Cases & Covers
Hereâ€™s a quality offering from Incipio: A nice silicon skin for the Apple iPad. It’s got a special anti-static coating on it so it’s nice to handle and doesn’t pick up the dust. Plus it has all the necessary holes to provide access to the media ports and buttons. A decent height lip runs around the outside to provide a bit of protection for the glass. It comes in a few colors, like grey and pink but in black this makes a very presentable skin. Some of the cheaper silicon skins can be a bit tacky and even a bit smelly, so it’s worth stepping up to an Incipio product.
Old school can be cool, and Caselogic cater to those of us with a bit of old fashion style. This is a neat looking fabric sleeve with a full soft lining. The fabric has a light brown herringbone pattern that evokes images of hunting parties at English country manor-houses. If you’re going to an iPad party you may as well do so with a bit of class and dress your iPad in this outfit. Point to note however, the lining is a bright orange. Not sure why. Keep it hidden unless you’re confident your company will understand. Good to see a bit of variety out there.
Whatever the product is, someone’s going to go and make a wooden case for it. Vers has done exactly that for the Apple iPad. This is made from hardwood and bamboo and the iPad slips in the top. The frame covers the screen border completely so you only see screen inside the frame. Access is provided to the volume controls and the 30pin connector. Plus there’s a kickstand so you can prop it up portrait. The wooden frame is lined with a soft material so there’s no damage to the iPad as you slide it in and out. Vers considers that the wood and bamboo isn’t enough by itself, and they’ve gone and reinforced it by steel. Just in case a bomb goes off or something. This is an amazing option for the iPad that has everything.
Well Zagg are claiming this is a military grade material. Not only is it military grade, whatever that might mean, but it is also virtually indestructible! I’m not going to set it on fire to verify this, but they do offer a life time guarantee should it even get the slightest scratch. Thatâ€™s a big call. Apparently the material is made using nano-memory technology. Thatâ€™s all very well and good, except that nano-memory technology is used for making molecular density computer memory chips. Perhaps the marketing department had one too many that day. The material is 0.2mm thick, or 8 one-thousandths of an inch. Careful not to cut yourself while putting it on! Kudos to your marketing department Zagg!
A neoprene sleeve from Luxmo. There are a lot of neoprene sleeves out there so how does a design stand out from the crowd? High quality construction? Yep, this bag has that, but so do a lot of others. How about quality zips? Yep this bag has that too, and so do all the others. Well how about an in-your-face zebra print! Yes thatâ€™s the trick! Luxmo are trying to be noticed with this ‘tasteful’ design. And so will you be! What more could you want? In pink you say? Well as it happens Luxmo are also offering this in a pink zebra print. Perfection.
This is a sleeve with a nice texture as it’s made form faux suede. It comes with a shoulder strap too, so it transforms into a neat little sling bag. There’s a generous zippered exterior pocket with a zip to keep some slim extras, like an iPhone. There’s actually a fair bit of room in the main compartment, so you can slip a bit more stuff in there too. Like documents for example. Or perhaps a second iPad, as there’s only one thing better than an iPad, and thatâ€™s two iPads! CaseCrown’s logo is a neat little orange crown in the corner that adds a bit of color and looks good. A very good sleeve considering the price.
This is a sleeve with a bit of something extra. You’d think neoprene alone offers all the protection you need. But CaseCrown have gone and thrown in some memory foam too, just to be completely sure your iPad is happy. Belt and braces. Theyâ€™ve gone to a bit of trouble with this case. They’ve also added in a side pocket for bits and pieces. The pocket is held closed by a segment of Velcro, so it’s easy to open in a hurry. The main compartment is double zippered along the long side for easy access. A good option in the sleeve department from CaseCrown.
Thermoplastic Polyurethane is elastic, transparent, and resistant to oil, grease and particularly abrasion. Just the thing to make an iPad skin out of. Thatâ€™s probably why Hard Candy made their Sleek Skins out of it. Clever hey? Well these skins are perfect for the iPad. They have all the holes you need for your media connectors and they also come with a snap on cover lid! Yes, you get glass protection too. The lid snaps on to the back when you’re using the pad, then, when its time to travel, pop it on the front and through your iPad in your bag. Too easy. The lid snaps on to little nodules in the corners and is held on nice and tightly. A very good design from Hard Candy.
Thermoplastic; itâ€™s the business. Especially if you can give it a carbon fiber look! And XGear have done just that with this folio style case. It’s made from ABS thermoplastic, which stands for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene and is used in the manufacture of golf club heads because of its shock absorbency. It works down to -13 degrees Fahrenheit, just in case you happen to live beyond the Arctic Circle. Besides the material qualities, the folio closes with a tab and also has space for some documents and business cards. This is hardcore protection for your iPad.
Most folio cases aren’t made from rubber. But Quirky seem to think that they can make it work. And I tend to agree. Using an advanced non-slip rubber material, and reinforcing it with plastic as needed, they’ve made a stylish case for your iPad. The rubber is non-slip, strong and very shock absorbent. Now there’s more. Quirky have designed this case so that it can act a s a stand in both portrait and landscape. In landscape the folio cover folds back round and the angle can be adjusted using a button on the hinge. In portrait you need to foldout a brace from the insid of the folio cover, which you fold right back behind. Overall a very functional design.