10 Essential iPad Accessories

    One of the biggest stories of 2010 was the explosion of tablets, a market that shot from prosaic to white hot. The fun was led, of course, by the iPad. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of accessories that can help you protect your mobile computing device and get the most out of your investment.

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    Zagg, Inc. offers an invisible military-grade screen protector for your Apple iPad device (Wi-Fi only). In addition to protecting the screen, the shield helps reduce the appearance of fingerprints and includes a free lifetime replacement warranty. It comes with a 45-day money back guarantee.

    Cost: $39.99

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    The Sena iPad Keyboard Folio provides a case for your iPad, as well as an integrated Bluetooth keyboard. The leather book-style side-folding design comes with a recessed collapsible back stand.

    Cost: $149.99

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    BoxWave’s iPad Charging Adapter allows you to charge your iPad device through any USB port, removing Apple’s restriction of not being able to charge your iPad on a standard USB port.

    Cost: $10.95

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    Made from black faux leather and constructed using traditional bookbinding techniques, DODOcase exterior covers are designed to fold back so you can stand your iPad upright. An elastic strap keeps your iPad sealed tight when you are on the go. The DODOcase is the winner of a 2010 Macworld Eddy Award and comes in a variety of colors.

    Cost: Starting at $59.95

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    While capacitive touch screens are great, one flaw is the inability to use a stylus. Not anymore! BoxWave's Capacitive Stylus allows you to use your iPad without ever touching the screen with your finger.  It’s perfect for those who don't want to take their gloves off during a cold day. The Capacitive Stylus is conveniently sized, and designed like a pen to fit just about anywhere.

    Cost: $24.95

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    The design looks simple, but the intent is hard-core protection without the bulk. Multi-layered padding includes a high-impact, rigid insert and an Ultrasuede scratch-free liner. At less than an inch thick, this case keeps your iPad snug and secure, yet quickly accessible. The Smart Case come with a low-profile pocket that can hold your sync/charging cable and power adapter.

    Cost: $59

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    Compass is a compact folding stand that works as an easel or typing stand for the Apple iPad. Folded up, Compass is 7 inches long by 1 inch wide and weighs only 7 ounces, requiring very little space in your bag.

    Cost: $39.99

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    The Targus Hughes iPad Portfolio Slipcase is designed to protect iPads up to 9.7 Inches. The durable exterior and soft interior twill lining protect the iPad from dust and scratches during transport. Constructed of smooth oil-tanned leather material, the slipcase has the look and feel of a high-end executive portfolio. Whether transporting the iPad between meetings or inside another carrying case for added protection, the Hughes iPad Case provides a professional appearance throughout its travels.

    Cost: $59.99

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    SmarTouch gloves from ISOTONER allow you to operate handheld touchscreen devices while still wearing gloves. They are compatible with most touchscreen devices including tablets, smartphones, mp3 players, ATMs, gas pumps and GPS devices. The thumb and index finger are embroidered with conductive thread that conveys an electrical impulse to the touchscreen. The gloves provide a non-slip palm that improves grip and are water repellent.

    Cost: Starting at $20

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    Use your Apple iPad, even in the car. The CaseCrown Car Seat Mountable Case has an elastic Velcro-held strap to attach to any car seat headrest for a custom, secure fit. Now your passengers can use your iPad as a comprehensive multimedia system: music, videos, apps and ebooks.

    Cost: $36.99

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