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We first heard about Vavo through its Kickstarter campaign – which was successfully funded by roughly 200% – back in June of last year. The product has been available in the retail scene for a little while now, and I've actually had a pair of them (one white, one black) for the last few months. As such, I've had plenty of time to get a feel for VaVo's strengths, as well as its weaknesses.

With that, let's take a closer looksee.

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What is it?

As described by UDS, VaVo is "an ultra portable universal smart phone and smart device accessory. It has 2 simple functions, propping your device at a variety of angles and mounting your device on flat vertical surfaces for viewing purposes." And that pretty much sums it up: it's a removable, versatile kickstand-esque accessory.

How does it work?

VaVo uses the same awesome alien goo as Capta and those "magical" PU Pads, basically allowing it to stick to your phone without leaving any residue behind. And when it gets dirty, a quick rinse will make it like new again. It's fantastic stuff.

Once on your phone, it has multiple, adjustable angles so you can position the device just right. Great for watching movies, using an external keyboard, getting good still shots with the camera, video chatting, and a lot more.

The Good

  • It's small and portable. VaVo is small enough to throw in your bag or pocket and take everywhere you go. Heck, you can even put it in your keychain so it's always by your side. You never know when it will come in handy!
  • Multiple angles/uses. Thanks to the retractable kickstand, VaVo offers a slew of different viewing angles and uses. As shown in the above video, you can either stick the unit on your phone and use it as a kickstand, or put it on the wall for a portable, adjustable stand that is exactly where you need it to be.
  • The goo leaves no residue behind. When I reviewed Capta, I was very hesitant to stick it on my phone for the first time in fear that the goo would leave behind some residue. I was happy to find that it didn't leave anything behind, all while providing an excellent hold with the phone attached to it. VaVo is no different in that respect – it sticks wonderfully, then comes off clean. However, you have to be cautious of the surfaces you trust VaVo to stick to for long periods of time. More on that below.
  • It's well made and looks great. VaVo is one of those little gadgets that I just adore. Not because of how useful it is, but for how well thought-out the design is. I absolutely love how compact and minimal it is, and it has such a nice, clean look about it.
  • It's inexpensive. At $13 a pop, it's hard not to want a VaVo. Its usefulness easily outweighs the price, bottom line.

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The Bad

  • The goo may not stick to all surfaces that well. This one is very hard to call, but I can say this: VaVo sticks to my Galaxy Nexus and HTC One X+ a lot better than my Nexus 4. One would think the smooth glass back would allow VaVo to hold for days, but that's not the case. Perhaps it's because the N4's back is inherently slick. That's not to say that it won't hold the N4, because it will. It just grips other devices a bit better.
  • Doesn't work with tablets. Unfortunately, tablets – even seven-inchers – are just too heavy for VaVo to support the weight. After much fiddling, I have been able to get it to hold my Nexus 7 for a brief period of time at just the right angle, but I can't really recommend it. Maybe UDS will build a slightly larger version for tablets! (Wishful thinking)

Conclusion

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It's really hard to deny VaVo's usefulness. For only $13, you get a multi-angle, multi-use kickstand attachment that's portable, well-made, and good-looking. Sure, it doesn't work well with tablets and it may not stick to your glass-backed device as well as something made of plastic or aluminum, but that doesn't render it useless by any means (in fact, I actually use it with my N4 more than any other device). Given everything that VaVo has to offer, I'd say this one's a no brainer – if you've ever needed to prop your phone for something, you should probably pick up a VaVo just to have on hand for the next time. Hit the link below to buy.

At the time of publishing this review, VaVo is actually on sale for $10.99 – even better!

VaVo (direct from UDS)

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

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  • squiddy20

    I was a backer of the Kickstarter project and got 3 of them. I've used it a few times, mostly for displaying my phone as a clock/alarm overnight. I've had an Otterbox Commuter case on my Gnex almost since I got it and was worried about how much the "stickiness" would be decreased. Turns out, my fears were for naught. In fact, even after a good 8 hours, I sometimes find it a little hard to pull off my phone. Great little product.

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    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Pugoo, which is the same material used in Vavo, pulls the back cover off my Note every single time. Almost kind of annoying how strong it is.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    cool. i got the captca/pugoo (sp?) pad deal last time. it's neat, but i have to admit i haven't really found a use for them.

    i will say, i think every device i own has some type of stand/kickstand case if it doesn't have one built-in (thunderbolt FTW!).

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Go to the gym with the pugoo and use it all over the machines.

      • Curls_4_da_gurls

        You weight train?
        On the treadmill I can see happening but some dude doing arm curls with his phone propped up so that he can look at [what?] would be an odd sight.
        Not hating but yeah I would probably laugh lol sorry -_-
        There was a fella with his ipad doing ab workout the other day... The shit was comical!

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I use it on a treadmill or an elliptical - somewhere where I get really bored otherwise.

  • Clay S.

    i backed the snable on kickstarter, i think its a better product for this space.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I absolutely love this thing for taking photos of phones "magically" standing up on their own.

    • UDS

      Greetings Artem, thanks to you and Cameron for all your support. Cheers!!

  • Sven L.

    Would love a nice stand for my Nexus 7. Still 13 bucks for a nice small stand for phones is totally reasonable.

  • TylerChappell

    Here is a PuGoo pad holding up my brother's heavy Acer Iconia A500 with a TPU case.

    I love these things! It stayed there for hours until I took it off the wall.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I don't go to the gym without one (for the treadmill). One of my favorite products of 2012.

  • zzz

    didn't work well for me. phone always drops off after a couple of minutes.

    • UDS

      Hello ZZZ, you should contact us at admin@udsproducts.com and let's work together to see if we can give you a better experience. Cheers!!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      What phone? I find the material pretty strong.

  • UDS

    Thanks for taking time to review Vavo - We truly appreciate it!! :-)

  • Guest

    I use a Clingo universal podium and it's better than this, plus it holds my nexus 7, there is also a portable smaller version for travelling.

    • Nicksage

      I'm also a backer from Kickstarter (backed for 6 units) and I own the Clingo podium and the universal stand. Vavo is in the same product space as the universal stand NOT the podium plus both cost much more than the Vavo. Clingo's universal stand looks like a make up mirror and only has one angle. My Vavo is attached permanently to my key chain for use wherever and whenever I want and this makes the $10.99 price a steal! The universal stand is okay but i much prefer the Vavo any day - its sleeker, smaller and more versatile in design.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ScottStandishParkin Scott Standish-Parkin

    I love this product! I got three from the kick starter as well as the PuGoo pad. I use them all the time when I'm out or on the plane. The PuGoo pad is freaking awesome at holding my TF700 in place even with the dock attached. I think Artem said it best when he mentions never going to the gym without it. I totally use it at the gym on tredmill and watching the insanity videos :)

  • ChumbleSpuzz

    There are a few people whose projects I that I will follow on Kickstarter who make great products and I don't need to worry about being scammed. The guys from UDS are definitely one of those. And when you support them, they "truly appreciate it!" :P