The iPad has turned out – for me at least – to be every bit as magical and wonderful as Steve Jobs promised when he first announced it. Probably more so. I spend a lot of quality time with it every day and it is by far and away my favorite device to use (MacBook Pro included).
So obviously I like my favorite device to have some outstanding accessories – to protect it, add functionality to it, and help me use it as effectively and comfortably as possible. Just as a small example of my iPad accessories love, I have *two* favorite iPad stands (and a few backups). They are the two shown happily co-existing above – the Just Mobile UpStand and the BookArc from TwelveSouth.
Accessories are such a personal thing – so much determined by your very own set of needs and tastes – that I won’t venture to do any sort of best iPad accessories list. But I would like to share some thoughts on my favorite iPad accessories and why I like them so much, in the hope that some of them may fit the bill for some of you as well.
Hit the break for a quick rundown of my short list of favorites …
I am way, way behind on a number of iPad case and accessory reviews. Some are for items I’ve bought, others are for review units I’ve received. I’m going to do my best to knuckle down and get some of these out over the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, I wanted to just give a quick mention to two new (for me) iPad accessories that have become favorites: the Marware C.E.O. Hybrid for iPad case, and the Hard Candy iPad Stylus.
My iPad 3G had been going naked since I bought it, and I’ve been wanting to get a screen protector for it for quite a while. The main thing holding me back was that I am The World’s Worst installer of screen protectors. I’ve tried installing various brands on my iPhones and iPads in the past, and always done a horrendous job and regretted trying it.
I also tried out having Best Buy install an invisibleSHIELD for me on my old WiFi only iPad. After a couple weeks that was not looking good at all. There were quite a few ugly patches along the sides of the screen and noticeable bubbling in several spots that was not ‘working itself out’. I ended up removing it.
Last week I finally found the perfect solution for my iPad. Ghost Armor screen protectors AND a kiosk where they would apply them for me. I’ve had the protectors on front (screen) and back of my iPad for 8 days now, and they look excellent.
I’m hoping the answer is that you’re allowed to be very excited about a really good one – because I’ve found a really good one and I am very excited about it.
When the folks from Mobile Cloth approached me touting their microfiber cloth as being a cut above the rest and asking if I’d like to see a ‘review unit’ I was as skeptical and unexcited as the next guy. I mean seriously, a cleaning cloth is a cleaning cloth right? I ended up saying yes, go ahead and send me a sample – but as always, with no promise of any coverage and in this case feeling like no coverage was very likely going to be the outcome.
Well, color me pleasantly surprised, and well impressed with a cleaning cloth for the iPads and iPhones in our house.
The Compass Mobile Stand for iPad is touted as a versatile and uniquely portable stand for the iPad. I’ve become quite a fan of iPad stands in the months of using the magical new device, so the thought of having a handy one that is easy to take on the go is quite appealing.
When I first saw the Compass Mobile Stand I thought it looked very promising as a stand that could come along when I’m out and about with the iPad. I was excited to try it out and over the last few weeks I’ve been doing just that.
I’ve had an iPad since launch day way back on April 3rd. I love the device even more than I expected I would. In fact we’ve got two iPads in the house now – my original WiFi only is used by my wife and daughter, and I’ve got a shiny new (ish) 3G model.
As our iPads have become more and more essential and heavily-used, so it becomes increasingly important to have good cases to protect them from bumps and bruises. I’ve ended up trying a pretty good range of cases over the last few months – some I’ve liked, some I really haven’t (cough, Apple case, cough). I’m way overdue on reviewing a handful of these, so today I’ll start with my thoughts on the monCarbone HoverCoat carbon fiber case for the iPad.
So … first an admission. I am finding that I’m a big fan of iPad stands. Although they might well be considered unnecessary by many iPad owners, they’re become one of my favorite iPad accessories – and I’ve already tried out a fair few of them.
The Just Mobile UpStand is the one I’ve been using most recently, and it’s a very good, as well as stylish, one.
Pad & Quill has released a new bonded leather portfolio case, The Case Vol. 2 ($59.99) for the iPad, and for anyone looking for a case that protects their iPad and offers a more traditional book-like appearance for their high-tech gadget, then this case is definitely worth a look.
Keep reading for my review and more pictures of The Case Vol. 2 from Pad & Quill!
The iPad Ultimate SleeveCase is a Messenger bag style case for the iPad, from Waterfield Designs. It offers complete protection for the iPad, with a fair bit of style thrown in. I’ve been trying one out for the last few weeks, and have found it to be a great travel companion for the iPad.
Read on for some thoughts on the iPad Ultimate Sleevecase, a couple more photos, and a little video walk-through as well …
Ah… my beloved Apple iPad. I love my iPad. I really do. I enjoy reading eBooks on it, I enjoy keeping up with Twitter, news and all my RSS feeds. Much as many people foresaw/proclaimed in pre and post release articles the iPad is quickly becoming my ultimate content consumption device. Music, movies, TV Shows, books, magazines, games… it does it all and more times than not I find myself moving away from the desk and onto the easy chair for my morning reading rituals on my days off. But, despite my love for the iPad, there’s a deep, dark hatred of the device as well. So much of one, that my email signature on the iPad doesn’t read “from my magical, revolutionary, OMFG I love it iPad”. No. It reads “from my fingerprint magnet”. I’ve recently contemplated changing that to read “from my blinding glare, be glad I could see the keyboard to type this fingerprint magnet”.
Apple nailed a lot of things on the iPad. They missed the mark on the screen usability in anything but dungeons.
Hit the jump… there’s a lot we have to look at.
A magical, revolutionary and just plain gorgeous device like the iPad needs a good home when it’s not in use. The BookArc for iPad stand has turned out to be just the right sort of solid and comfortable residence for my iPad.
I thought the BookArc looked quite good when I first saw it. Now I’ve had mine for a few days, I’m happy to say it has met and exceeded my expectations.