Adonit Jot Touch ($50)
The best stylus for you will depend on exactly what you want to do with it. If you have an iPad Pro, then the Apple Pencil will be an obvious choice, but it’s not designed to work well with other iPad models. Adonit offers a wide range of different styli, but the Jot Touch provides a wealth of excellent features, including pressure sensitivity, palm rejection, a fine point, and shortcut buttons that you can configure. It’s a great choice if you want something to draw with, but it works best with a specific range of supported apps, so do your homework before you buy. If you want something simply for jotting notes, however, you really don’t need to spend this much.
Fourth-gen Apple TV ($150+)
Thanks to AirPlay, you can mirror your iPad screen on your TV using an Apple TV. This is great for showing off family photos or accessing all sorts of entertainment. You can also use Apple’s Remote app to turn your iPad into a remote control, or use Siri to make searching for content that much easier. Since the Apple TV is fairly small, it also represents your best bet for presentations and travel. You can plug it into any TV using HDMI, and stream from your iPad via AirPlay without the need for Wi-Fi.
If you like to play a lot of games on your iPad, this gaming controller is well worth the investment. It can connect to the iPad 4 and later via Bluetooth, along with Apple TV and the iPhone 5 or later. It’s comfortable to hold, too, with decent buttons and a feel that resembles a traditional Xbox controller. There’s a power switch, a Bluetooth button for easy pairing, and a Lightning port for recharging. Some of the alternatives lack a rechargeable battery, so it’s definite selling point. It’s also a solid choice for the money.
Lightning Digital AV Adapter ($40+)
Anyone wanting to play iPad games on the big screen without the Apple TV will need this cable. It plugs into the Lightning port on your iPad and includes both an HDMI port and a Lightning port, so you can relay content to your TV and charge your iPad at the same time. It’s really expensive for what it is though, and you’ll need an HDMI cable to go with it. However, it also can provide a smoother experience than mirroring through and Apple TV, which requires a fast Wi-Fi network to work well.
Devicewear Ridge Case ($27)
If you want a simple folio-style case that can prop up your iPad in a wide range of different landscape angles, then this is your best bet. The case covers your iPad with a protective plastic shell, which also conveniently features all the necessary openings and cutouts needed to control your device. The entire package is wrapped in neatly stitched vegan leather that’s available in black, blue, or red. Open the cover up and you’ll find a series of notches to prop it up at different angles, or you can fold it back for a flatter angle that’s suitable for typing. The closure is magnetic, it supports the automatic sleep/wake function, and the interior is a soft micro suede designed to protect your iPad while keeping it clean. If you fancy something different, then check out our best iPad cases.
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