When you've spent $500+ on an iPad, the last thing you want is to whip it out of your bag and find it covered in scratches. We reviewed Fusion of Ideas' first line of StealthArmor skins for the iPad early last month; now the company has sent over their second batch, the StealthArmor METAL series. Check out the full review after the cut.
ClamCase seem determined to reignite arguments over whether iPad buyers should "just buy a netbook instead", with their keyboard-toting docking system turning the Apple tablet into an ultraportable notebook of sorts. The ClamCase actually does more than just give you a physical keyboard to type on, though; they're also billing it as a case to protect the iPad and a stand to prop it up for media playback.
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The iPad has proven to be very popular with gobs of the tablet machines sold. One of the most common accessories for the iPad are stands to make watching video and using the tablet more comfortable. A company called Bracketron has a new stand that will work for the iPad and your netbook.
It's been said that Apple accessories are a licence to print money, and with Element CASE's Joule iPad Stand coming in at $129 it looks like a pretty good example of that. Can a way to prop up your iPad - even if it's indecently sleek and nicely machined - really be worth a quarter of the cost of an iPad itself? Check out the SlashGear review after the cut.
Early adopters and the terminally impatient bought Apple's iPad WiFi when it debuted on April 3rd; was the sensible plan to wait until the iPad WiFi + 3G, which went on sale yesterday? It's too early to answer that question, but we have a 3G-enabled iPad in hand and an unboxing to share. More after the cut!
Try holding the iPad out in front of you for any significant length of time and you'll likely discover that Apple's tablet doubles as a decent arm exercise as well as a tactile, multitouch marvel. We've already seen one budget alternative - crafting a DIY stand from the packaging the iPad ships in - but unsurprisingly there's a growing market for third-party holders. On the SlashGear desk today is the Luxa2 H4 iPad Holder; check out the full review after the cut.
Having seen the first in-the-wild shots of Apple's new Camera Connector Kit for the iPad over the weekend, the feedback now seems even more positive. TUAW have heard that the USB half of the kit, billed solely as a way to plug in your digital camera, will also work with a USB keyboard for wired text entry. Meanwhile they also point to TidBITS who have been having luck with USB headsets.
If you are one of the many iPad buyers who are looking for new gadgets and accessories for you device, you don’t always have to buy them. Some of the accessories that you want can be made yourself for free.
The iPad accessory market is on course to mimic the wildly successful iPhone ecosystem, but what are the must-haves? If you're anything like us you're a music fan and you want to use your iPad with an existing iPod speaker dock; we've just tried out the D&A RX1 iPod speaker dock receiver dongle we reviewed back in February, paired with a Kleer S5T transmitter, and - despite the iPad initially saying the accessory wasn't compatible - we're now enjoying our iTunes music (not to mention Spotify and other streaming services) in high quality and with no cords.