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nightfly13
May 2, 2010, 02:20 AM
I just ordered an iPad (after months of deciding and convincing the wife) and my toddlers will use it, so I want a case that has the option for covering the screen and also good all-around bezel protection.

The two options I'm looking at are the Hard Candy Cases Street Skin (http://www.hardcandycases.com/ipad-streetskin.html) and the Incase Convertible Book Jacket (http://store.apple.com/us/product/H0958ZM/A?fnode=MTc0MjU2Mjc&mco=MTc0MjY5MTU).

Both seem to have good corner protection and the ability to protect the screen. The downside of the Street Skin is it's a bit ugly and more critically, it seems like the 4-corner fastening system for the screen cover (which also attaches to the back) seems like a lot of work to be taking on and off several times a day. We'd have to use it this way because my house is too chaotic to leave the screen unprotected. The downside of the Incase Convertible Book Jacket is it's not in stock (and my iPad is being delivered in 3-4 weeks) and it's a little more than I'd prefer to spend.

All things being equal, I'd prefer a case that doubles as a stand, but this isn't a deal breaker. Not looking at Apple case because the corner protection doesn't seem great and I hear it's a dust magnet, and that's an even bigger problem over here in India.

Other options I should consider? I like the Hard Candy Squish Ski (http://www.hardcandycases.com/squish-skin-ipad-case.html)n but there's no screen protection and it's not available, either.

Thanks in advance for the input!



nightfly13
May 2, 2010, 02:34 AM
Just to emphasize, I really want a case with good bezel and corner protection, because our iPhones already have a couple cracks from rough use with our kids. I don't want the bulk or to dispense with the good-looks of Apple's industrial design, but in my family situation, protection is paramount.

I am also pretty worried about price, as I last-minute upgraded to the 3G and am already over budget. $60 for the Incase would be a bit painful for me, at least right now, but I need protection right off the bat.

sonictonic
May 2, 2010, 02:42 AM
I'd really recommend the Marware eco-Vue for you. It's slimmer than you might expect - definitely thinner than that incase $60 one, the quality is nice, it has excellent padding, bezel coverage on the inside, and is only $45 shipped.

Good luck!


Also just wondering, but you said your iPad is being delivered in 3-4 WEEKS? LOL why? Currently it's 5-7 days on Apple's site... ::confused::

nightfly13
May 2, 2010, 06:10 AM
Thanks, I'll check it. If memory serves I envisioned the corners being a bit vulnerable, but I haven't looked again since you posted, so thanks again for the thought.

Delivered to my hot little hands in India, in a suitcase of a friend who is coming to visit in 3-4 weeks. Delivery from Apple (to my folks' house in the US) will be quick as you imagine.

nightfly13
May 2, 2010, 09:19 AM
Yeah it (eco-vue) looks pretty good. Corner protection seems above average, but perhaps not quite perfect. For example, when it's open, the top corners are pretty vulnerable.

I see tons of places with discount prices, but no stock. Marware's website is full price and free shipping, but I think I'm gonna sit on this for a week or two (gives me something else to obsess about now that I've finalized and ordered an iPad) and see what comes back in stock, and what else comes out on the market.

TraceyS/FL
May 2, 2010, 10:39 AM
I've been pondering for the same reason - KIDS.

I just went with the SPeck CandyShell (https://www.speckproducts.com/products/candyshell/ipad/235). I think for now, it offers the best of what I want for me - and some extra for the kids.

I wasn't excited about the price or the colors - but I did find a coupon for 25% off that helped some (shipping was $9).

I figure this is going to keep me covered until more options are available. The kids will start using it tomorrow - and well, it is going to stress me out! LOL!!

My daughter has the Apple Case on hers, and i actually am happier with it than I thought we'd be. She doesn't let her sisters really use it - so i can't attest to the kid proofness of it (she is 14). BUT, i will let them use it in the case.

The Otterbox would have been an option too - but the price and not being available NOW doesn't work either. I figure if i just don't like the Speck, i'll send it back.

I wish Switcheasy had something like the Torrent for it - i'd get that.

nightfly13
May 2, 2010, 11:19 AM
Hmm the Speck does indeed look great. I love the rubber edges that covers the chrome around the bezel, but in my context, I worry about the screen. If the back port would double as a stand I'd be tempted, but thanks for the heads up.

TraceyS/FL
May 2, 2010, 11:48 AM
We need a "kid proof cases" type of thread!

