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iPad Air 2 | Pencil by 53 | Paper by 53

By Danny Mavromatis

The iPad has been finding its way onto many gift guides over the years, and for good reason. It is an amazing piece of technology that enables people to not only be entertained, but also learn and be creative. The Air 2 is a bit thinner than previous generations and includes an updated rear-facing camera that provides better quality photos and videos. Apple has also added the much-anticipated TouchID sensor to the Air 2. However, the biggest improvement is that Apple bumped up the hardware specs, making it the fastest iPad ever. There are enough updates to the Air 2 to warrant an upgrade from a previous generation iPad, and it's really a no-brainer for someone getting a tablet for the first time.

From $499
www.apple.com

The Bluetooth-enabled stylus called Pencil by 53, combined with the Paper by 53 app, turns any iPad (Mini, iPad 3 and above) into a highly practical sketchbook. When using the Paper app, you really begin to believe you are actually sketching with a pencil, and the watercolor painting effects are equally impressive. This is one of those things you have to experience for yourself. Once you do, you can finally put away the old paper and pencil for the new digital versions.

Pencil by 53 -- $60
www.amazon.com

Paper by 53 app -- Free
www.itunes.com

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