You don’t need to upgrade your iPad Air 2!

This is a post for all of you who have an iPad Air 2 but don’t know if you should spend the money to get an iPad Pro 9.7. Well I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to!

The iPad Pro does have the exquisite features such as the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard, and if those are the only reason you want to get an iPad Pro, then I want to show you another route you can do, and a much less expensive one at that.

First things first, you don’t need to purchase an iPad Pro if you want to be able to use the Apple Pencil. The other option is buying a FiftyThree Pencil for only $49.99, and comes in the colors of Gold, Graphite, and Walnut. You also don’t need to upgrade for the Smart Keyboard, instead you could buy the BrydgeAir Keyboard for $149.99 available in colors of Silver, Space Gray, and Gold to match your iPad perfectly. But let’s dive into these products individually!

FiftyThree Pencil

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The applications the Pencil works with include:

  • Paper (FiftyThree)
  • OneNote (Microsoft)
  • Adobe Illustrator Draw
  • Adobe Photoshop Sketch
  • GoodNotes
  • Noteshelf
  • Sketchbook and many more

There are also many features with the FiftyThree Pencil that you may enjoy. The first is Surface Pressure. Depending on how hard you press down, you will be able to control the thickness of your lines without having to change any sort of setting, all managed by your finger tips. Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 4.10.24 PM

 

You can also Erase with this pencil! This is a feature that is slightly better than the Apple Pencil, because in order to erase with this device, all you have to do is flip it over and use the other end to erase, without having to change any sort of settings. Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 4.10.27 PM

 

Also you may even enjoy the fact that certain applications use Palm Rejection. Yes that’s right, you don’t need to have the iPad Pro in order to have Palm Rejection incorporated, it comes a part of some apps. Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 4.10.33 PM

Here are also some technical specifications if you are interested in them:

  • Pencil’s battery charges off any USB port in under 90 minutes and delivers power for up to a month of normal use on a single charge.
  • Bluetooth connection: no settings menus, no confusing pairing rituals. Just press Pencil’s tip to the screen and it will automatically connect.

I think that this is a great alternative to the Apple Pencil, especially with the price being at $49.99. Next up, let’s talk about the best keyboard to get for your device.

 

BrydgeAir Keyboard

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The BrydgeAir Keyboard is possibly one of the best attachable keyboards you can get for your iPad. The first thing that I think is quite awesome is the design. Not only does the color match up quite well with whatever iPad you may have, but it is also designed to feel like any keyboard. It is very versatile as you can see below, and can go to as much as a 180 degree view.

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It also has backlit keys. Not many keyboards have this feature, something that would come in very useful if you were working in a darker location like in your room at night, a cafe, or even on an airplane.

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To top it off this keyboard also includes its own set of speakers. So now you wouldn’t have to listen to your built in iPad speakers when they come a part of the keyboard. I think they also make up for the fact that the keyboard isn’t connected like the Smart Keyboard by giving it extraordinary battery life. A single charge can hold up 3 Months of Use, and to charge it, all you have to do is plug in a Micro USB Cable.

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The FiftyThree Pencil and the BrydgeAir Keyboard are great alternatives for your iPad Air 2 if you are contemplating upgrading your device strictly for he means of the accessories. You would save plenty of money too. A new iPad Pro ranges from $599- $1229 depending on the size, and Wifi or Cellular capability. The Apple Pencil is $99 and the Smart Keyboard is roughly $150 on top of that. That’s a lot of money to invest just if you’re looking for a few simple accessories to be able to use. So instead of buying all that you could just get the  FiftyThree Pencil for $49 and the BrydgeAir Keyboard for $149 and you would be all set!

I hope this helped in your decision regarding upgrading your device if you were only looking to get the use of the Pencil and Keyboard! If you have any comments or questions feel free to comment below or email at simpletechlifeblog@gmail.com 

Please note that credit for these products and images are due to the websites of FiftyThree and BrydgeAir.

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