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.
When I bought my iPad 2 on launch day last week, I also picked up an Apple Smart Cover for it. Even though I hated Apple’s case for the original iPad, the smart cover looked so different and so … smart, that I felt I had to give it a try.
The smart covers for the iPad 2 come in polyurethane or leather, and in a small range of colors for each material. I chose leather and the Navy color for mine. I’ve been using the smart cover for around a week now and have had it on my iPad 2 just about constantly. I have mixed feelings about the smart cover so far – there are some things I love about it, and others that I don’t like at all.
Hit the break for a quick rundown of my iPad 2 smart cover likes and dislikes …
I’ve had my iPad 2 for a few days now, and I’m more than happy with it. The more I use it, the more I’m appreciating its new slim-line build and its blistering speed. One of the few downsides of having this shiny new companion is that many of my original iPad accessories will not work with the new iPad. I’ve already got two new cases on order for the iPad 2, just as one quick example of the need for replacing some iPad kit.
Happily, I have found a few old faithful original iPad accessories that work just as well (or close to) with the iPad 2 – and several were among my favorite iPad accessories of 2010.
Here’s four of them that have already proven to play nicely with the iPad 2:
The iPad has turned out – for me at least – to be every bit as magical and wonderful as Steve Jobs promised when he first announced it. Probably more so. I spend a lot of quality time with it every day and it is by far and away my favorite device to use (MacBook Pro included).
So obviously I like my favorite device to have some outstanding accessories – to protect it, add functionality to it, and help me use it as effectively and comfortably as possible. Just as a small example of my iPad accessories love, I have *two* favorite iPad stands (and a few backups). They are the two shown happily co-existing above – the Just Mobile UpStand and the BookArc from TwelveSouth.
Accessories are such a personal thing – so much determined by your very own set of needs and tastes – that I won’t venture to do any sort of best iPad accessories list. But I would like to share some thoughts on my favorite iPad accessories and why I like them so much, in the hope that some of them may fit the bill for some of you as well.
Hit the break for a quick rundown of my short list of favorites …
I am way, way behind on a number of iPad case and accessory reviews. Some are for items I’ve bought, others are for review units I’ve received. I’m going to do my best to knuckle down and get some of these out over the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, I wanted to just give a quick mention to two new (for me) iPad accessories that have become favorites: the Marware C.E.O. Hybrid for iPad case, and the Hard Candy iPad Stylus.
My iPad 3G had been going naked since I bought it, and I’ve been wanting to get a screen protector for it for quite a while. The main thing holding me back was that I am The World’s Worst installer of screen protectors. I’ve tried installing various brands on my iPhones and iPads in the past, and always done a horrendous job and regretted trying it.
I also tried out having Best Buy install an invisibleSHIELD for me on my old WiFi only iPad. After a couple weeks that was not looking good at all. There were quite a few ugly patches along the sides of the screen and noticeable bubbling in several spots that was not ‘working itself out’. I ended up removing it.
Last week I finally found the perfect solution for my iPad. Ghost Armor screen protectors AND a kiosk where they would apply them for me. I’ve had the protectors on front (screen) and back of my iPad for 8 days now, and they look excellent.
I’m hoping the answer is that you’re allowed to be very excited about a really good one – because I’ve found a really good one and I am very excited about it.
When the folks from Mobile Cloth approached me touting their microfiber cloth as being a cut above the rest and asking if I’d like to see a ‘review unit’ I was as skeptical and unexcited as the next guy. I mean seriously, a cleaning cloth is a cleaning cloth right? I ended up saying yes, go ahead and send me a sample – but as always, with no promise of any coverage and in this case feeling like no coverage was very likely going to be the outcome.
Well, color me pleasantly surprised, and well impressed with a cleaning cloth for the iPads and iPhones in our house.
The Compass Mobile Stand for iPad is touted as a versatile and uniquely portable stand for the iPad. I’ve become quite a fan of iPad stands in the months of using the magical new device, so the thought of having a handy one that is easy to take on the go is quite appealing.
When I first saw the Compass Mobile Stand I thought it looked very promising as a stand that could come along when I’m out and about with the iPad. I was excited to try it out and over the last few weeks I’ve been doing just that.
I’ve had an iPad since launch day way back on April 3rd. I love the device even more than I expected I would. In fact we’ve got two iPads in the house now – my original WiFi only is used by my wife and daughter, and I’ve got a shiny new (ish) 3G model.
As our iPads have become more and more essential and heavily-used, so it becomes increasingly important to have good cases to protect them from bumps and bruises. I’ve ended up trying a pretty good range of cases over the last few months – some I’ve liked, some I really haven’t (cough, Apple case, cough). I’m way overdue on reviewing a handful of these, so today I’ll start with my thoughts on the monCarbone HoverCoat carbon fiber case for the iPad.
So … first an admission. I am finding that I’m a big fan of iPad stands. Although they might well be considered unnecessary by many iPad owners, they’re become one of my favorite iPad accessories – and I’ve already tried out a fair few of them.
The Just Mobile UpStand is the one I’ve been using most recently, and it’s a very good, as well as stylish, one.
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!