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md63
Oct 6, 2010, 09:27 AM
I saw this stand (Belkin FlipBlade) at a local Apple store and picked it up for $29. I haven't been able to find anything on line about it (even on the Belkin site) but I thought I'd post a few pictures. I have been using the Compass stand when I'm traveling, however, I do like this stand because its seems more stable and won't collapse like the Compass has a tendency to when you move it around. The downside of this stand is that it doesn't have a typing position. My iPad with Grip Vue case fit well in the stand. Enjoy.



tastychicken
Oct 7, 2010, 12:19 AM
That looks pretty cool. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Darth Maniac
Oct 7, 2010, 03:48 AM
Looks good - does it have a typing position?

Mr Kram
Oct 7, 2010, 03:52 AM
Looks good - does it have a typing position?

i wonder the same thing. looks like you can lay the ipad down when it's in the closed position although there's no lip to hold it in place.

chiefroastbeef
Oct 7, 2010, 03:59 AM
This is definitely the most compact and best looking stand I have seen yet. Doesn't look like it was made for keyboard entry position, besides laying the iPad on the unit at a slight angle from the first image like the above poster mentioned.

testcard
Oct 7, 2010, 07:18 AM
Looks good - does it have a typing position?

From the OP:
The downside of this stand is that it doesn't have a typing position.

But on a positive note this looks like a highly portable solution.

md63
Oct 8, 2010, 11:11 AM
After using this stand for a few days I really like it better than the compass stand from twelve south because it's more stable. It doesn't have a typing position however for short notes I have no problem typing in the docked position. I'm actually not a big fan of the traditional typing position because I tend to hunch over the keyboard and find it uncomfortable. For extensive typing I'm using a cheap USB keyboard which works great with the camera connection kit..

Apple is now listing it for sale on their website.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/H2651VC/A?mco=MTkyNzMwMzc

testcard
Oct 8, 2010, 01:18 PM
I'm definitely warming to this stand - looks as if it could be ideal for a travelling iPad. Downside - if it's anything like the Griffin Loop it won't appear in the UK until Xmas at the earliest.

Built
Nov 2, 2010, 01:21 AM
Having bought my first one about 3 weeks go...and then having gone back to buy 2 more...AND having purchased a number of other stands including the Compass, the A-Frame and a variety of stands/cases...for my purposes and use (travelling), this stand cannot be beat.

Compact, stable, easy to set up...Love it.

HIGHLY recommended.

pm41m
Nov 2, 2010, 08:24 AM
$19.99 at Best Buy (none in my local stores, ordered online but backordered for 1-2 weeks) vs. $29.95 at the Apple Store.

testcard
Nov 4, 2010, 05:12 AM
Anyone know if the FlipBlade is available in the UK yet?

b.c.
Nov 4, 2010, 01:18 PM
a couple questions to those who have this stand:

1) how much does it weigh?

2) will it fit an iPad in the Apple case?

looking for stand to use on flights; considering this or the Compass...

thanks

testcard
Nov 6, 2010, 03:21 AM
Amazon UK now have it. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-Flip-Blade-iPad-iPhone/dp/B0042YQ4TG

j-a-x
Nov 7, 2010, 12:08 AM
I've got a FlipBlade and I like it as a travel stand, although I might get something a bit sturdier/heavier for my desk as a docking station.

I just wanted to add that if you have a silicon skin on your iPad, the FlipBlade in its closed position makes an okay screen typing stand. It's a bit unstable as a typing stand and it's not the perfect angle but it's way better than laying the iPad flat. The friction between my silicon case and the stand is what holds it in place though in the typing position, so it probably would not work without the case. I think the Compass is slightly better for typing but less stable while standing so it's sort of a trade off. What the FlipBlade really works well for though is a portable stand for showing photos, watching media, or typing with a bluetooth keyboard.

MXSkier62
Nov 7, 2010, 11:03 AM
Would you say that this stand would be good thing to throw in a backpack? It would give the ipad a bit more of the normal angle of a laptop for viewing documents etc while writing in a notebook. Thoughts?

j-a-x
Nov 7, 2010, 09:11 PM
It's perfect for throwing into a backpack. I just used it today. Threw it in my bag with the iPad and a bluetooth keyboard (it's still way lighter than carrying my 13" Aluminum MacBook) and set it all up at a cafe and got a lot of work done. Viewing angle is perfect for either portrait or landscape.

