Topic: gadgets

10 Beautiful Stands for your New iPad

Looking for a dock, stand, frame, or other accessories to display your new iPad on your desk?

Check out these top 10 beautiful and professional options for displaying your iPad for top designers. Some of them are still being produced, and some are available for purchase.

Griffin A-Frame Tabletop Stand for iPad Price: $49.99
iPad Stand

The heavy aluminum stand swings open to hold your iPad upright, in either portrait or landscape view … perfect for watching video, or viewing pictures. Or close the legs and lay the stand down to hold your iPad at the perfect angle to use it for desk- or table-top surfing, reading or gaming. Soft silicone cradles your iPad and accommodates the iPad’s dock/sync cable. Designed to accommodate Griffin’s flexible and hard-shell cases and many others.

The iPad DODOcase Price: $49.95
iPad Stand

The limited first edition iPad DODOcase is inspired by the Moleskine journals of our favorite artists. Made by hand in San Francisco CA using traditional book binding techniques the DODOcase brings a classic look to protecting your iPad.
A perfect blend of the traditional feel of a book with the technological power of the iPad.

IPDK Price: $44.99
iPad Stand

Shatterproof polycarbonate and shock resistant black rubber hybrid case for iPad. Includes kickBACK case, ultra-clear screen protector and a microfiber cleaning cloth.
Hinged kickstand for convenient widescreen and vertical viewing as well as low-angle typing. Polycarbonate and rubber hybrid case provides unmatched protection and shock resistance. Integrated traction nubs provide grip on flat surfaces

BookArc for iPad Price: $39.99
iPad Stand

BookArc for iPad gives you a choice of four different positions. In “work mode,” iPad sits at an angle in both portrait and landscape positions, and provides access to the home button. In “storage mode” iPad sits upright in both portrait and landscape positions, perfect for charging and using your iPad as a stylish photo frame. No matter what position you’re in, you always have access to the charging port.

LUXA2 H4 Price: $?
iPad Stand

LUXA2 H4, is an e-book holder made of solid aluminum with a sleek and chic design tailor-made for the Apple iPad and other e-book readers. With firm and strong bottom, 6 supporting arms with rubber pins, and silicone pad design, it is the best holder to read, browse and play with iPad. It holds, You Play.

Macally VIEWSTAND for iPad Price: $49.99
iPad Stand

Orgonomically designed to improve typing & viewing comfort / Offers various viewing orientation & angles / Sleek design to match your iPad. Ergonomically designed to improve typing and viewing comfort. Offers various viewing orientation and angles. Sleek design to match your iPad. Supports vertical and horizontal viewing. Durable Aluminum Body With Scratch Prove Thermo Polyurethane Coating

Joule Ipad Stand Price: $129.99
iPad Stand

Designed With Both Landscape and Portrait Modes in mind.
Introducing the new “Joule” work stand for your iPad.
It’s stable solid base has a simple, clean, and elegant design that enhances your iPad and makes it easier to use.
Unlike most stands, the Joule won’t tip over when using the iPad’s touch screen.  Allowing you to better utilize your iPad on your deskop or kitchen counter top.

CNC machined in the USA from solid aluminum, the Joule comes in a brilliant polished finish or a black anodized coating. Custom coatings and laser engraved graphics are available.

Skadoosh by Jadu Price: $?
iPad Stand

The Skadoosh iPad stand’s innovative design incorporates lightweight aluminum strength, a flip out support, and a push button lock to hold your iPad at any angle. The Skadoosh iPad stand is the perfect accessory to stand your pad. Hold down the button on the front of the stand and adjust the iPad to the optimal angle. Releasing the button locks it right where you need it. Use the touch screen abilities of the iPad confident that the Skadoosh iPad stand will hold it solid.

The iPad iFrame dock Price: $49.99
iPad Stand

Easily slide your iPad in this frame dock to charge and display your photos, movies or app. Put in on your night table, work desk or living room to display your iPad in landscape or portrait mode while still charging it. A unique system allows you to easily slide your iPad in the dock in either landscape or portrait mode. A sturdy frame holds your iPad securely without damaging it. It just as easily slides out.

iPad Stand Hacks

If you’re looking for something cheap and dirty to hold your iPad up at a viewable angle while you work, consider buying any old “copyholder” or “book stand” that you can find online for really cheap. I personally picked up a couple of these $7 stands from Amazon.

