So, you’ve got yourself a brand new iPad Air 2, it’s a slick tablet that you are planning to enjoy for years to come. We think you’ll be pleased with the tablet, after all, it is about the best that Apple has to offer in their mobile department.
One of the best and easiest ways to not only help your iPad Air 2 survive the years to come, but to get the most out of it as well, is to load up on accessories. A case and a stand are a great place to start, keyboards, Bluetooth speakers and more will help round out the experience. Here is a quick list of the types of accessories we think are worth looking into, and a few examples of some of the better options out there.
Before we begin, I just want to say one quick word about our choices today. Most of the accessories we will look at today have an official version built by Apple themselves. As there is a great chance you already know this, we will try to look at accessories from alternative manufacturers around the industry. After all, there are hundreds of quality choices out there, and we can do nothing more than inspire you to go find the pieces that work best for you.
One of the smartest, and most common accessories for any iPad is a case. We recently took a look at our favorite leather smart cases for the iPad, but we also want to show you the roocases Orb 360 Rotating Folio. Protection is obviously the key purpose in a case.
Functionality, such as acting as a tablet stand, providing easy handling, access to the ports and camera as well as having a smart cover that turns on and off your device as the cover goes into place, is also important. You’ve got it all with the roocase Orb.
If a full case is not your style, there is a simpler solution of just the smart cover to get you by. The same rules apply as for a case, providing protection, at least for your display, and smart functionality are very important.
The Apple iPad Smart Cover attaches to the sides of your iPad Air 2, providing a little bit of edge protection, and all the front protection to get you through your normal day.
It would be irresponsible to suggest that the iPad Air 2 is heavy, but in terms of mobile technology, it is one of the larger and heavier tablets on the market today. As such, it can become a literal pain in the neck to hold the device for extended periods of time.
There are nearly as many iPad and tablet stands available as there are iPad cases, a strong, portable, affordable option is this Anker tablet stand.
When it comes to getting the most out of your iPad Air 2, especially for productivity and, dare I say, work, a keyboard is an excellent accessory to keep you going. We recently took a look at a few great Bluetooth keyboard options, in addition, the Inatek stainless steel Bluetooth keyboard is a great addition to the list.
Many tablet users enjoy taking their slates to the next level when it comes to artistry or using their iPad as an input device for their PC. One of the easiest ways to maximize these efforts is by using a stylus as your input method. There are many great stylus on the market today, such as the amPen with replaceable tip.
There is one fundamental truth to battery powered mobile technology, those batteries become depleted after a fairly short amount of time. When that happens to your iPad Air 2, you simply find an outlet and plug in that fancy Lightning cable to get more juice. And when you are not at home, a backup cable and an extra charger are all you need to keep the lights on.
If all you need is an extra power cable, you have many options available. So many options, in fact, that we aren’t entirely certain which to show you here today. There is a great Anker cable available, but I’ll also fall back on one of my favorite cable suppliers, Monoprice.
Finally, Aukey was kind enough to offer us a sample of their Quick Charge 2.0 that is a Qualcomm certified quick charge device. The true value in a Qualcomm quick charger is in using a quick charge equipped Android device. Indeed, the charger offered no speed benefits for the iPad Air 2, but is still a very versatile charger for the price.
Speaking of power, when you are on the go, an external power pack can be a device life saver. Here are a couple that we think are great, and should each provide as much as two full charges for your iPad Air 2.
This RavPower unit can commonly be found on sale over on our sister site Android Authority. We think it is a great powerpack, and we think it will serve you well.
Personally, I am a big fan of Anker electronics. This Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 is my personal favorite powerpack, able to charge at full speed any combination of phone, Android tablet and iPad I throw at it.
Over at our sister site, Sound Guys, we’ve compiled a list of the best Bluetooth headphones, earbuds and wired headphones available on the market. Ranging anywhere from $33 to $499, you’re bound to find some great audio accessories to pair with your new Galaxy S6. Head to the links below for more information.
Once again, our friends over at Sound Guys compiled a list of the best Bluetooth speakers you can buy for under $50. On the list, you’ll be able to find multiple powerful wireless speakers for $25, or some higher end models that range up to $49. Be sure to check out the link below for a full list of the best Bluetooth speakers available on the market.
There you have it folks, with the thousands of accessories out there for your Apple iPad Air 2, we think these few are the key set that every users should at least consider for their tablet experience.
What is your favorite accessory for your iPad Air 2?