The iPad Mini is a popular purchase. Whether you’ve treated yourself to one or you know someone who has one, you may be on the lookout for some iPad mini accessories. You can extend the functionality of your new tablet and make it easier to use. You’ll also find that iPad Mini accessories make great gifts, much like the iPad Mini itself.
Updated on 7-10-2015 by Simon Hill: Removed some older products, updated images and format, refreshed text, and added Mad Catz gamepad, Zagg keyboard, TFY headrest mount, Incpio car charger, Sennheiser headphones, Cheero battery charger, and Sensu stylus.
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It can be a chore finding the right angle for your iPad mini, and most of the stands on the market have a number of preset angles. The Spiderpodium is different. This stand is extremely lightweight and flexible, and it allows you to get exactly the right angle for whatever you are doing on your iPad Mini. It feels like soft rubber, which also provides good grip, but the skeleton inside is surprisingly strong. It’s a versatile option that you can use in a number of scenarios and it folds flat for when you’re traveling. It comes in a range of colors – there’s even a glow in the dark option.
Jawbone Jambox ($150)
Although the iPad Mini does have stereo speakers, you’ll need to splash out for a decent speaker to enjoy really good sound. Because this is the most portable iPad yet, it makes sense to get a portable speaker, and no other Bluetooth speaker on the market packs the same quality sound into such a small form as the Jawbone Jambox. You can also choose from a wide range of grills and colors to suit you.
You might find that you get used to the touchscreen on the iPad Mini, but if you long for a tactile alternative that’s also portable – this is it. This Zagg keyboard connects via Bluetooth and it can be folded up to sling in your bag. Fully extended, it gives you around 85% of a full keyboard in terms of space, and it’s comfortable to type on. There’s a lip upon which you can prop the iPad Mini, but you might prefer a separate stand. It turns off automatically when closed, and magnets keep it from popping open unexpectedly. You can squeeze up to two years use out of a single charge.
If you prefer to stick with the Apple aesthetic then the Apple Wireless Keyboard might be for you. It is also Bluetooth, it runs on two AA batteries, and it costs $70.
There are a few different game pads available that will work with the iPad Mini, but this one is probably the best of the bunch. It’s Apple-certified, links easily via Bluetooth, and it feels solid and sturdy. It’s a lot like an Xbox 360 controller, and it works with a wide variety of different games. Pair it with an Apple TV for streaming to the big screen and you can really get your game on. The only downside is that fact that it takes AAA batteries, though you do get a set with it and they offer up to 40 hours of gameplay.
Apple TV ($70)
Apple TV is a device that lets you buy movies and TV shows from iTunes, and you can access a handful of other services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and YouTube on your big screen television. The real attraction for iPad Mini owners is the wireless streaming via AirPlay. You can choose content from your tablet, including your own videos and photos, and see it on your main TV. You can even mirror your iPad Mini’s screen, which allows you to blow up games and apps or surf the web in style. There’s also an app that can turn your iPad Mini into a remote control.
If you don’t want Apple TV simply to play content from your iPad Mini you could consider the Lightning Digital AV Adapter, but it does cost $50 and you’ll still need an HDMI cable.
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