August 10th, 2010


Heavy Griffin can Stand

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Did I tell you that it’s ipad week? I’ve had it for about two weeks and I’m totally enjoying it. I’ve used it for all sorts of things besides checking email and surfing the web. I’ve used it to write lots of stuff and playing games. I’ll talk about writing stuff in another post.

This one is about the Griffin ipad stand. It’s made out of metal and is about 1.2 pounds. I had bought it to take on the plane with me so I could watch movies. But I’ve ended up using it quite a bit around the house. In conjunction with the mini bluetooth keyboard, I can type pretty easily in any sitting or lying position. I just prop it up on the couch beside me or the side table or my big belly.

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Here’s a size comparison between the keyboard and the iphone. They are about the same size, but the keyboard is much lighter and much thinner. I can pretty much touch type with this thing and I can type just as fast as using the three finger method on the onscreen keyboard, I have to say that I really didn’t like this keyboard when I first got it, but I don’t see how I could do without. It still clacks like a mother though and the bluetooth sucks down the battery life.

So back to the stand. I didn’t get the ipad dock because you can only orientate it in portrait mode. The stand can hold it either way and I wanted it in landscape for movie watching. There’s a gap at the bottom where you can plug in the power cord and have it orientated in portrait.

When folded down, it gives you a tilt.

I like this stand except for the weight. I wasn’t thinking about that when I bought it. Between it and the ipad, that’s about 3.5 pounds that you’re already toting around. The case and stand combinations are about half a pound lighter. I didn’t choose to get the case and stand combination is that the reviews say that the build quality wasn’t so great in those. But it’s not like I’ll be hiking through the Appalachians. That half pound going between flights in Texas won’t be that big of a deal. The layover is only about an hour. And I think that I might be carrying that much in discarded receipts in my purse everyday.

Overall, I like this stand and would recommend it. I’ll let you know how well it goes on the flight to DC.

Crossposted to Samantha Ling, Dreamwidth and Livejournal