AluCup is handy for iPhones, iPods -- iPads, not so much

The AluCup from Just Mobile is a one-trick pony, but it's a pretty neat trick. It's an $29.95 multi-purpose desktop stand for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (well, sorta -- more on that in a moment). 

Sculpted from a single piece of aluminum lined with soft rubber, the AluCup provides an upright stand when you sit your iDevice inside it. Its "grippy" bottom keeps it from sliding around your desk. 

Thanks to its high-friction rubberized edges, the AluCup -- with is available in yellow, blue, black and red -- doubles as a reclining pedestal for your iDevice, while offering space for you to stash your storage cables. There are four vertical slots are for keeping those cables tidy.

But let's be practical. The AluCup works best for iDevices that fit inside it. That would be the iPhone and iPod touch. I didn't find it useful for the iPad Pro or iPad mini, two devices that won't fit inside it. You can prop them up on the AluCup and use the Just Mobile device for cable management, but that doesn't seem worth the bother — or 30 bucks.

Bottom line: I'd recommend the AluCup for iPhone and iPod users. iPad users should pass.