I haven't seen the ultimate "wow" case yet - the flip part on the Speck is the closest thing. I decided after pondering my usage and stealing the kids for 10 minutes at a time that for ME, i didn't want a folio, and i really thought i did.

For the kids it would be nice.... but for what i hope to have them doing on it - not having it should be fine.

The Otterbox had great potential - but i don't like having to remove the dock piece. I think i'm apt to have it walk away....

I dunno - be sure to keep this updated with how it goes when you decide. I promise to keep reading :D

nightfly13
May 2, 2010, 01:26 PM
Hmm yeah you should start that thread. I'd do so but I'm about to head to bed. Drop a link in here so we can focus that way.

IMHO the Hard Candy Street Skin (linked in first post) is the most kid-proof I've seen, but the hassle of fiddling with the 4 corner nobs keeps me from great interest.

Otterbox defendor (typo intended) isn't out yet, but should take extreme protection to the next level. I don't think, however, that the cover will be easy to deal with, either.

jaycross
May 2, 2010, 02:21 PM
This incase sleeve is going back to the store. Putting the iPad in the case is like trying to fit into a pair of jeans when the waist is 4" too small.

nightfly13
May 3, 2010, 08:41 AM
Good suggestion, TraceyS/FL.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=909460

lachyg
May 3, 2010, 09:40 AM
The two I would go for that are very similar are the Marware Eco-Vue (http://ipadcasefinder.com/marware/eco-vue/) or the CrazyonDigital Leather Carrying Case Cover (http://ipadcasefinder.com/crazyondigital/black-leather-carrying-case-cover/)... Or my personal favourite Happy Owl Studio - The Wallet (http://ipadcasefinder.com/happy-owl-studio/the-wallet/)... Whatcha think?

Romanesq
May 3, 2010, 09:57 AM
This incase sleeve is going back to the store. Putting the iPad in the case is like trying to fit into a pair of jeans when the waist is 4" too small.

What? That makes no sense. I have the case and the issue is it is too loose and can shift with the holes on the alignment. I solved that by using a no. 50 binder clip on the bottom and now it doesn't shift at all. Perfect. (Took the metal folding clip off the front.)

The Apple Case I heard is very hard to move in and out, not the Incase. :rolleyes:

LadyHoneyBabe
May 3, 2010, 09:59 AM
Although I think the Incase Book Jacket, which I love, is one of the best iPad cases, here's an alternative to the Incase functionality and it's made out of Napa Leather:

Tuff-Luv multi-view Napa leather case (http://www.amazon.com/Tuff-Luv-multi-view®-Leather-cover-Apple/dp/B003ETHNA4/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1272776914&sr=8-5)

vicki2314
May 5, 2010, 06:52 PM
found an eBay knock off to the incase book jackethere (http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Leather-Skin-Case-Cover-Pouch-Apple-iPad-Black-/220600916126?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item335cd6d89e)

can't speak for the quality yet... i purchased it last week and they shipped it the next day so i should see it within the next 2 weeks and i'll let you know

Smacky
May 19, 2010, 06:31 PM
found an eBay knock off to the incase book jackethere (http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Leather-Skin-Case-Cover-Pouch-Apple-iPad-Black-/220600916126?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item335cd6d89e)

can't speak for the quality yet... i purchased it last week and they shipped it the next day so i should see it within the next 2 weeks and i'll let you know

I ended up buying one of these as well, cant go wrong with the price. Have you received yours yet?

vynn
May 19, 2010, 06:47 PM
While not available yet, keep an eye out for the Otterbox Defender:

http://www.otterbox.com/ipad-cases/ipad-defender-series-case/

Formul
May 20, 2010, 05:56 PM
what about a dirty cheap knock-off?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Black-Leather-Skin-Case-Cover-Apple-iPad-Tablet-PC-/250635104255

eTip
May 20, 2010, 06:02 PM
I was just at the Burlingame, CA Apple store & they had a few of the incase convertible cases in stock. I was there around 2pm. Even if this isn't close to you, you may want to check your local store.

vicki2314
May 20, 2010, 08:29 PM
I ended up buying one of these as well, cant go wrong with the price. Have you received yours yet?

Yeah I have! Posted pics here (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=9941427#post9941427) so you can take a look.

I like it but I think I'll end up buying the Otterbox case whenever it comes out for something sturdier with more protection from drops.