15 must-have accessories for your new iPad 2
Updated December 1, 2011
So you just dropped a bunch of cash on a shiny new iPad 2. All you want to do now is spend a little quality time getting to know your new device. But no, you've got more shopping to do. You need to accessorize!
Here are 15 ipad accessories, some practical, some, shall we say, whimsical, to get you back in the shopping mood.
Look no further than Apple's iPad 2 Smart Cover, for a sleek and multi-functional option for screen protection. Connected to your iPad 2 magnetically, the Smart Cover’s flexible and smart design makes this the ideal accessory for making the most of your iPad as well as maintaining the slim appearance that we all know and love from Apple products. Available in 10 different colors and either in Polyurethane ($39) or Leather ($69), you can choose the one most in line with both your personality and budget.
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Apple Wireless Keyboard
The Apple Wireless Keyboard ($69) uses built-in Bluetooth technology, which allows you to type on your iPad 2 from anywhere within 30 feet of distance. The slim, light-weight design of anodized aluminum makes this the ideal keyboard for not taking up too much space at home and for bringing with you on-the-go, if you so choose. The keyboard will even power your iPad down, persevering battery life, when you’re not using it.
Gunnar Digital Performance Eyewear
Gunnar OPTIKS offers a solution to curb eye strain, headaches, and visual stress from all of the long hours you spend staring at a computer screen all day. Raven A. Wind, an Optical Technician from Michigan, reviewed the product on Amazon, stating, “This is good eyewear. It's a quality pair of glasses with all the right enhancements to do exactly what they claim they can do.” Gunnar’s Advanced Computer Eyewear products are designed specifically to reduce glare and eye fatigue, keeping you productive and happy all day long. You can now even buy them at Best Buy, prices starting at $79.99.
Logictech Keyboard Case by ZAGG for iPad 2
Winner of Macworld’s 2011 Best in Show,the Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG($99.99) brings you a stylish, thin case to protect your iPad 2. The case closes with a magnet, putting your iPad to sleep. When you open the case, not only does your iPad wake up, but you unveil a sleek Bluetooth-embedded keyboard featuring specialized Apple function keys. Additionally, you have the ability to prop up your iPad in either a portrait or landscape mode.
Otterbox Latch & The Grablet
Either the Otterbox Utility Series Latch or The Grablet will allow you to confidently use your iPad on-the-go. Strap it to your hand, headrest, or, really, anywhere you need to keep your device secure while in use. The Otterbox Utility Series Latch is currently on sale for $24.99, just in time for the holidays. The Grablet is slightly more expensive at $39.99, but you can choose the color to best match your style.
Apple Digital AV Adapter
Anything that you can view, and hear, on your iPad 2 can now be shared on a bigger screen and shared with others. The Apple Digital AV Adapter ($39) connects to a TV, video-projection screen, or any other HDMI-compatible display.
Discovery Bay Atari Arcade for iPad
The Discovery Bay Atari Arcade for iPad ($59.95) is this quintessential “must-have accessory” for anyone who longs to revisit their Atari favorites. With its sturdy base, joystick, and arcade-style buttons, this portable arcade, paired up with Atari’s Greatest Hits App, will make you feel like you’re back in the 80s.
After spending $399+ on your iPad 2, your next purchase should be for Apple’s own Apple Care. When you purchase a two-year coverage plan, you ensure that you have access to Apple’s award-winning technical support team for assistance with both your hardware and software.
Only the ZAGG invisibleSHIELD offers military-grade patented material to protect the iPad 2’s screen from scratches, smudges, glare, and fingerprints. You can choose the amount of coverage that you want – front coverage only ($29.99) or full coverage ($39.99). Regardless of whichever option you go with, you receive their lifetime guarantee.
Wacom Bamboo Stylus
The Wacom Bamboo Stylus ($29 at MacMall) enables you to easily take notes, draw, and interact with your iPad 2 sans fingertips. Amazon reviewers call out the comfortable, ergonomic design, professional look, and how responsive it is to write on the iPad with.
iSound Cinema Sound for iPad and iPad 2
While enjoying the clear, high-quality sound delivered by the iSound Cinema Sound ($129.99) for iPad and iPad 2’s 2 – 3 watt speakers, you are also charging your tablet. With an adjustable arm and rotating brackets, you also have the freedom to position your iPad in either landscape or portrait mode and at any desired angle, ensuring maximum enjoyment.
Conductive Glove Pins
With winter and snow right around the corner, ThinkGeek's Digits – Conductive Glove Pins ($11.99) will come in handy for anyone hoping to use their iPad 2 while out and about in the cold. Made of conductive silicone, the Digits pin to your gloves, allowing you to interact with any touchscreen device without having to ever expose your bare hands to the elements.
WiPry-Combo: Spectrum Analyzer and dynamic Power Meter for iPad
WiPry-Combo Spectrum Analyzer and Dynamic Power Meter for iPad is definitely a must-have for IT Professionals. Available on ThinkGeek.com for $199.99, this accessory (paired with a free app available for download in Apple’s App store) enables you to successfully troubleshoot your wireless devices. In addition, it acts as both a power meter and spectrum analyzer.
Griffin Survivor Case for iPad 2
The Griffin Survivor Case for iPad 2 will protect your device like no other. Built and tested to meet (or exceed) the US Department of Defense Standard 810F, this case will keep your device safe from the elements, curious children, or, well, basically anything. For $79.99, you get a silicone case (with built-in screen protector) on a shatter-resistant frame. Watch the Survivor Case put to the test on their site.