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  Make the most of your iPad with these apps and accessories by Nick Vega on Apr 6, 2017, 11:50 AM iPad Hero Fan_PR PRINTCongratulations! You finally cracked and bought yourself an iPad. You’d been avoiding it for seven years now, but when Apple announced that the device’s latest model was only $330, it was finally time to take the plunge.  The new iPad is certainly a beautiful and powerful device, but you’re going to need a few add-ons. So whether you’re new to an Apple tablet or you’ve owned one for awhile, here are the apps and accessories you should get in order to make the most of your iPad. SEE ALSO: I just switched to Apple Music after two years of Spotify Premium — and so far, I’m not impressed

Before you do anything else, get a case

Your iPad has a big, beautiful screen, and you should protect it. However, don’t feel obligated to shell out $50 for a cover from Apple. There are plenty of affordable options available on Amazon and eBay, as well as slightly more expensive (but still cheaper than Apple) options by casemakers like Speck.  If you have the brand-new iPad, make sure you note the dimensions of any case you order, as it’s a different size from the iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro. But if you give it a few weeks, your Amazon results will fill up with affordable cases as more casemakers start making accessories for the new device. 

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to get a sleeve

I know, I know, you’re already planning on getting a case. But here’s the thing: That case you ordered is going to protect your iPad from scuffs and scratches, but you need something to protect it from bumps and falls when you take it out of the house. You can get one from AmazonBasics for under $7.  AmazonBasics 10-Inch Tablet Sleeve, $6.49 on Amazon


A Bluetooth keyboard will come in handy more often than you think

The iPad is great for just about everything except typing. If you are planning using your iPad for sending emails or typing things up, you will likely find yourself wishing you had a keyboard. Luckily, there are a lot of great, affordable options out there for you. I use a keyboard made by Anker. It connects in just a few seconds and is portable, should I ever need to take it with me.  Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard, $17.99 on Amazon

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