Must-have iPad accessories?
I just got a new iPad for Christmas and want to get the best accessories to complement my iPad. Since I can't buy everything, I'm wondering which accessories are the most critical (covers, stands, screen protectors, etc) and which ones you'd recommend. There's simply too many accessories to choose from... So if you had to recommend your top essential iPad accessories, what would they be and why?
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I'd recommend the Apple Camera Connection Kit for importing photos from your iPhone or digital camera. The portability, storage capacity, and slideshow capability of the iPad makes it great for showcasing your photos. The kit also comes in handy beyond photos because it converts your charging port into a USB port, which you can then plug in an external keyboard/mouse into. Here's a description of the kit:
"The kit includes two connectors, each with a different interface: The Camera Connector features a USB interface. Just plug it into the dock connector port on your iPad, then attach your digital camera or iPhone using a USB cable (not included). Use the SD Card Reader to import photos directly from your camera's SD card. Connect it to your iPad, then insert your digital camera's SD card into the slot. After you make the connection, your iPad automatically opens the Photos app, which lets you choose which pictures to import, then organizes the selected photos into albums. When you sync iPad to your PC or Mac, the photos on your iPad are added to your computer's photo library. iPad and the Camera Connection Kit support standard photo formats, including JPEG and RAW. "
The iPad is very slippery and the back gets scratched up easily, so I'd recommend getting a case to protect your iPad rather than a screen protector. The Incase Book Jacket for iPad is an excellent iPad case that I love because it's sturdier than Apple's iPad case, and can hold the iPad at 3 different angles. The case is made of really nice leather and the iPad fits securely inside. When it's closed, it looks like you're carrying around a nice leather moleskin notebook. I find it slightly bulky, but it's a tradeoff I'm willing to live with due to the added protection. Here's some photos:
That really depends on how you end up using your iPad. For example, I do a lot of heavy typing on my iPad for writing articles and needed an external keyboard for fast typing, so I got the Apple iPad Keyboard Dock. It's a keyboard, stand, and charger all in one. If you don't have a laptop, this keyboard dock is ideal for creating an alternate setup. This isn't the only keyboard of course, if you want something more portable you can check out these other external iPad keyboards.
If you're going to do any serious note taking or sketching, you'll need a stylus. Get the one by BoxWave, not the Pogo Sketch (the tip is not very responsive). Using a stylus is way faster than typing out notes on the digital keyboard. I use the PenUltimate app for taking notes at work and SketchBook pro for drawing.
Although some people can't stand the iPad's glare and fingerprints on the screen, I'm not so keen on putting a screen protector on my iPad (or even a case). So my must-have iPad accessory is just my little microfiber cloth and iKlear cleaner wipes (both from amazon for $10 each) to clean off the fingerprints and dirt. Other than that, my iPad is naked and loving it!
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