Ten Essential... iPad Accessories
Add-ons for the top tablet
Product Round-up The sleek, elegant design of the Apple iPad cries out for a protective case to keep it safe, and Reg Hardware has been absolutely inundated with cases and sleeves in the weeks since the 'magical' gadget's launch.
However, there are a few other handy accessories coming along as well. Apple’s trying to corner the market with its own range of add-on, but I’ve seen some really nice bits of kit from old hands like Belkin and Griffin too, so it’s worth looking beyond Apple when you’re treating yourself to some new toys.
Apple iPad Dock
You’d think that with prices starting at well over £400 the iPad would include at least a basic dock – but sadly not. I was reluctant to cough up £25 for the Apple dock, but eventually decided it was more convenient than constantly fiddling with the USB charging cable and having the iPad lying flat and taking up desk space all the time. The dock is fairly small, but it’s weighty enough to provide a stable base to support the iPad, and perhaps use it as a stand when you’re typing on a separate keyboard. It’s also got an audio connector so that you can hook it up to a set of speakers.
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Apple Wireless Keyboard
I wasn’t overly impressed by Apple’s combined keyboard-dock unit, so I decided to opt for this Bluetooth wireless keyboard instead. The freedom of wireless Bluetooth connectivity seems more suitable for a portable device such as the iPad, and also allows you to use the iPad with other types of stand, such as the Griffin A-Frame. The compact design complements the iPad very well, but it doesn’t have a numeric keypad and might be a bit small for less nimble-fingered users, so some people might prefer a larger keyboard instead.
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"Can you believe that Apple doesn’t even include a set of headphones with the iPad?"
thank christ for that - since if they had, it would be the standard apple earphones - the sound polluting scourge of the last 10 years.
a second portable device that can show flash websites would be an essential 'extra' if i accidentally owned an ipad.
ZAGG Invisible Shield
Personally, I've put the ZAGG overlays on mine, if the price looks a bit steep it's because you get overlays for front and back, and a special solution to apply them with that makes they really easy to put on. Also the price stated doesn't just get translated into the same pound value when you order.
I'll also say what about the Apple slip case?....it doubles as a stand or puts the iPad on a slant to make typing easier, and looks very nice too.
What Brits should do first ...
Learn to read Australian before you go into the store. Knowing the Retail Strategy can save you quite a bit of money.
£500 or so quid for a device with no real purpose. And another "essential" £600 or so to make it useable for that "no real" defined purpose.
Makes my £500 laptop seem an eminently better deal.
But hey... it's not news that Apple fans have more money than sense.