I wanted a simple and inexpensive iPad stand, and this picture frame easel fit the bill. I didn’t need a real dock because I don’t dock it very often for video/audio output or iTunes sync, just for charging. And I sure didn’t want to pay $30 for what is basically a glorified easel. I like my easel because it is lightweight, inexpensive, folds flat, doesn’t scratch my desk, and unlike Apple’s dock, I can put the iPad on it in either portrait or landscape orientation. (I made sure to get an easel that raises the iPad enough to leave space at the bottom for the dock cable and plug in portrait mode.) Cost was about $4 at Michaels craft store.