Now that you've ponied up at least 500 denaros to become an elite member of the iPad's 'first adopter' club, its time to add some external bells and whistle to that shiny new toy. There's a number of accessories on the market that can enhance your iPad ownership experience. While some will provide you with a greater ease of access, others will add additional functionality or are just fun add-ons to have.
Here's the iPad Specs that come part and parcel.
In addition, I've combed the Internet for some of the newest, unique and in some cases innovative accessories. See if you don't agree - and take our "Must Have iPad Accessory" POLL at the end of this posting.
1- Temple Bags
As a member of the elite, you can't be toting your new hot too around in just any old sack. It's needs to accompany you in style. It needs to be dressed to impress. Temple's ad slogan hypes their bags with the following tag line - "the iPad Case that will make all other tablets jealous." Available in either leather or canvas, the Temple Bags iPad Case comes complete with pockets and a good-sized display window which allows you show off your new toy to any one that passes. Looking like a satchel case from the Old West adds to appeal of this product. Available at their Temple's online store, it's priced at $189.00.
Sure the iPad has its own onscreen keyboard, but its awkward to position in such a way to type easily (even with the kickstand). To address the issue of ergonomics and positioning your new toy at just the right angle, you might want to add an external keyboard dock. Apple's own iPad Keyboard might be the best solution. The sleek aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard that was previously compatible with any iMac can now be used for iPads as well. And priced at $69 its a great buy.
Unless you've been sleeping under a rock or just not paying attention, you are probably aware that the first-issue iPads do not come with a camera (read more here, "Ten Things To Think About Before Being Sucked Into iPad Fever.") The iPad Camera Connection Kit gives you two ways to import photos and videos from an external digital camera's USB cable or directly from an SD card. iPad and the Camera Connection Kit support standard photo formats, including JPEG and RAW. Priced inexpensively at $29, the 9to5mac.com Web site indicates that they will be ready to ship in late April.
Case-Mate's 'I Make My Case' are customizable cases that you can apply to your iPad from the work of artists around the world. iPad users can insure their coveted device stays protected with one of Case-Mate's durable cases. Three Case-Mate cases are now available at their Web site ranging in price from $35 to to $80. Three more options will be launched in Q2, which include the Gelli series, Tough and 'I Make My Case' personalization tool.
The invisibleSHIELD is a screen and body protector for Apple' iPad. Produced by Zagg, the invisibleSHIELD is the latest generation of screen protectors that offer quality protection for your new iPad. Transparent and extremely thin, the shield is designed to match the contours of the device and protect it from scratches. According to their Web site's promo: "the patent-pending application process was originally used by the military for protecting the edges of helicopter blades." The full body coverage is priced at $39.99, with a 45-day money back guarantee. (Buy here)