Now that the iPad is shipping, it’s time for another journey down the virtual isles of iPad cases. Manufacturers have continued a steady stream of case announcements since our first and second iPad case roundups, so here is a third for your accessorizing pleasure. Cases are once again organized alphabetically by manufacturer name.
Acme Made: The Slick Case is a $40 full-zipper style case that allows the iPad to be used while still strapped into the case. The Skinny Sleeve is a $30 neoprene sleeve with a sewn-in screen guard.
DODOcase: The DODOcase is inspired by the popular Moleskine journals and organizers. It’s hand made in San Francisco using traditional book-binding techniques, and the cover can flip around to act as a stand. It’s $50 and delivery takes four to six weeks.
GelaSkins: This big player in the artful gadget skins scene has quite an eclectic gallery of iPad GelaSkins available. These are $30 full body skins that cover the front bezel and back of the iPad, and they even come with an accurately proportioned wallpaper for the iPad’s display to complete the outfit.
: Remember Apple’s iPod socks? iPadSock.net is super-sizing them for the iPad and even replicating the colors Apple used back in the day on its (no longer sold) socks. You get a choice of nine slim fitting sleeves that each sell for $15 with free shipping.
Piel Frama: This premium case manufacturer offers a handcrafted leather folio iPad case for $149 with your choice of magnetic or snap closure mechanisms. The case is available in a variety of leathers, has one document compartment, and has a cover that can be folded over as a stand similar to Apple’s iPad Case.
Sena Cases: This premium leather case maker announced four cases available for pre-order. The UltraSlim is exactly that: a $60 ($51 on pre-order sale) pouch style case available in a wide variety of colors with an open top for easy iPad removal. The Executive Sleeve, available in black, brown, or red, is a $100 messenger sleeve ($80 on pre-order sale) with velvet lining and a secure flap with a magnetic closure. The Folio, also available in black, brown, or red, is a $100 ($80 on pre-order sale) vertical folio case with slots on the inside for carrying credit cards and a clever latch that can flip around and double as a kickstand to prop up the iPad. Sena’s Zipbook, available in the same three aforementioned colors for $100 ($80 on pre-order sale), is a clamshell case with zipper closure and an integrated kickstand.
Simplism: The Silicone Case Set goes for $30 in a range of colors, and includes a screen protector and silicon case with four built-in feet for raised, stabilized iPad use on flat surfaces. The Shoulder Leather Case, available in a variety of colors for $60, offers a removable strap for easy carrying, while the Flip Leather Case offers a similar design sans the strap mechanism for the same price. Simplism also sells Protector Film in anti-glare and crystal clear flavors for $17 each.
Speck: Popular Apple accessory maker Speck finally makes our iPad case roundup with the PixelShield, a $40 neoprene vertical carrying case with handle. The PixelSleeve Plus is a $40, messenger-style sleeve sporting a neoprene construction and carrying handle. Speck’s ShieldView screen protectors, $25 for a two-pack, break away from the crowd by using a static-cling approach instead of adhesive. The company also offers other products on its iPad page that have yet to receive dedicated pages or pricing, such as the Fitted for iPad and CandyShell for iPad, the latter of which appears to have a fold-up door at the bottom of the case so that the iPad can easily sit vertical on Apple’s dock without forcing you to remove the case.
Timbuk2: One of the more popular case makers finally tips its hat at the iPad with the Freestyle Netbook Messenger. This $65 case built from Timbuk2’s “classic messenger” design comes in four colors and fits a standard 10-inch netbook or iPad with “a little room to spare.”
Vaja: Making its third appearance in our iPad case roundups with yet another round of case announcements, Vaja builds premium, customizable leather cases for a variety of gadgets. In addition to its Retro Slim Jacket and ivolution Top and Top SP cases, the company now offers more variations on its sleeve designs with the ivolution Stripes (starting at $220), ivolution Crystal 2 (starting at $350), ivolution GT (starting at $190), and ivolution Black & Lime (starting at $150), each of which ships in around 35 days. Vaja also offers the simply named Messenger Bag for $280, shipping now. We would link these each of products directly, but Vaja’s site design prevents that. You’ll just have to use the iPad link under Products.
XGearlive: This accessory maker appeared in our second roundup with the $50 Shadow for iPad but has since released a slew of other cases. The Pad Shield is a $30 shock-absorbing shell with cutouts for docking, dust shields for button protection, and four colors to choose from. The Blackout is another $30 protective shell with a smoke black finish and stabilizing feet for using your iPad on a flat surface. The Silhouette for iPad in Black or Red is a $40, low-profile protective shell wrapped with leather. XGear also offers Private Eye privacy film for the iPad’s display in four-way ($60) and two-way ($40) angles, depending on how paranoid you are about people sneaking a look over your shoulder.