The iPad is a stellar tablet, but it does have a few shortcomings. Thankfully, with the right accessories, you can truly perfect your iPad experience. Here are our top picks for the best iPad accessories.
1. Best iPad Stylus: amPen Ultra-Sensitive Capacitive Stylus
Specially designed to be ultra-sensitive, this amPen stylus aims to be just as reactive as your own fingertip. If you’ve been frustrated with other styli in this past, the amPen may be just the solution you’ve been seeking. This stylus may also be easier to grip than other models you’ve tried in the past.
Pros:Soft tip protects your screen from damage12-month replacement warranty, 30-day guaranteeLittle nub plugs into headphone jack, making the stylus quite portableUltra-sensitivity means you can use less pressureUser reviews indicate the tip is longer-lasting than other styli
Cons:Limited color optionsStylus not available in a multi-pack, but the tips areMay not be ideal for those looking for a stylus for art/drawing purposesStylus tip does not have a coverSome users prefer a Targus stylus for more “gliding”-style writing
2. Best iPad Mini Accessory: Gearonic 5-in-1 Accessories Bundle
Think of this collection of accessories as a starter kit for your iPad Mini. This kit includes a 360 degree rotating case with swivel stand, a stylus, a car charger, earbuds, and a screen protector. If you’re the kind of person who hates to shop, this kit gives you pretty much everything you need to get the most out of your iPad.
Pros:Available in a huge array of solid colors and printed patternsSynthetic leather case makes this vegan-friendlySwivel case makes a great stand for watching movies, video chats, or readingSoft interior lining of case will protect your screen from scratchesSimplifies your shopping process
Cons:Synthetic leather may not be as durable as the real stuffSome user reviews suggest stand functionality could be improvedEarbuds are not of the highest qualityCase lacks built-in storage area for stylusUser reviews indicate colors pictured are not true-to-life
3. Best iPad Keyboard Accessory: Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
As nice as the iPad’s on-screen keyboard is, there are times when you want a physical keyboard instead. This keyboard cover from Logitech is a solid option, mostly because Logitech is a respected name in the peripherals game. It comes with a three-year limited warranty.
Pros:Multiple color optionsBoth English and Spanish keys are availableSturdy magnetic dockAuto-wake feature built inVery lightweight
Cons:Does not appear to work with the 1st gen. iPadYou may feel more secure transporting this in a case or sleeveKeyboard is small, missing some function keysMagnetic lock could be strongerSome users have experienced accessory failure after six months
4. Best iPad Cleaning Accessory: Targus CleanVu Cleaning Pads
Keeping your iPad fingerprint-free is rough, particularly if you’re not a fan of using a stylus. The smudge solution that is easiest to use is a CleanVu pad, which is a lot simpler and more effective than a microfiber cloth.
Pros:Keeps iPad screen cleanComfortable to useReusableVegan materialsWorks great on other touchscreen devices as well
Cons:Pad may become soiled over timeRounded corners make cleaning some areas trickyStubborn smudges may require additional cleaning powerMay be cumbersome to store/carryCleans actual iPad screen more effectively than screen protector on top of a screen
5. Best iPad Accessory For the Car: iKross 2-in-1 Tablet & Cellphone Cup Mount Car Kit
Ideal for holding iPads, smartphones, and non-Apple tablets, this car kit is great for people who are always on the go. This is ideal for turning your iPad into a media center for your kids, or for using your iPad as a GPS navigation center.
Pros:Adjustable, holds tons of different devicesOnly has 180 degree range of motionWeighs under a pound without deviceFits cupholders up to 3.75 inchesKeeps your dash free of mounts or devices
Cons:Only supports 7″-10.1″ tablets: larger tabs will not fitIf you drive on a lot of dirt roads, vibration may cause breakageHard to repair if a piece breaksInterior of compact cars may be too small to use this mount comfortablyInstallation and/or removal can be awkward
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