I don't think it's the perfect stand for my desk at home though because I can't slide the keyboard under it while the iPad is not in use. I kind of want one of these (http://www.amazon.com/elago-Stand-Black-iPad-Tablet/dp/B003QCOKGO/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2UHA4N77S9FFE&colid=37CDOM9R8NR2Q), or
these (http://www.amazon.com/Thought-Out-Stabile-Steel-Stand/dp/B003NG73AS/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I3PJPY3JFI5ZEO&colid=37CDOM9R8NR2Q) on my desk since they elevate the iPad and there should be room to put a keyboard under it, but I'd definitely never carry something like that to a cafe.

So yeah, the FlipBlade seems pretty good as a travel stand.

It was interesting writing on an iPad today with just iWork on the screen and no other windows in the background distracting me (sorry, off topic).

SchneiderMan
Nov 7, 2010, 11:10 PM
a couple questions to those who have this stand:

1) how much does it weigh?

2) will it fit an iPad in the Apple case?

looking for stand to use on flights; considering this or the Compass...

thanks

Go with the Compass. It's ultra portable and very functional.

j-a-x
Nov 8, 2010, 12:54 PM
The compass was $10 more and less stable. It looks really cool but in the end I didn't feel like it was practical for me, especially since the bluetooth keyboard has no home button substitute and pressing the home button almost always knocked the iPhone down when I tried it.

mgg
Nov 12, 2010, 02:06 PM
I've got a FlipBlade and I like it as a travel stand, although I might get something a bit sturdier/heavier for my desk as a docking station.

I just wanted to add that if you have a silicon skin on your iPad, the FlipBlade in its closed position makes an okay screen typing stand. It's a bit unstable as a typing stand and it's not the perfect angle but it's way better than laying the iPad flat. The friction between my silicon case and the stand is what holds it in place though in the typing position, so it probably would not work without the case. I think the Compass is slightly better for typing but less stable while standing so it's sort of a trade off. What the FlipBlade really works well for though is a portable stand for showing photos, watching media, or typing with a bluetooth keyboard.

I have the Vaja Mamut iVolution case, and am wondering if the "shelf" of the FlipBlade would be wide enough to hold my iPad without having to remove the back.

j-a-x
Nov 12, 2010, 03:55 PM
I can try to measure it for you if you want. How thick is the iPad with the case on?

mgg
Nov 12, 2010, 04:56 PM
I can try to measure it for you if you want. How thick is the iPad with the case on?
It's close to 1/2" but not quite.

Is there a little leeway when you put the iPad on it, or is it a snug fit? I'm thinking if there's even a little extra space, it'll work.

Thank you! : )

oghowie
Nov 13, 2010, 01:00 AM
$19.99 at Best Buy (none in my local stores, ordered online but backordered for 1-2 weeks) vs. $29.95 at the Apple Store.

Link please.

kipperkip
Nov 13, 2010, 03:26 AM
Link please.

No longer available on Best Buy website. Available at Amazon for $29.99.

Built
Nov 13, 2010, 08:36 AM
It's well worth the 29.99. I haven't taken my Compass on a single trip after getting the Flipblade.

oghowie
Nov 13, 2010, 09:41 AM
The downside of this stand is that it doesn't have a typing position. My iPad with Grip Vue case fit well in the stand. Enjoy.

I think for typing you would flip the stand so the curved side rests on the table and the flat side is up. I think I saw a pic if it this way on their website. Does this work?

Built
Nov 14, 2010, 11:40 AM
I think for typing you would flip the stand so the curved side rests on the table and the flat side is up. I think I saw a pic if it this way on their website. Does this work?

Yes, it does...

I'm pretty fickle with iPad accessories...but I have to say that this is a "must-have" for me. Still love it.

When I used the Compass, I felt like it was a big production getting it out and setting it up. It felt "fussy" and too involved. The Flipblade is SO compact, and with one button, deploys in an instant.

oghowie
Nov 14, 2010, 12:07 PM
Yes, it does...

I'm pretty fickle with iPad accessories...but I have to say that this is a "must-have" for me. Still love it.

When I used the Compass, I felt like it was a big production getting it out and setting it up. It felt "fussy" and too involved. The Flipblade is SO compact, and with one button, deploys in an instant.

Thanks for the confirmation. I think I'll have to pick one up too.

Built
Nov 14, 2010, 12:29 PM
Thanks for the confirmation. I think I'll have to pick one up too.

I think you'll definitely like it.

The interesting thing is that, upon reading about it in this thread, I tried to find a local Apple store that carried it. I found it at the Apple Store at The Grove in Los Angeles.

