After having spend a lot of money on your newest electronic gadget, you might want to make sure that it will last a long time. Or at least until you bought a newer model. Internet rumor has it that the new IPad 2 will be on the market shortly. But no matter which IPad model you have, protecting it from harm should be very high on your list of things to do and the following tips can help you with this:

Use Common Sense

A longstanding friend of mine always says that 'The common sense is the least common of all senses.' Meaning that people don't use it often enough ;-) In the case of the Ipad this means not to use it in circumstances that could harm it. Apple states this as the environmental requirements for safe use:

Temperature range possible for using it: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C) and temperature range for storing it: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C). Which means, don't operate your Ipad outside the first range, and never expose it to anything outside the second. An IPad is therefor not meant for extreme climates such as the Arctics and / or hot deserts.

Allowed humidity: 5% to 95%, non-condensing. The keyword here is 'non-condensing', which in turn means that you shouldn't take your newest gadget to the Amazon rainforest neither.

Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m), also no climbing the Mt. Everest with it, as you can see.

In general you can say that you should keep it away from water (including steam) and extreme hot and cold temperatures. For household uses that means that you need to get some sort of Ipad protector if you plan to take it into the kitchen or near the pool.

Screen Protectors versus Ipad Cases

The pro's of screen protectors and full body shields are, that they protect your tablet computer well against minor spills, stains and scratches and that they don't alter the look of it significantly, nor that they have a negative impact on the usability of the touchscreen. The con's are that they offer close to no protection against bumps and drops, plus some models can make the surface feeling slippery, making the worst case scenario of 'Ipad dropped from on high' even more probable.

Ipad cases, with all their variations, protect it better against impact and can also serve as a stand and / or carrier solution. They can change the look of the Ipad considerably, something what you might or might not like. Some of them, like waterproof Ipad cases, can have a negative impact on the usability of the touchscreen.

In conclusion, an Ipad is a far too expensive investment to leave it completely unprotected, which solution you need and prefer depends entirely on how and where you use it most.