The BakBone tablet holder arrived at my office about 1 month ago. I’d intended to do an immediate write up about the product, but of course, other things took precedence. And then I deleted all of the sweet demo photos I took. So, you and the BakBone folks at are left with this.
Well, not really. I took much better ones:
The BakBone is for tablet users who have a hard time comfortably holding their humongous tablets.
Backbone is roughly 1.5 inches high and 2 inches wide.
This is the perfect size to fit your fingers into and comfortably hold your device.
The BakBone attaches easily enough with a powerful combination of magnets, which are slightly smaller than the holder.
I attached the BakBone to an older tablet, partially because I’m not too crazy about putting magnets next to electronics (I’m told it’s okay – “yet won’t harm it as it tablets use flash-based memory, and do not contain a hard drive with moving, magnetic parts”) and also because I’m didn’t want the item permanently attached to my ASUS Transformer Infinity. This is especially the case since these are very powerful magnets. I shook the tablet loose, but not without a lot of force.
I really only have two complaints about the BakBone:
At $34.95 plus $4.95 shipping, this baby isn’t cheap. You might be able to find other tablet holders for less money. However, I don’t know if there’s something so small available on the market.
I’m also not too keen on the size. If I want to use this away from my home, I have to lug some 2 inch fob around in either my pocket or briefcase. Neither place is safe from mysteriously vanishing.
Overall, if you’re sometimes fatigued when holding your tablet, the Bakbone might be an optimal solution. This product obviously appeals to a very small audience, but the size and strength make it convenient to use (despite my prior complaint). I give the BakBone tablet holder 4 of 5 stars.
Want more? Check out this video:
Of course, I would give this product away, but it’s semi-permanently affixed. If you’re interested in the product, and you don’t mind a little destruction to the adhesive, I’ll pry this off for you. First reader who wants this and sends me an email, gets my BakBone. Of course, then where would I be without a spine? [rimshot]
Update 06/12/13: Paul Webber contacted me to let me know that if you’re interested in getting my BakBone, he’ll send you a replacement magnet or adhesive strip free of charge. Thanks, Paul!