TechEssentials for the iPad

I might be the last editor at TDO to jump on the iPad bandwagon, but I finally took the plunge and can only ask myself, “Why didn’t I do this earlier?” And now that I have this $500 device, you better believe I’m going to do everything in my power to prevent anything from happening to it! I’ve stocked up on some protective iPad gear, that still manages to be professional, classic and stylish.

Graphic Image makes amazing leather products, and so when I bought my iPad, they were my first stop. (TDO Editor Carolyn once gifted me one of their planners for the holidays, and I loved having it for that year.) Graphic Image offers a wide variety of iPad cases – from traditional sleeves to an envelope – but my pick was their iPad Case in Metallics Leather. Available in silver or white gold, this case is designed to fold horizontally or vertically, and your iPad securely in four leather wrapped corner straps. This case also coverts to a stand for easy typing or video-watching. The luxurious leather has a beautiful sheen and texture and to make it even more personal, you can also add your initials onto the cover. At $151, it is a bit of a splurge, but well worth it.

Now onto protecting the actual iPad screen…you’ll want to protect that screen from any damage, smudges, scratches and the like. I’ve heard good things about Power Support‘s line of products and decided to give them a try. They offer two types of protective films: HD Anti-Glare and Crystal. The Crystal film has a high transparency gloss finish to maintain the original shine, while the HD Anti-Glare has a special HD Formula to provide higher clarity and prevent screen glare. I’m really enjoying the HD Anti-Glare because it makes reading in direct sunlight much easier, and love that the film adheres strongly and isn’t flimsy. (Installation is a breeze – they have videos to help!) If you’re also looking for an iPad sleeve at a lower price point, Power Support also offers those for approximately $40, which is great for slipping into a tote if you’re on-the-go.

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