Your smartphone doesn’t have to be useless while it’s charging


The Tilt stand lets you use your smartphone without removing it. Photo: Tilt

It’s pretty difficult to use your smartphone while it’s standing vertically. That’s why when we place our phones on a dock or stand, we tend to neglect them until they’re done charging. Challenging this habit are the makers of the Tilt stand, who seem to think you should be able to use your phone while it’s getting juiced.

The Tilt stand, which is currently being funded on on Kickstarter, has two positions, one of which lets the phone face up so you can freely use it without removing it. All you have to do is tilt the stand back to its second angle, which Tilt calls the “usage angle.”

This begs an important question: why can’t you just take your phone off of the stand if you want to use it? It seems as though the Tilt is designed for quick interactions with your phone, so taking it off isn’t necessary. It’s imaginably still easier to type holding your device in both hands. But it also seems convenient if you’re working at your desk to be able to quickly tilt your phone back and get a few taps and swipes in, then get back to work without thinking about it.


Tilt the stand back to make your smartphone usable. Photo: Tilt

The aluminum stand is brand new to Kickstarter and manages to differentiate itself from the plethora of other docks and stands that seek crowdfunding. You can back the project and receive one Tilt for $25 or $30 if you rush to be one of the first 150 backers. After those sell out, the standard pledge to fund and essentially preorder one is $35.

The Tilt fits phones up to 16 mm in thickness and anything in size from the tiny iPhone 4 to the large iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4. It comes in five different colors, too: charcoal/black, silver/black, silver/white, rose gold/white and gold/white.

It also by default doesn’t include the charging capability, though for a $30 upgrade you can add a built-in cable for your iPhone or Android and Windows Phone. The charging feature is designed in such a way that you can still tilt the stand so you don’t lose the prime functionality of the Tilt.

The design is pretty impressive, as designing a stand that tilts at will while supporting the phone in both positions requires a precise weight and angle. Check out the Kickstarter page for more details.