GorillaMobile Ori for iPad review
Billed as an ergonomic stand, and constructed from lightweight aluminium-composite material, the Ori snugly supports the first-generation iPad. When closed, a micro-fibre cover protects the screen.
Though it’s possible to work out how to use the Ori without the included documentation, it’s a good idea to have a look at the enclosed diagrams and flip through the illustrated manual. These will explain the stand’s different components – cover flap, tab holes, kickstand, and screen cover – and how to accomplish each of the Ori’s four main viewing positions. When folded up into its folio-like travel configuration, the cover flap clicks into place. Regardless of the position, all the components lock securely.
Though designed for the frequent traveller it weighs 452g, so isn’t the lightest stand we’ve seen. Operating the unit also took more muscle than we’d have liked. While everything is well built, we sometimes struggled to release the kickstand, remove the iPad from the case, and engage or disengage the back of the stand. And while the unit is protective, its weight doesn’t offer much stability except when in the lowest position, with the kickstand engaged to support the iPad for onscreen typing.
Taking its inspiration from Origami this stand is a complex beast.
The GorillaMobile Ori for iPad has its appeal. If you don’t mind adding the weight, it gives you four viewing positions, lets you rotate the screen, and provides a good, protective cover for the original iPad. However, it’s a bit bulky, is sometimes hard to manipulate, and some of its positions aren’t as stable as we’d like. For £70 we’d want something a bit easier to use.