I am without a doubt addicted to what you can combine with your iPad. I have done everything from putting silicone feet on my iPad to sporting a full magnetic detachable keyboard. I was not quite as bad with my iPad 1, but there is so much more to choose from with my “out dated” iPad 2 still being an accepted form factor in the accessory market.
I was totally sucked into the coolness of a Bamboo Stylus solo that I finally purchased one. And I do admit it is the best I have tried, although I like the looks and technology of Adonit Jot Pro (they use them in this Penultimate video).
I suppose if I were more artistic which I have always aspired to be I would enjoy it more. But I find myself jotting notes more than sketching things out and it is difficult to do this when you can’t really rest you palm on the iPad. However if you are in the market, there are a lot to choose from. I recommend this review from The Verge to get you started.
Then there are cases. Cases are things that you can waste a lot of money on if you don’t do your research and check out what other friends or co-workers are sporting. But beware, just when you find one you like another will pop up. Until the iPad 2 form factor becomes obsolete, there will continue to be a lot of options out there. My dilema is that I love the light feeling of the iPad being naked but I have not become proficiant at typing on glass. I think this is more of an issue on my iPad than iPhone. And when on business trips or traveling in general, it is really nice to be able to have a keyboard you can use quickly and accurately. Here are a couple cases I am currently sporting.
The Magnetic Snap Case by ncase
This handy snap on hard shell fits onto the back of your iPad 2 or 3. It has two magnet strips in the back that work with your Apple Smart Cover. Not an all-in-one solution but a nice add on if you already have a Smart Cover. What I like about this case is that it gives you a couple more positions to rest your iPad for viewing and typing. It is relatively light weight, affordable and cleans up easy. I also like that when you fold your Smart Cover around to the back, the magnets hold it in place. This I consider a lucky find, nabbing it in an airport coming home from Boston. In fact, the only thing I don’t like about this solution combo, outside of typing on glass, is having to use my Smart Cover that can be annoying sometimes with the hinge magnetics. I also want to purchase more covers because I like them clean and looking like new. I know, it’s a sickness.
The Ultrathin Keyboard Cover by Logitech
I did a lot of looking around before I settled on this one primarily because it is an investment at the $99 range. My brother and one of my co-workers both have a Zagg model that is similar however the iPad on theirs is fixed in place. To be fair, Zagg has models that are two piece, use a Logitech keyboard and even have backlight keys. But something for me just wasn’t clicking.
The Ultrathin boasted low weight, slick design, full qwerty keyboard with special iPad keys to boot, long lasting Bluetooth connection life and it would work the way your Smart Cover does by magnetically “clicking” into place. However the deal closer was the fact that the Ultrathin model in three colors were being sold in both Apple’s online and retail stores. For typing and interacting with, especially with the keys made custom for the iPad, I am loving it. As far as the combo working together I am still getting used to it and may end up using a neoprene sleeve for travel. Which won’t be bad as a base since the keyboard does not have feet to keep it from scratches. Although when combining technologies like these I wonder why? I have a MacBook Air for crying out loud?!? But then I can’t take the screen off my Air and turn it into a touch screen device.