A new iPad stand from Twelvesouth manages to be what few other iPad stands can: stylish, compact, collapsible, utilitarian and relatively affordable.
The Compass stand is a silver tripod that can hold the iPad in portrait or landscape position, and when collapsed it's only the "size of a candybar," according to Twelvesouth. But the Compass stand has one more mode that makes it truly versatile. It can be converted to a shorter form that simply props the device up off the table. This makes it more than a stand for displaying the iPad while it shows pictures or plays music. It makes the Compass a truly utilitarian device that also makes it easier to type and get work done on the iPad.
The Compass is available from Twelvesouth for $39.99, and that comes with free shipping, too. Not bad, considering the ridiculously overpriced iPad stands out there.