If you are considering purchasing an iPad, I will suggest that you also plan on purchasing some sort of stand for it as well. Macworld.com published a review today of four iPad stands: the Luxa2 H4 iPad Stand, the Element Case Joule iPad Stand, the Twelve South BookArc, and the Griffin Technology A-Frame. However, after reading the reviews, I have to say that I think it’s a shame that they didn’t include in their review the Apple iPad Keyboard Dock. Now perhaps that’s because they were reviewing stand-only options, but I still think they should have at least mentioned this other, even better stand option.
Let me start off by saying that the touchscreen keyboard on the iPad is worlds better than on the iPhone. I’ve never been a fan of the iPhone touch screen – maybe my fingers are too fumbly or fat — but whatever the reason, I constantly have to delete and repeat on the iPhone and iPod Touch keyboards. On the iPad, however, the touchscreen keyboard – especially in landscape view – is incredibly easy to use.
If your iPad typing is limited to entering your log-in info into Facebook or OpenFeint, then maybe you don’t need the keyboard stand option. If, however, you plan on doing any sort of significant typing – like using iWorks, for instance – then you will definitely want to make the $69.00 investment towards the Apple iPad Keyboard Dock.
The keyboard stand is perfect because (aside from the already mentioned keyboard capability) it isn’t at all bulky, it acts as a charging dock, and it keeps the iPad at literally the perfect angle for viewing. In my opinion, if you’re going to get a stand anyway, why not ensure that it has an additional function beyond keeping your iPad upright?
I have a habit of sitting my iPad on the keyboard dock next to my desktop or laptop as I work. Why? Because it’s so much easier to use the iPad for web searching while I write, or for playing and searching around on iTunes during writing breaks, or checking my email without having to minimize screens on my computer. Having the keyboard dock not only allows me to see the screen perfectly, but also makes typing something quick and easy.
I should also disclose that the iPad is capable of utilizing any Bluetooth keyboard, so another option is to go the route of stand plus portable keyboard, but this seems like extra work and hassle to me, especially when the Apple iPad Keyboard Dock is so easy to use and so compact.
Whether or not you go the route of the Keyboard Dock, I highly recommend that you plan to budget in some sort of stand for your iPad.