At a Glance
- Flexible-plastic screen window lets you use touchscreen
- Zippered design protects against the elements
- Pocket allows storage of small items
- Buttons difficult to access with the case on
- Pocket is cramped and difficult to access
- iPad does not fit snugly into back of case
Zippered case provides in-use screen protection at the cost of much usability.
With a hard, felt-covered back panel and a transparent, flexible-plastic cover, M-Edge’s $50 Leisure Jacket for iPad would seem to be ideal for situations in which you don’t want your beautiful tablet assailed by surf and sand. But most of the time, it falls woefully short: while the plastic window on the front does indeed let you use the iPad’s touchscreen, it doesn’t fit very tightly, resulting in air bubbles that impede usability. While the case provides cutouts for accessing the iPad’s dock-connector port, headphone jack, Sleep/Wake button, and volume controls, they’re really usable only if you unzip the case’s front cover. When I did so, I found more often than not the iPad fell out, as it doesn’t sit snugly in the molded backboard. In addition, while the case’s zipper might keep out casual water or sand, the case isn’t going to provide the kind of protection you get from a truly ruggedized case. At $50, the Leisure Jacket is a bit on the pricey side for what it offers.