iPhone and iPad gifts for students - TiPb holiday gift guide
'Tis the season to be gifting and with iPhone and iPad being pretty much the perfect tool for students, there will be lots of elementary, high school, and college kids to shop for this year. That means not only devices like iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad all wrapped up and ready to go, but all the great apps and accessories that go with them. Do you know someone special who's in school? If so, here's TiPb helpful holiday gift guide!
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We don't know about you but our kids have pretty much put aside their (or more likley our!) iPod touches and gone head-over-heels for the big, bright screened iPad. And since we panic every time we see them stumble, run, and jump from sofa to table to who-knows-where-else they're going, we make sure we have a nice, safe, squishy case on that baby to save it from our babies. Griffin's FlexGrip fits the bill here. It's durable, provides good protection, and is easy to grip so they have less chance of dropping it. Once the iPad is safe the very next thing we want is for it to be silent. Endless games, stories, music, and learning is fun for them but we want to have our conversations, enjoy our shows, and otherwise keep our sanity while they're having their fun. Enter the BlackBerry Premium Stereo Headset. Yeah, again, the name says BlackBerry but the price says cheap so we won't feel bad when they lose or otherwise destroy them.
When it comes to apps, whether they're in kindergarten or sixth grade, we want them to learn and they want to play. Truth is, they're better at plant-pelting zombies, cutting ropes, and launching birds than we are. Builds eye-hand coordination and multitouch proficiency (technology of the future until neural implants get here) so we're not too worried. Still, it's good to sneak some education into their fun. Obviously, there's a huge difference between kindergarten and 6th grade, so here's a wide sampling:
With high school students we like to double up. Skin under, case over. That way if they decide to be daring and take their iPad out, it's still protected against scratches, scrapes, and sticky fingers. Both BodyGuardz and Invisible shield will work. Once the skin is on, it's time for some color. For that we turn to either the Incipio SILICRYLIC if we want to go sturdy, or the Case-Mate Gelli Kaleidoscope if we want something soft and grippy. When protection is what we need, and a Defender is just too much, we go with the Otterbox Commuter. It's a great balance. A good headset is key as well, so they can listen to their tunes while studying up a storm of course. The maximo iMetal Isolation Stereo Headset is good sound at a great price.
- BodyGuardz or InvisibleShield
- Incipio SILICRYLIC or Case-Mate Gelli Kaleidoscope
- Otterbox Commuter Case
- maximo iMetal Isolation Stereo Headset
High school kids will no doubt like the latest games as well. If they're CoD fiends than Modern Combat 2 won't disappoint. And we're sure they'd love some "fremium" upgrades for their farms, restaurants, and other social games as well (even if we silently curse their creators beneath our breath). For the studious, however, we turn to both the earth and the heavens.
If we're packing our iPad instead of a netbook, the Griffin Elan Passport offers style, protection, and space to tuck our IDs and more. We also rock it for iPhone, at least those of us who are fans of the Euro-sized wallet look. And while the freedom of Stereo Bluetooth appeals to us, with the prices of tuition these days we understand the need to keep costs down, so we're happy with the MOTOROCKR S305s. We can hit the gym, the dorms, or the library without any cables to slow us down. And yeah, we'll reach for the stylus occasionally as well, especially if we're whiteboarding or just doodling some notes. Lastly, since we never know when we'll be able to plug in and re-charge, we love -- love! -- the Smartphone Experts S&C Retractable Cable.
- Griffin Elan Passport Case [iPhone / iPad]
- MOTOROCKR S305 Stereo Bluetooth Headset
- Ten One Design Pogo Sketch
- Smartphone Experts S&C Retractable Cable
Speaking of whiteboards, both Sadun's White Board and Penultimate have a lot to offer. We're also really happy with Good Reader and Air Sharing as they let us keep our files handy and chew through them like nobody's business. There's so much educational ninjary you can perform with them we'd need a whole article just to get into it. (Not to mention what you can do when you start adding online services like Dropbox.com or Box.net into the mix!) Papers is great too, and offers some extra features for students. iStudies Pro helps us get our learn on and Inkling is just on the verge of becoming really interesting for text books.
- Sadun's Whiteboard [iTunes link] or Penultimate [iTunes link]
- Good Reader [iTunes link, Air Sharing [iTunes link], or Papers [iTunes link]
- iStudies Pro [iTunes link
- Inkling [iTunes link]
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