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Every now and then I stumble across a product that I'm instantly frustrated with. I was living my life perfectly contentedly, but now that I've seen this thing, I must have it. For the next ten minutes, that thing is the Keyprop phone stand that just secured funding on Kickstarter at the last moment. This is a tiny stand that works with all smartphones and is always there when you need it.

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The concept behind Keyprop is elegantly simple. It's a key-shaped stand that fits comfortably on keychains and props phones up by plugging into their headphone jacks (or the lightning dock on the iPhone 5). It's quite convenient. Just look how easily the guy below can annoy everyone in the café behind him by watching a video on his smartphone without earbuds.

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Anyone who pledges $15 or more will get their hands on one of these when they ship sometime in August. The bundled camera app will only be available for iOS, but that slight bummer doesn't take away from the usefulness of a travel-friendly phone stand. Keyprop may have already reached its funding goal, but I'm going to consider backing it anyway. Join me?

Source: Kickstarter

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Alex Flynn

    I SHALL JOIN THOU.

    This is awesome.

    • Scott

      It isn't that awesome...

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

        If you're used to having an EVO, this is pretty awesome.

        • irtechneo

          Loved the kickstand on my Tbolt but cant justify this for 15.

        • PhilNelwyn

          But you can't plug in your earbuds when using this...

    • adi19956

      Don't be a hipster using 'thou'. It makes you sound like a pillock especially because 'thee' is correct here and not 'thou'. It's also informal so you would only use it if you were very familiar with the author. Also you wouldn't use it at all.

      • Alex Flynn

        Wow.

        • Jason Bailey

          Don't pay him any attention mate, he's obviously a troll lol

          • IrishSid

            He's right though.

          • adi19956

            Just trying to help. He's making himself look silly. Saying 'thou' or 'thee' is like informing someone that you're their friend. Do it with 'tu' in France or 'du' in Germany. It's over familiar and creepy.
            It was also in the subjective form when it should have been objective as 'I' was the subject.

          • Jason Bailey

            Unfortunately your post didn't come across as "helpful" in the slightest though, as he didn't come here for a grammar lesson.

  • David Margolin

    does it come in #holo

  • irtechneo

    Not for 15 bucks. Maybe 5 tops

    • Freak4Dell

      If it goes well, I'm sure there will be clones on eBay soon enough.

      • cy_n_ic

        Im making one out of stainless steel right meow. Love working at a machine shop.

        • Elias

          you gotta really enjoy electrically shorting out your headphone jack

      • Logan Milliken

        Yeah, but that's ripping off a small developer. Thumbs down.

        • Freak4Dell

          I never said it was fair. That's cool, though...thumbs down me for posting the truth.

        • Andrea

          That may be not fair, but in my opinion neither making people pay 15 bucks for it isn't.

    • JonJJon

      Even more for us in the UK (with the rather pricey postage for such a light small item), definitely not worth it, hopefully something like this turns up in accessory shops, ebay or the "Science Museum" shop haha. Otherwise I'll just buy some artists moldable plastic and make my own.

      • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

        I'm in the UK too, can I get one.

  • Kenny O

    My wife will love this. Not only does she watch a ton of netflix on her phone - she is constantly losing either her phone of her keys....with this they will always be next to each other.

    • David Margolin

      so she can lose both at the same time

    • nxtiak

      So she's going to keep this conencted to her phone all the time so it doesn't get lost?!?!?!? Uh that's not how this thing works. You keep it with your keys. So if she looses her keys, she can't stand her phone. And if she looses her phone she can't watch Netflix. Why would a little key thing you keep with your keys make her keep her keys next to her phone?

      • Jake

        Would loosening her phone void the warranty? How does one loose a key?

        • Ryan Steddy

          *Lose

  • nxtiak

    BHAHAHAHAHAHAHA " It's quite convenient. Just look how easily the guy below can annoy everyone in the café behind him by watching a video on his smartphone without earbuds."

    Freaking hilarious. This is a stupid ass product.

    • Timothy Choi

      Exactly! No way I'm using this if it covers the headphone port.

  • IrishSid

    Excellent idea. I'll make my own out of wood or a wirecoat hanger now.

  • Damien

    I've been in a restaurant when a thief grabbed a tablet right off a table. With Keyprop, the thief can get your keys, too. Are we sure this isn't backed by the Pickpockets Union?

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

      You can upgrade to the stun gun edition for the low price of $199.99.

      • Dan

        Oh, in that case, shut up and take my money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.pavel Benjamin Pavel

    Yea...i rather buy myself a case with a stand + i don't even carry keys with me. =/

    • John O’Connor

      like an otterbox with a built-in kickstand? I believe this has more to do with absolute portability regardless of the device you or another may have on you at any given time. I can see the utility, although all of my devices have cases with kickstands already

  • antonior93

    they should put a little battery inside this key, so the phone can charge meanwhile :D
    don't know if it could be possible to do, but would be a nice idea..

  • burrrp

    Interesting idea. I don't see myself buying it.

  • Matthew Fry

    I'm perfectly satisfied with (and others are too) bluetooth buds for watching something on my phone so the headphone port being blocked isn't that big of an issue. You think it will fit with my case though?

    • dyeyourcarpet

      lol. got milla amps?

    • IrishSid

      Errrm, what is that thing?

      • Mike Harris

        Only because I have the same stupid thing, I can tell you that it's the case that comes with the Zero Lemon extended battery. It may look ugly and make the phone huge, but having over 3x the battery life of the standard battery is worth it.

        Unlike Matthew's, though, my case is white. Or at least it was white when I got it. It's somehow managed to soak up a bunch of other colors and I can't seem to clean it off.

        • Cory_S

          I got one too. I think we're the only ones who know how beautiful the screen is at full brightness :P

  • Nick Schiwy

    One of those times I wish I had a 3D printer...

  • cabbiebot

    I want it. Even though my phone has a kickstand.

  • http://www.kamemmental.fr/ RockAndRock

    Too much... For internationnal...

  • Claw

    "So what if you don't have an iPhone 5? No problem, it has a jack that connects to your iPhone 4 bla bla". Figures... It's aimed at hipsters. If they made that small piece of cheap plastic that fits into the crappy new port of the iPhone, why couldn't they make another that fits into microUSB for.. i don't know...maybe ALL THE OTHER SMARTPHONES except for the iShit. Basically you have an iPhone => can use headphones, have everything else => no headphones. Oh and the price of 15$ is way off for some molded piece of shit, from a bunch of hipsters that only care about their iShits.

  • EdLessard

    What a new a unique way to ruin your headphone and usb ports.

  • xnifex

    I like the GoGoStand & have a few. They're the size of a credit card & fit in your wallet.
    http://www.gogostand.com/

  • BubbleSort

    Still no bottle opener?

  • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

    I don't see why anyone would pick this over the VaVo. They both cost $15 and they both can be attached to your keychain. I do like the price on that GoGoStand someone in the comments recommended though. Does anyone know if that works with bigger phones as opposed to iPhone-sized phones?