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iPad Owner's Guide

How to Care for an iPad

Keeping your iPad in both good physical condition as well as functioning will ensure you obtain maximum resale value when its time to upgrade to the next tablet. Here are some simple steps to protect and keep your iPad in "like new" condition throughout its lifetime with you.

Case

A protective iPad case will ensure accidental drops or bumps are absorbed by the case, and not the tablet. When choosing a proper case you'll find thousands of options. First thing you should look for is a case that you find attractive. Most often if you don't like the look of something, you're not going to use it. Next, look at what type of case you would prefer to implement on your iPad. iPad cases come in many different form factors and styles. Some provide full enclosure protection while others are just snap on covers or shields. Make your decision based on how you've treated your gadgets in the past. If you tend to drop your gadgets more than normal or treat it roughly, a case with more protection would be a better choice. For those who tend just to throw their iPad in their bag and go, a case with full protection maybe better suited for you. Others who just use their iPad in the house or on the couch may just need a simple back cover or smart cover.

Screen Protector

Screen damage impacts the value of your iPad more than anything else, so protecting your screen is always a wise investment. When it comes to protecting your screen, there are two good options. The first is a ZAGG shield, which protects all sides of the iPad including the screen. The second option is to combine a front-only screen protector with the case of your choice. These types of screen protectors can usually be purchased for under $5 on eBay or Amazon. I recommend changing the screen protector every 2-3 months when you clean your device.

Clean Kit

Cleaning your iPad will ensure they stay in top physical condition. We recommend cleaning your iPad every few months or so. Due to the fact the iPad has such a big screen, fingerprints and smudges are going to be an issue no matter how many times you clean it. Always power off your device before performing any of the cleaning steps below.

  1. Grab yourself a microfiber cleaning cloth and a gadget-safe cleaning solution (Brasso and Monkey Spunk are good brands) and give the tablet a good cleaning. Always spray the cleaner on the rag and never directly on the device.
  2. Next grab a compressed Air Can for use with electronics (available at Office Depot, NewEgg, Staples, etc.) and clean out all the ports on the device. Spray out the headset jack, connector port, and SIM card slot.
  3. Apply a new screen protector and your case, and then power your device back on. This is always a good time to back up your iPad with iTunes as well. We recommend doing a backup every month to ensure all your data remains safe.

Unlike a phone, an iPad should not see as much daily use. That does not mean you have to be as careful. The screen on your iPad is big, which means there is greater risk of screen damage. We would recommend a warranty policy for those who are prone to accidents or have had problems with gadgets in the past. Proper care and maintenance along with the right accessories will greatly enhance the life and value of your iPad down the road.