If you are a working professional who requires a laptop on a day-to-day basis, you know that a good bag or backpack that fits your work environment is absolutely essential. Somewhere between 90-95% of my job is performed between my laptop, iPhone, and iPad Pro, so having a reliable bag that can hold all my gear and stand up to some wear and gear is absolutely essential. I have been through many such bags over the years, and have built up a solid collection that meet various needs. However, when it comes time to take your show on the road, the requirements change, and for those who travel often, they may be different enough to require a completely different approach.
The $90 Pad & Quill Contega Thin is similar to the Contega Linen, which I reviewed a few weeks ago. It shares the same Moleskine-style elastic band for closing the cover, and the exterior is still wrapped in durable linen. It’s still a great case for adding scratch and drop protection, without sacrificing on class. Adding a Contega to your iPad Pro is like dressing it up in a sports jacket with cleverly hidden elbow pads beneath.
But the Contega Thin makes a different set of concessions in its design than the thicker Contega Linen. Instead of housing the iPad Pro in a gorgeous wooden frame, the Contega Thin uses a removable 3M adhesive to bind the iPad to the case. This makes the install a little tougher initially because you need to be more careful about how you line the iPad with the adhesive. Thankfully, the 3M sticker is both strong and forgiving — meaning that it can stand repeated installs. Once the iPad is set, you’ll completely forget your gigantic tablet is tethered to the case by a thin layer of adhesive. Your iPad Pro will not be falling out.
TwelveSouth, makes of premium Apple-only accessories, recently announced their SurfacePad for iPad mini. It’s a svelte Napa leather cover that adds very little to the iPad’s dimensions, while offering scratch protection, the texture of actual leather, and the convenience of a few built-in stands. The magnets hidden in the front of the SurfacePad act just like a Smart Cover for sleep/wake action, and the kickstand and magnets hidden along the rear panel help prop the iPad up in two viewing angles, and one typing angle. I also like how TwelveSouth made the cover rigid, allowing you to fold it behind the iPad and hold it easily. That addresses one of my pet peeves with the Apple Smart Cover: the fact that the three (or four) panel design can often hang limply underneath the iPad during use.
I previously reviewed the SurfacePad for iPhone and was quite pleased with it, so I’m glad that TwelveSouth decided to adapt the idea for the iPad. In fact, I think the overall design is a much better fit for the tablet, as the cover will likely be heavy enough to stay closed at all times (instead of occasionally swinging open, as it did on the iPhone 4S). Having several viewing and typing angles is fairly standard in the iPad accessory field, but what’s impressive about the SurfacePad is that it does all of this while keeping a very low profile.
TwelveSouth released the $70 iPad mini edition first, but I do plan on reviewing the version for the Air when it comes out in a few weeks. In the mean time, do take a look at TwelveSouth’s terribly slick product page.
Pad & Quill has released a new bonded leather portfolio case, The Case Vol. 2 ($59.99) for the iPad, and for anyone looking for a case that protects their iPad and offers a more traditional book-like appearance for their high-tech gadget, then this case is definitely worth a look.
Keep reading for my review and more pictures of The Case Vol. 2 from Pad & Quill!
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Contest Deadline: Tuesday March 30, 1:00PM US Central
As many of you know, Russell has been sharing lots of great iPad Use Cases articles over recent weeks. Hopefully you’ve been enjoying these as much as I have. He has really given us a veritable banquet table’s worth of food for thought on great ways to use the iPad at work and at play – and he’s still pumping them out!
Now we’d like to hear from you on your favorite iPad use case, and we’ll give a new Apple iPad case to one lucky winner here this Tuesday. Read on for details on how easy it is to enter for a chance to win the case …
I somehow completely missed this in amongst all the iPad coverage last week. I’d been checking out the details of Apple’s line of iPad accessories at their site, but had not spotted any prices for them.
In catching up on my RSS feed reading over the last day or so, I got a chance to read some first look post at iLounge.com, covering each of the five Apple iPad accessories. Here are the prices listed for the five items:
- Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit: $29
- Apple iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter: $29
- iPad Dock: $29
- iPad Case: $39
- Pad Keyboard Dock: $69
These all seem about what we’d expect from Apple, nothing outrageous or spectacular pricing wise I’d say. I’m looking forward to seeing all the other choices we’ll have for cases, docks, keyboards and more from third party manufacturers.
I’m sure we’re going to see a huge array of iPad accessories from lots of third party manufacturers leading up to and following the release of the iPad. Apple also has a few of their own that should be on offer as soon as the iPad is available.
At least a couple of them were shown off during the iPad launch event this past Wednesday – the iPad Keyboard Dock and the iPad Case.
Hit the jump for a little more details on these and the rest of the Apple iPad accessories …