6 excellent accessories for your iPad Mini

by Doug Drinkwater

November 1 2012

After ordering your iPad Mini you'll be needing some accessories to turn your latest tablet into a road warrior. With that in mind, here are five of the best Mini accessories, from cases and keyboards to stands and must-have cables.

Kensington Protective Cover & Stand

Accessory maker Kensington was quick to act on the iPad Mini launch by unveiling the Kensington Protective Cover & Stand (Kensington, $34.99) for Apple’s latest iDevice.

Although bearing a similar design to many other stands already out there for other tablets, what is clear about Kensington’s version is that it offers a toughened exterior, which would particular appeal to travelling business users or field workers.

Sporting a black marble design, the case wraps the iPad Mini with two layers of protection; the soft velvet interior protects from scratches while the hard shell exterior is designed to protect the Mini from ‘bumps and bruises’.

The two-position stand can be tilted for typing or pushed upright for watching videos and browsing the web, while all the relevant holes are in place for access to the iPad Mini’s camera, buttons, and connection interfaces.

Dr Bott Booqpad

The Booqpad is a neat little product, especially for writers and note-takers looking to have their pen-written notes and their tablet side by side.

Each Booqpad (Dr Bott, $39.95) houses the iPad Mini and a 50-sheet paper notepad, and there are also sections for a pen or stylus, as well as your business or credit cards. This iPad Mini accessory is designed for both right and left-handed users.

iPad Mini Smart Cover

Apple’s original iPad Smart Covers won favor for their sleek styling and simplicity, and so the Cupertino company has now rolled out a set of the same covers for the Mini.

The covers (Apple, $39) are essentially of the same variety; they feature the same magnetics to automatically wake or sleep your tablet, and can be contorted into different positions to make for a useful stand.

These covers come in six polyurethane colors, with a soft color-matched microfiber included to keep the display clean.

Dodocase Hardcover Classic

San Francisco-based Dodocase has released a handful of iPad Mini cases in the last few weeks, including the Hardcover Classic case (Dodocase, $34.95).

Designed to give the appearance of a hard-bound book, the lightweight case features black Moroccan cloth exterior and a colorful interior and can be used as a stand for typing, watching videos or 'perched' for ideal table viewing.

Magnets are included for Smart Cover functionality (for waking and sleeping the device), while you also get the opportunity to personalize the case with three letters embossed on the front in black or gold.

ZAGGKeys Mini 7

Specifically designed for the iPad Mini, the ZAGGKeys Mini 7 keyboard (Zagg, $89.99) is one of the first Bluetooth keyboards to become available for Apple’s smaller tablet.

The keyboard features a built-in stand to hold the tablet at the ideal viewing angle, while there’s also the ability to control volume control, play and pause, screen lock and the home screen all through keyboard shortcuts.

Lightning Digital AV Adapter

If you’re at home looking to push movies from your iPad Mini onto your HD TV, or in the office hoping to show work documents on a big screen monitor, you’ll need the Lightning Digital AV Adapter ($49).

Compatible with the iPad Mini, the new iPad, iPhone 5 and iPod Touch (fifth generation), the cable offers a HDMI output so you'll be able to connect with compatible TVs, video projectors and LCD monitors.

And finally…the $700,000 iPad Mini case

Of course, if all these accessories are a little too cheap for your tastes, then you could always head into the direction of The Natural Sapphire Company for a $700,000 iPad Mini case featuring natural sapphires and diamonds.

To put that figure in some perspective, you could use the same amount to buy 2,217 iPad Minis and still have change to spare.

Doug Drinkwater is the International Editor of TabTimes and is based in London, England.

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