So you’ve ordered your new iPad, or your planning on standing in line at a local retailer to get one in a few days time. But have you considered what accessories you’ll need for it? Are you thinking stylus, case, skin, chargers, headphones etc. On the very top of anyone’s list should be a case. And, if a Smart Cover isn’t enough for you, and you want a little bit more protection and some style, you need to check out these cases.
1. Case-Mate POP! with stand – $50 at Case-Mate’s site. (pre-order)
This case offers a hard plastic shell and kick stand, so your device is easily viewable, and well protected from the world. The design is very modern, and should attract a good number of users. Being made from two different materials (rubber and hard plastic), it’s designed to ensure your iPad is suitably secure.
- Co-molding of hard shell and soft rubber for a seamless protective case and stand
- Protective lay flat design keeps your screen from hitting surfaces when device is placed on its face
- Available in white / cool grey and black / cool grey
- Access to all ports and functions
Considering how much this case offers, it’s great value for money at $50.
2. Dodocase Essentials – $69.95 at Dodocase’s site
Few cases come anywhere near the originality and authenticity of a Dodocase product. Hand made from ethically sourced Bamboo, and then bound using traditional book-binding techniques, it certainly is one to consider. They look stunning, and present your iPad in a completely different light.
“Made from bookbinding cloth and constructed using traditional bookbinding techniques, the cover of the DODOcase for the iPad is designed to fold back to be used as a stand. An elastic strap keeps your iPad protected while on the go. Offering a new solid core bamboo, complete with a four-piece tray design, the DODOcase perfectly matches the curvature of your iPad while providing access to all buttons and ports. Optional camera hole now available.”
Customizations are available on order. You can choose whether you want a camera hole drilled in for an extra $4.95, and add your own personalization for $9.95. If you want classy, homey, and unique, you can’t go wrong with a Dodocase.
3. Spigen Dresden Klaus 9i Messenger Bag – $74.99 at Spigen.com
Spigen make some really great, and original products. We’ve reviewed their power pack, and GLAS.t tempered glass screen protector. The Dresden Klaus 9i Messenger Bag offers a stylish, well padded shoulder bag with enough compartments to keep all your cables tidy.
“SGP Dresden Klaus 9i is a compact and light weighted bag with simple and contemporary design to protect the iPad / iPad2 [and new iPad]. Klaus 9i features multiple inner pockets to easily store the accessories and cable along with the device. Case is padded with soft sponge backing for maximum protection from scratches and scuffs.”
Another great thing about this product is that you could have another cases fitted to your device, and it still fits inside the Messenger bag without any issues.
4. Skech Fabric Flipper – around $60 (not yet available)
The Fabric Flipper combines a hard shell, a Smart Cover-esque foldable flap and some comfortable fabric. It’s 3-in-1 and it looks awesome.
“We took a smart flip front case and our protective Backshell case and combined them together with a soft fabric covering. The results? All -round stylish protection for your iPad 3.
The front is a slim magnetic flap that has the smart on/off feature- It adds no bulk, whatsoever. Yet it protects your screen and flips back into a stand for typing and browsing, and into an upright position for watching movies. The back is a hard shell that makes for an extra-slim fit and allows full access to all ports, buttons and the rear camera. The fabric is easy clean and professional looking.”
Surprisingly, Skech doesn’t appear to have its own online store, so you’ll have to search it out online to see where offers the best prices. Here’s a link to the product page.
5. Sena Ultraslim – $59.99 at SenaCases.com
If you’re going to go leather, I couldn’t advise any other case manufacturer other than Sena. Having reviewed a couple of their iPhone cases recently, it became clear that the team over in Irvine, CA, really know how to stitch together a good case. The Ultraslim series offers a sleek, attractive pouch with no bulk, that fits your device very snugly.
“The UltraSlim is the thinnest leather case ever designed for any mobile device. It is perfect for those who prefer zero bulk. Light zero bulk protective layer
Soft velvet lining with stitching along opening
Thinnest pouch Sena offers
Energy-saving sleep function activator”
The case is so tight, that Sena offers a wider one made for iPads with Smart Cover attached. You’ll be glad to know, it costs the same as the non-Smart Cover version.
6. Belkin Pro Tri-Fold Folio with Stand – at Belkin.com (coming soon)
Similar to the Skech case, the Pro Tri-Fold Folio offers good protection and support for your iPad’s back, and a foldable cover with AutoWake magnets built-in, to wake up your 3rd generation iPad.
“Go from typing to viewing with one simple motion. The durable construction and thoughtful design details protect your new iPad from damage and the soft interior lining is soft against the screen. Lightweight and ultra-thin, this case slips easily into any bag without adding bulk.”
The Belkin case holds your iPad in place using four well placed corner grips, ensuring there’s minimal movement while typing.
7. Cygnett Alumni – $75 at Cygnett.com
Cygnett is – at the moment – my favorite manufacturer of protective iPhone cases. The design team always manages to get the right balance between looks, practicality and innovation and I expect the same with the Alumni. It’s a canvas case with a front opening – like a book -the iPad is held snugly inside the back cover.
“The Alumni is covered with classic hard-wearing canvas fabric that protects the new iPad from wear and tear. Opening or closing the case automatically activates the sleep/wake function, while concealed magnets keep the case securely closed when the new iPad is not in use.”
It may not be the cheapest case on the market, but, in my experience you always get what you pay for.