Must Have Accessories for Your Android Tablet

Posted on February 7, 2014 by Nikhil P Naik

The holidays have been out of the way for a while now, but some of us are just getting free of the gift giving debt we put ourselves in back in December. As Valentine’s Day approaches, I have begun to seriously think about buying myself a loving gift. As a sucker for accessories, I have narrowed down the list to the following goodies. Why not treat yourself too?

A stand!

If you don’t have a tablet stand already, what the heck have you been doing with that tablet? How do you watch your shows, listen to music seamlessly or quickly access that recipe as you cook your dinner? Being the cheapskate that I am, I tried (and failed) to make my own tablet stand out of an old cd spindle. After my hubby helped me fix my dumb little experiment, it worked okay but left A LOT to be desired.

I do a lot of cooking, and I’m not very good at it, so naturally I am constantly going over to my tablet to make sure I’m following recipes to the letter. The Belkin Chef Tablet Stand comes with a washable stylus (no more guacamole screen!) for 39.99. The non-slip rubber base holds the tablet at the angle of your choice – either 60 or 30 degrees, and looks pretty doing it.

belkin tablet standOther worthy choices are available for those who don’t care to get a kitchen specific stand. The Twelve South Compass Portable Stand lets you use your android tablet in portrait or landscape mode and will fit perfectly with silicone buffers. It folds down completely for easy portability making this stand a compact sleek little friend.

 tablet stand

Another good option is the Satechi R1 stand which also allows both portrait and landscape viewing. Unlike the other two stands, the viewing angle is completely adjustable – isn’t that just the bee’s knees?!?

Satechi R1 standMoving on to more goodies to get yourself, you are going to need… 

A keyboard!

The Flexible Bluetooth Waterproof Keyboard is made from silicone making it waterproof, dustproof and super strong. It’s a nice choice if you are going to want to take your keyboard along with you to work or school. Look ma, no wires!

bluetooth keyboard

Even if you aren’t a big hot shot technology writer, you don’t want to awkwardly type replies to emails or Facebook comments all day. A task that should only take seconds used to take me five minutes without a keyboard. Forget about it!


Again with the “no wires” skill set, Jam Party Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Boombox has big sound and bass (especially for something only 7.5 x 2.6 x 2.5 inches) and it works within 30 feet of your tablet. It can handle 12 hours of wireless play time wherever and whenever, plus comes with an AC adaptor. All for only $119.99.

jam tablet speakers

Maybe the whole miniature 1990’s boom box look isn’t for you. I was skeptical at first too, so I looked into something with more of a post-college feel and found that the DA-F60 Samsung Portable Wireless Speaker is second to none at 8.9 x 1.8 x 5.1 inches.

 samsung tablet speakersA little pricier than the boom box, Samsung retails this speaker for $279.99. It is worth the money though, because you often have to give up sound quality with size and lack of wires, but that is not the case for this speaker.

A stylus!

For everything from sketching up doodles or works of art, to signing your documents, a stylus is your hand’s best friend. My favorite is the Mobile AluPen for my dinky doodles, notes and games because it is chunky, writes smooth with the responsive rubber tip, and it comes in a metallic pink – yay!

As you can see from the picture, it is a bit bulkier than a normal pen, but it doesn’t bother me. It also writes on the bolder, thick side so if you want a crisp line go with the AluPen Pro (Shown below).

tablet stylus

Now that the holidays have subsided, make sure you get yourself what you’ve always wanted (and needed) to make the most of your tablet. You are not a human tripod – free up your arms and legs with a tablet stand. Get a keyboard – who are you kidding trying to type without one? Really? You deserve to blast music in the shower – connect your tablet to a new set of wireless speakers. Finally, invest in a stylus to free up your screen from smudges. Treat yo’self!

About the Author: I’m Eva Ozawa. I do freelance writing for When I’m not writing, I’m busy buffing the fingerprint smudges off of my new tablet. Lousy kids, who needs ‘em anyway?

About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and is currently working as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He also loves playing cricket, listening to music, and traveling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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