The Week in iPad Cases: Slings and arrows

It's time for another edition of our weekly iPad case roundup. This week's selection covers the usual variety, but it also shows how the iPad has become a fashion symbol, as well as a tool that's indispensable to people in all walks of life. It also answers the eternal question: Will an iPad survive a launch from a catapult?

G-Form's Extreme Edge
G-Form's Extreme Edge

G-Form: Would you use your iPad 2 as a frisbee? What about launching it from a slingshot? You're probably shaking your head, but that's exactly what G-Form has done to make sure that its new Extreme Edge (iPad 1 and iPad 2; $45) will keep your iPad 2 safe from everyday slips and falls. Built using the company's Reactive Protection Technology, the case is available in yellow or black.

Griffin's Elan Passport
Griffin's Elan Passport

Griffin: The Elan Passport (iPad 2; $50) is a slim, one-piece folio-style case that opens like a book and flips closed to protect your iPad with a soft, microsuede interior. The inner cover also features several pockets designed to hold plastic ID cards or business cards. The Elan Passport is available in black, red, or tan.

InCase's iPad Portfolio
InCase's iPad Portfolio

InCase: The iPad Portfolio (iPad and iPad 2; $100) is part of the company's new Ace Hotel collection, which also includes carriers for Apple laptops. The Portfolio features an exterior made of heavy, black canvas cotton, with a red-quilted, taffeta-nylon interior. The case can be used as a landscape viewing stand or as a typing platform.

Macally's HoneySleeve
Macally's HoneySleeve

Macally: The SmartMate (iPad 2; $30) is a cover for the back of the iPad 2 that's designed to work alongside Apple's Smart Cover—but with a twist. Unlike most similar cases, the SmartMate actually secures the Smart Cover so it can't detach from the iPad's body. The SmartMate comes in black, white, or clear.

The HoneySleeve (iPad 2; $20) is a simple sleeve that features a honeycomb construction to maximize the effectiveness of its padding. The sleeve comes in black or grey and features a soft lining to keep your iPad 2 extra-safe.

Pad & Quill's College Edition
Pad & Quill's College Edition

Pad & Quill: The College Edition (iPad 2; $50) is Pad & Quill's response to the budget-conscious iPad 2 owner. Built with the old-book looks the company is known for, the College Edition features a strap closure and a recessed opening to keep your tablet safely tucked inside. The case's baltic-birch interior frame is surrounded by fabric in one of three color combinations. An optional interior pocket is available for $10 extra.

STM's Stash
STM's Stash

STM: This Australian manufacturer has announced a the Stash (iPad and iPad 2; price unavailable), which keeps your device safe inside its foam-padded interior while providing enough room to take half your office on a trip—but in a compact package that weighs just two pounds. The Stash also features a convenient shoulder strap, a carrying handle, and zippered pockets; it comes in black or burgundy red.

UrbanTool's SlySkin 11" Golf
UrbanTool's SlySkin 11" Golf

UrbanTool: The SlySkin 11" Golf (iPad; €50) is a trendy, neoprene sleeve that weighs only 150 grams and yet provides protection for your tablet thanks to a fluffy-velvet interior. A convenient fabric flap helps keep the iPad safely inside the case.

The PocketBar (iPad and iPad 2; €80) is a carrying bag with a shoulder strap and a lot of attitude. Ideal for an iPad, but compatible with other tablets, as well, the PocketBar features four exterior pockets for cables and other accessories, and is made of a water-resistant material with a waterproof zipper to help keep the elements out of where they don't belong.

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