Want a MacBook Air but can't afford the $1,000 price tag? Then check out the M.I.C. Aluminum Buddy Case ($50) for the iPad 2. This thin and sleek attachment virtually converts your tablet into a portable and light laptop with the help of a keyboard and angled slot to hold the iPad upright. When folded down into "closed" mode, magnets hold the iPad in place to act as a protective cover. All together, you'll be saving about $450 if you bought an iPad 2 and the M.I.C. case if you can handle the absence of computing power that comes with the MacBook Air. Check out more images of the Buddy Case in the gallery!
The New York Times posted a story this week highlighting the high-end and high-priced iPad cases many designers are turning out. While Chanel, Jimmy Choo, and YSL tech goodies do make amazing eye candy, is this indulgence worth the price tag? With the Chanel case well over $1,000, would you spend three iPads worth of cash on one chic case?
Portland-based accessory manufacturer Grove first made a name for itself with beautiful laser-etched bamboo iPhone cases, and it's now applying the same gorgeous style to the iPad 2.
I'm loving its collection of beautiful iPad 2 skins. Starting at just $29, they are simple and sustainable, crafted from bamboo and available in a light natural bamboo color or darker amber, available either plain or laser-etched. Choose from predesigned cases or even design your own for the ultimate eco-personalization.
You can preorder your skin now; it'll ship in two-three weeks. Click through the slideshow to check out a few of the available designs.
Apple's new iPad 2 Smart Covers are exactly that — smart. Not only do they act as a screen protector, but they automatically put your iPad 2 to sleep when closed. And while you have your choice of colors — black or white — there's no real way to customize unless you spring for a case, which takes away from the sleek design of the tablet.
Good news — Skinit is offering up a number of skin options that will keep your iPad 2's slim profile in tact, but gives you a custom feel. One of my faves is the Premium Vinyl Skin ($30), which gives your iPad 2 full coverage from scratches and scrapes, and comes in colors to match your Smart Cover. It's definitely a unified look, and one that I wouldn't mind rocking. Best part is, the vinyl skins peel off without leaving any nasty residue behind, so if your mood changes, your iPad can too, without worry.
If you took the plunge and bought an iPad 2 today, you probably already know that the buck does not stop here. A shiny new iPad means even shinier new accessories to go with it! Here are our picks for the accessories that are worth buying now — we call it the GeekSugar iPad 2 starter kit:
- Cover it up — A new design means that you'll need a new case, er, cover for your iPad. We're partial to Apple's own Smart Cover because it protects the screen while also doubling as a stand when folded back. On top of that, it wakes or puts your iPad to sleep depending on whether or not the case is open. If the Smart Cover is not your style, there are plenty of other ways to cover the new iPad.
- Digital AV Adapter — Get excited! The iPad2 has HDMI-out capabilities, which means that all that stuff you have living on your iPad (photos, videos, slides, etc.) can be displayed on the big screen. A great feature whether you're using it for movie night or for that big presentation to the board.
- Camera Connection Kit — If you love taking photos, consider picking up the iPad Camera Connection Kit, which allows you to import photos from your digital camera and onto your iPad in two ways: using your camera’s USB cable or directly from an SD card.
- iPad Dock — While you could fashion a business card holder to keep your iPad upright, the standard-issue iPad Dock works to charge your tablet, and works alongside apps, connections, and speakers.
It's only been a few days since the iPad 2 was announced, but already, case manufacturers are chomping at the bit to get their goods into the hands of the iPad 2-toting masses. Looking for a sweet case to cover your iPad 2? Check out these options that will be available soon, but stay tuned — there's sure to be more to come!
Well, that was fast! The iPad 2 was only announced this morning, and already iLuv has unleashed its line of cases created specifically for the iPad 2.
From a simple shell to a leather case with built-in bluetooth keyboard, the new line offers something for any potential iPad owner. If Apple's Smart Cover isn't your thing, click through this slideshow for more options.
Today brought exciting news of the brand-new, redesigned iPad 2, which logically means brand-new, redesigned accessories. In order to showcase the iPad's design as much as possible, Apple has produced its own "case," which is really more of a flap that lies over the device's screen. The Smart Cover attaches to the iPad with magnets and protects the screen.
Magnets on the side of the cover attach to the iPad, allowing users to open the case similar to a book. It folds back, acting as a stand, and is lined with soft microfiber that actually cleans the iPad's screen when it's closed. Opening the case wakes your iPad; closing it puts it to sleep. Both the polyurethane ($39) and leather ($69) versions of the Smart Cover come in five different colors, including a (Product)Red version.
Check out a video of the Smart Cover in action on Apple's site.