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mcdj
May 26, 2010, 12:08 AM
The iPhone has its Incase Slider and Incipio Feather, among many others...massively popular cases that pretty much nail what people want in a case.

So where are the killer iPad cases? iPhone case designs don't really translate. A slider seems kind of dumb; a back-only shell isn't protective enough.

The Apple case is the front runner, and at least on this board, the Yoobao pleather case is up there in buzz, with the Belkin grip vue and Macally Bookstand as runners up. I personally ordered the upcoming Yoobao Executive Folio, and have the Apple case in the mean time.

But come on, really? That's all we have so far? Apple's thoughtfully designed but not very cushioned cover, which gets too dirty too fast, and a random PU case by an unknown company?

The Apple case is decent, but to me it really feels like a stopgap until something a bit more refined comes along. I have a feeling the average person is buying it mostly because the price is right and it's right there in the store where they buy their iPad.

The usual suspects; InCase, Griffin, Macally, Sena, etc., all have case offerings, but none ring out "I'm the killer case!". The people have spoken...they want their case to fold into a wedge shape. The Chinese ebay factory direct sellers seem to get this, but Western design houses keep trying to peddle their book style cases and silicone covers.

Whoever can out-Apple the Apple case is going to clean up and print money. It needs to be simple. The simplicity will make it stylish. No funny picture frame legs. No wonky elastic straps. Enough padding without making the iPad twice as thick. Quality material, be it leather, PU, or something else, with precise cutouts, smooth even stitching, or maybe even better, heat welded seams. No metal snaps that can scratch. No strong magnetic latches, but no freely flapping covers either. A reliable steady system of folding the flap back to create a stand, with more pitch than the Apple case, and a fast easy way to get it folded flat again.

Someone will make it and make bank. Apple's case doesn't deserve the popularity. There is room for a new must have case.

I think we're gonna see a revamp of several companies' lines within a month or two, with a lot more wedgies popping up from the more established manufacturers, and a lot of very cheap book cover style cases on closeout.



macswitcha2
May 26, 2010, 12:52 AM
Yeah...good question...


I think it depends on what someone wants, is it style, is it mere protection, functionality? What?

I personally am looking for all three in one but more in regards to protection and function.

So what are the killer cases for the iPad?

ram8727
May 26, 2010, 01:06 AM
I've wondered the same thing, but it's all about personal preference. The iPad is so much larger than iPhone so sleeves will become more popular. I'm addicted to cases and do reviews on iPhone cases (some iPad cases so far), but I appreciate the design of the iPad. I like it "naked" with some sort of sleeve.

risalvor
May 26, 2010, 07:32 AM
I'm glad I'm not the only one in this boat. I've been scratching my head for the last month, thinking I was missing something. Going from site to site, looking at all the offerings, amazed that the selection is so generic and underwhelming.
In addition, not only is there a distinct lack of "wow" with the current cases on the market, but the Apple Store's seeming inability to stock anything but their own case (when you can find it), and a wide selection of overpriced neoprene sleeves is simply unfathomable.
Like any good Mac Fanatic, I'm an accessory junkie. Show me some cases, some extras, some ANYTHING, and you won't be sorry. I'll buy two of everything.

Jmacman78
May 26, 2010, 07:52 AM
I have to agree with you guys.

I am currently using Apple's case and I bought the Candyshell and while I really liked it, I found that it just wasn't the best case for me and I went back to Apple's case. I have yet to see anything else that makes me go "wow I gotta have that case".

I was an iPhone case junky, there we so many iPhone cases out there I could never decide which ones I wanted and always switched them up.

The iPad case offerings have definitely been underwhelming so far.

robin1989
May 26, 2010, 08:04 AM
so far the stand out cases for me that i have seen on sites and now ordered are the apple case and the dodo case. but i could definatly see an area for improvement in them. like what i would love would be a combination of the 2 the quality and sturdyness of the dodo case with its bamboo holder and the leather of the apple case. a high quality leather version of the dodo case would suit me down to the ground

sracer
May 26, 2010, 08:21 AM
It seems to me that manufacturers at this point in time are trying to cash in on the initial rush of iPad purchases without much thought about how the iPad will be used on a daily basis.

