From a comfort and ergonomic perspective, the best way to truly enjoy an iPad while viewing a movie or while checking a risotto recipe in the kitchen is with the help of some kind of stand. We're always looking for stands that look as good as they work, and here are some of our recommendations...
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. We appreciate the soft silicone that cradles your iPad and accommodates the iPad's dock/sync cable. Designed to accommodate Griffin's flexible and hard-shell cases and many others. This is the most ergonomic one of the bunch and priced at $39.99 is very affordable.
Joule iPad Stand
Its stable solid base has a simple, clean, and elegant design that becomes part 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 desktop or kitchen counter top. Minimalistics needs to look no further. The price is a little steep at $129
@rest For iPad by Heckler Design
We reviewed one a while ago, but it's worth to revisit again. Built from precisely cut steel with a beautiful, durable powdercoat finish, @Rest for iPad supports your iPad in portrait or landscape orientation at angles ideal for the side table or countertop. If you want a bullet proof stand and one that is solid and not flimsy, the @rest is the iPad stand for you. $59 with free shipping.