Hard Candy have announced a new line of white cases for the iPad 2. There’s a white convertible case, a white bubble sleeve style case, and the one shown above – the iPad 2 Street Skin. They’ve even got a white iPad stylus on offer.
The Street Skin looks like it offers pretty complete protection, and also has a different approach to the iPad 2’s built-in magnets:
- Form-fitting TPU rubber for better protection, less stretching, and easier cleaning than silicone
- Magnetic integrated screen enclosure that conveniently attaches to the back of your case while not in use
- Full access to all audio outputs, dock connectors, Multi-Touch display and controls
- Specifically designed for the Apple iPad 2
I could see this one having some appeal, especially for those who have a white iPad 2. The Street Skin goes $39.95 and is available for pre-order now. It’s expected to ship on May 1st.
For more details on the full Hard Candy range for iPad 2 and to place orders, visit their site here:
If you’re a fan of carbon fiber cases for your iDdevices and you’re looking for an attractive alternative to the Apple Smart Cover for your iPad 2, you might want to give the new DRO Concepts Carbon Fiber iPad 2 Case a look.
It’s a smart cover, with carbon fiber on the outside and soft leather on the inside. Here’s a little more detail from the DRO Concepts page for it:
-Hand crafted with real carbon fiber and genuine leather.
-Made to the exact specification of the iPad 2 for a perfect fit.
-All the Carbon Fiber has a beautiful gloss clear coat finish.
-Ultra slim to keep the iPad 2 feel and beauty.
-Compatible with all versions of the iPad 2.
The case is now available for pre-order at $89.99. It’s currently in production and expected to ship in early May. For more details or to place an order, go here:
I finally got my first 3rd party case for the iPad 2 today. The Marware EcoFlip for iPad 2 was delivered this morning. Up to now I’ve been using only the Apple Smart Cover for iPad 2 and Ghost Armor screen protectors / covers for front and back of the iPad 2. Local Apple and other retail stores here in Austin have had very slim pickings thus far for iPad 2 cases. Apple Stores offer none at all aside from the smart cover and between AT&T, Verizon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart I’ve found none that appeal at all.
I’ve also seen very few cases that I like online that are actually shipping immediately. This is one of two Marware cases for iPad 2 that I’ve ordered, and both are shipping far later than originally expected.
Our friend Eric at Coregeek.net is at it again, constructing iPad cases from duct tape. This time it’s the Duct Tape Folio for iPad 2, with smart cover like features making use of the iPad 2’s built-in magnets.
Here’s its feature list:
• Integrated sleep/wake function
• Easy magnetic insert and removal
• Built in prop/stand
• Durable plywood core
• Stylish magnetic clasp
That’s the Big Grips Frame and Big Grips Stand for the iPad shown above. These are aimed at households where an iPad or iPads get a lot of use by kids – and especially for those with younger kids I imagine.
I haven’t tried these out – and my daughter is a very grown-up 8 now, so I’m not sure I have any need to – but these look like quite a good idea to me. Here’s a little of the description of the frame / case:
Constructed of durable, lightweight foam, Big Grips Frame is a big, soft protective case for iPad that is easy to grab, comfortable to hold and very grip-able. Finally, parents can relax when the kids grab the iPad!
"We set out to create a case that not only protects the iPad, but also brings a smile to your face," said Kirk Mills, founder and President of KEM Ventures, Inc. "Judging by the kids we’ve seen using Big Grips Frame, I think we succeeded. For parents, it’s peace of mind. Big Grips Frame just feels good, like there’s nothing to worry about – that’s how we came up with the motto ‘Grab More. Worry less.’"
Here’s something that doesn’t sound helpful for all of us who are waiting to see more third party iPad 2 cases that use the smart cover technology to connect via magnets with the iPad 2 and automatically sleep / wake the device. Despite the fact that their own heavily promoted Smart Cover for the iPad 2 is all about magnets, Apple’s own ‘Case Design Guidelines for Apple Devices’ document advises against the use of magnets.
Here’s the relevant section on this:
Case designs for Apple devices should avoid the use of magnets (for example, as closure devices) and magnetic materials. Cases with parts made of any metal should be tested to verify that they do not affect an Apple device’s built-in magnetic compass, if any.
