So you’ve got an iPad or an Android tablet but want to do more with it? Chris Price looks at some products which will make your tablet even more useful around the house and outside including several stands, a wireless keyboard, glass screen protector, and even a sturdy car mount.
While other tablet stands will only work on flat surfaces, the iBeani is able to shift its shape to support and keep your device in the position you want, wherever you are. The iBeani is not just restricted to tablets either. It holds books, can be used as a travel pillow and can even act as a steady camera mount. iBeani even claims it helps reduce joint & muscular pain when using a tablet or iPad! Manufactured entirely in the UK, it’s available in 42 different variations including Harris Tweed tartan, Herringbone Grey, Floral Plum and Van Gogh Sunflowers. There are even some for animal lovers out there including Bees, Paw Prints, Cool Cats (pictured above) and Hound Dogs.
OMOTON Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard
A great value wireless Bluetooth keyboard, this Omoton model is compatible with a wide range of Apple iOS devices, including the Apple iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPad Pro. There’s a standard QWERTY layout with hot keys customised for iPads including volume, music control, brightness etc while 2 AAA batteries provide up 30 days continuous use and up to 6 months use thanks to automatic sleep mode. Measuring 28.5cm (width) x 12cm (height) x 0.6 cm (thickness), and weighing 281g, it’s just big enough for typing but small enough to sling in your suitcase or even handbag if you need to.
Zilong Flexible Arm Tablet Stand
Strong enough to support up to 3Kg, this portable tablet stand can be clamped to any number of items, including sofa, bed, wall cabinet, coffee table even wheelchair. Fully adjustable with 360 degree rotation and a 80cm ‘gooseneck’ arm to get the best viewing angle possible, it can hold a wide range of products from 4inches to 10.6inches, including your iPhone, Amazon Kindle, iPad as well as tablets from other manufacturers. However, you will need a bit of strength to bend the arm into the right position as it can be a little stiff. It may also leave a bit of a mark where the clamp rubs.
Great Ideas Red iPad/tablet padded pillow stand
A variation on the iBeani featured above, here’s another ‘stand’ for your iPad or tablet, only this one is more like a giant cushion. Available in blue, red or green (but I think this is the nicest of the three), it holds the device at an ideal angle for use on the sofa, the bed or even the floor so you watch TV/movies and surf the net in comfort. There’s even a zip pocket at the base for storing your charger and other tablet accessories. With a tablet slot of 24cm (9.4in), it’s suitable for all the latest iPads and iPad Air devices as well as other tablet of the same size. Overall dimensions are 35 cm (width) x 19cm (height) x 27cm (depth).
Ailun iPad screen protector
Protect your iPad screen against dust, scratches and shocks by coating it with this glass shield from Ailun. Easy to install and remove, it’s a laser cut piece of tempered glass with anti-chip rounded edges and an oleophobic coating which has been designed to resist oils and reduce annoying fingerprints. The iPad screen protector has been specially designed for iPad Air 1 and 2 generation and iPad Pro (9.7 inches).
Cuvr iPad Pro Leather Case
From about £31.25
Looking for a classy leather cover for your iPad? Here’s one from Cuvr which is very reasonably priced. Available in 9.7 and 12.9inch versions for the iPad Pro, it comes in Black, Brown, Oxblood & Tan variations. The genuine leather exterior is textured for added grip while there are three different angles for easy viewing. There’s a magnetic clasp that keeps your case closed when not in use. Also provided is a pencil holder as well as easy access for a charger, headphones, stereo speakers and sensors.
IBRA windscreen car suction mount holder
A 360 degree rotation car mount that is suitable for just about all tablets on the market, including the latest Apple iPads, this car mount is amazingly good value for money. Easy to install, it holds very solidly to the windscreen thanks to a large powerful suction cup. What’s more, there’s also plenty of adjustment allowing the iPad to be perfectly positioned for easy viewing without obscuring your view of the road. Perfect for use in the back of the car, or in the passenger side, it’s ideal for helping keep children entertained while you are driving.