BookArc for iPad - Don't bother if you use a skin - With Pics

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by rtkane, May 7, 2010.

  1. rtkane macrumors regular

    rtkane

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    I bought the BookArc for iPad yesterday and got it home to test out. It's a substantial piece of heavy gauge steel that seems very nicely designed and would be great to hold the iPad. Except there's a problem... it doesn't work if you intend to use it with a case even though they supply a second insert that's supposed to be used with a case. Here's what I'm talking about if you aren't familiar with it:

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    The insert in the pic above is "supposed" to work with skins (I have an iLuv Flexi-Clear TPU case which is ultra thin). The problem is that I think they developed that "skin" insert prior to having a production model, because it doesn't work. When you put the iPad in, it just flops over forward like in the pictures below:

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    According to TwelveSouth's blog on the product, this is a known issue and the solution is to use the BookArc WITHOUT the insert in place. I think this is a huge mistake if you do this and wrote to them about it (which I have not received a reply on) because while it does work, if someone accidentally bumps the iPad and it shifts from leaning backwards to leaning forwards, it's going to put a huge amount of pressure right on the glass of the iPad and I'd bet it'll crack some screens:

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    Like I said, it does a nice job without a case on in the insert, but there's no way I'm taking the chance of using it without an insert where there's a high likelihood of damage to the iPad. Their instructions to do so seem ill-advised.
     
  2. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    I thought it was just me!! It was driving me mad the way the iPad leaned in the wrong direction with the insert....... I briefly considered trying it without the insert but quickly realized the potential hazards in doing so. Last thing I need to do is to damage my iPad by an inadvertent jostle that bumps the screen against that metal!!!
     
  3. sassenach74 macrumors 65816

    sassenach74

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    I thought they were recommending you use it the other way around? I think they called it a 'work' mode and 'consume' mode or something weird like that.
    Still not good by any means, I was half considering this stand.

    Edit: That's 'work mode' and 'storage mode'. Actually I don't think that refers to your problem at all.....argh it's all so confusing haha.
     
  4. Dfndr90 macrumors regular

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    I love the idea of the BookArc, but I returned mine for the same issues as addressed above.
     
  5. Bob Chadwick macrumors member

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    I've seen a couple of these types of stands recently. Is anyone worried about the pressure on the bottom cracking the case. While it looks like it was meant to be a stand, you can rest assured that people will be working the screen while it is in this stand.
     
  6. JtheLemur macrumors 6502

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    You said "skin" when you meant to say "case." Someone change this thread's subject for the folks that have skins on their iPads - because man, BookArc is the best thing ever for those that go case-less.
     
  7. xraytech macrumors 68030

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    Here's a fix for the case user.

    ONLY FOR CASE USERS

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