FrameShift iPad Stand, by Insanely Great Products

Posted: 21-Jan-2013

4 out of 5 Mice Vendor: Insanely Great Products Type: COMMERCIAL

Reviewer: Bill Catambay Class: HARDWARE

Overview

Now that you have an iPad, it's time to consider what accessories to get for your iPad. The number of accessories for the iPad is staggering, so prepare to do a lot of review reading. There are cases, stands, case stands, covers, skins, and so much more. The primary issue with an iPad is that, unlike an iPod or iPhone, it doesn't fit in the palm of your hand. Sometimes you'll want to sit down and play with it, but laying it flat on a table makes it difficult to see, and holding it will surely become tiresome.

One solution for this issue is the FrameShift iPad Stand from Insanely Great Products. The FrameShift stand can hold your iPad vertically or horizontally, and is compatible with the iPad, iPad 2 and iPad 3. It comes in red, blue or black, and retails for $99. It is not currently listed on Amazon.com, but can be purchased directly from Insanely Great Products.

Tested with

  • iPad 2

Out of the Box

Out of the box, the FrameShift stand looks gorgeous. I received the metallic blue, but they also come in red and black. I was impressed with the look and feel as soon as I saw it. It looks elegant, and feels extremely sturdy. There are rubber pads where the iPad sits, which keeps the iPad in place (whether horizontally or vertically). There are also rubber bumpers on the bottom of the stand which create a nice solid no-slip grip on wooden or glass table tops. The stand is adjustable, so you can go from upright to nearly laying flat.

FrameShift iPad Stand - Blue

In Use

I put our iPad 2 into the stand, and it sat firmly in place. I adjusted the stand until I was very comfortable with the viewing angle. Adjustments are made easily, but the stand does not re-adjust so easy that someone knocking the table would move it. The iPad felt securely in place.

The stand has some wiggle room to allow iPads of different thicknesses, as well as to allow iPads that have thin covers or skins on. We have a leather cover for our iPad, and with the leather cover, it would not fit into the stand. I can understand not making the spacing so large that a non-covered iPad would jiggle around too much, but it would have been nice if there was an adjustment to that width so that it could accept iPads in thick covers. Having to remove the cover meant that there is transport times (iPad not in cover, but not yet in stand) where the iPad is at risk of dropping. I mention that because we lost an iPad to a drop going from chair to table. iPads don't like to be dropped. Of course, it's no fault of the stand for people with slippery fingers, but the stand could help by adjusting for thick covered iPads.

Summary

Overall, I strongly recommend this stand for anyone looking for a versatile and sturdy iPad stand. It sports quality and stylish workmanship, just what you would want paired with your precious iPad. It's versatility allows for vertical and horizontal viewing, and full adjustability on viewing angle. If you have a thick cover, you'll have to remove the iPad from the cover to use the stand, so just be careful. At $99, not everyone will be able to afford one (that's 25% of the cost of a new iPad 2), so I'm hoping to see it sold on Amazon at a street price that's more in reach for those on limited budgets.

Pros

  • Stylish, sturdy and elegant design
  • Vertical and horizontal placement
  • Fully adjustable viewing angles
  • Good grip on table tops and iPad

Cons

  • Retail price is 1/4 of cost of new iPad 2
  • No thickness adjustment to accommodate iPads with covers

Overall Rating

4 out of 5 Mice