For first time iPad owners - what accessories to buy!

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Mad Mac Maniac, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. Mad Mac Maniac, Mar 3, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2011

    macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    There is about to be a disproportionate amount of first time iPad buyers (like myself). What type of accessories would you recommend that we should be looking at and thinking about? For those who have had an iPad over the past year, which accessories have you used the most and which ones are more niche or gimmicky. Discuss why certain accessories have been useful and what situations you have used them in.

    here are a few accessories that I can think of to get the creative juices flowing and my brief opinion (if I am wrong please correct me!)

    case/smart cover- how needed is this really? I usually like keeping my iphone naked
    dock- what is the real pupose of this? a stand? a way to charge while upright? a stand while using a bluetooth keyboard?
    keyboard dock- obviously this would come in handy for lots of typing
    bluetooth keyboard- could be used with a dock to replace the above item
    car charger- maybe not because of 10+ hrs battery life, but for those REALLY long car rides...
    hdmi cable- could be really useful for teaching or presentations
    usb/sd card adapters- for photographers to put pictures directly on the iPad

    what else? What accessories do we really need?
  2. macrumors P6


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    All I have used is the Apple case
    Haven't needed anything else
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Atlanta, Georgia
    All you really need is a case. And not so much for protection, but more for increased functionality.
  4. thread starter macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    by increased functionality do you mean as a prop/stand?
  5. macrumors 6502a


    May 20, 2009
    London, UK
    I guess they do. The new magic cover looks pretty good. Also ZooGue offer some really functional cases. Would highly recommend.
  6. macrumors 603

    Jun 14, 2010
    Smart thing is get the minimum of accessories. Cheap screen protection and some sort of case. IMHO an inexpensive ebay screen protector tends to work just as well as a $40 one; but skip the wet application kind with the 3M film and stick with the dry-application kind.

    Then sit down and USE the thing for a few weeks before you go buy accessories.

    Lots of the accessories *could* be really useful, *if* you actually need them. We all have grand ideas of all the neato cool stuff we're going to do with the new toy and the tendency is to buy a lot of stuff that just ends up sitting on the shelf. Do yourself and your wallet a favor and don't buy anything until you know for sure you'll use them enough to justify the price.
  7. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    This $4 picture stand. Best iPad holder!

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  8. macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    Agree with rdowns ^

    I've got several of these inexpensive stands all around the house and they're great for sticking the iPad on, whether to let it just rest there or whether to use the wireless BT keyboard, or whatever. They fold up nicely for toting along with me, too. I much prefer to have the iPad standing up rather than lying on any surface -- just seems safer that way in terms of visibility, with less potential for accidents.

    I've got the iPad case and I have really liked it this past year; at home the iPad stays naked but when it's time to go out, she's slipped into the case and away we go, and usually she's carried in the Waterfield Designs Muzetto bag. I also have a couple of other cases but really like the Apple case the best. I don't know how well I'll like the new "Smart Cover," but I guess I'll find out next week!

    I have a couple of the iPad docks -- one for charging the iPad when it needs it and one that is permanently connected to the computer for syncing. I just find it better all the way around to pop the thing into and out of a dock rather than to be fiddling with plugging-and-unplugging the cable all the time.

    Although I've got the keyboard dock, too, I find that when I'm planning to do a lot of typing that I tend to reach for the wireless BT keyboard more often than not, since it is more flexible in terms of positioning, etc. If I'm just going to type something fairly short I don't bother with either keyboard, just use the iPad's own, and that works quite well, really.

    Camera connection kit is useful but I have to admit that I really haven't used it nearly as much as I'd anticipated that I would.
  9. macrumors G3


    May 25, 2008
    Apple state
    Take his and my word for it!
    Except for the parts I excluded :D
  10. macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2011
    The 2 most important accesories for me are :

    -Apple Original Case - best case ever (like it more than the smart case)
    -Camera Connection Kit - very useful especially after u jailbreak (usb stiks)
  11. macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2006
    I just bought a $3 shipped ipad 1 screen protector from eBay. I always find a way to scratch a screen.

    I have a 3G iphone protector on my Ip4 and even though it covers the camera - it's crystal clear. Why pay more for them to cut a hole.

    Also the +1 on the camera connection kit. The HDMI out looks like a good price - although a tad expensive.
  12. macrumors member


    Dec 20, 2010
    Washington, DC
  13. macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2007
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    Don't get a screen protector.

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