The Week in iPad Cases: Marching on
The iPad 2 has been on the market for a nearly five months, but the flood of new cases hasn't stopped. Which is good for us, and you, because it means yet another iPad case roundup.
Cocoon: The Grid-It Wrap 10 (iPad and iPad 2; $30) is a wonder for iPad users who like to keep things organized. With enough pockets and straps for just about anything from a pack of chewing gums to a charging cable, the Grid-It is sure to keep things in check no matter where you are. It’s made of synthetic material and comes in black.
Griffin: The AirStrap (iPad 2; $50) features a molded frame with a comfortable grip designed to protect your tablet from bumps and scratches. A wide, neoprene strap at the back makes it easy to hold the iPad in your hand, regardless of whether you’re sitting at the coffee shop or standing in the train on the way to work. It comes in black.
InCase: The Mag Snap (iPad 2; $40) is a clear, durable, hardshell case designed to work alongside Apple’s Smart Cover. In addition to protecting the back of your iPad 2, this case features two magnetic strips that can be used to hold the last flap of a Smart Cover, extending the latter’s functionality by providing three different viewing angles, in addition to keeping the cover open when reading.
M-Edge: Lots of new iPad products from this manufacturer, starting with the Back It (iPad 2; $20), a snap-on polycarbonate case with minimal profile available in clear, black, blue, or orange.
The Go Jacket (iPad 2; $45) features a trifold cover that allows you to use your tablet in three different positions. The soft, grey-microsuede interior is complemented on the outside by either crackled leather and carbon fiber (available in black and grey), patent leather (which can be had in platinum, merlot, or copper), or purple microfiber leather.
The New Yorker Jacket (iPad 2; $50) is, as its name implies, a jacket cover inspired by the venerable publication, with one of five different cover images available on the front of its ultra-slim design.
The Incline Jacket (iPad 2; $50) comes with a foldable design that can be arranged in five different viewing positions. It features a microfiber leather exterior and is available in red, blue, purple, black, fuchsia, or green.
Finally, there's the Cambridge Jacket (iPad 2; $50). Constructed of durable cotton canvas and genuine leather, and available in black or mocha, it sports an elegant box spine construction and a wool twill interior. The outside of the case is even treated with ScotchGard to repel liquids and help prevent stains.
MiPow: The Juice Book (iPad; $119) combines a folio-style case made of genuine leather and a battery pack that provides extra juice for your iPad while you’re on the road. The rechargeable battery pack can also charge your iPod touch or iPhone if they need a bit of extra juice. The case comes in chocolate, saddle, or brown, and is available with a number of different AC plugs for various worldwide markets (including, of course, North America).
OtterBox: The Utility Series Latch (iPad and iPad 2; $50) is designed to hold your tablet wherever and however you want. Carrying case? Check. Hand strap? Check. Hanging cord? Check. Car-seat-headrest strap? Check. Available in black and made with tough materials with plenty of padding, the Latch can also be used with a Motorola Xoom.
Ozaki: The iCoat Notebook Grain (iPad 2; price unavailable) protects the front and back of the iPad with class and offers several different designs. Like Apple’s own Smart Cover, the iCoat’s front folds to act as a viewing stand or typing platform and features magnets in all the appropriate places to support the iPad 2's magnetic sleep/wake feature.
PBJ Ventures: The Professional iPad Briefcase (iPad; $60) is a folio-style case that doubles as a viewing stand in landscape mode and as a typing platform, with space for documents and accessories thrown in for good measure. When not in use, the case can be folded up and zipped closed; it includes a shoulder strap for easy carrying. The Briefcase comes in a black faux-leather material.
SGP: The Argos (iPad 2; $95) is a case made of genuine vintage leather that features a fold-out flap at the back that can be used to prop up your tablet for easy viewing in landscape orientation. The Argos in completely handmade using an ultrathin design that limits bulk. It's available in black, tender blue, white, sherbet pink, or vintage brown.
The Dresden Klaus9i (iPad 2; $75) is a compact and light carrying case made of neoprene and spandex with soft padding for maximum protection. Its shoulder strap makes it perfect for keeping your tablet safe while you’re on the go, and its spacious construction can even accommodate an iPad inside a thin case.
Splash Products: The Vapor II (iPad 2; $30) is an update to the company’s original Vapor case, this time designed to work with Apple’s Smart Cover. Like its predecessor, the Vapor II is a snap-on back case finished with a unique material that provides a firm grip without adding significant bulk to the tablet. It’s available in clear or black.
Sumdex: The SpinWork 2 (iPad 2; $50) is a multi-function molded shell that holds your iPad and features a ring at the back that transforms it into a stand. A set of strategically-placed openings make it easy to hang a SpinWork-encased iPad from a car’s headrest, and the case is compatible with Apple’s Smart Cover. The SpinWork 2 comes in white with either black, red, or blue accents.
USBFever: The OEM iPad Leather Case (iPad 1 and 2; $54) comes with a detachable Bluetooth keyboard in a convenient little package that features a magnetic closure and can be turned into a viewing stand. (Despite the name, the case is not made of real leather.)