With the debut of Apple’s second-generation iPad just around the corner, we wanted to revisit a number of stands for the first-generation model to see which have come closest to getting a “right” formula for design, materials, and pricing. As is always the case, it’s unclear as to whether these stands will be compatible with the revised shape and size of new iPad models, so our ratings are based solely on their suitability for use with the original iPad.
With a silver plastic device holder and a metal leg, Green Figure’s iHolder iPad Stand ($50, distributed by Pyramid Distribution) initially struck us as somewhat interesting. The device frame works with completely bare iPads, and we liked the fact that it rotates smoothly into portrait and landscape orientations, tilting into three locked angles for viewing. Additionally, the leg has a hole in the center to let you feed cables through, as well.
Judged in the broader context of first-generation iPad stands, iHolder turned out to be so-so. Beyond its incompatibility with encased iPads, the device frame felt lightweight and cheap, while the metal rear leg felt more substantial—and sturdy enough to accommodate the iPad inside—but without the sort of clean design we’ve come to expect from top-tier stands. Pricing is on the cusp of fair, competing against entirely metal but generally less versatile stands at or below the same level.
We’d call iHolder an okay option for first-generation iPad users, with little appeal to users of cases but easy access to ports and controls for everyone else. Better looks, case compatibility, and superior materials throughout would help a sequel to be better for second-generation iPad users.
Company and Price
Company: Pyramid Distribution
Compatible: iPad (2010)