Best iPad Mini accessories

Features 10:51, 27 Dec 2012

Here’s a selection of some of the best accessories for the iPad Mini

With the iPad Mini you're getting all the best aspects of the traditional iPad, sans that lovely Retina Display, of course, inside a smaller more portable chassis. Yes it costs more than the Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 but it is an Apple product. That's just the way it works.

And with Apple's iPad Mini you have access to more tablet-specific applications and games than on any other platform, including Android. So now you've got the slate it's time to think about accessories - the things that make it even more useful and fun.

But what are the best accessories out there?

Take our word when we say there's plenty to choose from - too many, in fact. And a lot them are utterly pants and not worth your consideration. Every now and then, however, one comes along that's actually actually quite useful and is definitely worth a look.

Here's our pick of the best.

Apple Smart Cover - £40

Sick of staring at endless Google pages full of iPad Mini covers? Yep - we were too. That's why we decided to go with Apple's official Smart Cover. It's simple, comes in a range of colours, is relatively cost-effective compared to some of its competitors, and can be ordered alongside your device, which removes the hassle of shopping for it separately.

Yes, there are plenty of other non-Apple cases out there that do a load of things the Smart Cover cannot do, but if you're just after something to protect your iPad Mini's display and prop it up occasionally you can't really go wrong with this one. It does exactly what it says on the tin.

Adonit Jot Pro - £22

You'd think the larger 9.7-inch iPad is more suited for stylus usage, but having tested a few stylus pens out on the 7-inch Mini we can now say that's not really the case. Think of the iPad Mini like the Galaxy Note 2 just with an extra 2-inches thrown in for good measure.

You don't have quite as much room on it as you would on the iPad 2/3/4, but you can still generate some pretty decent results, providing you have at least a smidgen of artistic flare.

To make the most of this display you need a good stylus. Our pick at present is the Adonit Jot Pro. It's accurate, well-designed, and feels very natural in the hand. Drawing and taking notes on a tablet does take some getting used to but once you're over the bump it's actually quite rewarding. Even more so if you pick the right stylus.

IOGEAR Multi-Link Bluetooth Mini Keyboard - £49

Like to work on the move? So do we, and IOGEAR's Bluetooth keyboard has proven itself time and time again while on the move. It's portable, has excellent key travel, feels natural, almost like your desktop one, and fits in even the smallest of bags.

The iPad isn't the best device for using a Bluetooth keyboard with, you'll need a stand for starters, but when you absolutely positively can't do without one, IOGEAR's little number cannot be beat. It even has hotkeys for quick access to things like Settings and Search.

Apple TV - £99

If you've got an iTunes account and at least one Apple device, as well as a HDTV, then Apple TV is definitely worth a look. It costs less than £100, features a decent Netflix application, and gives you access to thousands of movies, TV shows, and music via iTunes.

You can also use it to mirror your iPad, iPhone, MacBook, or iMac to your TV via AirPlay for big-screen browsing, gaming, and sharing photos and videos. It's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, lacking support for many popular video codecs, but it does work very well so long as you're prepared to do things the way Apple dictates. 

Philips Bluetooth SBH 9000 - £100

Good looking, great sound, and no wires. Philips' SBH 9000 Bluetooth headphones are an excellent choice for anyone seeking to make the jump to a premium pair of wireless head cans.

The headphones are over-ear, well constructed, and finished with leather, which means they not only provide you with excellent sound but will also keep your ears warm during the colder months too. What more could you want?

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