Top positive review
Really great product. Almost perfect. Best product out there for holding on!
on 26 July 2012
This product is worthy of a solid 4 stars out of 5. The fifth star, unfortunately, will remain elusive - largely in part because of something that New Trent can't fix... but there are a few things small things that I think they could improve upon.
So, let me begin with the good/great:
1. It is wonderful to finally have a real grip on my iPad so that I can do work and/or play games.
2. Installing the strap is super easy, and it seems to be made out of real leather (it smells like real leather, at the very least).
3. The straps have three size settings - so it should be able to fit most people's hands. Small to average will fair well with this strap. Iwould hazard a guess that someone with super large hands (like an American basketball star) wouldn't fit the strap, but for the rest of us - it's easy to slide right on in
4. I had to work the plastic for about an hour to get the turning to be super smooth and slick - but after that, it has done well. The plastic turns and spins, and you can easily find a perfect position. Using an app in portrait mode? Spin it. Using an app in landscape mode? Spin it. It "locks" into place (doesn't really lock, just stops and is stable).
5. The case is designed to fit your smart cover (if you own one), or you can use the front cover that they provide (for travel, especially). The magnetic strip fits perfectly into the case (more on this later).
6. Plastic feels durable, and seems like it would hold up to small drops and children playing rough. (I gave it to my seven year old son for an hour on the smallest setting - and he loved it).
7. Comes with a plastic attachment (the Moviewall Clip ©) that can be used to hang the unit on the wall, or next to your computer. This can come in handy for hands-free movie watching and you want to mount it on the wall next to your bed, or maybe if you want to prop up the iPad on a bedside table, or on your desk so that you can use a wireless keyboard and mouse for productivity apps.
The cons, as I mentioned in my intro - come in two formats: 1) things that New Trent, they themselves, could improve; and 2) things that no matter what New Trent tries to do, because of the way the iPad is designed, and the apps are built - there is no fix that the manufacturer can make.
1. New Trent could improve: There are four points of contact to the back cover with the Grabbit strap. I am a geotechnical engineer, and my iPad is a field instrument - and I will admit that it has taken a few falls over time. My corners aren't 100% perfect (not really bad, but just not completely true and rounded). Four points of contact for the case seems OKAY, but I could see where New Trent could have added several additional
points of contact without interfering with the charging cable, the camera, the speakers, microphone, the smart cover or the home key. If the plastic came up and "hugged" the side and front of the iPad on either side of the iPad cable port home key (but not touching the speaker) - there would be two additional points of contact. Another two on either side of the camera and microphone would make it feel even more solid.
2. New Trent could fix: The directions make no mention of how to install or remove the Moviewall clip. You would almost think that it was an afterthought had the cover of the box not mentioned it. (BTW, it just snaps in, but I was dreading pulling it off for fear of breaking it... which I didn't.. but directions somewhere telling me not to fear would have been useful).
3. New Trent could improve: As is true with most of my gadgets these days... where do you put the pieces that you aren't using at that very moment - but that you intend to use soon? Without a case, or a place - where should I stash the Moviewall clip? The top of the case (which I don't use unless I'm travelling since I have a smart cover)? Why not make them attach to one another in some way. Maybe the Moviewall clip should be flat and convert into a protrusion for mounting? I don't envision keeping the box forever - so where do I put the add-ons in the meantime? Drawstring bag would be nice, and not terribly expensive - and another place NT could put their logo!
4. Apple issue (this causes mild annoyance - no fix possible by New Trent): So, as you can tell from the CON#3 listed above, I have issues with storage and needing to have all of my objects have a pre-defined place in my life. Where do I fit things in my bag? Where should I put something an object I temporarily remove if I want it back, and don't want to forget it? With my old iPad backing that fit my smart cover, I could still flip my cover and hold it against the back of the device and play my games. Again, the NT Grabbit handle is a billion times better and more comfortable than the old way of doing this. For many apps and games, I can flip the cover out of my way and work/play. Apple, however, has a ton of apps that work ONLY in portrait mode and in one direction only. For example, Hanging with Friends, Scramble, etc.. all only work in portrait mode with the image on screen only when the home key is at the bottom. For these apps, I wish that I were left handed! I am not, however, so when I hold the Grabbit in my left hand to use my right hand to play, the cover bumps against my left arm in a most annoying fashion. Eventually, it bothers me enough that I have to take it off. Today, I nearly left it at an appointment - because I forgot about it.
5. If you have iPad satchels and cases that are built to the exact specifications of an uncovered iPad, you will need to really squish the iPad in with the case and handle on.
It's a very straightforward and utilitarian device. It made my carpel tunnel issues feel better, immediately. My speed in some of my games improved dramatically since I wasn't gripping the device for dear life.
All in all, a very nice product that most anyone would enjoy. I would highly recommend it to someone who wants a better and improved way to hold their iPad for work and/or play.