands. Joints in any position will not move under weight of device. Supports my roughly 2 lb, 11" tablet in rugged case completely reliably.
- PRONGS FIT THRU BASE: Prongs fit through opening in base (unlike many similarly designed/sized stands). This reduces overall folded thickness, and leavies very little prong poking out to stress the fabric of your carrying case or put pressure on devices it's ill-advisedly packed next to in a full bag.
- PORTABILITY is best in class for this type of heavier stand, but I did find alternatives that granted a smaller, lighter profile for travel (though sacrificing some of the sturdiness you may prefer when setting up in varied unfamiliar locations).
- UNEVEN SURFACES: Works reasonably well when set on the bed, on a crumled fleece blanket, or on my stomach in bed, assuming I took care how I placed it and didn't jostle it. Absolutely no problem setting it on the carpet or certain uneven surfaces, if placement is assessed with care and tablet is centered on stand, because of it's weight.
- ATTRACTIVE, CLASSY, and BOMB-PROOF: Style-wise, I prefer metal to plastic. I like sleek, functional, unassuming profiles. Nulaxy A5 meets the bill, though I kinda wish they'd eliminate the plastic insert in the base. The plastic insert detracts from the looks of the Silver model. While the insert may 'strengthen' the base overall, IMHO additional strength is not needed in this stand. I'm sure I could not bend any of the metal parts without using a heavy tool like a hammer on a stand clamped to a surface. Seriously, the metal frame is unbendable. Though I'd prefer no company name/logo on my stand, at least Nulaxy's is fairly small and discrete.
- EXTRA THICK SILICONE FEET: While the rectangular grey silicone pads placed on areas the tablet sits against are thin, and similar to those on every phone and tablet stand out there, the four grey silicone feet are MUCH thicker. This is a great bonus, and suits the greater size and weight of this stand.
- PRONGS BLOCK BOTTOM OUTER BUTTONS INTABLET MODE unless you have a thick case that lifts the tablet edge up substantially
- With a slim case, or no case, on an 11" tablet, the exceptionally long upwardly curved prongs block the outer base buttons, on either side of the Home button. It was very awkward, even with S Pen, to hit the Back button which I use a lot. I had to slightly lift/move the tablet to do so, before I got my case. Thankfully, my Otterbox case lifted the tablet enough to expose the buttons fully (See 3rd photo). THIS WOULD BE A DEAL BREAKER if I didn't have such a thick case.
- SMALL PADS WERE MISALIGNED, LEAVING STICKY ADHESIVE EXPOSED - BUT PADS DON'T SEEM TO SLIP UNDER NORMAL CONDITIONS : Upon delivery, the two top squares of grey padding were misaligned from their original position (See 4th photo) though all the other pads were precisely placed (as these initially were). I'm not sure how they got mis-aligned in the first place, unless they got immediately misaligned during handling at the factory, because they stayed put perfectly during two weeks of use. I'm guessing, perhaps, it was stored or transported in severe heat at one point ... with some sort of force? .... gravity? ... assisting its movement. I wouldn't necessarily conclude the adhesive is sub-standard for this application, because I couldn't easily slide the pad with pressure from my thumbs. I was able to reposition one by carefully peeling it partway off, pulling it into position, and pressing it into place. Nonetheless, I HATE EXPOSED STICKY ADHESIVE. Either I clean it off carefully, with great effort and the right type of "goo-gone", or it collects dust, lint and hairs and looks trashy. I have absolute faith that Nulaxy would have replaced this stand without question or cost to me, had it been outside the return window, but it's a hassle to the consumer and suggests future problems with pads staying in place. Luckily, I haven't noticed this issue dominating the user reviews, so I wouldn't consider it a general problem