It is less sturdy, but taller. It adheres to the laminate desk surface well, and holds the phone (or in my case iPod-sized DAB radio) perfectly well. Being taller neans that I can have it at the back of my desk, whilst still keeping the phone (or radio!) accessible. The hinges are not very stiff, so I can imagine in a moving car (especially over rough ground) it might not hold a phone in position reliably. This sort of suction foot might not stick reliably to all surfaces; for these two reasons I've given it one less than five stars.
Works for me!