Cooking can be a chore, it can be an art, it can be a great way to use up time with a productive end. What it can’t be is a pathway to destroying a mobile device that costs way to much. But anyone who’s ever tried to use a tablet in the kitchen as a recipe “guide” had better wear roller skates so they can travel from the safe place the screen has to be placed away from where the cooking is going on. But if you have an iPad (specifically the first 4 series models, not an “Air”), then you can kick that to the curve with the NewerTech NuStand 360 Swivel/Pivot Aluminum Desk Stand.
The NuStand 360 follows its name, but first you need to know that it’s a free-standing base for holding the above mentioned iPad in a vise-like grip. It’s billed as a desk stand, but if used along with a stylus to keep sticky fingers off the touch-screen, then it becomes a Kitchen Kit of quality help. Because then it can keep the iPad close up for showing off recipes or cooking videos, etc. — yet avoid the tablet getting smudged or worse.
So as to do this properly, the NuStand has to have a heavy base that will stay in position. It does. It’s all aluminum body is curved so that it can be quickly grabbed and moved, should there be a need, but mostly it will sit there so the tablet is facing you. To aid in doing that right, the grip where the iPad is swivels — hence the “360” of the name for viewing it vertically or horizontally. But it should be added that it will tilt some as well. As a sensible aid for doing all this, the design of the NuStand allows for a cable connected to the iPad (should one be needed) to be routed out of the back and stay safe during any rotation. And while obvious in intent, not every tablet-holding device knows to use a soft material directly against the tablet’s edge for keeping it firmly in place: NuStand uses a series of silicone “blocks” for doing this (one set each provided for the iPad 1 & 2, with the second set working with the iPad 3 & 4).
A rubber-like covering avoids initial scratching to the stand and the anti-skid foot of the base aids in keeping it in place. Obviously the NuStand is not restricted to kitchen use, and being able to swing the tablet around offers fun if used in app-based racing car games (the shaped edges help in it being gripped), along with the ability to use it as a second monitor with a computer through a wireless app (being able to change the iPad’s orientation via the NuStand a big plus for this use). The $24.99 retail price is reasonable (and includes a stylus to boot) and other than the fact the NuStand 360 can’t work with the latest “Air” iPads, it’s a logical choice for those looking to keep the tablet close for work or play use with safety in mind.