And because the iPad is being used in a variety of ways, there will be numerous "killer cases" for each of those uses. A goldmine for any company that is eagerly listening.

I like the functionality of the Apple case, but not the style or form. At the moment, Macally Bookstand offers a better style and form.

For me a "killer case" is a backless cover to protect the screen with a slim hinge that clips on to the left edge of the iPad. (no need to protect the back of the device... a clear skin would be helpful for better grip) That cover could then fold back behind the device for tablet use, or partially back as stand.

PerfectCr
May 26, 2010, 08:25 AM
Currently using the Incase Slip Sleave until my DODOCASE arrives.

mcdj
May 26, 2010, 08:36 AM
Currently using the Incase Slip Sleave until my DODOCASE arrives.

There's already a thread for "what case are you using?". Agree with me, or disagree, and say why, but let's not waste more bandwidth with another list of case names that people have.

antiprotest
May 26, 2010, 08:46 AM
It may be too soon to compare case selections for the iPad to those for the iPhone. The iPhone has been around for a while, and there are so many potential buyers for accessories.

Buy a case that you can tolerate for a while, and then wait for new ones to come out.

garethjs
May 26, 2010, 09:12 AM
Belkin Grip Vue + PS Anti-Glare.

Awesome combo.

sammyman
May 26, 2010, 06:53 PM
Whoever can out-Apple the Apple case is going to clean up and print money. It needs to be simple. The simplicity will make it stylish. No funny picture frame legs. No wonky elastic straps. Enough padding without making the iPad twice as thick. Quality material, be it leather, PU, or something else, with precise cutouts, smooth even stitching, or maybe even better, heat welded seams. No metal snaps that can scratch. No strong magnetic latches, but no freely flapping covers either. A reliable steady system of folding the flap back to create a stand, with more pitch than the Apple case, and a fast easy way to get it folded flat again.
closeout.

I think it is totally a matter of opinion. I also prefer something simple, without wonky straps, etc. I found one that I like here:

http://www.haughty.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/i/p/ipad_sleeve.jpg (http://www.haughty.com/ipad-sleeve-luxe.html)

I didn't want magnets, or straps. I wanted something simple and protective. This one holds the iPad in well without straps, and I like the simple design. Feels very protective, and reasonably slim. I have gotten a few compliments already even though I don't take it out much.

dustinl4m3
May 26, 2010, 09:02 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-F8N378ttCLR-APL-iPad-Grip-Case/dp/B003GQRUJE

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21b1cq8Nw4L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

+

http://www.amazon.com/STM-Jacket-Laptop-Screens-Black/dp/B003FMU320

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Pt1z7IyqL._AA300_.jpg

I prefer the thin feel of the Belkin case, and for portability the STM bag has a shoulder strap and doesn't look that much like a purse.

It really depends on how and where you will use the device. A one-size-fits-all solution will not fly.

JayMysterio
May 26, 2010, 09:06 PM
I have to agree with you guys.

I am currently using Apple's case and I bought the Candyshell and while I really liked it, I found that it just wasn't the best case for me and I went back to Apple's case. I have yet to see anything else that makes me go "wow I gotta have that case".

I was an iPhone case junky, there we so many iPhone cases out there I could never decide which ones I wanted and always switched them up.

The iPad case offerings have definitely been underwhelming so far.

Interesting. I went the complete other way. I used my Apple case for the longest, but I found my taking the IPad out & putting it back in tiring. Now I have an IFrogz Luxe, and really like that. I've gotten used to not having the cover I loved so much on the Apple case. I just like being able to grab my protected IPad, and get right to using it.

ckr4282
May 26, 2010, 09:19 PM
I'm waiting for a silicone case in the style of a book jacket.

gigaguy
May 26, 2010, 09:21 PM
Belkin grip - I ain't paying $50+ for a plastic shell.
I think the Apple case is the best out there overall. but I agree the case selection nowhere meets the quality and use of the iPad. I partly blame Apple for not letting (m)any manufacturers have ipads or replicas to pre-design on.

