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Top 5 “must have” accessories for a tablet
Below are my top five accessories that I think all people need for their tablet. These five accessories are items that I personally use myself. (Well actually four accessories if you buy a combo case) Overall my primary use of a tablet is to check emails; look up some info on some websites; play some games; and occasionally use it for some writing.
1) Case/ Cover: Just like people, cases come in various sizes and shapes and colours. Most of the cases we carry will have a lid that can be converted into a typing or viewing angle. Also most of the cases will automatically turn the case into “off” (sleep mode) when the lid is closed.
You can even purchase specialty cases that have built in keyboards or are “ruggedized” to military standards. (Shock / vibration/ water and sand proof).
Your typical case will run from $30 and up while the specialty cases regular price can range from $80 and up.
2) Screen Protector: Nothing worse than a scratch on the screen of your tablet. If you have ever had one you cannot help but notice it every time you use the tablet. (This reminds me of Austin Powers in Goldmember when he sees Fred Savage with the large Mole on his face and can’t help but stare at it.). Besides protecting your screen from MOLE (sorry, I mean scratches); some screen protectors are anti glare which means they will reduce the glare from the sun when you are outside.
Your typical screen protector ranges from $20 to $30.
3) Stylus Pen: I was originally a “no” on this (and when I mean a “no;” I mean this looks like a cash-grab no). And then I started to use the tablet a lot; which means I started to have to constantly clean the screen a lot and, frankly, I don’t like cleaning. My fiancée (sorry ladies I am taken) suggested that I try her stylus pen. It is now a must have. Prices start at $15.
4) Bluetooth Keyboard: if you are doing any large amount of typing; a Bluetooth keyboard will make your life so much easier. Prices start at $70 and up. It may seem pricey but after my first eight hour conference of typing with the built in keyboard; the $70 investment was nothing.
5) Mobile Charger: These allow you to charge various USB devices (tablets, phones etc.) in your car. I personally use this charger about as often as I use the regular charger. Prices start at $25 and up.
I hope you enjoyed my writing. Please feel free to leave comments below. Originally Julian (one of our chief writers) was asked to write about his favorite accessories, but it seems he is too busy. (What he is doing in Saskatoon I am not sure)
It looks like a rubber covered pretzel. Its name sounds like something you would hear on a summer trek through the back country. BUT it works like a charm for anyone who has a Tablet.
It’s the Kribbitt.
Invented by Paul Carmichael who lives in Mill Bay on Vancouver Island, it is fun, funky and functional. Paul engineered the Kribbitt to be simple, useful, and immensely practical. All assembly is done right here in Canada, in beautiful British Columbia.
Unwrap the package and think “easel”, because that’s basically what it is. Put your iPad, Full size or Mini, Surface or whatever tablet on the bottom bracket, loop the top bracket to the top of the device and there it is: your very own slip-proof tablet stand or easel. It will work with almost any tablet larger than 5 ½ inches. If you don’t like the angle of the easel, it is adjustable. If you are afraid that someone using it may push too far, it comes with a suction cup to anchor the Kribbitt to a flat surface.
Jeremy and I chat about the differences between the Microsoft Surface Pro and the iPad.
The Surface Pro
On Saturday February 9, the Surface Pro by Microsoft hits the street.
The nerds of the world are calling the hardware impressive and the software… well it’s running a full version of Windows. There is no accommodating mobile versions of apps on this tablet. I’m very excited that there is finally a choice for tablet buyers that is more like a laptop packed into tablet form. Let me break down what the Surface has to offer.
Look & Feel: The Surface Pro is a 10 inch tablet. It weighs in at just under 1kg or 2lbs. There is a built in kick stand coming out the back so you don’t need a case just to stand it up. There is a pen that comes with it so you can use hand writing, draw or even edit photos with the ease of a Wacom powered stylus. The pen also magnetically attaches to the side of the tablet so you have somewhere to put it. The Surface Pro has a gorgeous 1080p screen with a resolution that is 1920×1080 in 16:9 shape. It’s a gorgeous screen that is a treat to your eyes.
Speeds & Feeds: The Surface isn’t comparable in specs to a tablet. It’s in the laptop class of power. It has an Intel i5-3317 Dual-core 1.7 GHz processor. That’s a laptop processor NOT a tablet processor. There’s also 4GB of ram and an Intel HD4000 graphics processor. That’s laptop specs found in current generation UltraBooks. It’s not what you usually find in a tablet. You can choose 64GB or 128Gb of fast flash storage. Don’t worry if you think that’s not enough for you there’s a slot for Micro SD cards so you can add more easily. There is also wireless N (up to 5GHz) and the newer Bluetooth 4. On the front and back of the Surface Pro there is 720p HD webcams.
Oh and this tablet has a USB port – a full sized USB 3.0 port. That means you can plug in all the pen drives, external hard drives, card readers, hubs, scanners, USB Plasma Balls, LED lights, presentation remotes, cell phones, USB hand warmers and anything else that connects to a Windows machine with USB. This is a tablet with laptop features.
Mini Display port is also found on the Surface Pro so you can connect it directly to a TV, monitor or projector using a VGA or HDMI adapter.
The Surface has a unique keyboard choice. There are two covers with built in keyboard that magnetically snap into place. You can choose from a light, super thin Touch Cover or a Type Cover with raised keys closer to a traditional laptop keyboard.
Don’t forget the Surface Pro gets the Pro part of its name because it’s running full Windows 8 Professional. Go ahead and install the complete Microsoft Office package, an accounting program, your preferred web browser, any security software you want – this is Windows after all. Your choice in apps is nearly infinite. You can also use the Microsoft App Store just like you can on a Windows 8 computer.
Come in and see it for yourself. We can help compare all the tablets so you can make an informed decision for yourself.
Learn more video links:
Watch Jeff and Julian talking about some high tech stocking stuffers. Link