I bought my iPad about two months ago. I have since been using it for quite a few hours every day including travel abroad and in other 'outside-the-home' environments. I am not using any accessories other than a soft padded case for storing and carrying around. No screen protector, no keyboard, no stylus, nothing...! The iPad remains in pristine condition (except for those annoying finger smudges) and I can't really see the need or justification for accessories of any sort. As far as I can tell, the iPad is pretty much a stand-alone item.