Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize - Top Ten iPad Accessories Are Here!
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)
Logitech's Pure-Fi Mobile speakers connect wirelessly to your iPad using A2DP (stereo) Bluetooth. With a range of 33 feet (10 m) and dual 2-inch (5.1 cm) active drivers and 2-inch (5.1 cm) pressure drivers, the Pure-Fi Mobile provides quality sound anywhere. Built-in batteries last 12 hours, and a 3.5 mm jack can also be used for input. The unit can even act as a computer speaker, getting audio and power from a USB cable, and includes two built-in microphones. Pure-Fi Mobile comes with a padded carrying case and can be found online for $125.03 at Amazon.com.
Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter by Griffin is the leader in this technology. If your car stereo doesn't support an auxiliary cable or an iPod connection, an FM transmitter is your cheapest solution for getting the iPad's music to be transmitted through your car radio. There are cheaper FM transmitters available, but the Griffin line is solid and dependable. Amazon features the Griffin iTrip FM for iPods, iPhones and iPads at $31.99. (Buy here)
8- Car Charger
Apple iPad Car Charger by OrionGadgets is dependable product. A car charger is a must-have iPad accessory for those who want to use their iPad on long car trips. And even if you aren't planning a lot of traveling, this will keep the iPad charged while driving around town. If you aren't plugging the iPad into your car radio through an FM transmitter or direct connection, this is a great way to keep it charged. Priced at $3.99 at Amazon it's a reasonable purchase. (Buy here)
The iPad Case from Janine King Designs offers superior protection for your Apple iPad. Special foam core provides scratch & bump protection with minimal weight and bulk. Convenient exterior zipper compartment givers the owner a significant amount of extra space for power cords and/or personal items like cell phone, keys, etc. Practical and protective yet with a slim sleek profile. Available in lots of fabrics and patterns. Etsy is currently selling them at $39.99 - but if you like this type of case, you might want to act fast, as it appears they may be running out of inventory.
spending your hard-earned savings or (worse yet) going into debt as
result of purchasing a good number of these accessories, you may want
to alert your friends, family and associates, that you are now
officially broke. With an "iBroke" t-shirt, mug, tie or mouse pad, you
won't even have to tell them why? They'll figure it out pretty quick. Google Products is selling "iBroke" merchandise ranging from $13 on the mousepads to $35 on the outerwear. Enjoy.
Although, not one of the TOP TEN, I do recommend you consider Apple's software iWork. Since the iPad’s lack of multi-tasking makes it unlikely to replace the laptop altogether, Apple is offering a special version of iWork (iWork '09) for the device. It's an opportunity to get some work done, when you are away from your home or office computer, with a screen larger than you currently have on your cellphone.
For other hotly desired accessories, I would suggest you head over to the Apple Store where you can pre-order these some of the TOP TEN accessories and others.
Also let us know which iPad accessory in this TOP TEN is really is a "must-have" by voting in our POLL. We look forward to your comments and feedback as well, particularly if we left an item out that you think should have made the list. (note: you can vote for more than one item).