Like most of you I imagine, I love the feel of the iPad ‘naked’ – but I also definitely want to give it some protection when I’m out and about with it, and I’m even thinking I’d like to find a good ‘always on’ case for it if possible.
So far, I’ve found a couple of options I like for cases that get it from A to B, but not one for all the time use. Pictured above are the cases I’ve been trying out so far: The Traveler from case-mate, Apple’s iPad case, the Universal Book Jacket from Incase, and the Grip Protective Cover, also from Incase.
Here are some quick early impressions of these cases after a few days with each of them …
Apple iPad Case
Incredibly flimsy feeling. Not very nice or secure feeling either. I can’t see my iPad spending any time in this case.
Incase Protective Grip
The iPad fits into this one easily and it’s nice and grippy when it’s on. It had potential as an all the time solution – but it’s a huge hair and dust magnet and I have a large, constantly-shedding, dog, so that’s a no-go for now.
The Incase Universal Book Jacket
I think this one is very smart looking. The iPad fits into it very snugly – and it has an elastic strap for extra security. It can double as a stand with three slightly different positions. It feels compact and comfortable to carry the iPad in – a bit like carrying a textbook around.
The Traveler by Case-mate
Its covers are felt with leather accents, and are surprisingly comfortable to handle and hold. Another booklet style case (like the Universal Book Jacket). The iPad fits quite snugly in this one as well and there’s a magnetic flap to further secure things. It’s got several pockets on it inside left cover, with room for cards and papers. It also has a nice little loop at the top left for a pen or, in my case, a Pogo stylus. Super comfortable to hold and my favorite so far.
I like both The Traveler and the Universal Book Jacket quite a lot. With both of them, it’s possible to double back the front cover and use the iPad while it’s in the case – with full access to most buttons. I don’t think either of them would be ideal as an always-on type case – but I’ll keep experimenting with that a little.
I’m also continuing to look for a grip type case that is less of a hair/dust magnet (probably need to get a harder one than the Incase I tried) and I’ve ordered a screen protector for it as well.
How are you call doing on cases for your iPads? Found just the right one yet? Planning to use a case at all? Or a screen protector?