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Waterfield Designs iPad Smart Case

At a Glance
  • WaterField Designs Smart Case (for original iPad)

    Macworld Rating

    Nicely made sleeve with enough protection to keep your iPad safe inside another bag.

Waterfield's iPad Smart Case is a suave sleeve that will hold your iPad securely and protect it nicely. Less than an inch thick, the case's outside is covered in tough fabric (in green, flame, copper, pine, pearl, or black) with a faux-suede strip along left and right edges. The opening at the top of the sleeve is tailored precisely for the iPad: The tablet slides in easily, but once it's in there, it won't slip out, even if you turn the sleeve over and bounce it gently up and down.

The front and back of the sleeve include rigid inserts for additional screen protection, and the inside is lined with "Ultrasuede." The Smart Case's padding won't deflect determined blows, but it will protect against everyday jostling. A thin mesh pocket on the outside can hold the iPad's charger or a screen-cleaning cloth. With its excellent fit and finish, a nice selection of colors, and just enough padding, the Smart Case is very nice sleeve indeed.

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At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    Nicely made sleeve with enough protection to keep your iPad safe inside another bag.

    Pros

    • Good construction and protection
    • Snug fit

    Cons

    • Not as easy to remove as looser sleeves
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