iPad Case Review: Handstand for iPad Reviewed by Guy Dayen
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: The Handstand is a terrific accessory for iPad gamers, at least as long as you are playing a game that requires only one hand. The strap fits tightly around your hand, attaching the iPad very securely to your outstretched fingers. I tested the Handstand case by playing the Fight Night boxing game and Angry Birds, and it worked great. I wasn?t worried about holding the iPad securely, so I could concentrate on playing the games.
The Handstand is not as heavy as other iPad cases that feature handles or brackets. The net weight is just about ten ounces, so it won?t add a lot to the weight of the iPad. The iPad is held very securely in the tight-fitting molded polyurethane case, and the whole thing looks very nice.
What?s Not: One thing I disliked about this case is that there are no cutouts for some of the iPad?s buttons. You have to press really hard to turn the iPad off using the small top button and also to change the iPad?s volume. It?s annoying, because performing these actions is normally so easy on the iPad.
Another thing that I found unfortunate is that the pressure from the strap becomes uncomfortable when you have it on your hand for an extended period of time. I noticed it especially when I was lying in bed, reading on the iPad. This may be the result of having to make the Handstand fit everyone. Someone like me, with fairly big hands, will find the Handstand tiresome if used continuously for an hour or so.
One last downside to this case is the fact that it offers minimum protection for the face of the iPad, so if it falls face-down on an irregular surface, you might have a problem with breakage or marring.
Hub International is the manufacturer of the Handstand. They are based out of Houston, Texas, but the Handstand is manufactured in Portland, Oregon. One very nice thing about the Handstand is that all of its components are 100 % recyclable. For the environmentally conscious, this is very good news.
There are two models. The Handstand 1 for the original iPad, and the Handstand 2 for the new iPad 2. Both models offer a snug fitting case that features a safety-grip hand pad which can rotate a full 360 degrees (with 36 stop points). The iPad can be then used in any position one desires. The strap that holds the Handstand to the hand is one-size fits all, and it slips on very easily. There is a ridge around which fingers curls, for added stability and to help hold the iPad even more securely. This ridge also provides an angle to the iPad when it is resting on a flat surface.
The Handstand is a great case if you find that you do a lot of work on the iPad using only one hand. Gaming, drawing, puzzles, mazes; any one-handed activity will be easier since you don?t have to worry about dropping the iPad inadvertently. However, the Handstand is not great for anything involving two hands, such as typing for example, since most people tend to use two hands, even if they?re only pecking at the letters.
The original Handstand 1 comes in black or white. The new Handstand 2 is available in black, white or pink. It is a very snug and stylish fit, and it does not add much visual bulk to the iPad. The design esthetic is sleek and modern. Ridges on each side of the Handstand case give it a bit of an aerodynamic feel, almost like a retro ?car of the future? vibe.
It?s easy to slip the iPad into the Handstand. A bit of care is needed to avoid scratching the iPad, since narrow side panels need to envelop the iPad from all sides, but this is very easily accomplished. Once the Handstand is on, the iPad is held by slipping the fingers through the elastic strap and curling them over the ridge on the hand pad. I would have liked that ridge to be slightly smaller, so I could have placed two fingers easily on either side of it, but that?s a minor quibble. People with smaller hands will be able to fit four fingers very comfortably across the top of the ridge.
This is a great way to hold the iPad in place in your hands without having to make the conscious effort of holding it firmly. It leaves you free to concentrate on doing what you have to do. Anyone who finds that they often use only one hand to work or play on the iPad will find the Handstand case a very practical one. It looks good, it does exactly what it says it will do, and it does it very well. It seems well-constructed, solid and durable. Aside for the occasional discomfort that comes from having your hand through the elastic band for too long, it is a very nice option for those looking to encase their iPad and afford it good basic protection.
The asking price of fifty dollars seems about right for a case that features superior quality in materials and design.