A lot can be said about the iPad. It is a different way to use a computer. It can be your own portable movie player. It can be your e-reader. It is a wonderful web surfing tool. There are a thousand of other uses for the iPad. And yet, to get even the most out of your iPad, I recommend a couple of handy “tools.”
Apple Keyboard Dock
This is probably the most important add-on I would recommend for the iPad. It is not the cheapest item on the list, but it is very helpful. If you want to sit and type for a while, this is essential. This makes the device much more versatile than a laptop if you ask me. When you want to move around, you can unplug it and do whatever you want. I like the floating keyboard but I must confess it gets old fast. So plug it in and type away. If you buy the wireless keyboards, then you have to find a way to prop it up for better view while you type, so you might as well buy the keyboard that comes with its own dock. It’s $69.99.
This is essential and fortunately comes in a TON of varieties. If you want something just to carry around your iPad, there are cheap answers, running at around $29. On the other hand, if you want something to carry your iPad and accessories, you might have to spend upwards of $59. Some are just like a laptop bag, while others are more like a portfolio, which works because the iPad is a “tablet.” Some of these even fold into a tripod, allowing you the opportunity to hold your device for you to watch a movie or type on it.
This is definitely a preference. It’s very cheap, running around $18. It allows you to draw, and the iPad has many different drawing applications. It also allows you to write like you are writing in a “real” tablet.
AppleCare Protection Plan
In theory, this is difficult to claim is an accessory. Still, I believe this is very important. It provides an extra year’s support for your iPad. It covers the hardware, which is really good. iPads are not cheap. If it breaks, you are going to want to be able to fix it. As much as I love my Apple products, I didn’t purchase this for my iPhone, and when I cracked it, I was told that I would have to purchase a new one, as they don’t replace the screens. Get the warranty.
This is also very difficult to consider an accessory. However, to get the best out of your iPad, you will want to purchase apps. There are apps for work, like Docs To Go or iWork, and apps for fun. You can buy songs or rent movies. This is the MAJOR reason to get an iPad. The card is not required. You can pay with your credit card. But, if you are buying at a place where you get reward points, go ahead and throw some iTunes cards in your buggy.
This is not to say you can’t enjoy your iPad without buying extra things. But if you are going to spend $499 on the iPad, I certainly recommend buying some of these items to make your iPad more versatile. Just like when you buy a new desktop, you probably will pick up a graphics card or nice set of speakers, the iPad can be made much better with just a few more add-ons.