WoodPad for iPad review
The WoodPad, from Hertfordshire based Robert J Turner & Co is, as the name suggests, a wood stand for Apple's iPad tablet computer. Apparently lovingly crafted, it actually looks better in the flesh than online. Clearly manufactured to a high standard, the WoodPad is finished by hand and polished with a satin lacquer.
It comes with a pair of grooves to position your iPad at a choice of two angles - one at 15 degrees, one at 25 degrees. While these aren't padded, leverage provides a surprisingly secure fit, despite the ability to rock the iPad back and forth a little. Unless you intend to use your iPad bobbing up and down in a boat, this won't be an issue. We are also pleased to report no marks or scratches, which you might expect from an all wood design.
Viewing on a desktop, and in bed, we found the WoodPad to be a reliable stand and comfortable on the eyes. While not as portable as some iPad stands, the WoodPad proved to be a fairly useful paperweight when not in use. The design also features clear rubber feet on the underside so it grips and protects any surface when in use.
A choice of attractive, tactile timbers are offered, including oak, sapele, cherry, maple and ash, while other types of wood can be manufactured to order. Depending on the timber, the WoodPad costs from £14.95 to £16.95, while limited promotions, including currently a 33 per cent saving, should drop the price further.
So far, the WoodPad for iPad has proved a quality stand, despite initial concerns that the all wood design might mark our precious Apple tablet. A choice of angles also offers some customisability when viewing, reading and relaxing from what is a simple yet stylish iPad stand.