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The 9 Most Attractive and Functional Stands for iPad

The 9 Most Attractive and Functional Stands for iPad

With any hit Apple device comes a ton of accessories and the iPad is no different. Ever since its release, all accessory manufacturers have been trying to create the next great iPad stand for your desk. After a few years of iPad, we can now see which stands for iPad stick out from the crowd.

Here are the 9 most attractive and functional stands for iPad.

1. The Thought Out Stabile 2.0 (~$79.99)

    This iPad stand has a somewhat “futuristic” look and feel to it, but doesn’t necessarily look like something that would come from Cupertino (it’s close though). It’s made of solid steel, certified made in the USA (for all your patriots out there), and weighs in a 2 1/4 pounds.

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    And the Stabile comes in black, white, and “Apple” silver to match your iPad.

    2. Joule for iPad 1 and 2 ($79.99 – $99.99)

    If you want to keep in the minimalist tradition of your iPad, then the Joule case is for you. Made of “aircraft grade” aluminum as well as in the USA, the Joule has a very unique 3 position tilt-arm system. Basically, there are three holes in the back of the stand where you can place the tilt-arm. Depending on where you place the arm, the stand will be at different angles.

    Comes in white, black, and aluminum.

    3. 

    The Compass Mobile is an easel stand and allows you to view your iPad in both portrait and landscape modes. Even though the Compass looks a little “wobbly” you don’t need to worry, it’s made of heavy gauge steel and is precision cut.One potential drawback is that you can only have your iPad at a 60-degree angle, making it not the greatest thing to use if you need to type on the virtual keyboard.

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    But, if you are viewing apps, typing with a hardware keyboard, watching video, and FaceTiming then it would work out great.

    4. Incase Origami Workstation ($29.95)

    I’d be doing you a total disservice if I didn’t mention the Incase Origami workstation. This is my personal iPad “workstation” of choice. It’s a small Apple bluetooth keyboard case that folds into a small stand for the iPad. It’s super portable, durable, made of great material, and simple.

    What’s nice about the Origami is that you don’t have to attach it to your iPad like other cases. It’s a separate entity that you can use when and where you want.

    5. 

    Not necessarily a desk stand for the iPad, the Kitchen Cabinet Mount by Belkin allows you to use your cooking and foodie apps while you are busy in the kitchen. One of the nicest things about this mount is that you don’t have to permanently place it in one place; there is a clamping system that allows you to move it anytime you want.

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    6. Just Mobile Lazy Couch Stands ($19.99)

    I remember Mr. Ihnatko from MacBreak Weekly fame talking about something close to this idea. If you just want a simple way to prop up your iPad a tad on your desk, so you can use the virtual keyboard, then this is the solution for you.

    There are basically two little “nubs” that sit under your iPad. They also connect together for storage.

    7. @Rest iPad stand ($49.99)

    Alright, if you want to get serious about your iPad standing, then you have to look at the @Rest before you make a decision. The @Rest is a well designed iPad stand that doubles as a MacBook stand. It’s made of solid aluminum that is powedercoated for a very nice finish. @Rest can be used to view your iPad in portrait or landscape at two different angles.

    8. iRest (regularly $60, get it for $40 from Lifehack Deals)

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      The iRest is a hybrid product that you can use on your desk as well as your lap to hold your iPad. It has removable padding so you can easily use the iRest while you are on your couch or in bed and then remove the padding when you want to use it on your desk. The iRest has the same brushed aluminum finish as the iPad so it looks great with your device.

      Also, iRest won the 2011 MacWorld Best of Show.

      9. Griffin Technology Loop ($29.99)

      I remember the first time that I saw the iPad at an Apple store in 2010 with its neat, rubberized stand that cradled it on the table. The closest thing to those stands that I have seen is the Griffin Technology Loop. The Loop has a pair of grooves so you can put the iPad at a 20-degree angle or you can place it on the ring so it is easier to type on the virtual keyboard.

      The Loop is made of hard plastic and rubber.

      Are there any other desk stands for iPad that you can recommend? If so, comment below.

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      Published on October 9, 2018

      Evernote vs OneNote: Which Improves Your Productivity Better?

      Evernote vs OneNote: Which Improves Your Productivity Better?

      Note-taking is useful in helping improve your memory and increase your productivity at work. By writing down notes, you have something tangible you can refer back to, remember what needs to be done, and regain control of your work throughout the day.

      There are thousands of different note-taking apps you can use on your desktop or mobile device. The two most popular are Evernote and Microsoft OneNote because they are incredibly efficient and effective that each has a following of extremely loyal users and advocates.

      So if it comes to Evernote vs OneNote, how do they improve productivity?

      An overview of Evernote and OneNote

      First, an introduction to the two platforms. Evernote is an app that lets you store content, take down notes, write lists, and organize all of them. While these are stored in Notebooks, the whole concept behind this productivity app is more like a Universal Inbox where you can save everything you’ve collected so you can quickly find it when you need them through the use of tags.

      Microsoft’s OneNote, on the other hand, works very much like a digital version of the notebooks you used to carry around in school. Aside from storing all your notes and different types of content you’ve collected, you can also organize them into sections, pages, and containers.

      Each of these apps offers their users a host of features to help them improve their productivity and memory. Also, because no app is perfect, each also has their strengths and limitations.

      To get a better idea of which app will be your best choice, we’ll be comparing the two based on three key features most used by their users: collecting information, note-taking, and mobility.

      Collecting information

      Both the OneNote and Evernote come with their own web clipper extension that allows you to quickly collect and store information from different websites as you find them.

