With features like high resolution retina display, two iSight cameras and nearly a million apps available through the App Store, Apple's iPad is both a practical tool and entertaining gadget. As technology and gadgets have become a part of everyday life, many companies offer a wide range of colors and patterns to fit the user’s personal taste or style. Apple, however, prefers to keep things simple and stylish; iPad users need to look elsewhere to add personalized designs or fun colors.
Unlike the rainbow-inspired iPod Nano, the iPad comes in two colors: black and white. However, the color only refers to the area bordering the screen; the backs of all iPads are metal. When the iPad was first released, the only option was black until white became available with the release of the iPad 2. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, such as black showing more fingerprints and white showing more dirt.
Apple acknowledges that people like color and therefore offers a line of Smart Covers, which attach to the iPad via magnet. Smart Covers protect the iPad’s screen when it is not in use and fold to serve as a stand. They also wake the iPad up when opened and put it to sleep when closed. iPad Smart Covers come in two finishes: polyurethane and leather. Polyurethane covers are available in dark gray, light gray, pink, green and blue. Leather covers are available in light beige, tan, black, navy blue and red.
Cases & Sleeves
For those who want to change the color of their iPad beyond the scope of Apple’s slim offerings, many third-party manufactured cases and sleeves are available in a variety of designs. Cases usually fit around the iPad, protecting the body while also adding a dose of color. Sleeves, which are often made of neoprene, protect the iPad when not in use. Apple provides a range of third-party iPad sleeves and cases for purchase at the Apple Store, however many other stores and websites also offer them.
If you are into the idea of a fun and colorful iPad but less interested in a bulky case or sleeve that adds both thickness and weight, skins are an alternative. Skins are removable stickers that you can apply to the metal back of your iPad. Many websites--including Gelaskins, Society6, SlickWraps, Zagg and SkinIt--offer a wide array of designs and colors, but also let you use your own images and artwork to create a custom skin for your iPad.