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Get a Grip on your iPad
Weighing in at under $40, the NuGuard GripStand2 / GripBase Bundle is a great item for all of your iPad 2 friends.
Skip down to the bottom for the quick review.
As a demo artist and educator, the GripBase is a fantastic way to showcase the features of the iPad 2 to several people at once. In a small classroom setting of 6-10 students, the information can be seen on the device without moving the iPad around. Students sit where they can see it.
The GripStand allows me to remove the iPad, and provides a comfortable handle (which doubles as the stand) if I need to move around the classroom or demo area.
The GripStand 2 is a great portable stand for on the road too. Unlike the GripBase, the GripStand 2 is small and lightweight. It comes with a velcro belt that allows you to create a suspension for your iPad 2 and GripStand. The option that NewerTech suggests is around the back of the front seat (allowing the passengers in the back to watch something on the iPad). But if you're traveling by yourself, this fits into a carryon easily.
As a studio artist (and while I type this review), the GripStand 2 provides a reliable support for the iPad. It sits alongside the desktop monitors, allowing me to watch videos or control music as I work.
The GripBase is a unit that will probably live in the room, or area of the house that you want to view the iPad 2 in a more 'hands-free' mode. The kitchen, the den, or sharing space alongside your computer in your office. The base module is a fairly heavy item, but you want it to be. It's heavy enough so that you can engage the iPad 2 as a touch device, without knocking it over.
The GripBase can conform to several different positions for viewing and even typing (if you like typing directly on the screen).
I've been using a soft case with a rigid stand built into it. The cover I own affords protection for the screen, but it doesn't have enough space to hold the Grip's protective back and the iPad 2 together. If you want protection for the glass/front, you'll need to get a cover that allows for the extra size, or doesn't require the entire iPad 2 to be encased on all sides. Apple's Smart Cover is an option to consider. You may think that the Smart Cover is already a 'stand' option. The Smart Cover is not a stand. The GripStand 2 and/or the GripBase are real stands.
If you're looking for a quick gift for that Mac-head on your list, this is the one that's an easy answer.
Sturdy. Hinges hold their place when the angle is set.
Clean Looking. Fits well with the clean lines of the iPad2
Easy to set up. Mom can do this without a phone call.
The case back is a little tricky to get the iPad into, but super secure once it's in there.
The GripStand handle is removed when you're using the GripBase, but there's no place to stow it. You'll just leave it on the table, or put it in the office.
The protective back adds a small amount of extra size to the iPad 2's dimensions.
You can find it online at www.newertch.com in one of two colors, black or white. Get the black one, I did.
Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles. In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design. When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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