by Brent Dirks
December 7, 2012
The iPad mini may be a smaller version of the popular tablet, but that sure doesn’t mean the number of accessories are limited. This week, we highlight eight holiday gift ideas for iPad mini owners.
A Large Amount Of Protection For A Small TabletI reviewed the case in November, and liked its light weight, built-in screen protector, and the included stand/shield. The three layers of protection do a nice job of keeping an iPad mini safe and sound. The Defender retails for $69.99, but you can now snag the case on Amazon.com for $45.32. It comes in black, pink, and gray.
If You Really Want To Use A KeyboardBelkin’s Keyboard Case looks to be a good choice if you just have to have a real keyboard to use with the tablet. Belkin says the keys are well spaced for its small size. The connection is made via Bluetooth, and the battery can last around 155 hours without needing to be recharged. There are also iPad mini-specific keys to control audio and video functions. The keyboard folds flat into the case, and it can even be removed if you don’t need to carry it. You can snag it for $74.99 on Amazon.com.
I Am LGNDIncipio for $29.99.
Drop Everything And Take A Look At This Camera And iOS Appfree iOS app is top-notch. And the company made me even happier by rolling out a native iPad app last month. I can now use my iPad mini to monitor my young son in his room, even with the lights off. Dropcam is $149.99 and can be found on Amazon.com. For an extra $9.99 per month, you can sign up for the DVR service that stores seven days of video in the cloud and provides easy access to motion events.
Roll Your Way To FunSharky the Beaver. The new app turns the ball into an augmented reality beaver that runs around your house. Along with letting the crazy animal explore, you can also feed him as many cupcakes as possible. My 5-year-old daughter has loved it so far, and asks my almost hourly if she can play with Sparky. Sphero is $129.99 and can be ordered directly through Orbotix or Amazon.com. While the price might be a little high, I can highly recommend it, and am very glad to see that Orbotix is coming up with new and exciting uses for the ball. I’ll have a full review of the system next week.
A Car Mount for the 99 Percentcustom iPad mini installation in your car, don’t worry. The ExoMount Tablet from ExoGear can mount the iPad mini, and even the full-sized iPad, in a car easily and quickly. The mount has a super-strong suction cup that can stick to the most difficult of surfaces. And the multi-positioning arm lets users mount their iPad mini in the perfect position. I’ve been testing the mount for a full review later, and have been very impressed. Even in my smaller Honda CR-V, I was easily able to adjust the system to find the perfect spot to mount my the tablet. And now I take the mini pretty much everywhere. I’ve been able to fight the temptation to play Angry Birds at 70 miles per hour, but catching up on TV shows has been quite nice during my commute. The mount is $69.95 and can be purchased directly through ExoGear’s site.
Stand ToughiPad mini stand. Their Bamboo Panel Stand is composed of two reversible, interlocking pieces that can create an optimal viewing angle in either portrait or landscape mode. A groove in the base securely holds the mini, while a soft velvet liner at the top of the stand protects it from scratches. The stand is $19.95 and available now through Boxwave.
I’ve Got An iPad mini Up My Sleevestarts at $29 and can be ordered directly through Rickshaw.
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Sharky the Beaver for iPad