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's Clever Cover
BBP's Clever Cover

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's Shell
Blue Lounge's Shell

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's Robot 99
Fu-Design's Robot 99

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 Innovation's Rev360
Hub Innovation's Rev360

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's Leather Portfolio
InCase's Leather Portfolio

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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