There are literally hundreds of different iPad stands available on the market right now and for good reason. An iPad stand makes many iPad functions better and easier to use and even makes new functions possible in some cases. So what’s better when using an iPad stand? FaceTime conversations, movies and photo slideshows to name a few things.
The Magnus stand makes very clever use of the iPad 2’s built in magnets (hence the name) which were originally designed by Apple to hold the Smart Cover in place. The magnetic docking is simultaneously the stand’s coolest feature and weakest feature; cool because it’s so clean and Mac-like but weak because it only offers one viewing angle. Still, this is a great desk companion especially if you have a wireless keyboard to use in conjunction. I really like the fact that Ten One Design, the makers of the Magnus, chose to use recycled aluminum.
The Joule is one sweet-looking piece of metal (machined aircraft grade aluminum to be exact). The Joule sports multiple features such as a plush Ultrasuede protective liner, a three-hole positionable tilt and and an audio enhancement slot. Available in 8 different color schemes, the Joule retails for just under $100 (and depends on which finish you choose). The Joule works in portrait or landscape mode and makes a great addition to any modern office motif.
Price: $79.99 to $99.99
BookArc for iPad
The BookArc for iPad heavy gauge steel iPad stand looks great next to other modern Apple products and has four available viewing positions for your iPad (tilted or straight for horizontal or vertical placement). Your iPad will rest comfortably and safely in the BookArc thanks to the soft silicone insert. Thanks to the elevated design, charging your iPad is easy while it rests in the BookArc. Works with iPad 1 and 2.
The Nest is unique in that it is an iPad stand as well as a “valet”. Aside from simply holding your iPad at a nice viewing or typing angle, the Nest has an inner compartment that you can use for storage. What the Nest lacks in viewing angle options (2) it makes up for in available colors (6) which are clearly derivative of the iPod Nano color schema. The Nest is a great iPad stand for people on a tight budget and can also double as an iPhone holder/stand. Compatible with iPad 1 and 2.
The Compass is a folding stand that’s essentially an easel for your iPad. The Compass works in both landscape and portrait mode and has a neat little hidden second leg that flips out when rotated for a nice typing experience. The Compass comes in three colors: iPad Silver, Tactical Black and Candy Apple Red. Highly portable, the Compass folds up to about the size of a candy bar for easy storage in a backpack, bag or purse. The Compass seems ideal for use on a place.
What’s unique about the iOstand is that it has nearly limitless viewing angles to choose from thanks to a ball-socket pivot joint called an iOcore. The iOstand comes in black, white or stainless steel. The iOstand is only for use on completely flat, horizontal surfaces and would be right at home on a night stand, side table or countertop in addition to a desk or conference room table. For some reason, the iOstand reminds me a bit of the Pixar Luxo lamp.
The SpinPad from Targus is actually an iPad case that doubles as a stand but the killer feature that sets it apart from other stands listed here is it’s ability to be hung on a wall. The SpinPad’s other features include a rotating presentation stand, adjustable typing position, ergonomic and non-slip hand grip and a foldable handle. The SpinPad only comes in one color: black (but that’s a pretty safe bet).
The Infinite Loop
There’s so much to like about The Infinite Loop iPad stand that it’s hard to know where to start. The stands patented co-molded metal and plastic body can be bent into just about any position while maintaining enough rigidity to hold up the weight of an iPad. True Apple fans will also note that the name cleverly describes not only the stands capabilities but also the address of Apple’s famous campus. The nice thing about this design is that it will most likely work for almost any new iPad (iPad 3, 4, etc.) that comes out in the future.
The Belkin FlipBlade has a uniquely small form factor compared to most of the other iPad stands currently on the market. Although small, the FlipBlade remains strong and durable and is geared toward people on the go. The minimal design holds your iPad in either portrait or landscape mode and unfolds from storage mode with the push of a button.
The Prism 2-piece aluminum stand stands out for it’s futuristic looks. It doesn’t have a lot of features and only has one viewing angle but it does come in a very wide rang of colors (including some seemingly odd choices such as gold, pink and yellow). The Prism is made up of two pieces that fit together in the middle to form the X shape that holds the iPad and since they come apart it makes the Prism pretty portable.