Do you find typing on the iPad Comfortable?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by md63, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. md63 macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    I've been trying to use my iPad more for emails rather than just for browsing. Several times when I have tried using it for extended periods on a table with the Apple Case I found myself hunched over the table due to the angle of the screen which is uncomfortable. The solution below (ipad case plus compass stand) provides a better angle for viewing while still allowing for fairly comfortable typing. I was wondering if there are other stands/cases which allow for a steeper typing angle.


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  2. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
    I love it. I just bend my legs on the sofa and rest it there.
  3. md63 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    I was more thinking about using it on a table such as in a coffee shop or bookstore.
  4. NDimichino macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2008
    New Jersey
    It definitely is an unnatural position, and I usually end up on the couch with it in my lap. To keep it on a table, unless that table is low (like a coffee table), I can certainly see it being uncomfortable.

    Try this case.

    Or you can always get the keyboark dock.
  5. testcard macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    Northumbria, UK
    For somewhere to start with stands, Google for Skadoosh (adjustable but on the expensive side), Griffin A-Frame (mid price) and Griffin Loop (affordable).
  6. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010
    This stand is similar to the Compass, but it adjusts to six different positions:

    A search on ebay for "iPad portable stand" will bring up plenty of sellers to choose from, I just grabbed the first one that showed up.

    I bought mine about two months ago from another seller, and very few days go by that I don't use it. The Compass is gorgeous, but I was really disappointed that it isn't adjustable to other angles. That typing position is far too low to be comfortable for most users. I find sometimes I'll use a relatively low angle (but steeper than what the Compass can provide) and other times I'll find I'm more comfortable with a more upright position. It just depends on how I feel on a given day and how much typing I'm doing.

    The more I type on the virtual keyboard, the more comfortable I get with it, and the less often I use the wireless keyboard. I do still pull that out for longer typing sessions though.
  7. TangoDown macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    I got one ofthese for a tenner (UK eBay).
    Stands up at three angles for viewing/surfing and when lied down it doesn't go flat but just a nice angle for typing. Nothing stopping me making more notches though for differing angles.
  8. Doylem macrumors 68040


    Dec 30, 2006
    Wherever I hang my hat...
    I type with the iPad resting on a squidgy cushion, which is adjustable in a lo-tech kinda way. ;)

    The iPad's OK for making notes and writing emails, but the ergonomics of a flat keyboard on a flat screen are simply not condusive to writing for long periods (which is something I need to do).
  9. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Indeed. I shall mention the ergonomic design of the Apple iPad case makes it a rather "magical" yet truly productive product to use. The back raise of the case is quite close to the perfect and preferred height for landscape typing.
  10. EthanNixon macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2007
    New Jersey
  11. GadgetAddict macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
  12. Tobster3 macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2010
    South Korea
    I had the same problem as you until I purchased the Yoobao V3 Executive Case. With its various positions it lets me prop the iPad up in a suitable secure position whereever I am (office, sofa, bed) and be able to type comfortably.

    This also avoids having to buy a seperate stand.

    See pictures below. Posted from another user.

    There is also a large thread ongoing under iPad accessories for the Yoobao cases although not all have the possibility of having so many positions.

  13. Rick in NC macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2010
    Kernersville, NC
    I don't mind it but I do miss the feel of a keyboard when doing more than an email.

    I'm probably going to get a wireless keyboard soon so I can do a bit more.
  14. Cartaphilus macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2007
    Yeah, I've given it a fair chance, but for anything longer than a paragraph I resort to the wireless keyboard
  15. Philalbe macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2010
    Greater Boston Area
    I love it, but I have kind of an unorthodox method. I'll write long journal entries etc., while holding my iPad in portrait mode. I just kind of walk around and type away with my thhumbs. Works for me and feels really comfortable, and the walking around kind of gets the creative juices goin'. Probably sounds weird, but I guess if it works?
  16. whocaresit macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2010
    It works.. till you trip over a wire or stone.
  17. Philalbe macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2010
    Greater Boston Area
    Knock on wood :D
  18. mixvio macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    I have turned my iPad into my primary writing device, completely replacing my laptop. I've written almost 60k words on it in three months, to say nothing of all the emails and forum posts and IM messages and on and on and on. I've written on tables in coffee shops, in bed, on the couch, and tomorrow I'll be on a plane too, taking just the iPad along for the first time since I got it.

    It's not for everyone, and it's taken a little time to adjust, but once I have I have no more trouble typing on the iPad than a regular keyboard.
  19. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    It works fine for me for shorter emails using the Apple case. If I needed to do any more extensive text entry, I would just get the Bluetooth keyboard.

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