At CES 2013, the team and encountered all sorts of cases, covers and other contraptions to moderate the carrying of our portable devices. I see the possibility being able to hold the iPad securely with one hand an absolute priority at times. Since this is a product that you are expected to be using while mobile, having both hands occupied while you trying to use your iPad as your presentation remote or as a high-definition camera, is not always productive.
So I stopped by the Grablet booth to visit and see what was up (these are 3D images but have been switched to 2D as a default setting):
This accompanying video shows the basic possibilities:
As I unpackaged the purple Grablet I purchased earlier, I was pleased to see that the package is streamlined and compact; it does not waste space.
The included straps can be placed in a parallel configuration or in a crisscross configuration. The hand wrap, which uses Velcro to secure, is placed around the straps before you place the Grablet/iPad in your hand. The hand wrap also has a pocket for small accessories and a ring (presumably for use with the optional accessory straps). You can adjust the length of the straps for your comfort. A set of small rubber rings is provided for finishing the look.
The Grablet really holds the iPad quite securely. Probably securely. My advice to those who are concerned about manicures: have someone else remove this, if you must remove it. The provided instructions are clear about the procedure and don’t describe who really tightly the Grablet holds the iPad. If you don’t have another case but just the Apple Smart cover, you need not worry. I flapped my iPad-installed Grablet about and didn’t flinch once worrying about it coming loose. I did adjust the straps so to make my hand more comfortable while it was strapped in.
When I used the Grablet in lieu of a Steadicam or Glidecam one-hand-holding-camera device, I was pleased that it worked well in this capacity. A two-handed HD camera shoot is really not a steady image waiting to happen but the Grablet works surprisingly well.
Shifting the strap bundle (while grouped in the hand wrap) to the upper position when you apply the straps in a crisscross/”X” configuration allows for a comfortable typing angle.
The Grablet performed its advertised tasks as publicized and demonstrated. There are additional accessories, like a shoulder strap or longer quick-release straps for placing the Grablet-encased iPad on your leg or from the back of your driver’s headrest to provide an instant movie theater to backseat passengers.
Unlike manufacturers of other iPad-compatible holders, this company has not forgotten the original iPad so “iPad 1” compatible models are very much available, along with the models for the iPad 2, 3 and 4.
The Grablet earns a 10 out of 10. If you want to hold your iPad secure with one hand for tasks which require another hand to be free for other tasks, the Grablet should be at the top of your list for possibilities.