I expect more to come from Power support, but they have no teasers on their site. their leather sleeve is, well, a sleeve. and I think Macally can do better.

I want cases for different uses, almost naked around the house (grippy skins and/or sleek shells), portfolio cover for sharing/public use, and strap case for carrying around. etc. I already tried 5 diff cases, the Apple is still my go to.

oghowie
Jun 2, 2010, 01:20 PM
I believe the 2 cases you listed (Slider and Feather) came out after the release of the 3G, so they had time to refine and make sure the design worked well with actual production phones before the release. I think that is why there are so many complaints about fit on the iPad cases.

I bet we'll see better iPad cases towards the end of this year.

Cartaphilus
Jun 2, 2010, 01:57 PM
The iPhone has its Incase Slider and Incipio Feather, among many others...massively popular cases that pretty much nail what people want in a case.

So where are the killer iPad cases? .

It certainly is a matter of personal preference and price tolerance, but the Piel Frama I'm using would be difficult for me to find fault with. Of course, I also thought Pong was the killer app...

Cuechick
Jun 2, 2010, 03:44 PM
I have not seen Oberon (http://www.oberondesign.com/shop/cart.php?m=product_list&c=76) mentioned here yet but they do beautiful work. I had one for my Kindle, they are a little on the heavy side for me. Still, really nice and very different from what else is out there. I am so sick of all the black!

https://www.oberondesign.com/shop/images/products/5885.jpg

awmazz
Jun 2, 2010, 03:45 PM
http://att.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=228700&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1275504998

I'm guessing they decided to leave the hole there so you'll be able to use this case for the next gen iPad when it comes out with a front-facing camera. ;)

I'm generally not keen on cases that detract from the look of the iPad by covering the front bezel to hold it in, but this one in your pics does a better job than all the others I've seen. You can tell the difference with European hand-cut and quality leather goods just by looking at it.

awmazz
Jun 2, 2010, 03:55 PM
The Scosche IPDK kickBACK P1 (http://scosche.com/products/sfID1/210/sfID2/212/sfID3/365/productID/1923) looks like it comes straight out of a DS9 or Stargate episode, and with a name to match.

http://scosche.com/ecom/images/product/1923.13784.600x400.FINAL_WHITE_WITH_GREY_HORIZONTAL_3.jpghttp://scosche.com/ecom/images/product/1923.13780.600x400.FINAL_WHITE_WITH_GREY_HORIZONTAL_2b.jpg

Cartaphilus
Jun 2, 2010, 06:01 PM
[QUOTE=awmazz;10025457]http://att.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=228700&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1275504998

I'm guessing they decided to leave the hole there so you'll be able to use this case for the next gen iPad when it comes out with a front-facing camera. ;)

That's exactly what I thought as well until someone pointed out to me that the cutout accommodates the light sensor that actuates the auto-brightness function. But if there's a retrofit for a front-facting camera, I'm all ready. :)

awmazz
Jun 2, 2010, 06:16 PM
You're absolutely right, I forgot all about the sensor being there, sorry!

reptiledude4
Jun 2, 2010, 07:52 PM
The ZooGue case looks promising.

joleel7
Jun 2, 2010, 08:22 PM
It certainly is a matter of personal preference and price tolerance, but the Piel Frama I'm using would be difficult for me to find fault with. Of course, I also thought Pong was the killer app...

Can't agreed more.. I really like my black color version of Pielframa.

mcdj
Jun 2, 2010, 10:29 PM
The Scosche IPDK kickBACK P1 (http://scosche.com/products/sfID1/210/sfID2/212/sfID3/365/productID/1923) looks like it comes straight out of a DS9 or Stargate episode, and with a name to match.

Well that case certainly supports my case.

mcdj
Jun 4, 2010, 09:31 PM
Something just occurred to me. Two of the bigger players in the case biz, DLO and XtremeMac, have zero iPad cases so far. Not even a "coming soon" page on their sites.

