I’ve admitted here several times in the past that I’m a big fan of iPad stands. I’ve used a number of them and have several favorites that I’ve kept hold of. I have to say though, this HumanToolz Mobile Stand for iPad 3 looks superb, and like it could easily become my new favorite.
Right now it’s a Kickstarter project and one that I think deserves to get funded. I’m impressed with a number of things about it, including:
— How genuinely mobile and versatile it is. The range of angles and positions you can use it in looks very impressive.
— How well it works in tandem with the iPad Smart Cover.
— I’m no hinge technology expert, but if it’s the same tech used in the MacBook Air that’s impressive too.
— It’s lighter than the smart cover.
— The company behind it is based here in Texas.
Check out the intro video above and then take a look at the HumanToolz Stand Kickstarter project page.
I’m a backer and I’m really looking forward to seeing this stand in action with my iPad 3. Let me know in the comments what you think and if you decided to back the project.
The HoverBar is Twelve South’s excellent adjustable arm holder for the iPad. I did a review of the HoverBar back in February and was hugely impressed with it. This is part of what I had to say about it in the review:
It’s easy to use, does what it says on the box and a whole lot more, and is already a very fine companion for my iPad 2. I had high expectations for it – and I’m happy to say they’ve been met and exceeded.
It quickly became a favorite iPad accessory for me, and then I upgraded to the new iPad 3– and the HoverBar was not compatible with it. Shortly after the release of the new iPad Twelve South announced that they would be producing an updated HoverBar for iPad as well as a replacement clip for owners of the original HoverBar. Just a few months after the new iPad launch Twelve South have kept those promises.
There’s a new HoverBar that’s compatible with both the iPad 2 and the new iPad – available at Twelve South now for $79.99 – and a HoverBar clip for iPad 2 / new iPad available for $19.99.
I got my replacement clip today and, as you can see above, it’s back in action on my desk already.
Here’s a lovely little fella that didn’t manage to get a mention at Apple’s WWDC 2012 keynote event yesterday. It’s the brand new iPad Smart Case, released yesterday by Apple with little or no fanfare.
It builds on the existing Apple iPad Smart Cover and adds some features that many users have been looking for and using other 3rd party cases for. Here are some of its main features:
— Automatic Sleep/Wake Feature – just like the smart cover, the iPad Smart Case automatically sleeps and wakes the iPad.
— Full coverage. Now the back and sides of the iPad are protected as well.
— Like Apple’s case for the original iPad, this one serves as a stand too – in viewing and typing positions.
It comes in a range of six colors and I polyurethane only (no leather version like the smart cover) – and is priced at $49. You can see details and place an order at Apple’s online store page for the iPad Smart Case or look for one in your local Apple store.
I picked one up at an Apple Store this morning and I’ll post some first impressions on it very soon.