There are lots of ways you can prop up your iPad. You could lean it against your desktop screen, build your own stand out of a piece of wood (mind the splinters) or place it against the wall – great for all of us who enjoy sitting in the lotus position. Alternatively you can get yourself one made out of aluminium and designed to look as sexy as your iPad.
This is a piece of art all by itself, with a price tag to match. It is handmade in the Sunshine State and comes all chromed up in bevelled aluminium, brushed aluminium or you can order it mat black for that extra touch of cool (and more dollars). In the chromed version you get the option of a laser-etched image of your choice on the front of the stand, giving your stand its own sense of branding (yet more dollars).
This stand is great for use at home or the office. You can alter the angle of the stand by placing the back stabilizer in one of the three velvet lined holes drilled into the back. Your iPad itself sits in to a lined groove in the center of the cylinder with a pleasing smoothed off indent for the speaker. The stand has rubber pads to secure it firmly. To alter the tilt more subtly there is a magnetic adjuster to get the view just right.
These are objects of fine art with a fine art scarcity and a fine art price tag. According to the manufacturers there is only a limited stock available, but just how many is uncertain. This stand will set you back $129, with an added fee for the laser etching or black finish. Expensive.
Is the Joule worth the money? It certainly looks the part and will add a further sense of elegance to your iPad. However, versatility is limited although the stand is stable in both landscape and portrait positions. There is a major problem if you are already protecting your iPad with even the thinnest of screen protectors. The iPad fits so snugly inside the Joule that it will snag. There is no gap for the cabling required to recharge the iPad in portrait mode so you’ll need to take it out or reposition it into landscape to do this. That’s pretty annoying.
I like the overall style and look of this stand, but the high price tag and annoying functionality make it something I wouldn’t buy myself.