Published on April 11th, 2011 | by Greg0
iChair: Best Standing Case For The iPad
Most of the time, we try to offer some serious critiques. Sometimes, though, there aren’t many issues with a product. And even more rarely, the product development cycle is far enough behind that we’re left with little to offer even to readers, other than a sort of plaintive cry to rally around small artists or companies. This is one of those times.
If you have an original iPad, and you need a case with a stand, the iChair is the best around. We’ve got both an iPad 2 and the first model in the office, and while the new one is great, it does render a lot of the older accessories obsolete. They simply aren’t compatible with the new shape, cameras, etc. iChair aims to solve the problem, offering models for the iPhone and iPad 2 and has opted to raise funding through a Kickstarter project. They need to raise quite a bit more in the next few days, and explain thoroughly the reasons for the process- a minimum order at the manufacturer. Anyone ‘investing’ in the project gets the new model at no real discount, so it’s sort of a way for them to guarantee orders upfront. You can also already purchase an iPod Touch, iPhone 3G, 3GS, or 4 model from them.
Anyway, the iChair as tested was a great example of how even a small manufacturer with dedication and an idea can make a unique, solid product that, er, stands up against the competition. The exterior of the case is a
polycarbonate plastic with a rubberized coating for a smooth feel, and the inside is lined with a microfiber that made us slap our foreheads and wonder why others weren’t doing this. The tablet is, of course, viewable in both portrait and landscape mode. We didn’t feel too strongly about the blue or white plates that can be added for style, but we did like the stability, balance, and durability of the fold-out leg. Many such cases and stands offer legs that don’t quite fully retract, so they catch on things or can break- we didn’t face those issues here. Overall, at $49 with free shipping, it’s a good deal on a combination stand-case. And we liked the inclusion of a screen protector, dust cloth, and squeegee board.