Madonna may have been a “Material Girl” but I am a “Practical Girl” (usually). I’m not necessarily material but when it comes to my kitchen, I want one of every gadget, ramekin and tool. What I do use all the time in my kitchen (and bed and car and office and….) eh-hem, my kitchen is my iPad. It’s been a year since I purchased it and seriously, I don’t remember life without it.
There are flashes of using paper and pen once, but they’re foreign and fading quickly. I do EVERYTHING on my iPad. My banking, reading, novel planning; feed my Pinterest addiction; blog (using Blogsy app right now to write this post); play, process photos…. You get the point. Well I also use it to cook. Not only with experimenting with the a zillions off recipes from by Pinterest boards, but the Internet as well. My dad also just uploaded over a thousand recipes from my mother to Dropbox.com and shared the folder with me. So now I have access to all her genius too.
So here’s the situation. I bought a lovely new home and I love my kitchen BUT I gave up a big island and A LOT of counter space. So room to cook is of the utmost importance. Keeping my iPad on the counter was NOT an option. I needed it up at eye level and off my space. I had seen several cool mounts from Pinterest for iPad mounts and thought those were genius. The only thing is, one was a magnet mount which, unless you had metal walls and cupboards, banished it to the fridge. Not very user friendly. Plus it wasn’t adjustable so only worked for iPad. It was also a rednkulous amount of money.
I also found one that screwed to your counter and had a good arm, but that limited it to one place only and was also pocket greedy. So I went searching and found this fabulous beauty;
Say “Hello” to the best accessory since the invention of the scarf; (deep breath)
RAM-B-166-TAB3U: RAM Suction Cup Twist Lock Mount with Tab-Tite Cradle for the Apple iPad, iPad 2, HP TouchPad
I LOVE this thing. Let me count thy ways.
First, it securely locks my iPad in place with the use of adjustable cradles at top and bottom. That spring allows you to pull up on the top mount until it fits over the iPad, snugly locking it in place with the spring tension.
Being its adjustable, although it says for iPad, I have no doubt this baby will work for
Kindle, Nook and tablets too.
The suction mount lets me stick it to pretty much any surface and let me tell you, that’s not your average suction cup. This baby is serious about it’s business. Come look, I’ll show it to you up close and personal.
A rotating “thang” pulls the suction cup back so when you attach it to a surface it creates a seriously tight grip and let me tell you it is serious; like gum in the hair on your wedding day right after getting an up do, serious!
See that little tab? Once you flip the “thang” back and release the tension on the suction, it’s does not want to let go lightly. You have to use that tab to break the seal. The bottom pictures show the cup relaxed and pulled back.
Once it’s on, it’s not going anywhere! Period!
Stuck to my stainless steel fridge and above that, the tile, even my wood cabinets. It’s not one of those wimpy suction cups that only likes glass and needs a little coaxing by creating a wet seal. It has no qualms about sticking to pretty much any flat surface.
Then there is the swivel mount. This is where it rocks! Unlike other iPad mounts that are stationary when attached this baby swivels from both the mount and casing sides.
Both ends have a ball joint that fit into yet another spring loaded mount that basically attaches the mount to the case. A knob on the bridge loosens or tightens the grip on the ball joints giving both ends complete range of motion or even complete separation.
When this puppy is locked down, it’s locked down, like NORAD, locked down. You can’t adjust it without loosening the bridge screw.
It can be a table stand and you’ll know, you won’t accidentally knock it on the floor.
Don’t like portrait mode, no sweat, just rotate it to landscape.
If you look through the various photos here, you’ll see my iPad is adjusted to ideal viewing regardless of where it’s at. The top photo has it on a side wall and turned at an angle. Or another under my cupboards and tilted up which is perfect for cooking.
I LOVE this thing! I could kiss it. Weird huh? Ya, promise I won’t.
I did say it’ll attach to any flat surface right? I even stuck it to the radio dash of my car and streamed a movie for WizKid on Netflix on the long drive back from Grandma and Grandpas. Worked great as a navigation system this way as well.
I told you this was the coolest thing ever!
So there you are for all you Kindle lovers, Nook fans, iPad addicts (present company included), and tablet junkies. And unlike those sad imitations, this one won’t break your bank.
I’m off to sleep, headed out to a week at Disney World tomorrow and this baby is coming with me.