As the iPad has become an integral part of our computing world, the number of accessories seems to explode daily. From extra-long-life battery packs to carrying cases, you can bling out, power up, connect and protect. But before you jump overboard, here's an overview of what's available, and what you need NOW:
 
Screen Protection
Your iPad is an investment, so it makes sense to protect it. For protection, at a minimum you'll want a screen protector. These nearly invisible self-adhesive, clear plastic sheets cling to your iPad screen, protecting it from scratches without disturbing your view. At a cost as low as $4, there's no reason to skip this critical protection level. Keeping your iPad in pristine condition is also important in case you ever want to resell it.
 
Case Protection
If you've got your screen covered, you may be wondering why you need a case protector. Well, just as you wouldn't want dents or dings on the body of your car, you don't want your gorgeous iPad scratched up, either! And with the huge selection of cases, you can choose a portfolio, an easel-style, one that includes a keyboard, and dozens of choices in different colors and materials. Prices range from $15 to $100 or more. Even if you don't want to keep your iPad in a fancy holder, you still may want to buy a simple neoprene carrying sleeve to keep it safe as you're toting it around.
 
Power Support
The iPad has a great battery life, but if you plan on using it as your main mobile computing device, you might want to beef up your power supply by adding a car charger, which is available for as little as $4, or an external battery, which can range from $40 and up.
 
Special Interest Add-Ons
Photography fiends, grab a camera adapter and cable kit so you can download images from your digital camera to your iPad. Music lovers, you might want to scoop up an external speaker, or a set of earphones, as the iPad doesn't come with them. Don't forget about a wireless keyboard so you can crank out your next best-seller on the road! Whatever your interest, there's probably an accessory to match.
 
As the iPad continues to make its way into the mainstream, more and more accessories will become available. Keep checking out the latest and greatest, and you'll soon find they've made one just for you.
 
 
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