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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.

For feedburner daily email readers: watch the video (note: feedburner and other email systems disable the javascript embed tags so the videos won’t display.)

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!

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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.

Summary

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.

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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):

My iPad status

Ok, so now it has been about a month since the iPad hit my door (gee, it is actually longer than that isn’t it? My how time flies). And that means I need to really describe my usage of the iPad. I bought it to help be get away from the computer for longer periods of time (and my wife says “yea, get away from your computer with another computer – geek!”) – is it working?

Well, yes and no.

I am getting away from my iMac a bit, but because of some of the limitations of the iPad for writing blogs (see my comments on the WordPress iPad app post), and because of my love of typinator (a text replacement tool for the mac – more on that in a bit), I’m too addicted to the desktop and the keyboard for writing blog posts. It really still is more comfortable to work in front of the iMac full time.

I’m also currently still failing at time management – and tho I try to use Things for the iPad, I still just haven’t made the right workflow and stuck to it. I have stuff all over the place and way too many things to do. I’m better at organization (I think) but I have got to find a simple way to process all these things I have to do! (That will be a post all by itself)

Ok, overall, what are my iPad feelings?

I love it – but it isn’t done cooking yet. And Apple knows it and I can’t wait to see some of the improvements in 4.0.

I love the sexy feel of the iPad without a cover – (you’ll think I’m crazy or a perv about this one…) – at times, I take the iPad out of the Apple cover while I’m sitting watching TV or something and I’ll just caress it. It is like having one of those polished stones in your hand for fidgeting (and I’m a fidgeter — I constantly have something in my hands – you should see the little toys all around my desk that I pick up and toss around). But (and there’s always a ‘but’ right?), actually working with the iPad sitting in the TV chair requires something like the Apple cover because the iPad is too slick to hold comfortably. Especially if you like to sit with your knees elevated, you’ve got to have something less slick to hold the darn thing against your legs.

Another great use of the Apple iPad cover is that it fits perfectly over the dashboard (no not on my car – that would be silly!) of our elliptical exercise machine in the basement! And with the Netflix app, I can now watch TV episodes (there’s nothing like old “24” episodes to get your blood pumping while exercising! HA) or a movie while exercising. No need for a TV! And as an additional plus, the flap of the case folds over the back of the dashboard and holds the iPad firmly. I am worried that with headphones attached that I’ll yank it off the machine… so I firmly wrap the headphone cords around the handles on the machine.

Another great thing about the iPad is that I know I can travel and still know I have access to a large screen mobile device. As my experience showed me when I went to the NAB conference a few weeks ago, it isn’t perfect, but it is workable – and it will only get better. The biggest problem I had was the problems with the hotel internet and the WordPress learning curve. Now that I don’t have that day job any more – I sure don’t have to drag my windows laptop around. Tho, I can see that if/when I travel again, having a keyboard will be a must. I just type too fast with a keyboard as compared to the iPad virtual keyboard. The virtual keyboard can get me thru when needed, but I’m just too comfortable with a real keyboard. I’ve still got to think about the iPad camera connector – I may need it for long trips to offload images from my Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

I’m reading a bit more (tho sometimes that limited to reading in the smallest room in the house LOL). I have two books on the iPad and right now, I’m reading the “Four Hour Work Week” to try to learn how to free myself more. I also have a mystery novel that I’m working on. Tho I don’t drag myself away often enough to just read! It is all part of the learning how to blog full time that I’m trying to get used to.

Another thing that frustrates me – and so much so that I even wrote to Steve about it – is the lack of Flash. I know it is a lost battle and Apple will never put flash on the iPad/iPhone, but in my book, with all of the websites that still use flash to deliver content, it is unbearable that Apple/Steve are putting themselves in such a position. There are plusses and minuses to Flash, but not having it is a bigger detriment in my book than any bugs it could bring to the platform.

Ok, I’m going to focus on writing some individual posts on things like Typinator… I’ll be back in a bit (and no, it won’t be weeks this time – I’ve gotten so many of the ‘business’ things of becoming a full time blogger out of the way that I can actually write more!).

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(Photo credit: “Blue in Black and White” by planetMitch (yes, I’m using my Canon EOS 5D Mark II to take stills too! HA))

iPad Cases – which is right for you?

Heck, this field is just now opening up and we’re sure this will be a HUGE market… just look at the number of iPod cases you can choose from! Even the malls here in the USA have kiosks where you can pick up a case for your iPhone/iPod etc. This is big business!

Well, the race is on to find the best case (and there may be more than one ‘best’). I’m sure that many of these manufacturers are working 12-24 hour days ramping up to get their case out ‘first’ because everyone knows the first out of the door wins the big business right? Well, ok, that’s not always true, you’ve got to have a good product first!

Of course, there’s always the Apple case – which is going to really be the first available… and here’s iLounge’s first look at the Apple case.

One of the first I’ve stumbled into is the quirky ‘cloak’ (and yes, the name of the company is ‘quirky’ – I didn’t just call it that to be funny haha). It seems they’ve met their initial quota for pre-orders and are in line to have the first ones done around May 1. The cloak has a protective cover that folds over like the Apple case and can show your iPad like a photo on your desk.

I’m not sure I’m a fan yet of the fold over cover… we’ll have to see. One of my first objections is that I also bought the iPad dock when I pre-ordered. I expect to have the iPad plugged in when it is in my office, like I do with my iPhone. Cases tend to mess up that whole plan! So I’m not sure how well anything is gonna match my desires.

Hard Candy seems to be producing 5 cases initially and most of them are listed with availability of now! Both hard and soft cases as well as one that has a flip cover. The hard cover looks interesting in that the iPad seems to just sit inside and you can easily remove it if you’d like. However, I’m not seeing any picture of the cover laying back against the back of the iPad, so I’m not sure I’m too keen on that either.

And for the really classy look, why not hide your iPad inside a book? This unique design lets you put your iPad up on the shelf when not in use hidden amongst your other books. There’s no current estimate on when this will be out.

I know there will also be many ‘skin’ products like iSkin and ifrogz.

Of course, if you’d like to support planetiPad, you could pick one of the cases from our Amazon Store. There are several vendors just re-purposing existing bags/sleeves to fit your needs if you need one asap.

Oh, someone on the yahoo iPad list posted this – these are interesting carry bags made for the iPad.

I’d like to try out several of these! Vendors should be flocking to my inbox LOL!

We’ll be following this entire case issue for a while I’m sure.

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