Australian iPad buying guide

It's time to decide whether Apple's iPad deserves your hard earned cash.

What accessories are available for the iPad?

Like the iPod and the iPhone, a range of third-party accessories will be available for the iPad, including cases, stands, docks, cables and screen protectors. Apple has a number of official iPad accessories on sale through the Apple Store.

iPad keyboard dock: $89

Although the iPad isn't designed for serious word processing, there will be many users who won't be able to live with the touchscreen keyboard. The iPad keyboard dock is a charging dock and a full-size keyboard in one. The dock has a rear dock connector port and an audio line-out port.

iPad case: $48

The iPad's display may be scratch resistant but the aluminium finish is not, so a case is highly recommended. In addition to protecting your iPad, Apple's iPad case also doubles as a flip out stand, so it's ideal for those wanting to use the iPad as a digital photo frame around the home.

iPad dock: $39

The iPad can be awkward to hold due to its size and if you have limited desk space at home, a dock could be ideal to save some space. Like the keyboard dock, the standard Apple iPad dock has a rear dock connector and an audio line-out port.

iPad camera connection kit: $39

One of the chief criticisms of the iPad is its lack of a USB port or a memory card reader for uploading photos. Apple's answer is the camera connection kit — it's available in USB or SD card models and means you don't have to connect the iPad to your PC to upload photos.

Australian iPad Buying Guide

Apple will sell a number of accessories for the iPad including a keyboard dock, a case that doubles as a stand and a camera connection kit that allows users to upload photos to the iPad without a PC.

iPad USB power adapter: $39

Unfortunately, Apple only provides a USB cable in the sales package to charge the iPad. The iPad power adapter lets you charge your iPad through an electrical outlet and comes with a longer cord. We feel this should have been included with the iPad.

iPad dock connector to VGA adapter: $39

This cable allows users to connect an iPad to a projector or monitor and display content such as photos, videos and apps on a larger screen. Unfortunately, this accessory only outputs images and video, not sound.

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