I really like my iPad, I only got it last year so it’s still new to me, but I use it all the time. My biggest complaint is that it’s quite heavy (it’s not an iPad Mini) and so I’ve been looking for an iPad stand. Enter MyBanana.
Yep – a rather daft name – but they’re a small company based in the south-west of England and they sell premium Apple Accessories. So I ordered a Magnus, magnetic iPad stand.
The package arrived, and I was presented with a hand written envelope that contained my iPad stand and a hand written letter – a nice personal touch.
The stand itself looked nice – it’s a single piece of metal with a small magnet in the base. The colour looks suitably Mac like, but it has a grainy feeling and doesn’t offer the same level of polish as a genuine Mac component.
Being a geek I skipped the instructions and stuck my iPad straight into the stand… only for it to slide off and get very close to smashing on the floor. I didn’t realise that the iPad had to be inserted on a specific side and so very nearly broke it. Naturally the instructions covered this – but I don’t think it was clear enough, and could have cost me an iPad
In use the stand works quite well, but since the first mishap it has never felt quite secure (even though it probably is). Also it’s not adjustable – and the angle is a touch too steep for me to comfortably use at a desk. As such it’s good for holding the iPad when not in use or when watching a movie – but it’s not so good when I want to interact with it. I did find that it works well when on my bedside table so that’s where it is being used.
Overall the Magnus iPad stand looks nice – but isn’t as functional as I would like – so the quest is still on for the perfect stand. Note that I am not looking for a cover with integrated stand – I got an awesome iPad case last year. I’m just looking for something I can use when I’m at home. Unfortunately MyBanana don’t offer any other iPad stands currently, but I’d consider them for other purchases in the future – there’s a few nice things on there.