Quickly following the excitement of purchasing a new iPad is the realization that you ll need a new case —and quickly! The last thing you want is for your precious new gadget to get damaged. But with so many cases on the market, it can be hard to decide which one is the best for you. We hope this compilation of some of the best new iPad cases will help make your decision easier.
FOLIDS AND JACKETS
“Folio” and “jacket” are generic terms used to define cases that enfold the iPad within itself. There is a wide variety of this style to choose from, but here are some exceptional models.
The Joy Factory brings two excellent entries to this category with the Smart Blazer 3 ($59.95, thejoyfactory.com) and the Folio 360-111 ($69.95, thejoyfactory.com). Both are sleek, elegantly designed folio – style cases.
The Smart Blazer is reminiscent of a fashionable black leather jacket for the iPad. This sporty, faux – leather case with red stitching features a smart cover that magnetically turns your iPad on or off and acts as a stand when folded back.
The 360-111 is a classy affair with the smooth look and feel of leather. It allows for viewing angles from 90 to 165 degrees —more than any other case on the market —and rotates 360 degrees for the iPad to be positioned in either portrait or landscape mode. It has a smart cover feature and an inner hard-shell encasement with a MagCon – nect™ magnetic mounting dock. This allows the iPad to detach from the jacket s enclosure, stand alone, or pair with the Joy Factory s swivelarmed mounting stands.
NewerTechnology also brings a couple of noteworthy entries to the folio category with their high-quality, professional – looking products, the Pad Protector 2 ($39.95, newertech.com) and the iFolio (starting at $129.99, newertech.com).
The Pad Protector 2 is a finely crafted, top – grain leather iPad case that frames your iPad with sophistication. It features soft suede lining and a smart cover, and supports vertical and horizontal viewing.
The iFolio is a beautiful, handcrafted leather case that holds your iPad securely in place with four elastic – backed, interior leather straps, and then fully zips up around it for full protection. It s a carrying case (complete with adjustable shoulder strap) fit for a businessperson, lawyer, college student, or teacher, with its executive look and ample interior storage for cards and papers. And did I mention that it s made in the USA?
These sturdy cases can be subjected to higher – than – normal levels of abuse while still keeping the iPad safe and sound absorb the shock. In fact, 90 percent of the energy of high – speed impact will be absorbed by this armor – like sleeve. G – Form s website has videos of some of the trials this case has been subjected to, not the least of which include an encased iPad being dropped from 100 thousand feet above the Earth s surface, an iPad being run over by a car, and an iPad being smashed repeatedly with a hammer, all with zero damage to the iPad I That s one tough case. If you re in the market for a case that can take a licking while keeping your iPad protected, the Extreme Sleeve is it.
The Griffin Survivor Case ($79.99, griffintechnology.com) is tested and certified to “meet or exceed K U.S. Department of Defense Standards.” Though this Survivor Military – Duty case is not intended solely I for enlisted members of the armed forces, it certainly fits the bill for active duty! Boasting a shatter – resistant and shock – absorbing frame, this hardy case offers tough protection against dirt, blowing rain, dust, grit, vibration, shock, temperature, and humidity, making it a natural choice for high adventures, rough environments, or households with children.
I ve heard it said that if you touch type, you could increase your speed by between 20 to 50 percent if you use an external keyboard instead of the iPad s touch screen. No matter the level of protection you re looking for in a keyboard case, there is something out there for you.
iLeading the pack in keyboard cases is ZAGG, bringing us both the award – winning Logitech Keyboard Case ($99.99, zagg.com) and the ZAGGFolio ($99.99, zagg.com).
The ZAGG Logitech Keyboard Case is crafted from lightweight, air – craft – grade aluminum. It features a simple yet stylish design, with an innovative hinge that holds the iPad securely in place in portrait or landscape mode and provides multiple viewing angles.This Bluetooth keyboard case puts your iPad to sleep when you slip it into place, screen down, and wakes it when you remove it from its stowed position. Keeping your iPad protected on the go without added bulk or moving parts, this iPad cover is great for the minimalist looking for a sleek keyboard case alternative.
The ZAGGfolio is a durable, hard-shell iPad case that comes with a removable Bluetooth keyboard and opens to create a built in stand. As with other ZAGG products, the components are well-made, dependable, and efficient. The ZAGGfolio is an attractive case that safely protects your iPad and is great for work on the go.
The Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 Keyboard Case ($99.99, kensington.com) provides a fully removable Bluetooth keyboard and a viewing – angle range from 20 to 70 degrees. This folio – style case folds together compactly when not in use and is held closed with an attached elastic band. The KeyFolio Pro 2 is a lightweight solution for anyone who wants an attractive keyboard case that protects both the front and back of the iPad.
The Targus Versavu Rotating Keyboard Case & Stand
($99.99, targus.com) is an ingeniously designed case with a water – resistant padded exterior that prominently displays the Apple logo on the back of your iPad. By incorporating a unique swivel design where the portfolio meets the back of the iPad, the Versavu allows you to conveniently switch between landscape and portrait positions.This is a highly functional keyboard case that also offers great protection for your iPad.
SKINS AND SHELLS
The most minimalistic case options are known as skins or shells. These types of cases usually consist of either a silicone “skin” that slips over your iPad or a hard shell that clips onto it.
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