I had a bit of a laugh to myself when I saw a press release about going back to school and iPads. How many kids have iPads, I thought? After all, I’m a consumer technology writer and I don’t have one (that is a big hint, if any Apple PR people are reading!), so surely kids don’t have them?
Okay, well now I have to eat my words, after a conversation with a 10-year-old in the park the other day when we were talking about Plants vs Aliens (great game by the way). “Oh yes,” he said airily, “I have it on my iPad.”
And then a friend told me about a mother who had bought her child a low-spec first-gen iPad so that she wouldn’t use her mum’s high-spec iPad 2.
So, while I go away and mutter about what the world is coming to when kids who haven’t even reached the lofty heights of secondary school have better gadgets than I do, let’s take a look at the latest goodies from Newertech, which, their bods say, are perfect for going back to school (or uni, I guess, as I’m writing this on the day that the A-level results come out).
The NuGuard Bundle offers maximum flexibility for your lovely shiny device, allowing you to use it at a desk, while walking, on your lap and so on. The bundle includes- iPad 2 Stand, Base and Strap.
The GripStand hard plastic protective shell grips the tablet securely, offering a 360° view so that the screen can be positioned away from sun or glare. It also doubles as a one-hand grip, so you can carry on viewing while you’re standing or walking.
If you’re at your desk, the GripBase lets you turn your iPad 2 into a desktop workstation that is virtually impossible to knock over.
Finally if you’re in the car, the Nylon Strap securely mounts your iPad 2 to a car headrest for easy viewing.
Not bad pricing considering the usual cost of iPad accessories _ $39.99 (that’s about £24).
Slightly more pricey, but pretty classy nonetheless, is the NewerTech iFolio leather case, which will help you get your tablet to school or college safely. Handcrafted in the US from Brazilian leather, it comes in 11 colours including cognac, black, yellow, and red and can be used with or without the shoulder strap. The case is padded for extra protection and includes a slot for holding documents as well as an ID or business card holder. The cost? From $87.99 (about £53).
Finally, NewerTech has introduced the NuVue Anti-Glare Screen Protector for viewing your iPad outside or in a sunny room. It reduces glare and smudges with no “rainbow” effect,and is custom-designed to fit the iPad perfectly (note it is not compatible with the iPad 2).
Just over $12, or £7, at http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/PADNUVUEAG/