The joints have enough resistance to hold the phone in position reliably, and they are big enought to hold larger items (I have an A5-sized whiteboard I sometimes put in it) - it's a fixture on my desk now!
1. It's heavier than some - because of the quality of its manufacture.
2. it folds flat, but it's still bulkier than some stands - again, the metal is thick & the hinges appear built to last.
In summary, it's not the smallest or the lightest, but it's certainly sturdy, & does the job.