At first, I thought the iPadâ€™s inherent lack of stand was a flaw. Back when this was a rumored device, I mustâ€™ve harbored some sort of subconscious fantasy that Apple would include a kickstand in the tablet, not unlike the HTC Evoâ€™s built-in wonder.
Who was I kidding? There was no way Cupertino was going to go against its minimalistic design ethos. Not just that, but it wouldâ€™ve curtailed the blossoming niche accessories market of dedicated iPad stands.
Now Iâ€™m kind of happy that the tablet didnâ€™t come with one. Otherwise, we wouldnâ€™t have cute little items like this to spend our money on.
Imagine just throwing this little PadFoot into your bag as a portable stand. PadFoot is a piece of polyamide that weighs just 15 grams, but still holds up that iPad like a champ in both portrait or landscape. And if youâ€™re typing on a flat surface, itâ€™s a no-brainer for propping up the tablet (under the top half) for some stability.
Dare I say, itâ€™s even more minimalist than the Joule iPad stand (below)? No doubt, that $129 stand is way more of a stunner, but at least the Padfoot is lighter and cheaper, at $30.
The only real downside of the PadFoot is not the elementary nature of its design, but the price tag. At $10, even $20, it would have been a no-brainer. But $30? Thatâ€™s a bit steep for what you get, in my opinion. For just 10 bucks more, you can get the gorgeous and completely collapsible Compass Stand for $40. As a portable iPad holder, it tops my list.
Iâ€™m still searching for a stationary product to use at home. I’m looking for one thatâ€™s stable and good-looking, but features a rotating or pivoting feature, for landscape and portrait views, while also being able to accommodate a charging cable (without junking up the sleek, pretty looks of my device). So far, the $50 HexaPose Stand is looking somewhat promising, if a bit chunky.
What iPad stand do you use? Or do you have your eye on a different one? Weâ€™re coming up with an iPad essentials list, so weigh in with your thoughts in the comments, for possible inclusion in an upcoming post.