Although tablet computers are being used for everything these days...from checking email, to teleconferencing, to playing Words With Friends, or watching Netflix...the majority of tablet usage is done sitting down or reclining. By some estimates, 68% of families regularly use their tablets in the bedroom and 63% use their tablets most often in the living room. Which means, if you're a tablet owner, there's a pretty decent chance that you're reading this on your bed or couch...
Fortunately, tablets tend to have an endless ton of accessories, and much as there is always an "app for that," there is also often a complimentary accessory for any tablet trouble you have. In this case: lap pillows specifically designed to act as padded tablet stands for use while sitting, reclining or relaxing. Here are four options for plush pillows that both protect your tablet and prop it up for better ease of use.
The Wedge: One of the more common shapes of soft stands is the wedge. Its pyramid shape naturally angles your tablet towards you for each access and visibility. A few examples of wedge stands are the IPEVO PadPillow (shown above) and the Wedge-E. Works while laying down, sitting on a couch, or reclining in any number of positions; some models also feature an extendable section that accomodates a Bluetooth keyboard and acts as a wrist rest. Most often constructed out of a lightweight foam and a soft cover, wedge stands are generally easy to move and pack. Works with any tablet, ereader, book, or magazine.
The Beanbag: The same technology that brought you the most amorphous chair ever also protects your tablet. There are a few variations of this theme, with the stand-outs being the multi-purpose Lap Pro and the versatile Lounge Case from incase. The Lap Pro features a lip on the edge of a bolster-shaped bean bag where a tablet neatly tucks in. It also doubles as a travel pillow and has a handle so it can be easily carried as a tote. The Lounge Case is a soft, sweatshirt-like material bean-bag incorporated into a plastic snap-on attachment. Although these are the cushiest options, they are often the hardest to clean.
The Wrap: A padded fabric stand and a case rolled into one, the COTEetCIEL is a single, light-grey padded compartment that holds your tablet in place with an included strap. When opened, the case can be configured to keep a tablet supported and propped into an easy angle. Nicely designed to be carried alone or packed in with other luggage.
The Parachute: Although there are straightforward bolster-style pillows, there are more stylish and creative alternatives, such as the CampFire which resembles a tightly packed parachute when opened. The parachute, a padded cushion, props up your tablet on any soft surface, providing support for any position. It also can be reversed and pulled over the edges of the tablet to encompass it in a sleeping-bag style wrap, creating a kind of shock-absorbent frame.
(Images: MyLapPro, IPEVO, GoInCase, MrPorter, X-Doria)