So, what do you get for the person who has everything – or at least who has the new iPad mini? Well scratch your heads no longer, for accessory makers have been quick off the mark to bring out some neat additions to the diminutive iconic tablet.
Belkin has produced a new portable keyboard for anyone who likes to type up long emails or documents on their tablet. The Belkin Portable Keyboard Case combines a removable keyboard and a folio to keep it all protected. When not in use the keyboard can be folded flat into the case. The keypad connects to the tablet via Bluetooth, is rechargeable using USB to mini USB cable (included) and has a camera lens cutout so you can still take photos on the move.
The Portable Keyboard Case for iPad mini costs £69.99 and is available from early December.
There are some neat-looking cases coming onto the market for the iPad mini as well:
If you’re a tad clumsy, or careless with your gadgets, look out for a tough case like the Tough Extreme from Case-Mate. The soft exterior is wrapped around a hard skeletal structure combined with an impact-absorbing DuoFlex interior. It also includes a built-in screen protector and, so Case-Mate tells us, meets US military standards for protecting against shock/drop, wind/rain, sand/dust and vibration (although we do wonder whether it has ever been tested on a bar crawl around Soho!)
The Tough Extreme costs £65 and comes in Black/Charcoal, Emerald/Chartreuse, Green/Orange, and Lipstick Pink/Red.
The Tuxedo, also from Case-Mate, is an ultra-slim, portfolio style case, which doubles as a stand with multiple viewing angles. It also has a built-in, reusable adhesive to keep your device secure. The interior is lined with an ultra-soft microfibre. The Tuxedo costs £35.
iPads whether mini or not are not cheap, so you’ll want to protect your device – how about an InvisibleSHIELD Screen Protector – £22.95 from www.mobilefun.co.uk/invisibleshield-screen-protector-ipad-mini-p36818.htm.
The makers claim it is the most durable gadget scratch protection film available. The film began life in the US military, where it was used to protect helicopter blades from wear and tear. This clear, urethane plastic offers self-healing qualities and unparalleled abrasion resistance, they say. Sounds more like a superhero than a screen protector – but then where else could you buy a superhero for less than 25 quid?
If you want to keep the kids (or backseat drivers) entertained in the car, turn your iPad Mini into an in-car entertainment device with the CinemaSeat (£29.99). It has cutouts for easy access to screen, controls and ports. There are adjustable straps on the back, which wrap around a car seat headrest, which means the iPad mini is perfectly positioned for backseat riders to watch videos, listen to music or play games.
Griffin has also produced the Passport (£19.99), a one-piece folio design that opens like a book to reveal the iPad mini screen, and which is held shut by an elastic band closure. The passport features a soft microsuede interior to protect the iPad mini and comes in a range of designs including black, blue, dark red, Wise Eyes (owls), and Varsity, inspired by the look of the classic varsity letter jacket (in blue). Passport features a porthole for the camera lens.
Cygnett has launched a range of cases including the Workmate, with heavy-duty dualmaterial to offer a shock-absorbing case without adding any bulk to the tablet itself. The cases come in slate grey and red and cost £24.95.
Finally, for a classy leather look, go for the QDOS Libris folio cases for iPad Mini, available in red and black, with a leather finish and soft luxury suede lining to protect the iPad mini from bumps and knocks. It has a folding design and built-in stand, with a diary-style elastic strap to keep it safely closed when not in use.
The Libris cases cost £34.99 from www.qdossound.com