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iPad Generation

apple.com iPadThe reports are in: Apple has sold more than a million iPads in the past month. Thus proving, the tablet has gone from a “that’d be nice” to an “absolute MUST have.” As with any trend, retailers are putting stock in this “iPad flourish” and rolling out rockin’ apps and posh accessories.

While I haven’t dipped my toe into the proverbial iPad pool quite yet, I have found a few favorites that someday will be mine!

  1. Renew: The sleek wood design of the Vers is a perfect juxtaposition against the modern lines of the tablet. Not only natural looking, but also renewable: for every tree used in the production, they replant 100 trees through the Arbor Day Foundation.
  2. Protect: The brightly hued Trip Jacket by M-Edge (left) is extremely charming in its Moleskine-inspired design (and currently on sale for $39.99).
  3. Read up: Look good (and smart too) with eMagazine apps from GQ ($2.99) and Popular Science. ($4.99) The magazines have rolled out the first of their kind with large photos, easy navigability and gripping features. Now I am just waiting for my favorite glossies to follow suit. 
  4. Game time and brain time: The Scrabble app ($9.99) takes the game of words to a whole new level. Shake the tablet to shuffle your tiles, and customize games rules and levels of difficulty. The app even gives you a hint to the most point-earning word.
  5. Skip the Satchel: Although Alan Garner pulled if off in The Hangover, it is not a good look for most gentleman. Many companies have released iPad bags and, while they are well made, the size of the tablet makes the bag ends up looking like a satchel (see photo on left). Why not invest in a neoprene sleeve, like the ones from InCase, and tucking it in your (manly) messenger bag. Seriously, with bags like Brooklyn Industries and Timbuk2 (below), there is no excuse for a pastel-hued murse.  

 

Other technological advances have made resident globetrotter Rudy Maxa’s life a little easier. Check out his favorite items for the techie traveler here.

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About Sarah Elbert

Sarah Elbert

As executive editor of Delta Sky, Sarah Elbert lassos the best writers she can find to cover the world—as well as contributing some prose of her own. Before coming to Sky, Sarah was editorial director of magazines including Northwest WorldTraveler and Carlson Wagonlit Travel's Postcards. She has been a newspaper editor, a freelance writer and an Associated Press reporter, riding with the White House travel pool (back in the Clinton days) and covering everything from natural disasters to a cat kidney transplant. Sarah has written for The New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Sun—but not the NY Daily News. She now lives in Minneapolis, which she finds lovely and underrated, but does occasionally miss Manhattan and the Staten Island Ferry. Sarah would like to think she could again go backpacking across Europe, and she still loves to travel, but she knows that train has left the station. It's just so much quicker to fly.

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Associate online editor Amanda Welshons maintains the web and social media presence of Delta Sky. She enjoys using new media and exploring how different platforms enhance the reader experience. Based in Minneapolis, Amanda has several destinations on her bucket list including London, Paris and Sydney. She just spent a blissful week in St. Lucia for her honeymoon, and can't wait for upcoming trips to Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver and New York. When she’s not in the office, she's a pop culture junkie, soaking up as many movies, television shows and magazines as possible.