There are a number of disadvantages related to holding your iPad in hand every time you use it. If you just need a free hand but still want to see your device, a stand is the accessory you are looking for. Sure, you can prop your iPad up against a wall or a pillow, or even the blender while you read a recipe, but why not just check out our list of the best iPad stands.
As is common around here, there are far too many great stands around for your iPad, so we will be looking at our favorites in a few different styles.
Before we begin
The following list is for iPad users that are not using an iPad cover or case that includes its own built-in stand, nor is it for those that rely on an iPad dock, either for power or for music, that holds their iPad in a view-able position. This list is for the purists, the ones that run around with naked iPads and are proud of it. I’m with you purists, let’s do this!
One of our favorite mobile accessory vendors has an iPad stand as well, the Anker multi-angle portable stand is made for iPad and most phones and tablets alike. It swivels to support almost any angle for your device and has great non-slip pads in all the right spots to protect your iPad the surface below it.
i.Trek has taken a nifty approach to an iPad stand, in one regard they’ve made their stand to attach to your favorite camera tripod. From there, this stand is less of a stand on its own, it’s more of a clamp, made to grasp a small spot on your iPad and hold it up for you.
The i.Trek tripod adapter iPad stand may not appeal to everyone, but I will say for my own sake, a decent and affordable iPad stand that attaches to a tripod can be hard to find, and this one is just $16.95 on Amazon.
OK, I know what you’re thinking, that’s not an iPad stand, it’s a charging station. I will admit I am reaching a bit here, but I hope you’ll consider that this MobileVision bamboo organizer also makes for a great iPad stand, if only on your desk. At least it supports your charging cables and multiple devices with ease.
Is that off of a 3D printer? We don’t think the Muzitao universal stand was 3D printed, but if you have access to a printer, you certainly could easily replicate this stand. Keeping things simple, we have here a small cylinder with a couple iPad sized slots cut out.
Now we’re talking, a highly adjustable lap pad iPad stand, reminiscent of laptop lap pads of old. Try saying that 3 times really fast. Or, don’t say it 3 times, just check out this versatile, comfortable iPad stand that will make the perfect couch or bed holder for your tablet.
If simplicity is your thing, Sojitek has an iPad stand for you. This extremely portable folding stand offers little more than a “V” shaped set of legs with a slit for your iPad. No adjustments or different viewing angles here, just a lightweight iPad stand made to take on the go.
Bonus: 10 stands for $1(and a little elbow grease)
If you are looking for an elegant stand, something that is sleek, stylish and, quite frankly, something you might take out into public, you should just jump to the end of this article now. However, if you just need a no-nonsense, non-slip, non-scratching and completely customize-able lightweight stand for your iPad, that is dirt cheap, this is for you.
Simply run to your nearest dollar store (or Amazon, if you want to spend more than $1) – at the right time of year they will have kneeling cushions for gardening, soft foam pads usually about 8-inches wide, 14-inches long and about 1/2-inch thick. This should be enough to make at least 10 stands!
Take a sharp blade to the kneeling pad, carefully, of course. Cut about a 1-inch wide strip along the shorter edge of the pad, then cut that in two to make 2 pieces of approximately 4 x 1 x 1/2 inch. Now simply cut out matching, slightly angled slots on each of the two pieces. Tada! An ugly but very functional tablet stand for, um, dirt cheap.
If you’ll forgive us the little messy DIY project at the end there, and the bad humor, we hope you’ve found the right iPad stand for your needs in our best-of list today.
Let us know what you think, do you rely on a particular type of iPad stand or have a favorite you’d like to share?