I finally got my iPad 32gb wifi two weeks ago from Deb who brought it home from San Francisco. It wouldn’t have been possible if not for the patience and resourcefulness of Jeanne who bought it for me. She went to Apple’s Union Square store at the exact time a new delivery arrived. Thanks Jeanne and Deb for my iPad!
Being an early adopter means having to be creative with accessories. There weren’t any iPad screen protectors, cases or bags available in Manila yet. It’s a good thing my friend Tisay who’s based in Hong Kong bought me a non-glare, fingerprint proof screen protector and this red semi-hard plastic case in Sham Shui Po. I love this kind of case which is also the type I use on my iPhone. It’s harder than a silicone case and it offers a good non-slip grip while being thin and light. The only thing I didn’t like is the hole in the back for the Apple logo but I can live with that.
For further protection I bought this memory foam 10″ netbook sleeve from cd-r king and it cost only P180. Even with my red plastic case the sleeve was a perfect fit. This sleeve also came in black and blue depending on the availability in the store. My fingers’ indentation on the memory foam disappeared after a few seconds. This is an amazing value for the protection it gives to my iPad. With this sleeve on I can just put my iPad in my shoulder bag or hand carry luggage without worries.
memory foam sleeve from cd-r king P180 or US$4
I was in Ali Mall in Cubao last week to get my plane ticket from Philippine Airlines. While waiting for my number to be called I walked around the nicely renovated mall to look for possible iPad cases or bags. I found a great bag in an unlikely store, Clipper. Clipper carries all sorts of knick knacks for kids, tweens and teens. It’s a treasure trove of goodies and gifts for this age group.
A few steps from Clipper is Halo Mobile Clothing which sells cases for cellphones, laptops and gadgets.
They had these nice 10″ neoprene sleeves that were a snug fit for my iPad. I had to wiggle my iPad and do some pulling and stretching but it fit well too. I prefer sleeves with zipper with quicker access and storage.
neoprene sleeves from Halo P250 or US$6
I found this adjustable book rest in National Bookstore in Ali Mall. It’s made of steel and promises to be rust proof and it’s dirt cheap at P83.
adjustable book rest from National Bookstore P83 or US$1.85
I love my iPad! I use it mainly for reading books but surfing and checking email on it is awesome. I don’t regret buying it. I plan to bring it when I travel instead of my heavy macbook pro.