The Week in iPad Cases: Fortune and glory
The third-generation iPad is still front-and-center in the minds of accessory manufacturers, but that doesn't mean those of us with older iPads must take a back seat. In fact, several of the cases and bags covered this week will even work with Apple's first-generation iPad.
BodyGuardz: The Garrison (iPad 3; $50) is a durable and sleek folio that can be used to prop up your tablet for viewing or typing, thanks to a fold-up front cover compatible with the iPad's magnetic wake/sleep feature. The case comes in black with a soft interior; the package also includes a complimentary anti-glare, fingerprint-resistant screen protector.
Boxwave: The company has a wide selection of cases compatible with the third-generation iPad, including the all-new Nuovo (iPad 3; $40), a folio-like case with a hardshell back cover that protects your tablet from shock and scratches, while the front portion folds back to double as a viewing or typing stand. The Nuovo is compatible with the iPad's magnetic sleep/wake feature and comes in three different kinds of synthetic leather.
Green Onions Supply: The Crystal Protector (iPad 2 and iPad 3; $27) is an upcoming screen protector that, according to the company, features an improved oleophobic coating designed to protect the iPad's screen from fingerprints and other oily coatings, providing a crystal-clear viewing experience even after repeated use. The silicone-glue based adhesive backing is safe for your tablet's screen, reusable, and easily removed.
Kleber-Taschen: The company produces a range of carrying pouches (iPad, iPad 2, and iPad 3; €79 to €89) in a variety of themes and designs that vary from the trendy to the decidedly quirky—including some new meat-inspired models that would definitely make Lady Gaga proud. The cases are made entirely out of material-coated canvas and 100-percent wool felt.
Miniot: The Miniot Cover Mk2 (iPad 2 and iPad 3; $90) is a clever twist on the Smart Cover concept, using thin panels of solid wood to create a front cover that rolls up and acts as a typing or viewing stand. Like Apple's Smart Cover, it attaches to your iPad using a magnetic latch and is compatible with the magnetic sleep/wake feature. The Cover Mk2 comes in cherry, maple, walnut, oak, smoked oak, or mahogany.
ReflexCase: The ReflexCase (iPad 3; $80) is a folio-style case that can be used to prop up your iPad in a viewing or typing position. It also includes room for a notepad and comes with an extra pocket to carry additional documents and papers. Its stylish but elegant design combines a red, synthetic, patent leather with a high-tech black shell.
SPG: The Zipack (iPad 3; $59) is a faux-leather case that provides a complete protective experience for your iPad. A sturdy, zipper closure keeps your tablet safe during transport, while strategically-placed tabs lift to prop up the iPad for viewing or typing. The case is available in black.
Waterfield Design: The Indy (iPad, iPad 2, and iPad 3; $179) is a bag that would make one Dr. Jones happy. Made of distressed leather with a subtle color line and matte-black or shiny-nickel hardware, the Indy offers soft-suede-lined pockets for your iPad, your iPhone, and a wallet. The bag is available in black or brown, with black, copper, flame, green, pearl, or pine accents. Whip, quirky-but-evil nemesis, and supernatural archaeological backstory not included.
Updated 3/29/2012 to remove the Timbuk2 Crater Sleeve, which is designed for the MacBook Air, not the iPad.