Being a Canadian, I love getting the opportunity to review iPad or iPhone products designed right here in Canada. So I was very excited when this arrived at my front door.
It’s called the GoPad – and I’m not going to lie. When I first saw it I had a little chuckle – and I’m going to bet there will be a few comments from people who don’t get it. But please don’t judge this product solely on appearance.
As the company says, the GoPad brings true mobility to your iPad. With it you’re able to wear your iPad, and use it with both hands, even while on the go.
Inside the box you get the GoPad aluminum frame, the GoBag, and the GoStrap.
The frame has a swing-arm locking mechanism. So when you pull the frame apart lightly, the iPad swings free so you can lock it in place. Then it rest securely on your stomach while the cord is around the back of your neck.
This creates a sort of triangle which makes the iPad very secure. It allows you to use both hands on the iPad rather than worrying about one having to hold it. So you’re free to type, play games or anything else, all while on the go.
Of course, you can also use the GoPad as a stand. It sets up nicely at different angles so whether you want to pair your iPad with a keyboard or just use the on screen keyboard, you can.
The GoPad also comes with the GoBag. It has enough room for your iPad and even some accessories. It simply connects to the GoPad frame, and then when you are using your iPad, it hangs off the bottom. Then when you’re done, you slide the iPad right back in.
You also get the GoStrap. This allows you to transfer the weight of the iPad off your neck and to your back.
I’ve been very impressed with the GoPad. It’s a simple design, it’s very light, and delivers on what it promises. It really does make your iPad more mobile.
Here’s a video of me using the GoPad.
I do have a few concerns about the product. The first is the strap goes around your neck. While the iPad isn’t that heavy, after extended use, it is pulling on your neck. It can become sore after some extended use. So I’d recommend using the GoStrap, so the weight is taken off your neck, and the iPad is being supported by your back.
While using it I also found the cords that support the GoPad got it the way from time to time. You have to really pull your arms in. You do get used to it, but if you’re doing something quick, the cords can get in the way at times.
The final concern, isn’t really a concern for me, but I know some of you will have issues with it – the look of it while in use. Yes, you’re going to stand out when you’re using the GoPad, but does it really matter? No. I got over that concern really fast. In the end, who cares what it looks like. It works.
Some final thoughts. This isn’t for everyone. The designers know this. But this can be really useful for a lot of people. Again, I was very skeptical by just looking at it, and watching the videos on the GoPad site – but after using it for a while, you really get to understand the capabilities.
The company says its first shipment was given to the Ottawa Hospital for the doctors and staff there already using iPads.
Or imagine someone who is disabled, or someone with a broken arm. The GoPad gives them the ability to use the iPad while on the go.
There are a lot of possibilities for this device. I know some of you will just laugh and dismiss the GoPad, and that’s ok. It’s not for everyone. But this has some really useful applications, and fills a need for many people.
So what do you think? Would you be willing to give the GoPad a try?
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