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.
The different colors:
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):