In the past year the number of college students owning tablets tripled, jumping from 7% to 25% in 2012. Odds are most of these college students own an iPad, which means there are many accessories that fit the dorm room and college life perfectly.
The 2012 Pearson Foundation study also found the majority of college students prefer digital textbooks, which are a natural fit for the iPad.
I’m often asked, “Can the iPad replace a laptop?” And this time of year I hear “Can I send my kid to school with just an iPad?” While most students will appreciate the benefits of a laptop as well as a tablet, accessories like those below will help turn the iPad into a highly productive college gadget.
All of these iPad accessories work with the iPad 2 and the new iPad 3rd Generation. Some will also work with the original iPad, which some students are taking back to school as parents pass down old tech.
The following iPad accessories are among the best I’ve used, and fit perfectly into the small spaces of a dorm room and the fast paced mobile life of a college student.