Buyer’s Guide: The Ultimate Accessories

This is the third installment in our Buyer’s Guide series, in which we try to lay out what kinds of things you should buy for your iPad; or, in spirit of the season, what you can get for the person who already owns the most-wanted gift of the year!

This week we’re going to look at some of the most interesting accessories you can get for your iPad. They may not fit easily into categories but are definitely worth a look! Read on for your own personalized gift guide.

Toddy Smart Cloth

The iPad’s oleophobic (in plain English: fingerprint repelling) cover is fairly good, but over time it becomes less effective. If you or someone you know happens to have an issue with sweaty or greasy fingers (no judgment) the Toddy Smart Cloth is the cleaning cloth for you.

The Toddy Smart Cloth, in one of many styles.

The Toddy Smart Cloth, in one of many styles.

Instead of being a cheap, tiny microfiber cloth with a dull-grey or beige color, the Toddy comes in an assortment of sizes with a lot of different designs. The sizes are perfect for cleaning the iPad and for slipping into a back pocket without getting misplaced at random. The Toddy is washable, so you can continue to re-use it until you decide you want a different design or you finally lose it, whichever comes first.

TwelveSouth Compass

I brought this up in my how-to on turning your iPad into the ultimate writer’s tool, but it bears repeating here. The Compass is a metal stand that acts as an easel for the iPad, holding it at various angles so you can watch, read, or type comfortably hands-free.

The Compass, in all three colors.

The Compass, in all three colors.

The Compass is available in three colors – Red, Black, and Grey. Each color is done well, and the Compass looks great with your iPad. This multi-capable tool has a nice build quality and a good weight, so you don’t have to worry about breaking or misplacing it.

Smart Cover: (PRODUCT) RED

Let’s say you have the red Compass, and you want to find something to go with its powerful coloring. You need look no further than the RED Smart Cover, the iPad’s ‘magical’ covering that Apple developed parallel to the iPad 2.

Nice, deep red leather.

Nice, deep red leather.

With a sturdy leather build and its purchase helping a good cause, the (PRODUCT) RED Smart Cover will match your other hot-red purchases and protect your iPad’s screen from dust and scratches.

iDroplets

Okay, so you passed on the Compass. I understand; it isn’t for everybody. Still, you’ll want to protect that gorgeous back of your iPad from the dangers of the coffee table, and the iDroplets, beyond having a clever name, are there to protect your brushed aluminum.

Itty bitty little droplets that will keep your iPad's back safe.

Itty bitty little droplets that will keep your iPad's back safe.

Small, self-adhesive rubber droplets, the iDroplets are barely visible but they do a good job of protecting your iPad from whatever you happen to set it on. Used in conjunction with the Smart Cover, the iDroplets can help keep your iPad in pristine condition.

Cosmonaut

We all love finger-painting, but eventually we’ll want advanced control over how we interact with the iPad. There are a number of styluses available, but all of them make the same mistake: they assume that writing on the iPad is like writing on paper.

I'll do my best not to make a joke with this caption.

I'll do my best not to make a joke with this caption.

Instead, the Cosmonaut takes advantage of the fact that writing on the iPad is more like writing on a whiteboard. With a large, comfortable-to-hold size and a larger tip, the Cosmonaut embraces what it’s like to write on the iPad and makes it easy to sketch out your ideas.

Acme Made ‘The Clutch’

You’re a busy person. You need to take your iPad from place to place. You also need to take your assorted chargers, your iPhone, and maybe even your MacBook Air. The Clutch is the bag for you, as it has room for all of those things and still manages to look good.

This bag is handsome, functional, and durable.

This bag is handsome, functional, and durable.

With a smooth, coated canvas, The Clutch feels as nice as it looks. Everything is held securely, and you can take comfort in knowing that you’re traveling with your iPad secure, in style.

Leather iPad Sleeve: Heritage

One of the many gorgeous products from Hard Graft, this sleeve is ready to combine the old with the new. Designed specifically for the iPad and built from a durable leather, this sleeve is sure to keep your iPad safe and make sure that it looks beautiful even when it’s hidden away.

This leather is beautiful, but it's got the price tag to match.

This leather is beautiful, but it's got the price tag to match.

That’s It!

That wraps up this installment. These accessories range from fairly cheap (the Toddy Smart Cloth) to wildly expensive (the Heritage sleeve from Hard Graft) but they’re all worth the price of admission. If you want to keep your iPad safe or find a better way to write, draw, or paint, all of these items have you covered (pun intended).


  • Richard

    I am still thinking about buying the magic cube laer keyboard.

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