Moyank24
Jun 4, 2010, 09:37 PM
The ZooGue case looks promising.

I went to the website, but there are no pictures?

mcdj
Jun 4, 2010, 11:02 PM
I went to the website, but there are no pictures?

It's just some egomaniac "entrepreneur" who's trying to pre-sell a case he hasn't even produced, emblazoned with an ugly giant logo. He's sniffed around here trying to drum up interest for it, and gets shut down by the mods every time. Don't bother.

Run23
Jun 4, 2010, 11:23 PM
There's already a thread for "what case are you using?". Agree with me, or disagree, and say why, but let's not waste more bandwidth with another list of case names that people have.

Wow-- kind of jerky comment dude.

mcdj
Jun 5, 2010, 12:21 AM
Wow-- kind of jerky comment dude.

Yeah it is. Oh well. Too bad. But like I said, there's already at least one thread to merely tell the world what case you have. This is not that thread, unless you're unveiling a previously unseen potential killer case. The Belkin Grip Vue has been discussed ad nauseum, and given the relatively short flash it generated in discussions, I think it's safe to say it doesn't qualify as a killer case, in the vein of the InCase Slider.

iRabbit
Jun 5, 2010, 12:51 AM
I feel the same way... I've been searching for the perfect case since a week before 3G launch! LOL

It's hard to beat the Apple case functionality... However, as we all know the thing attracts dust and scuffs like there is no tomorrow.

I tried the Yoobao. Problem with that one was the smell (ew), and it's just a bit too thick for my liking. I cant clip my pogo stylus to it. It doesn't stay as firmly in typing position as it should. It gets in the way around the edges of the iPad just enough to be annoying.

The Dodo was the one I was going to go for... However, I just don't think the typing position is elevated enough. I even wish the Apple case was elevated just a tad more. That was one thing I DID like about the Yoobao.

My husband has an Incase knockoff... He likes it but doesn't love it... And it doesn't really stay locked into any but the lowest tilt unless its on a table. It's just not great for laps.

If Apple would just make its case with a smoother exterior, one that is easier to clean and doesn't attract scuffs like a chalkboard, they'd have an even harder product to keep in stock - and the ultimate case!

ipadder
Jun 5, 2010, 11:41 AM
Aren't these killer? http://i.imgur.com/MxeeI.jpg

mcdj
Jun 5, 2010, 12:43 PM
Aren't these killer? http://i.imgur.com/MxeeI.jpg

There, I fixed your image.

As far as "killer" goes...are they wildly popular, on par with the popularity of the Incase Slider for iPhone, or do they offer a totally unique fit/function that separates them from the pack? You tell me. To me they look like a run of the mill textured/patterned back shell, no different than any of the other 10,000 back shells available on ebay.

random person
Jun 5, 2010, 12:45 PM
How heavy is the piel frama case? And how thick is it relative to the apple case?

Natesac
Jun 5, 2010, 12:49 PM
Aren't these killer? http://i.imgur.com/MxeeI.jpg

Whaere can I get one of those?

random person
Jun 5, 2010, 12:52 PM
I found a link to a review of the piel frama vs the size of the a poke case. It looks like it is a bit heavy and thick for my use -- too bad as it looks beautiful!

ChiliBlue
Jun 5, 2010, 10:10 PM
I have not seen Oberon (http://www.oberondesign.com/shop/cart.php?m=product_list&c=76) mentioned here yet but they do beautiful work. I had one for my Kindle, they are a little on the heavy side for me. Still, really nice and very different from what else is out there. I am so sick of all the black!

https://www.oberondesign.com/shop/images/products/5885.jpg

Ooooooo. Beautiful! I can't decide which one to get.

peapody
Jun 5, 2010, 10:41 PM
i agree about the lack of cases out there. Usually i can find something that I like, but I find myself making concessions. That is too bad really. The problem with concessions is that I end up finding something else that is closer to the case I actually want - and thus...I spend more money. That is too bad really.

I am looking into the non traditional companies now since the main front runners aren't cutting it. Actually looking at ebay and etsy. Some nice offerings there.

