Monthly Archives: July 2011

How to stand your iPad on your desk the ‘stabile’ way

Ever since I’ve had my iPads, I’ve been wanting to have one sitting next to my iMac while working… either as a second monitor or as a way to use apps like Twitter to keep my iMac busy doing other things. But I’ve not found anything that would fit my needs – that is until now!

I found the ‘Stabile’ from Thought Out and ordered one right away. I think you can see why from this image:

Stabile iPad 2 and iPad Stand Holder
Stabile iPad 2 and iPad Stand Holder

Interesting choice of the name by the way… “stabile |ˈstāˌbēl| noun – a freestanding abstract sculpture or structure, typically of wire or sheet metal, in the style of a mobile but rigid and stationary.” Perfect choice!

I’ve only had mine for a couple of weeks, but the ‘stabile’ does just that. Almost like the old weebles – they wobble but don’t fall down… the stand is rock solid and doesn’t move. My iPad 2 is very comfortable and I’m thrilled to have it up off the desk. The stand is stylish (I bought black) and looks great next to my iMac.

I love being able to slide my wireless keyboard underneath as well when not in use. And the thought behind having the cord management is also very good.

Only negative (and they’re customer support group is already sending me a replacement) is that one of the base pads has moved. My office is very warm in the summer and I don’t know if it is a glue issue due to the heat or something else. So far it hasn’t fallen off. But that’s a pretty minor issue.

There is one other thing that might be a negative – but I can’t prove that it is the fault of the Stabile… I’ve just found a small nick in my cable… which may have come from me getting aggrevated the other day when the cable seemed stuck and I pulled kind of hard on it. So, blame the operator, but you should be aware that you might cause a problem if you’re impatient like me.

Pros and Cons!


  • beautiful and solidly built – all one piece
  • extremely stable… this thing just won’t tip unless you give it a good whack
  • easily place your iPad on the stand and quickly take it off
  • wireless keyboard fits perfectly under the iPad conveniently accessible when you need it
  • holds the iPad firmly even with the HandStand case on my iPad
  • comes in several ‘color’ choices – $59 for the black, others are higher
  • won’t tip or even move when you tap on the screen


  • I had one of the pads come unglued – but they’re replacing it under warranty
  • I developed a nick in my USB cable due to being impatient and yanking on the cord
  • Not portable – won’t be taking it on a trip – but it wasn’t designed for that 🙂

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Stabile iPad 2 and iPad Stand Side View
Stabile iPad 2 and iPad Stand Side View


I haven’t done any extensive looking for others on the market that might be similar, but for me, the search stopped when I found this one. The only thing I’ve been able to think of that I might want to add to this would be the option to buy one that is taller. Tho that might make it less stable. You might think it is a bit on the more expensive side, but the quality and weight and design of this makes the value a bargain.

Blogger’s Disclaimer: I did purchase the Stabile but was told by the Thought Out folks that if I did a review, they’d send a refund. I’d buy one of these regardless and I don’t feel that impacted my review in any way.


Buy one at Amazon


Status of planetiPad

As you may have noticed, I’ve been absent for long periods of time. Sorry about that. Here’s what’s been going on in my life.

Not long after I started planetiPad, I was given 60 day notice that I was losing my job of 32 years. That led to long bouts of wondering what I was going to do to bring in money to feed my family. At that time I was also running planet5D (which you may already know about). planet5D was doing so much better in terms of income, and I didn’t really want to go looking for a new employer, so my wife and I decided to focus on planet5D.

And so I spent the vast majority of my time in the last year focussing on planet5D and getting that to a point where it is indeed feeding me and my offspring. But in that time, I lost focus on planetiPad.

While I’m not going to commit to being able to write a ton of stories, I will be working on reviewing a few products (see the one I just posted on the HandStand). And I will be trying to talk more about ways I use my iPad.

So I appreciate your understanding and I hope to provide you with continuing good information.


ps. the photo is something I shot at Antelope Canyon a few weeks ago on our family vacation.

The ugliest most comfortable way to hold your iPad – the HandStand

The first time I saw the HandStand for the iPad, I said “oh my, that’s ugly” and promptly deleted the email – but you know what? After about 15 seconds, I dove into my deleted emails to have a second look. As much as I disliked the look (and the email had the photo of the pink version as well – don’t get me started on that), the idea actually is brilliant and after using one for over a month, I confess that it hasn’t left my iPad 2 since the day it arrived! It isn’t really ugly, it is sleek and well built, but if you’re looking for style, you’re probably going to skip over this just like I did the first time. But looking for functionality and comfort, you can’t get much better than this.

First, have a look at the video Hub International (makers of the HandStand) has put together showing off the HandStand.

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The different colors:

Handstand Colors
Handstand Colors

Pink? Really?

My feedback

One of the things I’ve always had trouble with (and you probably have too) is sitting for a long period while trying to read or surf or play a game… the iPad 2 is better than the first iPad due to weight, but it still is hard to find the right position to hold the thing. The HandStand is much better than any other case I’ve tried. When you have it on your hand, it is so nice to be able to turn your iPad to the best position without twisting your hands around.

One of my concerns was that it might scratch the back of the iPad with all that turning. They’ve certainly thought about that as there is a very good cloth pad that covers the turnie bits on the inside and from what I can see, there’s not much likelyhood of scratching. I’ve had cases for my iPods and iPhones that have scratched the case and this doesn’t appear to do that.

Another concern that will only be seen after quite a bit of use is the durability and elasticity of the hand strap… will it last a year or more? Or will it become the weak point and stretch with age? Obviously I can’t firmly answer that yet – I’ve only had it a month and a half – but it shows no signs of stress or age.

Pros and Cons!


  • indeed, the most flexible and comfortable way to handhold the iPad
  • firmly holds the iPad 2 – won’t slip
  • adjusts the iPad to any position
  • very comfortable when holding the iPad for a long time
  • Does not scratch the back of the iPad from what I can see


  • I guess some people like pink? Black or white are the best options IMHO
  • not easy to remove – but that’s also its advantage
  • won’t work with Apple’s magnetic cover
  • Doesn’t have a screen cover
  • The headphone slot is too small for my extension cord – hole could be just a hair bigger – but the standard iPhone headset fits like a charm.


I apologize to the folks at Hub International for calling the HandStand ugly, it isn’t all that bad (well, there is that pink issue) – but the HandStand is excellent for anyone who wants to be more comfortable when holding the iPad for a while – especially if you shift positions now and then – it is so easy to swivel. The ‘stand’ feature is ok, but I mainly use it for more grippage – not as a stand on a table. It is tight – your iPad is not going to fall out. It does go on and off fairly easily (you have to work at it – and working from the back and pressing around the edges is the best method I’ve found) but it is difficult enough that you’re not going to do it often.

You’re buying it for comfort and flexibility not looks and it provides both.


Blogger’s Disclaimer: The folks did provide me with a HandStand for review but honestly – I wasn’t even interested until I thought about the usability of this thing. After having it for a month, I can honestly say I’d buy one. But it did take the incentive of having one to get me to try it… and they’re not getting it back!

If you’re interested, you can buy the HandStand at Amazon (we’ll get a little commission if you do):