Best iPad Stand

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by silverstonett, May 1, 2010.

  1. silverstonett macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2010
    So I got my iPad 3G yesterday, and I found the Elago M2 stand I use with my iPhone is actually an awesome iPad stand, especially with the macally bookstand case. It was a little shaky so I used some thin double-sided tape and now it's rock-solid.


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  2. sparkstsa macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2010
  3. LouieSamman macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    Wow great deal and looks great!
  4. silverstonett thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2010
    I don't know, once you've spent $2K here, $900 here, and another $850 for the iPad, I don't think I could put it in a $3 plate holder.

    The Elago stand is $22 and very slick looking.
  5. sparkstsa macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2010
    I understand completely. I got this because its cheap and folds in half so I can throw it in my bag and take it with me.
  6. silverstonett thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2010
    Haha, I'll give you that. After I realized I liked using it in the stand, I actually considered traveling with it. Unfortunately, it's too bulky for that.

    I'm going to go to a craft store for one like yours.
  7. soxfanreggie macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2010
    **First post with my iPad**

    I went with a stand from Joann's. it's probably meant to be used with a dish or framed item, but it works great with the iPad because of the adjustable back to provide with many different angles of tilt.
  8. obilix macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2002
    Nice desk!

    I went to Amazon to see if they had the stand, they do. But I notice that the pics there show the holder pointing higher up, did you bend yours? Or is it because of the cover that the iPad just at the right angle?
  9. SchneiderMan macrumors G3


    May 25, 2008
    Just tried it with mine, it's very unstable and i wouldn't use it myself like that
  10. eTip macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009
    I have no idea why but I have developed some sort of disorder causes me to constantly search for a better or different stand for my iPad. Priority 1 for me is (adds to the challenge - heheh!). I actually only bought about 1/2 of these....the rest I happened to have around the house. Anyhow, FWIW, here's my opinion on the various stands that I have tried:

    Folding Plate holders (Black/Brown wood, Clear acrylic, Metal, etc.) - ~2.99 at various discount stores.

    It occurred to me that this would be a good solution even before I got my iPad. I happened to have a black wooden one as well as a clear acrylic one.

    Pros: Since it folds in 1/2, it can't be beat for portability. Looks decent with the iPad sitting in it and very to fold up and set aside when not in use. Fairly stable in both portrait in landscape. Available in various materials and colors. Also, it's the only stand that I have tried that let's you plug the charging cable in the bottom in Portrait (without modding).

    Cons: Lifts the iPad up TOO much for my tastes - making it a little unstable. It won't fall over on it's own but I had my iPad in one on my coffee table and knocked it over when I bumped it reaching for something else (no, not my beer.....mmmmm beer!...never mind) - that moved it to the bottom of my list. Of course not everyone is a clumsy as I am.

    JoAnns Plate stand (clear acrylic base, adjustable) - ~2.60 w. coupon

    My second favorite solution.

    Pros: Price, fairly portable - though not as much as the wooden plate holders that fold nearly flat. ADJUSTABLE, pretty stable in Portrait AND Landscape without mods. By adding rubber bumpers to the bottom and where the iPad rests, I was able to create enough space so that the charging cable can be plugged in underneath when the iPad is right side up.

    Cons: looks so-so sitting on my desk without the iPad in it. Not fugly but its footprint is large enough that I find myself wanting to put it away when it's not in use. Not as portable as the folding wooden plate holder pictured above. I find it just slightly harder set it in the stand and remove it than with the other stands.

    Mesh Business Card Holder from OfficeMax ($1.99) (from .99 to 4.99 at other office stores)

    My favorite - elegant in it's simplicity.

    Pros: Can't get much cheaper -- buy one for each room! Very small and looks fine sitting on your desk when not in use. As stable as can be in Landscape. Very stable in Portrait with a cheap & easy mod mod (glue/tape it to black cardboard/posterboard; see this thread for pictures:
    Also, even with the mod, it is VERY light and has a pretty small footprint.

    Cons: Charging cable cannot be plugged in in Portrait mode unless it's upside down (plugged in at the top). NOT stable in Portrait without a mod. Can't be folded so less portable from that perspective.

    Modded iPhone or iPod docking station:

    I THOUGHT this was going to be my main stand/dock since I have docks all over the house, at work and even in my car for my iPods and iPhone.

    Pros: Line out, Remote capable (depending on the dock), Video out (depending on the model). With some work, can be as pretty as you want it to be if you have the time and ability....

    Cons: PORTRAIT ONLY (obviously - but this turned out to be the dealbreaker for me since I find I use my iPad differently than my iPhone or iPods - switching from portrait to landscape and back). Modification is required (unless you use one of the dock extenders?) and is fairly labor intensive. Unstable - depending on what solution you use to improve stability. There is a thread with pictures of others' as well as mine, here:

    Document Holder - various sizes, shapes, colors, prices

    This is what I used for the first week when I first got my iPad.

    Pros: Very stable in Portrait or Landscape. Adjustable (depending on the model). All kinds of choices as far as styles, colors, etc.

    Cons: WAY too big for my tastes. Definitely didn't want it sitting out on my desk or coffee table when not in use. Somewhat fugly even when the iPad in it (depending on the model of course; mine was taller and wider than the iPad).

    ...until I am cured, I will likely continue on my quest for the perfect, yet dirt cheap iPad stand.

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