What respectable tablet owner could buy a device then leave it naked and unprotected against the perils of the world, never buying it a docking station to rest after a hard day, never letting it know the sweet touch of a stylus? Kensington and Samsung are ensuring that such an unfortunate fate need not befall two of the top tablets available today, the Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Both Kensington and Samsung have built a host of cases, chargers, stands, and other peripherals to protect the iPad 2 (in the case of Kensington) and Galaxy Tab 10.1 (obviously Samsung’s focus), and improve the functionality and capability of the tablets.
Cases, Stands and Styli for the iPad 2, Courtesy of Kensington
Kensington appears to have been busy this spring, and the fruits of its labors have ripened into six brand new iPad 2 accessories. For starters (and typists), there’s the $100 KeyFolio Pro Performance Keyboard Case. For customers who are really not that into typing, but could go for a traditional writing implement, Kensington has developed the $15 Virtuoso Stylus, which will let users write, draw, and annotate on their iPad 2s (when using the right apps).
Rounding out the list are four accessories meant to keep iPad 2s out of harm’s way: the $30 Kensington BlackBelt Protection Band, the creatively named $20 Protective Back Cover, the even more creatively named $40 Protective Cover and Stand, and the $50 Protective Folio and Stand.
All of these products are tailored to the iPad 2, and can currently be found online at Amazon, Kensington.com, and other major retailers.
Cased, Connected and Charged — Samsung Releases Line of Galaxy Tab 10.1 Accessories
On the Android side of things, Samsung has been crafting its own collection of Galaxy Tab 10.1 peripherals. For docking options, Samsung will offer the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Multi-Media Dock and Galaxy Tab 10.1 Keyboard Dock.
For customers considering cases, Samsung will deliver three options: the Book Cover Case, Bluetooth Keyboard Case, and the Leather Pouch. Samsung will also offer a hodgepodge of connectivity accessories, such as its USB Adapter or HDMI Cable Adapter.
All of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 accessories mentioned above and more should be available by mid-summer.