Don't-Miss Tablet accessory Stories
Jason Snell has been testing a few dozen folio-style cases for the iPad 2. Here's a brief look at nearly a dozen.
One of the most popular places to use the iPad is on your lap. We took a look at a number of accessories aimed at making this lap time more comfortable for both you and your iPad.
Wacom's Bamboo Stylus is one of the pricier touchscreen styluses on the market, but the company isn't simply resting on the laurels of its brand recognition. The Bamboo Stylus is comfortable, well-balanced, and works well for both drawing and writing.
Steve Jobs may hate the idea of using a stylus on his touchscreen devices, but there are times an intermediary accessory just works better than your fingertip. We've tested several of the stylus offerings on the market and gathered our results together for an old-fashioned review roundup.
The iHome iA100 is a respectable alarm clock and speaker system, with a handful of extras that you may or may not need in your bedside system. Of course, those features come at a price, but if you’re looking for something that goes that extra mile--for example, if you love the idea of being able to make phone calls from your bed, or if you really want to dock your iPad--then the iA100 might sway you to cough up the dough.
Five after Apple positioned the iPod Hi-Fi as a "home stereo replacement," to much criticism, B&W's Zeppelin Air really can replace a home audio system for many listeners.
Perhaps more than any other Apple i-device, the iPad cries out for some sort of stand. Whether you're viewing video and photos hands-free, typing the next great American novella, or just keeping your iPad secure when charging and syncing, a stand is a useful add-on. We've added to our collection of stand reviews by taking a look at the Bweasel, the Fellowes Study Stand, Joby's GorillaMobile Ori, Rain Design's iRest, Tango's Vue-console, and Ultra Impact's iPad Stand.
The NS200 is a thoughtfully designed set of canalbuds that will appeal to minimalists.
Skooba Design advertises its line of laptop and iPad bags as "designed by women, for the way women really work and travel." Unfortunately, while the company adds several interesting design flourishes, the overall look and feel of the bags leaves something to be desired
Apple's iPad Smart Cover is a nice companion product that protects the iPad 2's screen while adding far less bulk than a full case. It even integrates with the iPad's hardware and software to automatically lock and unlock the iPad when you close and open the cover. As with its iPad Case for the original iPad, Apple has set a high bar for third-party accessories.
Apple's new $39 Digital AV Adapter gives HD-capable iOS devices a feature they have sorely lacked: the ability to output HD video. At last, those HD videos on your iPad, iPhone 4, or fourth-generation (4G) iPod touch can be displayed as they were intended -- on a big, beautiful HDTV.
If you're considering an iPad keyboard case, the Zaggmate iPad Case with Keyboard is a unique option that offers a much better experience than the iPad’s onscreen keyboard when you need to do serious typing. However, the Zaggmate's keys are small and cramped, it doesn’t offer the all-over protection of most other keyboard cases, and its metal edges require good typing form.
Folio-style cases offer all-over protection for your iPad, but flip open for easy access. We've added reviews of nine additional folios to our collection: Booq's Boa Folio, Chima's Crucial Case, Moshi's Concerti, Nizmos' Angle and Contour, Portenzo's Alano and Notebook Style, Powis' iCase, and US+U's Swivel Pro. Included in the batch is a new iPad-folio champion.
The HardBody Pro is a unique, hardshell cocoon of a laptop case with room for a few extra accessories. But its clunky physical size and lack of an included shoulder strap leave room for improvement.
Although its remote could use some improvements and the on-board controls are limited, the Fidelio 8500's design and audio quality are exceptional. It's an excellent dock with outstanding sound quality.