Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Look! No Hands!

I know I'm a good five years too late, but for the last 2 months I've been reading the Game of Thrones books. I'm currently 200 pages from the end of the final book (sob) so there's been well, a lot of reading over the last few months (I think I worked out it would take me about 80 hours to read them all?!). 
Now as all book nerds know, finding a comfortable position to read in can be a challenge. We wriggle, we writhe, we move around, roll over. Anything. And we know no matter what happens we'll be uncomfortable again in five minutes.
And even if you're not a big reader, look me square in the eye and tell me you've never tried to watch something in bed and dropped your iPad on your face?
Yep, we've all been there.
Enter the iBeani...
The iBeani is well, a little beanbag tablet stand. It fits any device, in any position and you can use both hands! You don't need a hard surface, so it's perfect for the sofa or in bed.
It isn't just for tablets either. I tried it out with my Kindle and also with a recipe book - anyone who cooks regularly from recipe books know the frustration of your recipe book closing while you're in the middle of cooking!
The iBeani comes in a variety of colours and styles, but I went for simple black (which I kind of regret to be honest - I considered leopard print but I wasn't sure if Phil would appreciate that...). 

I've been using it mostly for reading on the sofa, but I've been trying to think of creative ways to use it. Here's what I've come up with so far -
  • On the beach (does anyone else find lying on the beach with a book really uncomfortable? I couldn't test this out as we already know Manchester doesn't have a beach but the iBeani website suggests that it can be used as a travel pillow so I'm tempted to take it to Spain with me in a few weeks!)
  • In the bath (now, I was a bit scared to try this, but depending on the layout of your bathroom could you put it on the toilet lid or counter? I don't know - I don't like baths, but I do hear of people saying they watch things on their iPad/laptop while in the bath so I bet this would work!)
  • While cooking from a website or blog on your phone or tablet
  • For doing a workout from Youtube 
  • Reading Kindle while drying your hair (I've actually tried this one! I get so bored drying my hair...)
My only criticism of the iBeani is I think it's a little bit pricey. It retails at £24.99 (though it is currently £19.99) which I think is quite expensive compared to other tablet stands. BUT it does work much better than anything I've tried before, and they are handmade in the UK and there's free shipping.

Now, I'd better get back to Game of Thrones...

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