PadPivot is one of those gadgets which at first appears completely absurd, but then grows on you as you see what it can do. It starts off looking like an over-engineered solution for an non- problem: putting an iPad on your lap. But then you see it stick, prop, and fold, and it all starts to look rather compelling.
The PadPivot unfolds from a tiny, cartoon-bomb-shaped package and — with a little un-hooking and twisting — becomes a stand with a lipped front edge and an adjustable back rest, suitable for propping up any size of phone or table (or probably even a phablet). But the secret is in the top of that back rest. It has nano-suction.
Nano suction means that it’s covered in a clever adhesive which lets you endlessly stick and unstick smooth, glossy gadgets and it’ll not only clamp them tight, but it’ll never wear out — you just clean the dust off once in a while. I have a few iPad cases and the like with the same kind of setup and — once you learn to trust it — it works very well indeed.
The nano sticker, then, sits on top of a rocking, rotating gimbal, which in turn sits on top of the base, which is curved to fit your thigh. Now you can position the iPad in your lap any way you want.
You probably wouldn’t pay out for any one of these features, but when combined into one super-neat package, the $40 asking price seems like a deal. If you’re a less fickle type than me, it might be the last iDevice stand you’re going to need in quite a while.