I have long been a fan of the GorrillaPod, a portable tripod with legs made of rubberized balls on joints that can be twisted into almost any configuration. I have an older version of the SLR-Zoom model that I carry with me when I travel on vacation. You can stand it on a table or chair to steady a camera for taking a photograph, or better yet you can use the flexible legs to wrap it around virtually any surface. That one device, along with an inexpensive remote for my Nikon camera, makes it easy to take group pictures when I am also in the picture.
When I saw that Joby, the company that makes the GorillaPod, had come out with an iPad stand with the same flexible legs, I was intrigued. The version for the iPad is called the GorillaMobile Yogi for iPad. Joby sent me a free review unit and I have been using it for the last few weeks. This is a great product that I would recommend to anyone looking for a good way to prop up an iPad at an angle.
The product itself consists of a thin white plastic and gray rubber cover that slips around the back and the sides of the iPad. It is easy to put on and take off, and the case is nice enough that you might want to keep it on your iPad even when you are not using the Yogi's legs. Clips are built-in to two of the sides of the back, giving you two different locations to connect the legs.
Once attached, you can prop up your iPad in either portrait or landscape position. The flexible legs can be adjusted countless ways so that you can achieve any angle that you want for the iPad. And yet the legs are also strong enough that you can easily tap and even type on the screen when it is in a position without the stand changing positions. It is the perfect balance of flexibility and strength.
Because you can twist the legs around, you could even use the Yogi to grip around an object. You could wrap the legs around the back of a chair or treadmill or other object in front of you if you wanted the iPad in that position. I also find it easy to position the flexible legs when I want to prop up the iPad on my body while I am sitting or laying back. Here is a video from Joby showing off many of the Yogi's positions, with a person in the background doing yoga just to drive home the flexible nature of the product:
The manual that comes with the Yogi suggests several poses and gives them interesting names. As Scott Stein of Cnet remarked, the manual contains "a number of positions, ranging in inspiration from Yoga poses to ones that border on the Kama Sutra."
The Yogi doesn't add that much weight to the 1.5 pound iPad; the case and the legs together weigh just over 8 oz. Thus, you can also adjust the legs into some comfortable position and use the Yogi to hold the iPad in your hand, achieving many of the advantages of the FreeOneHand iPad holder that I recently reviewed and that I enjoy using.
It is also easy to travel with the Yogi because the legs come right off, so you can make them straight and tuck them into a corner of a suitcase or briefcase, and then either leave the case on the iPad to give it a little protection on the sides and back or store the thin case along with your legal pads and paperwork.
I have tried several other devices that are designed to prop your iPad at an angle for easier viewing, but most of them just have one or a few preset angles. I love that with the Yogi you get any angle you want, plus the legs let you prop up the iPad on a flat or an uneven surface. If you are looking for a good stand for your iPad to prop it up when you are actively using it or when the iPad is just sitting on your desk, displaying a movie or pictures, the GorillaMobile Yogi is a great choice. And because the ball joint design of the legs makes it possible to wrap the Yogi around other objects, I'm sure that you will come up with lots of creative uses for the Yogi even when you are away from your desk.
Click here to get the GorillaMobile Yogi for iPad from Amazon ($49.95)