Don't-Miss Tablet accessory Stories
The Wacom Inkling offers artists a wonderful option for physically sketching and creating first-draft drawings they can later upload as vector images. The Inkling's software component, however, makes working with these images a slow and cumbersome process.
This iPad stand for lounging combines a plastic stand with a beanbag-cushion base to hold your iPad 2 securely and comfortably in your lap.
Arexit's A-Fold stand provides a lightweight and easy-to-use way to park your iPad at a variety of angles.
The GorillaMobile Yogi for iPad 2 is a great stand for people who use an iPad in hard-to-balance places, such as outdoors or in the kitchen, bedroom, or gym. Its lightweight, flexible frame and legs are easy to tote, and while it would be nice if the stand would accommodate a separate cover, the Yogi's backing is easy to slip into one of the many iPad sleeves on the market.
Lightweight and sleek, the InCase Origami Sleeve offers excellent protection for general iPad use, and it doubles as a portable stand.
The miFrame iPad stand doubles as a picture frame—or maybe the other way around.
The Woodees $15 iPic Stylus is a quirky pick-and-rubber-nib hybrid designed to aid users in their quest to become digital music masters.
We've gathered a bunch of unique gizmos that have one thing in common: They can take the iPad into new--and often unexpected--directions.
The Hex Varsity exudes comfort and style, holds a laptop and an iPad, and is a great everyday bag for use anywhere from the boardroom to the classroom to the coffee shop.
JVC's UX-VJ3 Micro Component System can dock an iPhone and an iPad at the same time, and its detached speakers offer very good sound. But those features are somewhat offset by some questionable design decisions.
Just Mobile's UpStand isn't inexpensive, but it's attractive, functional, and lightweight. The stand works well for viewing your iPad in landscape or portrait orientation, though thanks to its single viewing angle and raised position, you'll need an external keyboard if you plan on doing even a moderate amount of typing.
The FlexStand for iPad is a lightweight and flexible iPad stand that holds your tablet snugly but is easy to manipulate. If you don't use an iPad case, or if you don't mind removing it to use the stand, the FlexStand is a versatile, well-designed, and inexpensive product.
The @Rest for iPad is a versatile, heavy-duty stand for the iPad and iPad 2. It's not designed to be portable, but as a desktop stand that's rugged enough for a commercial environment and decorative enough for your home, it can serve a multitude of purposes.
For using an external keyboard with your iPad on your desk or at a counter, the KiiPad stands out for its solid-steel construction, super-stable cradle, and stow-the-keyboard design. Provided you aren't bothered by its low-to-the-desk viewing position, it's a nice option for those who frequently use an external keyboard with an iPad.
Jason Snell has been testing a few dozen folio-style cases for the iPad 2. Here's a brief look at nearly a dozen.