Apple's iPad has only been available in the US for a month, and it hasn't even officially hit UK shelves yet. However, we've managed to discover a number of tips and tricks that will make the device even more versatile and easy to use.

Get the iPad Case

I'm not a big fan of iPhone cases - I've tried a couple and always come back to just putting the naked iPhone in my pocket. But I feel differently about Apple's iPad case.

It's got rigid sides, and it folds to make a stand for the iPad that will either tilt it a little bit for easier viewing when holding the iPad on a horizontal surface, or prop it nearly vertically for use with an external keyboard.

It's got an attractive black microfiber finish, with a rough surface that makes it a bit easier to keep a grip on the iPad.

True, you don't really need a case for the iPad - it's a rugged, attractive machine that's designed to be used as is. But get the case anyway; it's extremely useful.

Skip the iPad Dock

It's like a giant iPhone dock, but for your iPad. It's pretty useless, even more so because it doesn't work with Apple's iPad case.

Try home-made accessories

You already have iPad accessories lying around the house.

My wife came up with the idea of putting a rubbery shelf liner under the iPad to keep it from skidding around on a lap desk; you can also use a mouse pad.

Use a bookstand - or even a business card holder - to prop the iPad up vertically.

Use a leather folio as an iPad case. Rainy Day Magazine has more tips for turning household items into iPad accessories.

The screen gets covered in finger prints easily

I haven't found a good fix for that.

The iPad's screen does have the same oil-resistant coating found on the latest iPhones, but I still find that one minute after I've wiped it clean with the bottom of my T-shirt, the screen looks like a camel blew its nose on it.

Anybody have any tips to help?

  1. Get the most from Apple's Slate PC
  2. Don't worry about battery life
  3. Get the Apple Wireless Keyboard
  4. Get the iPad Case