Zepaw
Jun 5, 2010, 11:20 PM
Agreed, but I have come to believe there will be no perfect case. There are so many features to have or not have. Most cases either try to meet too few and are lackluster and many others promise so much but are bulky and obnoxious. I expect plenty of "killer cases" by the time 2G comes around.

SchneiderMan
Jun 5, 2010, 11:27 PM
I have very high expectations for iSkin's new iPad case that should be coming out any day now.. They took their time that's for sure.

mcdj
Jun 6, 2010, 12:18 AM
For me the ultimate case would mimic the Apple case, but in a leather similar in quality to this envelope style case on eBay...
http://www.seller119us.com/semir/Tridea/images/iPad-Sleeve/iPad-Sleeve-01_11.jpg

Mr. Biggles
Jun 6, 2010, 07:15 AM
This case has a defined audience, but it looks like they put the time and effort into it's design. I eagerly await it's release.

http://www.otterbox.com/images/products/700/apl2-ipad1-20-c4otr.jpg

http://www.otterbox.com/images/products/700/apl2-ipad1-20-c4otr.1.jpg

http://www.otterbox.com/images/products/700/apl2-ipad1-20-c4otr.2.jpg

http://www.otterbox.com/images/products/700/apl2-ipad1-20-c4otr.3.jpg

SuX0rz
Jun 6, 2010, 09:54 AM
Yeah it is. Oh well. Too bad. But like I said, there's already at least one thread to merely tell the world what case you have. This is not that thread, unless you're unveiling a previously unseen potential killer case. The Belkin Grip Vue has been discussed ad nauseum, and given the relatively short flash it generated in discussions, I think it's safe to say it doesn't qualify as a killer case, in the vein of the InCase Slider.

I think he was referring to the dodo case, more than the Belkin. I would consider the dodo case a killer case.

And being nice to people is a good thing, think about it.

Cartaphilus
Jun 8, 2010, 01:24 AM
I found a link to a review of the piel frama vs the size of the a poke case. It looks like it is a bit heavy and thick for my use -- too bad as it looks beautiful!

To give you an idea, the case adds about the same thickness of the iPad itself. It weighs 300 grams (10.58 oz.) according to the PF website. Subjectively, it never seemed thick or heavy to me, but naturally it is going to be a matter of individual sensitivity. If you like its looks, their customer service is fantastic, and I bet if you emailed Angelina she'd agree that you could return it if you're unhappy. I think PF would be pretty confident that once you have it on your iPad you'll never let it go.

aberrero
Jun 8, 2010, 02:35 AM
The Dodo case is nice, but it is lacking features, and while that isn't necessarily a bad thing, the $50 price tag is a red herring. It costs $65 with shipping and tax, then you have to wait a month and a half to get one. I love moleskins, dodos, and everything, but I don't think I can stomach it.

I ordered a marware eco-vue, but it is backordered so I have time to cancel and go with something else. I think for $40 the price is OK, but I really think I can do better, with all the people complaining about the thing falling apart after two weeks.

peapody
Jun 8, 2010, 04:26 AM
I have an eco vue I am about to return/sell. PM if you want it.

Anyways the dodo case - its just a book cover isn't it? Recovered and fitted with a bamboo holder? I don't see why it costs so much.

Oh yeah, it is handmade and coming out of SF. I personally like mine for the rugged intellectual look. It's made of buffalo leather.

Tom.Colly
Oct 7, 2010, 09:56 AM
modulR (http://www.modulrcase.com)
Awesome, not the prettiest thing in the world to you "bound in leather and smelling of mahogany" types, but I love it.:apple:

nixiemaiden
Oct 7, 2010, 01:51 PM
My perfect case would be a combo of a tpu case and a folio that was capable of multiple viewing angles including ones for typing and ones for video viewing with some in between.

Or something like the apple/chinao cases but with more viewing angles. Mostly I just want something that covers all of the corners and sides very well and also offers multiple viewing angles...preferably without being insanely bulky and without covering too much bezel.

Darth Maniac
Oct 8, 2010, 04:36 AM
I know the prices are obscene but I don't think you can beat the Vaja cases.

