review: TwelveSouth BookArc for iPad

I just received and started using TwelveSouth’s stand for the iPad, BookArc. In short, it looks really cool, which is an obvious selling point. In use though, at first I was a bit dismayed, as when the iPad sits up straight in the stand, it’s at a pretty awkward angle if you’re sitting at a desktop and trying to view the screen. It does have an alternate angle, though, but it took quite a bit of figgling with the stand to figure out how to get the iPad to sit in it properly.

The slot for the iPad is a very soft rubber, so it’s definitely gentle on the iPad, however when you touch the screen (as per normal interactions with the device) the iPad shakes quite a bit…just a bit annoying. I had to make sure I touched the screen gently to minimize the shake. With a bluetooth keyboard and mouse (see this hack for getting the mouse to work) though this setup seems to have quite a lot of possibilities…
Oh, and if you just recently updated to iTunes 9.2 and found out that if you want to jailbreak your iPad you’re outta luck…here’s how to downgrade iTunes to a previous version.