The Week in iPad Cases: Leather-fu
It's that time of week again: time to welcome another batch of new iPad cases as they debut in Macworld's trademark weekly roundup. We navigate the Information Superhighway—or whatever the cool kids are calling it these days—to find the very latest in protective gear for your favorite tablet.
BBP: The Clever Cover (iPad 2; $50) aims to replace Apple's Smart Cover with a convenient solution that provides protection for the entire iPad—front and back. Made of synthetic leather, the Cover is available in grey, blue, pink, orange, red, or blue. Interestingly, the Clever Cover is currently on sale for $15, a remarkable $35 discount over the regular price.
Blue Lounge: The Shell (iPad 2; $30) is a case for the back of the iPad, designed to complement Apple's own Smart Cover by protecting the flip side of your iPad 2. It also offers an enhanced tactile experience, thanks to its six different contoured-pattern designs, each of which is available in either white or black.
Fu-Design: The Robot 99 (iPad 2; $48) is a leather case that features a cute, robot-inspired design as well as a few cool goodies, including a flip stand and a built-in magnetic closure that works with the iPad 2's magnetic sleep/wake feature. Now, if only they could make a version starring Bender.
Hub Innovations: Formerly known as HandStand, the Rev360 (iPad 2; $50) is a snap-on case whose back strap makes it easy and convenient to carry your iPad 2 with one. Even better, the strap attachment doubles as a stand for resting your tablet in a convenient viewing or typing position. The Rev360 is available in a variety of colors, including orange, brown, purple, blue, red, grey, green, black, white, or pink.
InCase: The zippered Leather Portfolio (iPad 2; $130) features all-leather construction and can be used as a viewing stand or typing platform in landscape orientation. A quilted, taffeta-and-suede liner protects your tablet against bumps and scratches, while an organizer pocket adds a bit of extra space for a cable and some documents. The case is available in grey or burgundy.
Speaking of leather, the Book Jacket (iPad 2; $100) features construction similar to that of the portfolio, but relies on a convenient elastic band to secure the case during transport.
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The iPad 2 remains a solid choice, thanks to its lower price and strong app choices.