After purchasing one, I ended up going back twice to purchase two more, and each time, I found fewer and fewer on display (they evidently became popular very quickly), and saw people "drawn" to them...checking them out.

mgg
Nov 14, 2010, 12:37 PM
Would someone please tell me if there is any extra room once the iPad is in place on the shelf? I'd like to know if my iPad with the iVolution back would fit on it. Thank you.

Built
Nov 14, 2010, 01:17 PM
Would someone please tell me if there is any extra room once the iPad is in place on the shelf? I'd like to know if my iPad with the iVolution back would fit on it. Thank you.

It fits NO PROBLEM with my TPU case. I have no idea how thick the iVolution case is...or how much bulk it adds to the iPad.

The best thing you could do is try it out at the store, or order it online and return it if it doesn't work for you.

...There's no reason to get nasty simply because you feel you were "deprived" of attention in this thread. Did it ever occur to you that, perhaps, none of us have any experience with Ivolution cases, and wouldn't want to give you incorrect information?????

oghowie
Nov 14, 2010, 11:39 PM
Picked up the stand at Target ($29.99) tonight and so far it works great. One thing I have noticed is that there is a slight wobble when I flip it to type on because my case is a little bit curved in the back. i would highly recommend this stand.

mgg
Nov 15, 2010, 01:22 AM
It fits NO PROBLEM with my TPU case. I have no idea how thick the iVolution case is...or how much bulk it adds to the iPad.

The best thing you could do is try it out at the store, or order it online and return it if it doesn't work for you.

...There's no reason to get nasty simply because you feel you were "deprived" of attention in this thread. Did it ever occur to you that, perhaps, none of us have any experience with Ivolution cases, and wouldn't want to give you incorrect information?????

Wow, I'm amazed that I came across as nasty. I did put a smiley face after my "thank you," but I see it didn't make it onto my post. Still, I certainly wasn't feeling "deprived of attention" on this thread -- more like anxious because this sounded like a great stand. My first 2 posts were directed to j-a-x and were written two days ago. He didn't respond, hence my third post today -- which I wrote right after reading YOUR post which made it sound like these things were fantastic and selling like hotcakes. Anyway, I'm sorry if I came across as being nasty to you (or anyone else).

I did go to Apple today, and actually bought two of these. My iPad with the iVolution back (which is a little less than 1/2" combined, as stated in my previous post) fit just fine.

Built
Nov 15, 2010, 02:10 AM
Wow, I'm amazed that I came across as nasty. I did put a smiley face after my "thank you," but I see it didn't make it onto my post. Still, I certainly wasn't feeling "deprived of attention" on this thread -- more like anxious because this sounded like a great stand. My first 2 posts were directed to j-a-x and were written two days ago. He didn't respond, hence my third post today -- which I wrote right after reading YOUR post which made it sound like these things were fantastic and selling like hotcakes. Anyway, I'm sorry if I came across as being nasty to you (or anyone else).

I did go to Apple today, and actually bought two of these. My iPad with the iVolution back (which is a little less than 1/2" combined, as stated in my previous post) fit just fine.

Thanks. man. I'm sorry I "reacted." We're good? :)

Glad to hear it fits with the iVolution. Now I know!

I have to say that I have tried just about every major stand out there...both separate...and stands that are actually cases...and I do love this one.

Sorry again. :)

j-a-x
Nov 15, 2010, 08:52 AM
My first 2 posts were directed to j-a-x and were written two days ago. He didn't respond, hence my third post today

Oops, sorry I forgot to check this thread this weekend. Seems like everything worked out though.

mgg
Nov 15, 2010, 11:46 AM
Thanks. man. I'm sorry I "reacted." We're good? :)

Glad to hear it fits with the iVolution. Now I know!

I have to say that I have tried just about every major stand out there...both separate...and stands that are actually cases...and I do love this one.

Sorry again. :)

LOL, no worries...except I'm a guuuurl...well, an old broad. : )

mgg
Nov 15, 2010, 11:48 AM
Oops, sorry I forgot to check this thread this weekend. Seems like everything worked out though.

Yes, they did. Thanks for the offer to help though. : )

Built
Nov 15, 2010, 12:00 PM
LOL, no worries...except I'm a guuuurl...well, an old broad. : )

:)

gnychis
Nov 15, 2010, 02:49 PM
looks like a pretty slim and useful stand. doesn't tip easily?

Built
Nov 15, 2010, 05:28 PM
looks like a pretty slim and useful stand. doesn't tip easily?

Not at all...It is very stable.

