Hands-on with the Handstand for iPad 2

hands on with the handstand for ipad 2 0004

We unabashedly love the iPad and iPad 2 here at Digital Trends, but the Apple tablets aren’t without small problems. At least a couple of us have noticed that holding the iPad in your hand for long periods of time can cause a bit of wrist fatigue. The Handstand case aims to eliminate that problem by giving you a secure hold in one hand so you can easily work on the iPad with the other. Today the company launched the Handstand 2 case designed specifically for the new iPad 2. We got our hands, no pun intended, on one of the Handstand 2 cases and decided to see how well it lived up to its promises.

The case itself is relatively simple in design. The hard but somewhat flexible case protects the back and corners of your iPad without adding too much bulk. The back of the case features a round raised area that holds a protruding hand rest and an elastic strap. While the hand rest might look a little strange and bulky at first glance compared the the otherwise slim design, it actually does a great job of propping the iPad 2 up for viewing or typing. The hand rest is intended to conform to your hand’s natural tendency to rest in a curved position, making it comfortable for extended use. The elastic and hand rest combined make the case extremely secure and comfortable to use while walking around or multitasking. A 36-point indexing mechanism means that the raised circular area on the back of the case allows you to rotate the iPad to any position you might like. This is a great function for viewing media, surfing the web, or working with charts or business plans.

While iPad 2 owners who mostly use their device at home might not need the added security and mobility that the Handstand 2 offers, we see it being a valuable tool for professional use or anyone who is always on-the-go with the iPad in tow. The makers of the Handstand 2 see it being of use in medical offices, restaurants, and business meetings, and we have to agree that the case could increase the utility of the iPad exponentially in such environments. The only distinct problem that we had was getting the iPad into the case itself. It took a little elbow grease to put the case on so we wouldn’t recommend it for someone who would want to switch cases often. However, we do have it on good authority that the makers of the Handstand are making a small adjustment to the design to make this easier. The Handstand for iPad 2 is now available in black, white, or pink for $50.

Health & Fitness

In search of the fountain of youth, beauty companies turn to tech

Beauty tech is a fairly new concept, but at CES 2019, companies such as Olay, L’Oreal, and Neutrogena were fully embracing it with all kinds of gadgets that promise to give you glowing skin.
Smart Home

Brew it fast, hot, and flavorful with our favorite coffee makers

Whether you're looking for a simple coffee maker to get you through the morning or a high-end brewer that will impress your taste buds and your friends, you'll find some of the best coffee makers around on this list.

Snooze soundly anywhere you lay your head with the best sleeping bags

A proper sleeping bag has the ability to make or break a camping or backpacking trip. Here are our picks for the best sleeping bags on the market to help you choose the correct bag for any type of outdoor adventure.

Transport your Nintendo Switch in style with these nifty cases

The Nintendo Switch, which boasts both wired and handheld modes, needs a good case to ensure it doesn't get beat up while you're on the go. We scoured through dozens of Switch cases to bring you the best ones.

Android vs. iOS: Which smartphone platform is the best?

If you’re trying to choose a new phone and you’re not sure about the merits and pitfalls of the leading smartphone operating systems, then come on in for a detailed breakdown as we pit Android vs. iOS in various categories.

Verizon’s deal could get you a free iPhone XR — but there’s some fine print

Verizon launched a new deal for its smartphones aimed at encouraging customers to open a new line. If you're willing and you want two new phones, you could get a free Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone XR, or Pixel 3.

5G phones make a lot of promises. Here’s what to really expect

There has been a lot of marketing copy expounding the potential benefits of 5G networks, but a lot less on the practical implications of 5G smartphones. There's a reason for that.

Keep your laptop battery in tip-top condition with these handy tips

Learn how to care for your laptop's battery, how it works, and what you can do to make sure yours last for years and retains its charge. Check out our handy guide for valuable tips, no matter what type of laptop you have.

Protect your expensive new laptop with the best Macbook cases

If you recently picked up a new MacBook, you’ll want something to protect its gorgeous exterior. Here, we've gathered the best MacBook cases and covers, whether you're looking for style or protection.

How to jailbreak your iPhone on iOS 12: A beginner’s guide

The latest jailbreaking tools for iOS 12 make freeing your iOS device easier than ever. This guide will teach you how to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, and explain what jailbreaking will do for you.

Here’s how to take a screenshot on an iPad, step by step

The ability to capture screenshots may not be the iPad's most glamorous feature, but it's one of its most useful. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to take a screenshot on an iPad, whether it's an iPad Pro from 2018 or an older iPad model.
Social Media

Here’s how to save someone’s Instagram Story to your phone

Curious about how to save someone's Instagram Story to your phone? Lucky for you, it can be done -- but it does take a few extra steps. Here's what you need to know to save Instagram Stories on both iOS and Android.

Stop dragging windows on your Mac. Here's how to use Split View to multitask

The latest iterations of MacOS offer a native Split View feature that can automatically divide screen space between two applications. Here's how to use Split View on a Mac, adjust it as needed, and how it can help out.

Need a new tablet? The best iPad deals for January 2019

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for December 2018.