In the world of iPhone/iPad stands, it seems almost impossible to think of a new product which hasn’t been seen before. When choosing a new stand for your iOS device, you’ll be in a position to choose from hundreds of models, which come in all shapes and sizes. This kind of tough competition is making designers and developers search for new ways to think about their products, so this can result in a final product that will stand out by offering innovative design and amazing functionality. This kind of philosophy stands behind the Nimblstand, which we are about to review.
The Nimblstand isn’t a typical iPad stand. It is made to be used with Apple’s aluminum Bluetooth keyboard, but it also tries to act as a support for your tablet in case you use a stylus to draw and take notes. Now let’s take a look at how this stand performs, and if you should pay $50 for this product.
The first thing I’ve asked myself after I’ve taken out Nimblstand from its packaging is why designers decided to use sturdy, but cheap-looking plastics. It’s clear that this stand is created to be used with elegantly designed Apple’s aluminum keyboard, so these two materials don’t fit together. This is not something that everyone will mind, but this kind of design decisions play a crucial role. On the other hand, this kind of plastics seems sturdy and strong enough, so at least you don’t have to worry about the build quality.
In order to use it, simply slide the keyboard into a cylindrical slot which houses the keyboard’s battery compartment. Once you position it, the keyboard will stay in place, so there’s no movement allowed. Now you can place the iPad into the appropriate slot on the back, which is designed to offer two viewing angles. If you take a closer at the pictures, you’ll see that there’s a small cutout for easy access to the Home button, which is usable enough in one of those two viewing angles. If you place your iPad a little bit shallower, the Home button will be hard to reach which can be a problem since Apple keyboard doesn’t come with the Home-button dedicated key.
The Nimblstand is also designed to serve as a stand for your tablet in case of stylus-supported drawing and note taking. Simply slide over the back part of Nimblstand, so that the keyboard will actually serve as a construction that’ll keep the tablet stable and in its place. There’s even a little hole used to hold your stylus when you’re not using it. It’s also important to say that the Nimblstand can be purchased bundled with the Wacom Bamboo stylus ($67).
In general, this is a very interesting and usable product, mostly for those who like using a wireless keyboard and a stylus at the same time. There are some annoyances in terms of questionable design decisions, and in all fairness there are much better designed stands which offer the same functionality, so my advice is to do some research before making a final decision about purchasing this product.