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Griffin AirStrap

At a Glance
  • Griffin Technology AirStrap

    Macworld Rating

Find the iPad less than…handy? The $50 Griffin AirStrap can help you out there: It’s a case with an integrated elastic hand strap that always lets you keep the iPad right at, well, hand.

The AirStrap couldn’t be easier to use: just snap the iPad into the flexible rubberized molding, slide your hand through the neoprene strap, and voilà. The iPad stays nice and snug, with openings that let you get at the headphone jack, side switch, and dock-connector port—there are also rubber nubs covering the Sleep/Wake switch and the volume controls, though I found you had to push them harder than I would have liked to in order for the press to register.

When you’re not using the strap, the rubberized molding makes the iPad comfortable to hold and protects the back of the iPad. However, there’s no protection at all for the screen, something you may want to keep in mind.

At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    The built-in hand strap is a nifty idea, and the case provides plenty of protection for the back of the iPad, though none for the screen.


    • Integrated hand strap is easy to use
    • Volume, Sleep/Wake controls hard to push
    • Controls are accessible
    • Case is easy to put on and take off


    • No screen protection
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