      Both give you the option to choose whether you’d like to save the entire web page as is, a simplified version without the ads, or just a section of the page. You can also add some notes before saving them to make it easier for you to remember why you “clipped” that particular resource.

      Since OneNote gives you more structure to organize your content, its web clipper allows you to choose not just which notebook to save the details, but also what section within the notebook.

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        Source: OneNote.com

        Evernote gives you the option to add tags to your web clippings before you save it, so it’s easier for you to search for it later.

        Premium users get access to Evernote’s Related Results feature located in its Options section. When you search on Google, Evernote will launch a secondary search that will show all the notes related to the keyword you used in searching for information.

          Source: Zapier.com

          This feature, according to Jeremy Skillings, President of Youcanbefound.com, is beneficial because it lets you know what information you already have stored in your notes.

          “In some cases whenever I do my research, I find out through this feature that I already have the exact information I need stored in my Evernote account. That alone cuts back a significant amount of the time I spend on projects.”

          Note-taking

          Both of these productivity apps allow you to create and format your notes to create rich documents. Among these features include changing the font size and color, adding tables, and inserting media files.

          Evernote’s note-taking features are very similar to a Word document in that it’s very structured concerning how you input your notes.

            Professionals who need to be able to build and access well-structured docs in the field make up much of Evernote’s loyal fanbase. One such 2-year user in the real estate field, Anthony Gilbert of RealFX.com, liked the formatting options, but admitted that there were still some downsides to the rigidly formatted approach.

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            While he enjoyed the features, his personal experience with using it in the field revealed that the formatting features,“mean that if you need to change parts of your notes around, it can get tedious”. He continued, “the formatting features are quite finicky, so you may need a bit of patience to get the end results you are looking for.”

            Professionals who need to be able to build and access well-structured docs in the field make up much of Evernote’s loyal fanbase. One such 2-year user in the real estate field, Anthony Gilbertof RealFX.com, liked the formatting options, but admitted that there were still some downsides to the rigidly formatted approach.

            Structuring your notes properly from the get-go can have an effect on your productivity. A blank slate can sometimes be puzzling. Evernote allows the ability to use battle-tested templates and workflows that save you time. They can provide inspiration and structure on what’s possible.

            On the other hand, OneNote gives its users more versatility and flexibility in the way notes are created. You can click at any area of the page and begin typing. If you need to move things around, you can drag and drop sections of your notes to the right place.

            On the other hand, OneNote gives its users more versatility and flexibility in the way you create your notes. You can click at any area of the page and begin typing. If you need to move things around, you can drag and drop sections of your notes to the right place.

              Source: Lifehacker

              Also, it gives you the option to create Templates that you can use to layout your page properly, so all you’ll need to do is to fill in the information.

                Source: MakeUseOf

                This is a particularly handy feature that stood out to many of the people who shared their love of OneNote with me. Steve Lionais, longtime user and Co-Founder & CEO of Dr-Bill.ca, claims that this feature helped him build his business by affecting his memory in a powerful and helpful way.

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                “This [feature] is what makes OneNote great memory retention app,” he said of the templates. “I find that I remember things more when they are arranged in a certain way. OneNote allowed me to do that for my meeting and presentation notes, so I don’t have to spend a lot of time trying to find the next point!”

                However, what really makes OneNote the winner of this round is its ability to allow you to embed media files from other sources like Youtube. In addition to including the link, OneNote launches a media player, allowing you to watch the video or listen to the audio file directly from the page where you saved it.

                  Source: Windows Central

                  Mobility

                  Evernote and OneNote can be used both on desktops and mobile devices. At the same time, they provide their users with the ability to sync the content from one device to the other.

                  Judging which of the two productivity apps is best here is quite tricky because it greatly depends on several factors. One of these is the operating software you use.

                  Many of the power users we asked were using iOS, and that put some points toward Evernote. Greg Reese of AmeriEstate.com found himself frequently using the built-in camera option (and other iOS integrations) to manage his daily duties as President.

                    Evernote’s camera also integrates with Post-It, Moleskin notebook pages, and business cards. When you take a photo of any of these, the camera will capture the information and format this for Evernote so that it’s quick to find it when you search.

                    OneNote, on the other hand, dominates the Android environment. In addition to the app, Android users will also find a OneNote floating badge on the side of the home screen. So you can take notes on the go very quickly.

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                      Source: MS Power User

                      Another factor to consider is the cloud storage you use. For you to sync OneNote across different devices, you’ll need to first set up an account with OneDrive, which is Microsoft’s cloud storage service.

                      “This is something that Evernote users like me don’t have to worry about,” according to Matt Willens, Head Attorney for Willens Law Offices. “Whether you use a free account or one of their paid plans, you can immediately sync your devices without having to get a separate cloud storage account.”

                      The drawback here is the amount of storage and number of devices that you can sync. Free users are only given 60MB of storage space and can sync up to two devices. If you need more storage space, you’ll have to get the paid plans.

                      Which app is better for improving memory and productivity?

                      The honest—and most straightforward—answer is:

                      It depends on you.

                      While Evernote and OneNote have their strengths and weaknesses, how well it will help improve productivity and memory greatly depends on what works best for you.

                      If you find that you’re able to work best and remember things more using visual cues, OneNote will be the best productivity app to use. However, if you consider the speed and ease of finding the information you need as your top priority, Evernote will be your best option.

                      Since both productivity apps have free versions, you can give both a try and see where you’re most comfortable. In the end, the right productivity app to use is one that complements the way you work and do things rather than dictating to you how you should get them done.

                      Featured photo credit: Yura Fresh via unsplash.com

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