PadTab: The best (cheap) way to wall mount an iPad

Summary:PadTab is a great solution for wall mounting the iPad. At $20 it's a tool-less, screw-less alternative to mechanical fasteners, but you're going to need more wall mounts..

One of the best ways to use an iPad is wall mounted. You probably never considered wall mounting your iPhone but the iPad is different, and its large, 9.7-inch screen begs to be wall mounted.  It's time to stop thinking of the iPad as a larger iPhone because it's a completely different beast, it just happens to run the same OS.

There are endless reasons to wall mount an iPad, but my favorite locations are in the kitchen (cooking apps and Pandora), den, (djay, Pulse, iPod) and bathroom (Pulse, Flipboard, weather and news headlines while your brush). This weekend I was able to catch more of The Masters than usual thanks the wonderful iPad app. Once you get out of small-screen thinking, you'll find numerous, creative applications for wall mounting your iPad. And there's enough titles on the App Store to indulge just about every hobby or interest imaginable.

A great solution for wall-mounting the iPad I've found is PadTab ($19.95) a two-piece mounting system that attaches to your iPad (and the receiving surface) with a high-strength adhesive. It's a tool-less alternative to screws, rivets, welds and other forms of mechanical fasteners used in industrial applications. For $20 you get one mounting plate and two wall mounts.

The adhesive is very strong and if you don't follow the directions for removal it can damage your walls. PadTab reports that the adhesive is easily removed using a hair dryer for about 60 seconds, but I haven't wanted to remove any of my mounts yet.

PadTab also allows you to mount your iPad comfortably, at eye level, in most kitchens. Most other mounting solutions force you to choose a wall which isn't always convenient or to look down at some sort of under cabinet mount -- which steals valuable space. The PadTab adhesive allows it to be installed on cabinets, refridgerators and other surfaces that you don't want to drill into (like your expensive kitchen cabinets).
Extra wall mounts will set you back $9.99 each and you might as well order a pair of extras right out of the gate, because your going to need them. I plan on installing Wall Tabs in my garage over my workbench -- and maybe even one in my shed. A man cave it's not, but hanging my iPad in there allows me to check the Phillies score, weather, tides and surf forecasts -- between laps with the lawnmower.

Topics: iPad, Mobility

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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