It's not every day that I get to review something that works with everything from an iPhone 6s Plus to an iPad Pro, but it's also not every day that I get my hands on the BlueLounge Mika White universal tablet stand (US$29.95).
The BlueLounge Mika comes in two colors; aluminum and the new white color. I tested the white version of this simple, yet versatile stand. It's made of an angled piece of aluminum, with a silicone base that includes a small "ledge" to hold your device in place. At the top of the Mika is another piece of silicone that your device rests against, holding it at a nice comfortable angle for working.
I tried the Mika with the iPhone 6s Plus, an iPad mini, an iPad Air 2, and an iPad Pro. All of them were held securely in portrait mode, and all except the iPhone 6s Plus could be propped up in landscape orientation as well. BlueLounge even recommends using the Mika with smaller laptops like the 12-inch MacBook or 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air when they're closed and attached to a monitor, keyboard and mouse for "docked" use.
The design is minimalistic and stylish. Both the aluminum, which has black silicone highlights, and the white (white coated aluminum with gray accents) are attractive and quite unobtrusive when not being used.
What can I say? It works. The Mika is useful anywhere you'd like to have your iPhone or iPad in an upright position for reading without having to hold it by hand. The silicone base insures that the Mika is not going to move when you're tapping on the screen of your iOS device.
Since I am STILL waiting for my Apple Smart Keyboard and Pencil to arrive, I've been making do with a few different types of stands and cases so that I can use the iPad Pro. I found one of the best combinations was to use the Mika to hold the Pro in landscape orientation and then use a Logitech Keys-To-Go Bluetooth keyboard for data entry. It's an amazing combo!
Especially for iPad Pro users who are looking for a way to hold up their devices on a desk or table, the BlueLounge Mika is a perfect stand. At a price of $29.95, it's also less expensive than the $49.99 Twelve South ParcSlope, which has also been touted as a stand for the Pro. However, the latter is more useful when using the Apple Pencil with the iPad Pro.