Turn a Business Card into an iPhone Stand

Last Updated Jul 11, 2008 4:51 PM EDT

iphone-stand.jpgPlanning to take the iPhone 3G plunge tomorrow? One thing you'll soon discover is that there's no comfortable way to watch videos, as the iPhone comes without a stand. You'll either have to hold it for the duration of your show or try in vain to prop it upright at a decent viewing angle.

Option C: Fish a business card out of your wallet. Instructables shows you how to turn an ordinary business card into a damn good iPhone stand (it works quite nicely with the iPod touch, too).

Just make two small cuts and four simple folds. Presto! This took me about 60 seconds to do, and it works like a charm. Use a stiff, glossy card if you can. Now you can watch all 12 episodes of Flight of the Conchords (note: link requires iTunes) with all the comfort of your home theater. Okay, maybe not all. But still, gotta love this great biz-card hack.

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