I first received one of these stands in my speaker bag at Macworld several years ago. It's a piece of heavy rubber with a metal disk in the base to give it weight that you can easily drop an iPad or iPhone in when you want to prop it up. I liked it so much I bought a second one for the office. Since then Stumps have multiplied like Tribbles in my home. When my daughter came back from a day on the Macworld show floor, it didn't surprise me in the least that she bought her own pink one for her room. The stump is a great piece of low-tech to make using your-high tech easier. Macworld agrees.