Gadgets: Accessorising the iPad

We look a the best accessories that will allow you to get the most out of your new iPad.


1. Apple Slimline Wireless Keyboard

If you're inspired enough by the magical qualities of this device to start on that novel inside of you, then a proper keyboard may come in handy. Although the virtual multi-touch keyboard is the most versatile and responsive that we have ever tested, it will never replace a real one for serious content creation. The iPad has Bluetooth and therefore pairing is straightforward. Battery life is also excellent. Although encased in a similar aluminium chassis, the styling of the keyboard looks a bit out-of- date. But the slimline nature of it makes it ideal for stowing away in your satchel or rucksack.

£56, http://store.apple.com/uk

2. Griffin A Frame

After getting your hands on such a stunning looking device, you may want show it off like a hard-fought trophy on your desk. This accessory does this, but enables you to work on documents, surf, watch videos or even just leave it in slideshow mode, which turns it into a picture-frame. It holds your iPad upright in landscape and portrait views or at a lower, wrist-friendly angle for surfing, reading and more. Its Stable aluminium design complements the device perfectly. It can also accommodate the device even while it is still in its portable travel case. Additionally, it allows easy access to the iPad's dock connector for charging and syncing.

£29.95 http://www.easyishop.co.uk/

3. Philips Screen protector DLN1716 Crystal-clear for iPad

After only a few minutes using the iPad, it quickly becomes evident that the glossy screen gets smeared by your fingertips. What's more, the last thing that you want is for the screen to get scratched or damaged. Investing in a screen protector is a good idea. We highly recommend this one from Philips. It doesn't compromise the crispness of the screen at any angle. It uses static adhesion to stick to the device which means that when you want to replace it, there is no icky residue. A worthwhile addition to protect your investment in the screen real estate.

Available Autumn 2010

4. 3G Sim Card

The iPad we tested was the all-singing, all-dancing 64Gb 3G version, which was first released in the US at the end of April of this year and was available in the UK on 28 May. Early reports suggest that this version is the most popular iteration - and for good reason. Without Internet access, the iPad is as useful as a shopping trolley with a dodgy wheel. Unlike the launch of the original iPhone, you have got a good choice of providers so take your pick and find yourself a great deal. Rolling contract 3G sim cards are available on O2, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile.

Price based on tariff

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