TiP Gift List: iPad Edition

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So, you have the perfect tablet, now you just need to enhance the experience by adding some really cool accessories to the mix. Whether it’s something to help you be more productive, embrace your hobbies, protect or just novelty, there’s always something available that will make the perfect Christmas gift. We’ve already published our iPhone edition, so go check that out for more ideas. Here’s our gift list for iPad.

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Artsy + Creative People

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1. Apogee Jam – Studio quality guitar input – $99

The Jam by Apogee is an all-digital input for guitar that works with iPhone, iPad and Mac. It’s small, and incredibly versatile. For anyone wanting to record basic demos, or backing tracks to jam along to, you can’t ask for more than this ultra-portable tool from Apogee. Product link.

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2. Nomad FLeX – Inductive paintbrush – $29

The market is full of styluses, which suits note makers and sketchers down to the ground. But, some artists do prefer the feel of a brush to express their creativity, and that’s where the Nomad FLeX comes in. Nomad has created a whole series of touchscreen-compatible brushes to give painters as close a natural feel as you can get on your iPad. Product link.

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3. Arctic Architect Stylus – $22.95

As I mentioned, the market is full of styluses and – to be honest – a lot of them are too bulky, or have such a large inductive tip that you can’t see what you’re doing. The Architect stands out for me among all the hot dog sausage sized pens. The main body of the stylus is an incredibly sleek and slim aluminum construction, and the silicone tip is very flexible meaning that you don’t have to press hard to get your iPad to detect your movement. It’s the most natural writing/drawing experience I’ve had from any stylus, and it looks fantastic too. Product link.

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Productivity (Keyboards + Stands)

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1. Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard – $99.99 US/£89.99 UK

Logitech was the first company to answer my demands of Smart Cover/Keyboard combo with the Ultrathin Keyboard, and the European company has surely outdone itself with this one. Despite a great contender in the ZAGGKeys PRO, the Logitech stands out because of its magnetic hinge mechanism, and also having magnets within the stand to ensure that the your iPad doesn’t slip or fall out. Product link.

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2. ZAGGKeys Flex (great for iPad mini) – $69.99

If you want a really portable keyboard that’s easy to use and works with more than one device, look no further than the ZAGGKeys Flax. I was up to full speed on the Flex within 30 minutes of beginning to type. It comes packaged with a case that can also be folded out in to a stand for any of your iDevices (iPhone/iPod touch/iPad). And since the keyboard isn’t attached to the stand like the Logitech, you can have your iPad as near or as far from your face as you want. Product link.

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3. Twelve South Compass stand – $39.99

It’s been almost 3 years now since Apple announced the first iPad. In that time we’ve seen many different iPad stands, but still none of them beat the original and the best. Twelve South’s Compass is so thin, and small, and comes with a neat carry case. Folded up and put away, it takes up no room at all in your bag, and yet, it’s sturdy enough and versatile enough to hold your iPad in portrait or landscape. Product link.

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Cases

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1. Otterbox Defender for iPad mini – $69.95

One of my favorite cases of all time. It’s an incredibly protective case made up of three individual parts and the perfect combination of shock absorbing rubber and tough polycarbonate. The curved edges make it very comfortable to hold too. Product link.

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2. Apple Smart Cover – $39 US/£35 UK

It’s a classic, and it works without taking up any room. Although I’m not a big fan of the mini version, I couldn’t not have one for my iPad 3. It keeps my screen from being scratched when shut, and the auto-wake feature is so darn cool. Product link.

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3. Incipio Flagship Folio – $69.99

I didn’t like any folio cases for iPad until I tried the Flagship Folio by Incipio. It’s a stunning protective case covered with carbon-fiber design and a brushed aluminum hinge. There are plenty of angles to choose from when using it as a stand too. Best folio by a country mile. Product link.

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4. Twelve South BookBook vol II – $79.99

The second Twelve South product to make it on to my gift list, and for good reason. The company only makes a few products, and only for Apple devices, so all the focus and energy goes in to the meticulous design and quality of manufacturing. ‘Classy’ doesn’t even begin to describe the BookBook for iPad. Its antique finish is awesome, and it makes people think you’re carrying a book around, so shouldn’t attract thieves. It’s simply great. Product link.

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5. id America Hue – $29.95

My favorite rear shell for iPad 2/3/4 by a long shot. It’s thin, lightweight and has a fantastic soft texture on the back, plus it works with Apple’s Smart Cover perfectly. Product link.

 

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