While the iPad is a fascinating piece of technology, it is far from invincible. Spills, drops, bonks and bangs can do irreparable harm to this exciting device just like any flip-phone or MP3 player.
In the year since the iPad first arrived on the scene, however, a virtual cottage industry has sprung up around the tablet and protecting your device with a sleek carrying case is often only a matter of personal style.
There are plenty of manufacturers that make top of the line iPad carrying cases that allow for safe and stylish protection. iPadNewsDaily has compiled a list of the best and reviewed each.
You could say we’re on the case.
Byrd and Belle iPad Sleeve ($48.00)
Wool may not be the first material that comes to mind when one thinks of protecting an important electronic device, but the Byrd and Belle iPad Sleeve serves this purpose well. Featuring a 1/8 inch thick felted wool material that makes the device easy to slide in and out, the case comes with a hand-dyed leather strap that rivets to the back and snaps on the front for easy carrying. It’s a no-frills kind of case, but one that’s relatively inexpensive and very effective.
Templebags All Leather iPad Case ($189.00)
This case is for the inner-Indiana Jones in all of us. Templebags All Leather iPad Case will immediately spark up the adventurous spirit in you with its fine oiled leather and comfortable padded shoulder strap. The internal pocket also makes it useful to carry iPad accessories, such as a cleaning cloth or a stylus. It’s pricier than most, but it’s definitely worth the cash.
Book For iPad ($89.00)
Book For iPad is an ideal case for reading enthusiasts, or at least someone that wants to look like they are reading a book. Book for iPad uses a Velcro edge sealing system, so the iPad can be kept secure when it isn’t in use. The wool material is made from natural German felt, so it will stay durable in the long run; no matter how many times the tablet is removed and put back. It’s a little pricier than usual, but considering the manufacturer makes each order in a custom fashion, it’s certainly worth it.
Incase Convertible Book Jacket For iPad ($60)
What looks like just another simple bookcase for the iPad is in fact so much more. Incase’s Convertible Book Jacket is made of the sturdiest of materials, making it hard to damage even if it’s dropped. What’s more, it can also be converted into a stand, making it easy to use the iPad without needing to hold it up. It can easily be converted back into bookcase form as well. This two-in-one purpose makes Incase’s model one worth considering.
Otter Box IPad Defender Case ($89)
Otter Box is no stranger to making extraordinary Apple cases, and the Defender is among the best of the best. Despite the somewhat bright color designs (options available include Hot Pink Plastic/Black Silicone and White Plastic/Blue 639 Silicone – we prefer straight-up black), the case provides three layers of protection, along with a built-in stand and easy-to-grasp sides, which makes carrying it a breeze. A solid choice for sure.
Acme Made the Skinny iPad Sleeve ($30)
For those on a tight budget the aptly named Acme Made the Skinny iPad Sleeve may be an ideal choice for iPad transport and protection. Using an ultra-thin StretchShell neoprene material, this case is fully water and stain resistant, and comes with an interior screen guard to keep the iPad safe from scratches. Again, it’s not fancy, but it’s sufficient.
Aegis' iPad Wood Case
Wood may not be your first choice when it comes to quality iPad cases, but Aegis' iPad Wood Case is very cool. A two-piece sliding case made of solid bamboo-based wood, it allows for easy (and secure) storage of the iPad, and can withstand drops and bumps quite easily.
It also slides out into a stand, so you can set the iPad down and work on it, then slide it back when it's time to go. We "wood" definitely consider it.
Hanakapiai iPad Sleeve ($35)
Finally, there’s this interesting offering from ColcaSac, a company that specializes in naturally protecting sleeves for MacBooks, Kindles and other devices. Its Hanakapiai iPad Sleeve is inspired by a beach along the Kalalau Trail in northern Kauai, with dark brown, heavy duty 18.5 oz basket weave hemp canvas. It provides full protection from dents and scratches, and keeps the iPad secure via a Velcro closure. It’s also comfortable in the grip, making it ideal for travel purposes. Especially if you’re headed to, say, Hawaii. But don’t try to smoke it. It is not that kind of hemp.