The ivolution case is the best "Back cover" style case and they do versions with a snap on front cover for screen protection. The Agenda 2 appears to be the perfect folio style case with a typing position out there (Some prefer the Agenda 1 though).

Both have fantastic quality leather, look great and, crucially, do not cover the front edges of the iPad like many cases do.

I personally have the Special Edition Mamut Suela Ivolution Top style case. I went through 5 cases prior to getting it and I just wish I hadnt wasted my time on cheaper but lesser quality cases. It looks great, feels awesome to hold and after using it for a month shows no signs of wear or tear.

The cheaper cases all have some killer flaw - whether it being dust magnet materials (Like the Apple case, the Chinao interior and the Cyber Acoustics folio), lame typing angles for the folio style cases (Hello Piel Frama), cheap plastic grips to hold in the iPad (Like the Yoobau slim). Some of these may seem relatively minor but the point is that the Vaja's seem to be the only cases that I have seen where I can't see a bad thing about them.

Yes the waiting time for them to be made is an issue however even the Agenda 2's now have certain colours in stock.

I know this sounds like a Vaja love fest but seriously I have tried loads of cases and nothing tops Vaja.

Beau10
Oct 8, 2010, 10:34 AM
I know the prices are obscene but I don't think you can beat the Vaja cases.

The ivolution case is the best "Back cover" style case and they do versions with a snap on front cover for screen protection. The Agenda 2 appears to be the perfect folio style case with a typing position out there (Some prefer the Agenda 1 though).

Both have fantastic quality leather, look great and, crucially, do not cover the front edges of the iPad like many cases do.

I personally have the Special Edition Mamut Suela Ivolution Top style case. I went through 5 cases prior to getting it and I just wish I hadnt wasted my time on cheaper but lesser quality cases. It looks great, feels awesome to hold and after using it for a month shows no signs of wear or tear.

The cheaper cases all have some killer flaw - whether it being dust magnet materials (Like the Apple case, the Chinao interior and the Cyber Acoustics folio), lame typing angles for the folio style cases (Hello Piel Frama), cheap plastic grips to hold in the iPad (Like the Yoobau slim). Some of these may seem relatively minor but the point is that the Vaja's seem to be the only cases that I have seen where I can't see a bad thing about them.

Yes the waiting time for them to be made is an issue however even the Agenda 2's now have certain colours in stock.

I know this sounds like a Vaja love fest but seriously I have tried loads of cases and nothing tops Vaja.

Have you handled a Yoobao slim? They actually use a fairly high quality soft touch plastic for the clips.

I was considering the Agenda 2 but the reports that the front cover was a bit floppy (esp what i saw in Macgirls youtube review) coupled with a lack of a way to secure it just had me look the other way, not to mention the price. I consider that way more of a killer flaw than some exposed plastic. But to each his own.

Darth Maniac
Oct 8, 2010, 01:54 PM
Have you handled a Yoobao slim? They actually use a fairly high quality soft touch plastic for the clips.

I was considering the Agenda 2 but the reports that the front cover was a bit floppy (esp what i saw in Macgirls youtube review) coupled with a lack of a way to secure it just had me look the other way, not to mention the price. I consider that way more of a killer flaw than some exposed plastic. But to each his own.

I should have clarified - Im sure its high quality in terms of safe to secure the iPad but I dont see why a leather effect case should have black lumps of plastic on the corners when previous Yoobao's had leather corner grips. Admittedly a small point but it put me off lol.

I see your point on the Agenda 2 I suppose - for me its not an issue as I store mine in a bag sleeve that would keep the cover closed. But I went for the Ivolution top and that one seems perfect for protection - the front cover clips nicely in place and when you remove it, attaches nicely to the back (Some people dont realise that and assume you have nowhere to keep the front when its removed). For me the Ivolution cases are the killer cases if you can live without a typing stand built in (If I want to type I use my Griffin Loop stand).

niter
Oct 8, 2010, 02:20 PM
Belkin Grip Vue + PS Anti-Glare.

