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iPad Buying Guide: How to choose the iPad that's right for you

These days, picking an iPad can be tricky, but we can help you figure out which one to buy.

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iPad Keyboards

If you’re buying an iPad Pro, you can go a long way toward replacing a laptop by slapping on a keyboard case or cover. While most bluetooth keyboards will work, you want a nice keyboard/cover combination that goes with you everywhere. 

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Apple’s Smart Keyboard is a slick, lightweight way to add serious typing speed to your iPad Pro.

The Logitech Slim Combo isn’t a bad choice, but in general we feel the more expensive official Apple Smart Keyboard, which is lighter and easier to detach. Logitech’s Slim Combo is like putting a hefty case on your iPad, converting it into an iOS-running laptop.

iPad Cases

iPads have a tendency to get banged up easily. Maybe it’s the fact that they’re too large to stuff in a pocket, maybe it’s because they’re a favorite of small kids, but you’ll probably want to protect your investment with some sort of case or cover.

There are dozens of options out there, from slim screen covers to large carry pouches, so pick something that fits your style. Our roundup of cases for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will help give you some ideas.

Apple has a few official options, too:

The Smart Cover is available for nearly every iPad. It’s $49 for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and $59 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro

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Apple’s Smart Cover is a simple, stylish, detachable way to protect your iPad’s display.

If leather is your thing, you can get a nice sleeve for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro that also holds the Apple Pencil. It’s gorgeous, but expensive at $129.

Smart covers also come in leather, and range from $69 for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro to $79 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Apple Pencil

If you have an iPad Pro, you absolutely owe to yourself to pick up the Apple Pencil (read our full review). Yes, at $99 it’s a pricey add-on to an already pricey tablet. We’d go so far as to say that it’s an integral part of the iPad Pro experience and should come in the box with it.

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The iPad Pro just isn’t the iPad Pro without the Apple Pencil.

There is no accessory for the iPad Pro as transformative as the Pencil. It changes the way you do everything, from marking up screenshots to signing documents and even playing some games. There are other styli out there, but none with the incredible response (or extensive software support) as Apple’s official one.

 
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