The iPad mini is likely to be a popular purchase over the next few months. 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 $330 iPad Mini itself.
If you’re looking for a decent set of speakers, a way to stream content to your TV, a stylus for sketching, or a sturdy stand. Whatever iPad Mini accessory you are hunting for there should be an option here to catch your eye.
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 ($200)
Although the iPad Mini does have stereo speakers, you’ll need to splash out for a decent speaker to enjoy really good sound. Since this is the most portable iPad yet, it makes sense to get a portable speaker and nothing else on the market packs the same quality sound into such a small form as the Jawbone Jambox. It is wireless, with support for Bluetooth, so there’s no need to carry a lot of cables around with you. You can also choose from a wide range of grills and colors to suit you.
If you prefer the compact in-ear style headphones, but you don’t want to sacrifice on quality, then this set from Beyerdynamic is worth considering. You’ll enjoy crystal clear sound with some real power, thanks to the Neodymium acoustic drivers. The headphones come with three different pairs of ear-pieces and a handy soft case for when you’re on the move.
You can actually control six different devices at the touch of a button using this mini Bluetooth keyboard. It’s an ideal wireless keyboard for the iPad Mini because it’s compact, has a number of hotkeys for easy media control, and is very quiet to use. It comes with a nice carry pouch so you can throw it in your bag on trips, as well. It will also work with most smartphones and it only needs two AAA batteries to operate. However, 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.
If you have passengers in the back or you’re taking the kids on a road trip then you can make the most of your iPad Mini with this clever headrest mount. It clamps onto the two poles of the headrest and extends the iPad Mini to sit in between the two front seats so everyone on the back seat can get a great view. It also has a 360 degree swivel ball so that you can switch it from landscape if portrait if you want to. You iPad Mini will fit in this mount even with a case on.
HAND Stylus ($35)
This started out as a Kickstarter project and it surpassed its goal thanks to an excellent design that circumvents the problems typically found in styluses. Namely that there is no way for this stylus to scratch your tablet’s screen because every edge is rounded and smoothed. The 4mm tip is retractable, rotatable, and replaceable. Overall, it’s a responsive and easy-to-use stylus that is ideal for people who prefer to hand write notes and sketch on their iPad Mini. It comes in various colors and that $35 price includes shipping. You can $10 for a bag of six extra tips.
Apple TV ($100)
You’ve likely heard of Apple TV before. It’s no new. It’s a $100 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 big 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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You’ll find more and more iPad Mini accessories hitting the market over the next few weeks and there’s already quite a large selection at the Apple Store. If you find anything that’s so good you simply have to recommend it then please post a comment and let us know.