iGrip Headrest Tablet Kit for iPad review [Giveaway]

What's your favorite road-trip movie? Enter to win an iGrip Headrest Tablet Kit by telling us in the comments below!

The iGrip Headrest Tablet Kit allows you to secure your iPad to the seat of your vehicle to keep your little pests -- i’m mean, your sweet innocent children! -- entertained on those long drives to the grandparents house, whether it's across town, or across country.

Thanks to an adjustable, extensible holder, the iGrip Headrest Tablet Kit easily fits the iPad, and might even be able to scale down to fit smaller tablets depending on their exact dimensions when and if they launch...

iGrip made the Headrest Tablet Kit to be easy to position in virtually any vehicle. It's got a number of hinges and an adjustable grip. However, the iGrip Headrest Tablet Kit is made mainly of plastic and, while it feels sturdy enough, based on my experience with similar plastics, I worry it may be too brittle to withstand the wear and tear of extended use. Especially from children.

Once attached, the iGrip Headrest Tablet Kit works well. Thanks to integrated rubber foam pads, the iGrip Headrest Tablet Kit can lock down snuggly and securely without damaging your iPad, and hold your iPad in place even over the bumps and potholes that plague our roads, especially in colder climates and less competent roadwork departments. If you've tightened all the hinges accordingly, there's not even much sway or vibration.

Because of it's open grip design, all the buttons and ports remain easily accessible on your iPad. Depending on their age and how far back the front seats are, passengers in the back can reach the Home button and touch screen interface to choose what they want to watch, and control volume and playback as well. If you have an AC adapter in the back, the Dock port can be plugged in to keep your iPad charged while you're driving, and the kids are watching. And if you're not a fan of the same shows they like, the 3.5mm headset jack can just as easily be used with headsets. Two or three kids in the back? No problem, just pick up a splitter cable and hook up multiple headsets.

The good

  • Easy to install
  • Easy to position
  • Hold iPad securely

The bad

  • Plastic isn't typically the longest-lasting material

The conclusion

Overall, the iGrip Headrest Tablet Kit is easy to install, easy to use, and does just what you need it to do -- keep backseat passengers entertained while you're on the road. But here's the thing -- I’m not a fan of keeping my kids entertained through zombifying videos. I think the value of being together and enjoying a journey together is far, far more important. Singing, puzzling, talking, and otherwise being together without the typical distractions of our modern, digital lives is something that we enjoy as a family.

However, there are times, especially on long trips, where a little bit of video goes a long way to keeping the kids happy, and giving the drivers and other up front passengers a little peace and quiet on the road.

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Give away

Leave a single comment below telling us what your favorite road-trip movie is to watch, and you'll be entered to win an iGrip Headrest Tablet Kit of your very own! Giveaway ends Sunday, September 2, at 11:59pm PDT. Good luck!

Anthony

Anthony is an IT administrator, retro gamer, and accessory reviewer for iMore.

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Seems like a huge safety hazard. In a collision this could become a high speed missile or swivel on its axis causing serious injury or worse to front seat occupants. Big Fail in my opinion.

Thanks but no thanks.

My favorite road trip movie? The Godfather. Best movie of all time, and at a shade under 3 hours, makes most any road trip go by like a flash. Add in Part II for good measure and that's 6 hours of quality, mob-related entertainment to pass the time on the road...

Girl on a Motorcycle - 1968
Starring Marianne Faithfull

One of those movies so bad it is great. Very 1960's hip, erotic, a bit psychedelic. Marianne Faithfull can't act, and the motorcycle riding is pretty fake, but she looks good in leathers. And the european countryside brings back memories.

My Favorite Roadtrip movie is "Little Miss Sunshine" That road trip to get the cute kid to her pageant, along with all its craziness was gold!

Well I can only talk about my kids favorite movie since I'm always the one driving ;-)

Hands down it has to be Cars with Flash McQueen ;-)

Now that holder would be a great replacement for the headrest DVDs we bought a long time ago and get rid of all the DVD getting lost everywhere in the van during the long trips (700km one way) to see the grand-parents!!

Pascal

National Lampoon's Vacation is the best road trip movie ever! Last year when I took my wife and kids across the country we started with "Holiday Road" and ended with "Dancin across the USA"

Whatever our two girls (5 and 1.5) can both watch together. Right now that would be The Muppets. But really any Disney / Pixar movie works.

I'm going to have to go with National Lampoon's Vacation as well. Pile in the family truckster and we're off to Wally World!

My son loves to watch "Cars 2" when we go on trips. For now, I secure an iPad on the back of the headrest using a portable DVD player holder (which doesn't fit it all that well), along with a couple of small bungee cords. It's not pretty, but it holds the iPad there. I've been wanting to get something better to hold it.

Iron Man and Iron Man 2 for me.

My daughter likes basically anything in the animated category.

I will say that we used a backseat DVD player (the kind that strap to the seat back) on our 3800 mile road trip that we took in 2010, and it kept her entertained. As she has gotten older and we have an iPad, however using it in the car does strain the neck a bit.