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The year is quickly coming to an end, and what an exciting year it has been for the spunky little tablet that could. Initially written off as little more than a stunted computer, the iPad leapt out of the gates and quickly became one of the most lusted after piece of technology this year. The gadget accessories market has been scrambling to keep supplies up and the products innovative. This was the first time that a tablet computer gained any sort of momentum with consumers so what they wanted in an accessory was largely unknown. But, the year is winding down and the market numbers have been coming out and some winning products have shown their faces. With the holiday season just around the corner we are going to look back on “2010: the year of the iPad” and countdown the top 5 best iPad accessories out there.
At number five is the BoxWave Capacitive Stylus for the iPad. Sure, there are cheaper options (*cough* Pogo Sketch *cough*) out there but you’ve already bought a nice iPad so splurge a little and make sure to buy a Stylus that lasts. Users have complained that some of the cheaper styluses require far too much pressure to work and, in some cases, have even scratched the screen! With the increased precision and nice feeling tip, this stylus is perfect for note taking and drawing. I myself am a bit partial to the black but it’s also available in white, silver, and red for around $18.
Anyone who has used an iPad for any amount of time for serious work like emails and homework knows that, while Apple did do a nice job with the on-screen keyboard, it doesn’t cut the mustard for composing anything longer than “LOL”. There are also tons of bluetooth enabled keyboard on the market that solve this problem but I’ve got to go with Apple’s own beautiful and functional wireless keyboard for my number 4. Apple took great pains to style the iPad and why not continue the look with a matching aluminum keyboard? The keys also have a nice feel to them and most of the custom function buttons work as well. Another plus is that the keyboard is small and light enough to keep the iPad portable. The Apple Wireless Keyboard is a bit on the expensive side but I feel that the quality you get for your money makes it well worth it. It can be found for around $70.
Another problem that’s quickly apparent with the iPad is having to hold the darn thing up all the time! Unless you quickly want wrist or neck problems an iPad stand is a must! So at number 3 comes my favorite iPad stand: Bear Motion’s Kickstand. This stand folds to nearly any angle ensuring that you can always find an ergonomic position. Great for reading, typing, watching movies, or displaying pictures this black and aluminum stand matches nicely with the iPad. The best part though is the price! At around $19 this functional stand will leave you with money to spare. Do your body a favor and pick one up!
Otterbox has been making a “splash” in the gizmo protection market for some time and they’ve brought their expertise to bear on the iPad. Coming in at number two is the baddest iPad case that money can buy: the Defender. This case really is three cases in one: an included screen protector keeps the screen pristine, the hard polycarbonate inner shell protects the guts of the iPad, and the soft outer silicone skin cushions the device from any sudden shocks or falls. If all that wasn’t enough there is a hard polycarbonate shell that snaps over the iPad to protect the screen when not in use. Finally, that same shell doubles as an iPad stand. Clearly, Otterbox knows what they are doing and at around $50 this case is a great value loaded with function.
The time has come to unveil the number one accessory of 2010: the Zagg InvisibleSHIELD for the Apple iPad. Originally designed to protect military helicopter blades from flying dust and debris, the special material that Zagg uses for their screen protectors is simply the strongest material on the market. The best part of the Zagg, and the reason it came in at number one, is that it is compatible with nearly every other case and cover on the market. Slip it into a sleeve, zip it up in a folio, or stash it in a bag. No matter where you place your iPad there is always going to be a military grade film protecting it. It can be found for around $15 with a little searching around.
So there we have it! Manufacturers manufactured and consumers consumed and the best iPad accessories floated to the top like cream on milk. Any one of these accessories would improve your iPad experience, but just like ice cream, more is definitely better!
Yet to find a perfect stand for your iPad then have a look at the iPad stand from Artfixtures. Good guys behind the stand were kind enough to send info about the stand, letting us know that the stand is lightweight, portable, is made of acrylic and comes in 2 colors.
The stand to say the least looks good and can even be carried flat(when you take it apart), which is important cos with iPad portability is the key.
TabletStand is our original design featured in House Beautiful and sold at the Museum of Modern Art. Made of two pieces of high quality interlocking acrylic, the TabletStand looks great on a desk and has room for cables to be a regular docking station.
Do note that the stand can also hold other gadgets like Kindle etc who all comes in tablet form factor.
The stand costs $19.95 with free shipping and you can order it from icanstandit.com.
Latest in the line of iPad Accessories is the the iPad Camera Connection Kit, which lets you directly connect your digital camera to iPad. It gives you two ways to import photos and videos from a digital camera:
a)Using your camera’s USB cable
b)Directly from an SD card.
Camera Connection Kit support standard photo formats(JPEG,RAW etc) . It will cost $29 which is little costly nonetheless and will ship in the late april according to the Apple Store. For more info and order check out the official link .
iPad is having amazing multitouch capabilities and a excellent on screen keyboard as well. But considering many people complained about the absence of physical keyboard on iPhone, Apple don’t want to let anyone to complain again. Hence they have included a Keyboard dock accessory which includes a full size keyboard with a charging dock. Along with the usual keys keyboard will also sport some iPad specific keys which will activate special features on iPad.
The iPad Keyboard Dock combines a dock for charging your iPad with a full-size keyboard, which includes special keys that activate iPad features. The dock has a rear 30-pin connector, which lets you connect to an electrical outlet using the USB Power Adapter, sync to your computer, and use accessories like the iPad Camera Connection Kit. An audio jack lets you connect to a stereo or powered speakers.
It costs $69 and is available for Preorder on Apple Store. Apple plans to ship them in May.
modulR will coming out with iPad Accessories and Cases in summer 2010. And they do look pretty cool.
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iPad Cases do give your iPad a different identity :