Besides their effect on a built-in magnetic compass, magnets in cases can affect other sensors and electronic components. Cases should not include magnets unless there is no other practical design solution and only if they do not affect the operation of the Apple device in any way.
So presumably Apple is confident that their own Smart Covers have been tested thoroughly enough and that they do not have any adverse effects on the operation of the built-in compass or anything else on the iPad 2. I’ve already seen a couple of third party cases that use the smart cover tech, and I’m still hoping to see more – but seeing Apple’s guidelines on this now gives me a little doubt about whether these are going to be 100% ‘safe’ to use. I wonder what some of the leading case manufacturers feel about these guidelines.
What do you all think? Are you interested in using third party case with smart cover tech and magnets?
If you’ve run out of ‘serious’ options for cases for your new iPad 2, Rovio and Gear4 have got a nice alternative – official Angry Birds iPad 2 cases.
There are three versions of these minimal, hard plastic, back cover cases. They go for $49.99 each and are available at the Gear4 page for them here: http://us.gear4.com/category/_/135/ipad-2-cases/
I’m still looking around for a full-protection case with smart cover features; but I’m pretty sure if my daughter had a vote she’d go with one of these, probably the middle one above.
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That’s the Padova leather case for the iPad 2 shown above. It’s a very stylish looking, full-protection case for the iPad 2, with Apple’s cool new smart cover tech built into it as well.
We were just talking last night on our weekly live talkcast show, The Magical Revolutionary iPad Show, about how we’d love to see some 3rd party case that include the new smart cover features – and sure enough this morning I’ve spotted two of them.
The Marware Eco-Flip iPad 2 Case is the latest iPad 2 offering from Marware to be made available for pre-order. This is another versatile and professional looking case, and another that I’ve used and liked a lot with my current iPad.
Here are some of the notable features of Eco-Flip iPad 2 Case:
* Flip-style, eco-leather iPad 2 case made from RoHS compliant leather (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)
* Innovative hand strap makes it easier to hold and use the iPad 2
* Protective flip top lid that folds back and doubles as an iPad 2 display/viewing stand
* Low-angle, foldaway table top stand for typing or display
* Elastic closure strap keeps the case in open or closed position
* Fold over safety tab that locks the iPad 2 in place
* Innovative design allows camera usage even when lid is folded back
* Soft micro suede interior for soft feel and scratch resistant protection
Otterbox are know for their ultra rugged, tough cases. This new Utility Series Latch case for the iPad leads with its versatility. It’s aimed at iPads that are out and about in all sorts of situations and places, from field work to car trips with the kids.
Its got a variety of strong straps so that you can attach it just about anywhere – your hand, your leg, as a lanyard round your neck, or on a car’s headrest.
This one really looks like a great all-rounder for those who use who get around a lot with their iPad.
It goes for $49.95. You can see more detail and place an order at the Otterbox page for it here:
Looking for a simpler, ‘greener’ case for your iPad? If so, you might want to take a look at The Kork. It’s made from 100% ‘natural leftover cork’ and seems well designed. Here are some of its specs and features:
- Recycled and Recyclable Natural Cork
- Easy access to all Buttons and Inputs
- Ergonomic Natural Shape and Feel
- Angled Audio Output for Front Projected Sound
- Larger Dock Connection Extra Space for Connectors
- Extra Space for Bigger Jack Input
- Angled Mic. Wall for User Directed Sound Caption
- Very Light Weight
I think the larger cutout for the dock connection port, to accommodate the Camera Connction Kit or other similar adapters, is a nice little touch.
The manufacturers reckon that The Kork doesn’t need a stand as it’s grippy enough to improvise with:
"With the kork slipped on your iPad, there is really no need for kickstands or other attach-ments. This is because cork has the great natural ability to no-slip grip onto almost any surface you put it on. Stands are also limited position-wise, with the Kork, you have the freedom to prop it up just right, no stands attached."
If you like simple shell cases, this may be an interesting option – though I think its price of around $67 (€49.95) seems a little steep.
You can see lots more detail and place an order for The Kork here: