Installing the iPad into the A90 is a simple affair: simply snap it into place. Once installed, the iPad sits firmly in the case and shouldn't run the risk of falling out.
Although the iPad fits in the case, unfortunately it doesn't exactly “fit” very well. As you can see from the photos above, all of the cutouts are misaligned. Aside from the obvious inconvenience, this actually causes some issues when trying to use the iPad.
The cutout for the power button isn't aligned properly, resulting in the button being mashed against the inside of the case. A few seconds after installing the tablet in the case with the power button depressed, the iPad prompts you to power down – not exactly what you want to happen. Additionally, the hole for the power button is just barely larger than the power button itself and given the fact that the button is recessed in the case a good bit, a normal sized finger can't reach in and press the button.
Furthermore, the headphone jack is misaligned, preventing you from being able to plug any in. The speaker cutouts are also misaligned a bit but this really doesn't affect audio output. The other two issues, however, are pretty hard to overlook.
If these issues weren't present, the A90 would be a pretty decent iPad stand. You can use it in standard landscape mode, laid on its side in portrait mode or flipped over and laid down to type on a slight incline. The stand would also make a nice photo frame using the iPad's photo slideshow feature. Since the stand is a solid piece of acrylic, you can't adjust the viewing angle which is a bit of a downer, but Mivizu did select a good general angle that worked in most situations I tested in.
Unfortunately the small misaligned holes are just too big of an issue to overlook. Let's hope that Mivizu can correct these issues in a future revision, perhaps for the iPad 2 which is due for launch in the coming months.
Thanks to Mivizu for supplying us with this review sample.