Apple's iPad is a revolution no doubt, but it has more uses than what Apple actually intended. Out of these, watching movies is something everyone with an iPad does.
But watching movies with the iPad lying flat on the table or in the hands isn't exactly a very good idea. If you've tried watching a long video with the iPad in hand, you would have experienced the discomfort of holding something that's actually a bit heavy for prolonged holding. On the table, you can't really crane your neck down for so long.
That's perhaps where these iPad stands come handy. In fact, they're ultra convenient because they can offer plenty of options besides just the movie routine that I was talking about. For instance, a stand can be helpful when you are reading an eBook, or when you are just browsing through some photo album. The list goes on.
So here's a list of four amazing iPad stands that fit the iPad 4 and earlier iPads. Unfortunately, it takes time for the manufacturers to produce something that would fit the Lightning dock; so none of these stands are going to charge your iPad for you, or have a lightning dock built in them.
Best iPad Stands
#1. TwelveSouth BookArc
TwelveSouth's BookArc is a very attractive stand for tablets. The one designed for the iPad is actually a universal accessory; it's a stand that would fit your iPad Mini too. The BookArc boasts an incredible, minimalist engineering and design with some elegant angles to meet the requirement of holding the iPad in both the orientations. All in all, a very cool accessory.
Price: $29.99 ($29 on Amazon)
Buy TwelveSouth BookArc from Amazon.com
#2. Case-Mate Pop! Stand (Compatible with iPad 4)
Case Mate's Pop! Stand series is undeniably the best case with a stand accessory for iDevices. The one for the iPad is no exception as it brings some really simple, clean and affordable protection along with the stand that props up the iPad for comfortable viewing. As is the case usually, the stand offers portrait and landscape orientation. The case with its hardshell exterior and soft interior lining makes it quite a strong protector for the new iPad.
Price: $50.00 ($45.13 on Amazon)
Buy POP! Case with Stand from Amazon.com
#3. HumanToolz Mobile Stand for iPad
This one came on our radar screen when we were taking a look at Kickstarter projects. The accessory is not yet available, but by the looks of it (and the funding support it has received), it sure looks like a promising case. Take a look at the video, and you'll know why it is the handiest and comfortable iPad stand ever. This fits the latest iPads and sells for a discount price (for starters).
Buy HumanToolz Mobile Stand
#4. Belkin FlipBlade for iPad
Belkin FlipBlade for the iPad comes with an unusually strong base with a light-weight body and a foldable feature which makes it compact. The Belkin FlipBade looks quite small, but the sturdy engineering holds the new iPad in both the orientations, very securely. A soft lining makes sure the new iPad doesn't end up having marks or scratches as it lies on the support of this stand.
Price: $29.99 ($26.21 on Amazon)
Buy Belkin FlipBlade for iPad from Amazon.com