...and I'm a tough customer. :)

b.c.
Nov 15, 2010, 05:53 PM
just to recap, how wide is the slot in the FlipBlade where it holds the iPad?

still wondering if it will fit an iPad in the original Apple case, with the case cover folded back - maybe slightly more than 1/2" on the hinge side

not sure if an earlier answer about it fitting the case was about the Apple one or the iVolution one someone else was asking about...

thanks!

j-a-x
Nov 15, 2010, 08:13 PM
I measured the slot at 1.5 cm = 0.590551181 inches. :)

It is surrounded by rubber though so you might be able to squeeze something a bit bigger into it.

I used it today in my lab on my desk setup next to my MacBook and a big external monitor. I really felt like I was in some kind of a command center there with the iPad on one side on the stand for reading PDFs and my laptop next to it :)

For typing on the iPad I didn't even close it, I just took the iPad out of the stand and rested it again the lip where the slot is, and I was able to type pretty well with good stability, but part of the reason it worked so well was I have the iPhone in a silicon skin which provides enough friction for it to be stable like that.

Here's a picture of my iPad in the FlipBlade with a keyboard.
http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/2948/ipadvsmacbook.jpg

mgg
Nov 15, 2010, 08:15 PM
just to recap, how wide is the slot in the FlipBlade where it holds the iPad?

still wondering if it will fit an iPad in the original Apple case, with the case cover folded back - maybe slightly more than 1/2" on the hinge side

not sure if an earlier answer about it fitting the case was about the Apple one or the iVolution one someone else was asking about...

thanks!

The slot is right at 1/2" - 9/16". Sorry, I don't have the Apple case, so don't know if it would fit or not. It's a perfect fit with my iVolution case -- I don't have to force it, but there's really no wiggle room left either.

Edited to add: Oops, I see j-a-x was answering you the same time I was. His measurement sounds much more accurate, so I will defer to him. : )

b.c.
Nov 15, 2010, 09:00 PM
I measured the slot at 1.5 cm = 0.590551181 inches. :)

It is surrounded by rubber though so you might be able to squeeze something a bit bigger into it.

Thanks j-a-x and mgg for taking the time to measure it. Much appreciated!

A quick look at my iPad in Apple case shows about 1.5cm thick at the dock connector end including the flap folded back, although with a bit of compressibility so probably ok

In landscape orientation the thickness without trying to compress the hinge (thickest side) it's about 1.8-1.9 cm but looks like it can be compressed easily to 1.5cm

I'm guessing it may just fit - I wonder if the local Apple stores have these in stock yet to check for sure?

j-a-x
Nov 15, 2010, 09:12 PM
My Apple store had it in stock (that's where I got it).

Nice thing about this case is it's easy to open the packaging, try it out, and put it back before Apple reps see you and tell you not to open it. :) Otherwise I probably would not have bought it.

The Compass on the other hand... I had to purchase that one, try it, and then return it (I got caught and it was nearly impossible to open the packaging discretely).

Built
Nov 15, 2010, 09:49 PM
The Apple Store at The Grove in Los Angeles has had them for about a month. The Apple Store in the Manhattan Village Mall, and on Third Street Promenade (Santa Monica) still do not have it in stock, as far as I can tell.

b.c.
Nov 15, 2010, 11:20 PM
My Apple store had it in stock (that's where I got it).

Nice thing about this case is it's easy to open the packaging, try it out, and put it back before Apple reps see you and tell you not to open it. :) Otherwise I probably would not have bought it.

The Compass on the other hand... I had to purchase that one, try it, and then return it (I got caught and it was nearly impossible to open the packaging discretely).

that's good to know, thanks again. hopefully one of the Apple Stores here in Vancouver have it. I notice the Concierge there now use iPads in the Apple case, perhaps I can ask him a favour to see if it fits.

with the various comments about the Compass, I'm pretty well decided against that one...

b.c.
Nov 18, 2010, 08:17 PM
update to my previous post:

the iPad in the Apple original case DOES* fit in the Belkin FlipBlade

* it fits perfectly in portrait orientation, and also in landscape orientation with the hinge-side of the case at top.
With the hinge-side of the case at bottom, it will fit on the stand but you need to gently compress that edge of the case a bit first. so it does fit that way, but not really any room to spare.
Or you can just rest the hinge-side of the iPad case on top of the stand's slot, but obviously not quite as secure that way

I picked one up today at the Apple Store. The sales guy kindly let me open the package and try it before deciding to purchase it (he too was interested to see if it fit). great service there, as always.

I like the compact size and light weight of the FlipBlade, it'll be good for travel. I saw the Compass there and it seemed quite heavy by comparison (in the package, I didn't try it out). Thanks again for all the earlier comments in this thread - helped me decide.