Like many other Apple products, the iPad tablet has been wildly successful since its launch earlier this year, and the market is full of great third party accessories to go with it.
Here is our pick of five cases worth a closer look!
Note that all approximated prices are correct at the time of writing.
The BookArc iPad Stand is created by TwelveSouth, and is one of the more minimalistic options available on the market at the moment. The beauty of the BookArc is that it does not restrict what position the iPad must be in, so you can set the device up in either landscaper or portrait mode, and it will still look great.
The nature of the stand makes it great to hold the iPad while it’s displaying a movie or a series of photos from the photo library, and of course you could utilise it with a wireless keyboard and set it up as a word processing station.
Elago P2 Stand
The Elago P2 iPad Stand is designed similarly to the base of Apple’s iMac, with a hole at the back of the stand to allow cables through to connect to the device. It’s priced a little lower than the BookArc stand, and can be used not only for the iPad, but most Tablet PCs available on the market at the moment.
This kind of universal stand will undoubtedly become more popular when we see webOS tablets hitting the market next year, but it’s still a great option for iPad owners right now.
The Griffin A-Frame is an iPad specific stand, and isn’t as minimalist as the BookArc stand, or Elago’s P2 option. With an adjustable frame, the A-Frame can be used to hold the iPad in different places, allowing for it to be upright for viewing photos or video, or more flat for word processing using an app such as Pages or Evernote.
For those looking for a slightly cheaper deal, the BookArc or Elago P2 are probably better choices, as the Griffin A-Frame is more expensive than both of these, but it still offers a good option for iPad users wanting a stand for both portrait and landscape modes, and fully supports third party cases.
Another stand by TwelveSouth, the Compass iPad Stand, offers a more unique option that helps it stand out from the rest of the competition on the market. Constructed with a steel frame, this stand is versatile enough to offer a solid base in portrait and landscape mode. In addition to this, it also folds into a smaller frame allowing for easy transport if you want to take it with you anywhere. I’m more impressed with the design of this stand than the previous three options on the list purely because of the versatility it offers. A lot of work has clearly gone in to the design and manufacturing of this one, and it shows.
I’m sorry, but nothing quite spells ‘class’ like the iPad sitting on the Joule Stand. Of course, the price reflects the unique design and quality of construction of the Joule stand, but just look at the thing! This stand can speak for itself, but it suffices to say that most of us would get this if money was no object…
Which is your favourite from the list? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments!