The portability of the iPad and iPhone makes it easy to use these devices in your kitchen, at your desk and everywhere in between. One challenge to using your iPad in these locations is finding a case, holder or stand that protects your device from inadvertent spills or drops. One company with a novel stand for everywhere you go is Steelie, a small company out of Boulder, Colorado.

The Steelie mobile device holder uses a ball and socket head which lets you position your iOS device at any orientation. The system has a tiny magnetic socket that sticks to the back of iOS device and a stand that attaches to the socket. The magnet lets you stick your device to the stand as well as other magnetic surfaces like a refrigerator.

It’s an easy to use holder as long as you don’t mind attaching a magnet to your devices. Steelie says the magnet won’t affect the flash storage inside the iOS device, but you may want to be careful if you often leave your iPad or iPhone on or near your MacBook Pro. I don’t know how strong this magnet is, but a magnet strong enough could affect the hard drive inside your notebook.

Steelie is available as a smaller stand for use in the car and a larger tablet version for use on a desk or counter. The smaller one retails for US$30 and the tabletop is $60.

Steelie looks like a simple way to hold your iPad up off the ground originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 09 Jan 2012 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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