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What kind of accessories for iPad should you buy

Updated on June 21, 2012


Let’s suppose your one of the first million users to get their hands on the latest Apple gadget, the iPad tablet and you find out after a few days of use there’s something missing with your tablet. I’m not talking about missing things out of the box, but something you can’t easily replace: functionality that isn’t there.

You have the option of returning the device of get some accessories to make it worthwhile. In this post I’m going to teach you what kind of accessories for iPad to buy in order to make it a usable device, one that you can use just like a laptop (or at least close to it).

Apple iPad - the gadget of year 2010
Apple iPad - the gadget of year 2010

What to buy

1 - First you need a decent keyboard so you can type comfortably those long emails explaining to your boss why the last month wasn’t as good as the one before. An external keyboard also come in handy for any task that involves writing texts, long or short

2 – Second you need a travel carrying case, one that helps you keep the iPad in shape, with no scratches. This is hard, I Know but you like the way the iPad looks from factory, so I bet you’ll like to look the same even after a few months of use. A leather carrying case for iPad is more expensive but also provides a better experience while you use the device. Also look for a case that’s multipurpose, so you can use it also as a laptop desk stand, thus not needing to keep the iPad with one hand to adjust it to your eyes level.

3 – Connecting cables are a must if you want to output videos to a big screen TV. There’s no way you could watch your favorite TV series on a 9.7 inch screen, be it touchscreen and multitouch, so you need to invest some money on connector cables. There’s even the option to use a cable to transfer and store photos from your digital camera to the iPad directly

4 – Screen protectors are uses in conjunction with a carrying case to protect the screen while you work, not just when you travel. It’s the best way to keep your iPad scratch free

Before we end

Those are, I think, the most important products to buy if you want to get productive on your beloved tablet. There are quite a few iPad accessories out there you could use but those are the most important categories to get things done quick. Also there are also alternatives to the official Apple accessories so you might get them in a retail package, much cheaper.


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      Tom T 7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Very exciting. Looking forward to seeing more about the Ipad