ROLODEX Nestable Wire Mesh Freestanding Desktop Copyholder Price: $6.99
iPad Stand Hack

Acrylic Easel Book Holder Rack Stand Price: $14.99
iPad Stand Hack

Do it yourself, save money and less time waiting around… Simple iPad Stand Price: A few bucks or whatever
iPad Stand

A small stand suitable useful for things like watching movies on the iPad. Made of three pieces of 1/4″ (6mm) acrylic. The pieces friction-fit together and the stand can be quickly broken down and set up, so it’s easy to toss in a bag.

Know of any others? Have ideas for using existing products as iPad stands?

Let me know.

What’s Missing from the iPhone?

After playing with the iPhone this weekend I can say that its pretty darn cool. I’m quite impressed with the touch sensor and the rotation features, specially for web browsing and watching videos on YouTube. After signing up on Saturday night, the iPhone was “activated” on Sunday morning. It is now Sunday afternoon and and the phone calls still go to the old T-Mobile phone. Here are a list of features that as far as I know are missing and would be nice to have (the iBads) and stuff that absolutely rock (the iGoods).

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Joe’s Treo 650 Mini Review

So I got a palmOne Treo 650 last week. The Treo 700w is coming out soon. I’ve had a chance to play around with it and figured I would share my experience so far. Some of the cool features of the Treo 650 are:

  • Camera/Camcorder, Word and Excel,Bluetooth, Spearker Phone
  • Cool Messaging App, Multi-Function Calculator
  • The Keyboard is a great feature
  • Calendar HotSyncs nicely with Outlook
  • Good Email App, VersaMail, supports IMAP and Exchange

Some complaints I have about the device/palmOne are

  • You can’t set MP3s as ringers, unless you buy additional software
  • The phone service is not as good as I expected
  • You can’t customize a contact’s ringer, unless you buy additional software
  • You can’t simply store a number after typing it into your phone, you have to add a new contact first, or dial the number and add it to your contacts that way.
  • The photo shown for incoming callers is really small. Can’t we use the whole screen?
  • You always have to start all over using the home button, Back button anyone?
  • You can’t edit a photo size and or crop it, in your Media
  • The built in speaker seems cheap, it makes popping scratch noises, even in low volumes.
  • The Number pad on the keyboard is too small and tough to use while driving.
  • Palm’s Contacts app is not user friendly. Each entry is shown with all that user’s information making the contact list way too long to scroll.

Here are some cool apps to try on your Treo 650:

  • Google Maps for the Treo, You gotta have this one. Very nicely done as always
  • Directory Assistant is a life saver. Forget about 411. This is self contained Yellow Page/White Page app, Free!
  • AIM in your Palm, This is actually good, Stays connected even if you close the app, Free!
  • SSH Supports SSH2, Free!
  • Universal Remote, need the hardware to handle long distances, Free Trial
  • TealPhone, a much better contacts app, frankly Palm’s Contacts sucks. Free Trial
  • Treo Voice Dialing enables voice activated calling, it costs 19.95 after 14 days. This should have been included with a Palm, No?
  • SplashBlog Use your phone to setup a mobile photo blog
  • Ringo lets you set MP3s as ringers, and allows for per user ringer assignment.

Some tips

  • There is a voice recorder built into the device but it is so hard to get to it, if you ever find it. Go to Sounds/Phone Tones/Manage/New
  • In order to use the 5-way button to scroll up and down, you have to first move up within a list, like the call log, then you can move down the list and select using the middle button. This is pretty unintuitive design though.
  • You can assign ringer to your favorites, Just create a new favorite and make it a speed dial to a contact. Now you can set the ringer for that contact. This is really backwards design though. I suggest using Ringo instead.
  • Try 1-800-Free-411, never pay for 411 again!
  • Try using Menu/Options/Tips in different applications for more tips.