Well, since my iPad 2 has not arrived - and who knows how long the plant explosion will delay delivery - I had to find another toy to declare my favorite. I think iPad owners will agree that sometimes you really want a keyboard attached to that little guy so you can send lengthy emails, post to your blog, or even type out a legible Facebook response. So here it is...my #1 addition to the iPad (and a few other things I really like)
1. Logitech Keyboard Case by ZAGG
Although this model is made for the iPad 2, I can still use it with my ancient device until my new one arrives (can't use it as a carry case though). They do make one for the 1st generation however if that is what you have. It is a keyboard and carry case in one!
Those of you that have the docking keyboard might be thinking that this isn't such a great deal, but it is...for several reasons. With this case, you turn your iPad into a netbook-type device. It has the look and feel of a netbook with a full keyboard and extra function buttons for quickly going to your home screen, controlling your music, and searching. The case is a durable, light and slim design that automatically sleeps your iPad when you close it. It has a nice keyboard feel and sits on your lap much better than the docking keyboard from Apple. It is worth the investment. For $99, this can be yours!
2. iPad Camera Connection Kit
This has to be a photographer's favorite! I love that I can take my digital camera and connect it directly to my iPad. OR...I can take out my storage card and plug it into the storage card adapter. In this kit you receive two adapters (USB & SD Card) that let you download your photos directly to your iPad. You can then edit using any number of free apps, set your wall paper or lock screen to a new photo, upload to your favorite sites, email to a friend or print them out (I haven't tried this yet, but the option is there).
3. Apple Digital AV Adapter
I don't know...this might very well move up to my #1 spot once I get my iPad 2! I haven't tried using this with the original iPad - that is on my agenda for today! But this lets you put your slides, movies, photos, and everything else that fills your iPad screen on an even bigger screen. The new Apple Digital AV Adapter mirrors exactly what you see on your iPad so that everyone in the room can enjoy it on your widescreen TV, video projection screen, or other HDMI-compatible display. It even routes digital audio to screens that support it. And a second built-in 30-pin connector lets you charge your iPad while it’s mirroring.
Watch for my next post where I review a few new apps! Some for fun and some for, well...fun, but work fun!
If you are interested in an iPad workshop, comment on this post and let me know! I think it would be invaluable to share resources, questions and ideas!