Review & Giveaway: iChair

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The iChair team, based out of Dallas, Texas, brings a feel-good story to the table. Believe it or not, the folks behind this accessory quit their jobs last year, including their steady paychecks, to pursue research and development towards making the perfect stand for iPad. Their motivation behind this idea was the bulkiness or unpractical nature of all other iPad stands that they had came across. As any entrepreneur will tell you, this involved risking nearly everything.

In the months to follow, the iChair team spent time in China researching manufacturers. Development of the iChair began soon after, and their dream product was finally released for iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3G/3GS, and iPod touch in August of 2010. We’ve got our hands on the iChair for iPad, and will be assessing whether or not it was worth it for the iChair folks to quit their day jobs.

Continue reading for our in-depth review of the iChair for iPad and our giveaway of one iChair for iPad, one iChair for iPhone 4, one iChair for iPhone 3G/3GS, and one iChair for iPod touch 2G/3G.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post with your device (iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch). Full details and rules below.

What’s Included

  • iChair (with standard black top slider piece)
  • Spare Top Slider (in blue or white)
  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Screen Protector
  • Applicator Card (for screen protector)

Design

The iChair is a two-piece case that effortlessly slides onto your iPad and locks securely into place. The two standard pieces are black and come with an additional top slider piece in your choice of blue or white. There is a large integrated stand on the back of the case that can be rotated or adjusted to ensure a variety of different viewing angles. There is also a smaller, non-adjustable tab that is very useful for typing, emailing, or other onscreen keyboard functionality. The iChair is both convenient and creative.

The iChair is manufactured with a variety of different materials. The exterior is made of polycarbonate plastic that is coated with rubber. You will notice that the case is very easy to grip as a result of this rubber coating. It does collect some dust, but this is where the microfiber dust cloth will come to aid. The interior has a soft, black microfiber lining. There are cutouts for the dock connector, volume controls, and all other ports and buttons. In its entirety, the iChair is very slim, lightweight, and adds very little bulk to your iPad.

I like how this case only wraps around the edges of the iPad, as some cases that cover the front bezel can resemble a picture frame and take away from the elegant, sleek design of the iPad. This design feature also means that there is no interference with onscreen functionality such as typing, playing games, browsing the web, and so forth. Asides from the official Apple dock, you can use this case with most other docks.

Score: ★★★★★

Protection

While we wouldn’t recommend trying this at home, we are fairly certain that the iChair could hold up against most accidental drops. The iChair offers a dual layer of protection. On the outside, the hard polycarbonate surface provides protection against impact damage such as drops and dents. On the inside, the soft microfiber lining will alleviate any possibility of scratches or wear and tear on your iPad.

The screen protector that is bundled with the iChair protects your screen against scratches. It also prevents any fingerprints or markings on the screen, and can be cleaned easily with the included microfiber cloth. This allows you to throw your iPad into a gym bag or purse without the possibility of keys rubbing up against it and so forth.

Score: ★★★★★

Value For Money

Redeem code IFANS20 to save an additional 20% off your purchase of an iChair! First ten uses only. The iChair for iPad, just $49†, offers exceptional value for its price tag. It is obvious that it is not a cheap product, so to speak, and it saves you from purchasing both a case and a stand. It is also bundled with a variety of accessories in the box as previously mentioned. To top it off, your purchase qualifies for free shipping within the contiguous United States via FedEx or USPS.

Score: ★★★★★

Final Thoughts

All in all, the iChair is an innovative, well-designed product with dual functionality as a case and a stand. It has exceeded my already high expectations and has most certainly earned itself a full five stars. If you have an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, I wholeheartedly recommend the iChair to you. “You sit. It stands.”

Overall Score:

† All prices are in US currency unless stated otherwise.
This review was written by the iFans.com Review Team. Overall scores are rounded to the nearest half or full star.
Thanks to Shefali Sedey at iChair for the review sample. iChair™ is a registered trademark of iChair, LLC.

Giveaway

The iFans.com community, in collaboration with the kind folks at iChair, are excited to announce our giveaway of one iChair for iPad, one iChair for iPhone 4, one iChair for iPhone 3GS/3G, and one iChair for iPod touch 3G/2G! Complete details, including how to enter, are as follows:

How To Enter:

  • Post a reply (comment) on this review stating why you want to win an iChair
  • In your reply (comment), also include which device you have (iPad, iPhone 4/3GS/3G, or iPod touch 3G/2G)
  • For an additional entry, follow @touchfans, @Kiks52, and @goiChair on Twitter AND tweet the following message: I just entered to win an iChair for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch at iFans.com! You can too: http://goo.gl/D2jw3 @Kiks52 @touchfans #goiChair

Rules:

  • You must be a registered user of the iFans.com community
  • Open to residents of the contiguous United States and Canada only
  • Open to individuals of all ages
  • Ineligible are staff, in a paid or volunteer position, of the iFans.com community
  • Four random winners will be chosen out of all participants
  • Failure to claim prize within 3 days (72 hours) will result in forfeiture of prize and a subsequent redraw based off of all original entries (comments) only
  • Contest Deadline: 28 Feb 2011, 11:59 PM (EST / GMT – 5:00)
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