Macally Bookstand case for iPad - accessory review

Looking for an iPad case that doubles as a stand? Overwhelmed by the options? If you desire one that's nice and slim, your search may be over. The Macally Bookstand for iPad is a form fitting, yet protective case that can be used as a stand when in landscape.

The iPad snaps into the Macally Bookstand at each corner. This makes it very easy to take your iPad in and out of the case. It also means that the corners are the only spots on the edge of the iPad that are protected. This doesn't bother me; in fact, I prefer it. I'm a fan of slim cases that show off as much of the iPad as possible, so seeing the aluminum edges is a plus in my book. But if you're of the opposite mindset and want as much protection as possible, this case is not for you.

The front of the case is thin and kind of flimsy, but it holds up really well. About a third of the way from the inside, there is a seem in it which allows it to bend. Bending the front of the case to the back and sliding the flap into the provided slip gives the case a triangular shape. Now you can have your iPad at a nice typing angle on a table or your lap, or stand it up tall for easy viewing. I was nervous that touching the iPad would cause it to fall when having it stand tall, but this is not that case. The Macally Bookstand is nice and sturdy.

The outside of the Macally Bookstand is made from a velvet-like material that feels nice. However, it is prone to collecting lint and dirt. It is fairly obvious on the black one I've been using, but I suspect that it wouldn't look as bad on the gray one. I found that the easiest way to clean it is with an upholstery attachment on a vacuum cleaner hose - it only takes a few seconds.

If you’re looking for a slim stand case for your iPad, check out the Macally Bookstand for iPad available now from the TiPb iPad accessory store.

Photos after the break.


  • Very slim
  • Feels nice
  • Lightweight
  • Access to all ports and controls


  • Material collects lint

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Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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Macally Bookstand case for iPad - accessory review


Great Review Leanna-
I’ve been waiting for a slim case and I think I will go with this one.

Looks nice. To bad it is not leather outside with the suede material inside to protect the iPad. Suede tends to collect hair and dust, and loose it's looks. If it is a fake or synthetic suede, it will loose it's look quicker.

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I do vids and also help coach peeps( if You ever want some free tips or feedback feel free to hit me up ..Fresh1 on the forum )..
Anyways Keep up all the GREAT work , and thank you for the review ....

@Fresh1 lol. If I practiced what I was going to say before recording, I'd do much better about the um's :) but I always record them on the fly. Believe it or not, I can actually deliver pretty decent (prepared) speeches to a crowd. At least "um" is an extremely common nervous thing people do :)

Nice review. Good catch on the material on the outside cover which collects lint. Probably the only downside on this case. :)

If you have it open and the front folded all the way back (not in stand mode), where does the little flap go? Is it just hanging out there flapping around?

I've looked at a LOT of cases and this is excellent. Finally something that doesn't bulk up the iPad to the size of a MacBook Pro. I would use this regardless of the fact that I am not pregnant (being male) so I won't need to prop it on my belly :-P
Now all I need is the iPad!

@Chris I'm not sure about the iPad dock. I don't have one. Sorry :(
@Matt Yes. But you can easily fold it behind under your hand when you hold it. I never even thought about it until you mentioned it. I, personally, don't find it annoying.

I own this case and while it's VERY nice, it's difficult to get the 'tab' inside the 'hook', especially when trying to fold the cover back to use it as a slanted stand. It's so difficult to push/pull the tab through the hook (slot) that I ended up tearing some of the stitching. Because I go between 'stand' and 'case' mode so often I just broke down and bought the Apple case. Nothing transforms from mode to mode as fast as the Apple case.

You didn't mention that the "upright" mode is great for watching movies. But if you don't use your iPad for watching movies I guess that's a moot point.. :)

This case is nice in concept but it lacks in execution.
After a couple of months of use, the leather strap that goes through the loop, either to secure the case closed or to enable it to act as a stand, tends to soften up so much that it is almost impossible to push it through the loop. Needs more rigidity. Like pushing on a string.
Second, the cover is attached to the base, not as an integral part, but with adhesive. Through use, the adhesive breaks down and the cover partially detaches from the base.
I dumped this case and went to the Apple store to get another.

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