Buy For Access to Accessories & Cases
When you choose the iPad as your tablet you get access to tons and tons of high quality accessories.
This includes lightning port adapters that let you connect a SD card, USB devices and even do video out to a TV over HDMI. With these you will want to go with official Apple options, but when you start looking at cases and stands the options open way up.
You can find tons of amazing iPad cases that fit the 9.7-inch iPad. Apple offers many options, but that's just the start. You can find a ton of cool options at Best Buy, Target and online through Amazon.
There are cases at all price points and you can find a wide variety of stands and keyboard cases that let you do more with your iPad.