The best iPad stands

iPads are incredibly useful devices that can be taken almost anywhere; adding a stand opens up new uses and makes the tablet even more convenient. Here are the best stands and holders.

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Twelve South Compass 2

If you're looking for a stylish folding stand to hold up your iPad while you work, Twelve South has you covered with the Compass 2.

We like the way it folds up into a small package, and can be quickly unfolded and placed on any flat surface. It's ideal for mobile workers looking to prop up an iPad in a coffee shop, and designers will love its arty credentials. You can also unfold one side to prop an iPad up on its side.

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If you're looking for a stylish folding stand to hold up your iPad while you work, Twelve South has you covered with the Compass 2.

We like the way it folds up into a small package, and can be quickly unfolded and placed on any flat surface. It's ideal for mobile workers looking to prop up an iPad in a coffee shop, and designers will love its arty credentials. You can also unfold one side to prop an iPad up on its side.

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NorthMadeGoods plywood stand

This elegant plywood stand is hand made by a company called NorthMadeGoods in Manchester. It specialises in bespoke, personalised goods and this iPad stand is no exception.

The stand comes with a handwritten note from who made it (ours was made by Robin) once ordered from NortMadeGood's Etsy store and is one curved piece of wood. You stick your iPad to the front witht eh supplied adhesive pad, and then stick it down to your desk or bedside table surface. 

The sticky pad doesn't damage your iPad, and means you can take it on and off a number of times. A well placed hole means you can feed a Lightning cable through from a plug or Mac to charge or sync on the stand.

It also works with your iPhone if you want to chop and change, and will soon be able to be bought with different waxed finishes and personal engravings, making for an excellent gift idea too.

 

Flote m2

It's rather more expensive than the average iPad stand, but the steel-and-aluminium Flote is attractive and offers a degree of functionality that's rarely seen in this sphere. 

With a design that's equal parts modernist floor lamp and prog-rock microphone stand, the m2 is big enough and stable enough to stand on the floor next to your chair, sofa or bed and hold your iPad in precisely the position you desire, stretched out on a metal arm that's heavily adjustable thanks to a system of magnetic ball joints, adjustment sleeves and boom angle knobs.

It's an elegant and untiring way of reading ebooks in bed, or could serve as a handy prop when performing music or public speaking. But the company has also touted its value in a business/corporate setting, in which its price tag might seem less off-putting.

It's not model-specific, too: any model of iPad should fit (although particularly bulky cases may need to be removed), and our Surface-toting friends ought to be accommodated too.

 

Felix Roadshow

The Felix Roadshow stand is a great way to keep the kids (young and old) entertained in the back of the car. It mounts onto your headrest, and can hold an iPad in horizontal or vertical mode. A bracket is clamped to your headrest, and the iPad stand clips on to this; so it's easy to quickly detach and re-attach. You can also adjust the viewing angle for your passengers.

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Belkin Portable Tablet Stage

If you're standing up in front of a lot of people and giving a presentation, then this iPad stand is a great choice.

The Belkin Portable Tablet Stage Stand is sturdy and has an adjustable platform to position your iPad right where you can see it. It comes with a built in system for tidying away cables, and you can use the Apple HD Adapter to connect your iPad to a projector or display. The stand comes with an app called Stage that acts as an interactive whiteboard and document camera.

We think it's a great stand for teachers and others who present on a regular basis.

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Bluelounge Mika

It may lack features found on more complex stands, but the Bluelounge Mika stand has one thing going for it: strength. Crafted from solid aluminium, the Mika forms a solid wedge that holds your iPad at 70 degrees. We like its simplicity, too. Eschewing all the folding and gimmicks from other stands, Mika is a pure stand that will look great on any desk.

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Double Robotics Telepresence Robot

This is a fantastically odd option, but bear with us.

The Double Telepresence Robot enables you to add a whole new level of video communication. You attach the iPad to the robot, and can then control it remotely using the Double app. While it all sounds futuristic, it's a great way for teleworkers to communicate with members of a team. You can roll around a virtual environment, while looking through the camera on your iPad. Colleagues can see your face on the iPad window. 

It's a bit pricey for now, but we can see this sort of thing becoming more common in the future.

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Twelve South HoverBar 3

Attaching your iPad to a Mac makes a lot of sense when you think about it. We often use both devices in tandem, with the Mac being for work and the iPad acting as a second tool for entertainment or productivity. Plus, apps like Duet Display enable you to use the iPad as a second screen, and you can use the HoverBar 3 to turn an old iPad into a second display.

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