Awesome combo.

As of last night, I am finding this to be true.

I started using the iPad naked carried in the stm bag until my Dodocase arrived. I love the Doocase look wise but I have found that in order to use it upright, I need to remove the iPad from the case. Also, it can fall out making the case just a pretty cover. In retrospect, I wonder if I would have been better off going with my first pick--the convertible incase jacket.

I am surprised how much more I enjoy using the Vue + PS combo. I am carrying around the iPad in my stm bag again as it goes into my briefcase. Eventually, I am going to purchase the Incase Travel Kit as it fits the Apple BT keyboard, power supply, etc. The only draw back is that that case does not have D rings for a removable strap. The STM does making it quite attractive, but the space is limited. Again, like the cases both travel bag is almost to perfection, each having what the other needs!

In the end, I am really not sure there will be a perfect case. The original poster brings up a very valid question. It seems, to me, that every case is *almost* there and it is a matter of picking the best option. I am starting to think the reason the iPad is so difficult to cover or put in a case is because it is made so perfect as is.

jennyap
Oct 25, 2010, 10:53 AM
I think part of the reason there isn't a "killer case" is that unlike the iPhone, people use the iPad in different ways. By which I mean, if you have an iPhone you are inevitably going to be carrying it with you pretty much all the time, you need quick access to be able to take calls, etc. The iPad isn't like that.

Personally, I'm not interested in a folio case at all. I use my iPad almost exclusively at home, and I do minimal typing, so the perfect case for me is something that gives a little extra grip and protection, but otherwise keeps out of my way. I don't want anything that extends too far onto the bevel, I like the grip of silicon, and I don't want anything that adds a lot of bulk. But I do take it away with me occasionally, and then I want the option of some extra protection. I went for an Incipio Silicrylic skin. The silicon part gives the grip I want, and the acrylic hard shell gives a little extra protection on the corners in case I set it down a bit hard. For travelling, the whole thing fits into my Belkin Pleated Sleeve with skin still on, and I switch the hard shell from the back to the front to protect the screen. So far I'm really happy with this combo.

However, if I started carrying it with me every day, it wouldn't work for me at all. In that case I'd be taking a much closer look at folio cases.

Others have a different experience again, and need a different type of case to suit, and I think that is much more varied than with the iPhone. JMO.

PacMookBro
Oct 25, 2010, 01:23 PM
I've tried Vaja Agenda, Vaja iVolution Top SP, Orbino Padova and DODOcase. They are all beautiful cases. One thing in common; they are all BULKY, HEAVY and defeats the purpose of having iPad. DODOcase was the worst; iPad simply falls off the case.

People are so hyped up by iPad and such enthusiasm extends to squandering on unnecessary accessories that are bloated and complex. iPad is meant to be bare. Not even between plastic wrap like invisiShield or the like. Glass and aluminum unibody of iPad simply feels great between fingers. Feel the precise edge of iPad.

Join the nudist movement. Don't fall for the killer cases.

Rmv221
Oct 25, 2010, 08:50 PM
Recently I was looking for a case for my new iPod. I was looking for a case that would hold more than my iPad. I went into a Franklin Covey store and came across a leather binder with binder rings in it. It was the exact size for it!! In the leather folio that the binder rings came out! It holds a lot more. It has a mobile phone holder in it, a expandable GPS hold on one side, the other side has room for business/credit cards and a pen holder. I have all those items in it and my iPod with the Apple case. It's a little snug at first but having it a while now, no problem zipping it. I only paid $60.00 and it's leather. It's those cases that are not made for the item are the ones you want!

Palanka
Oct 25, 2010, 11:57 PM
I find sweet cases on fashion blogs all of the time.. do some research.

princealfie
Nov 7, 2010, 10:40 PM
i love my otterbox defender case for my iPad and it rocks for sure. Keeps it well protected on the move.

seymourphilips
Nov 8, 2010, 10:25 AM
Dude i agree apple's oem bags suck i had one for less than a week and it was crap, but i found a sweet hard body case from slappa.com great material, great build, and not a bad price they also had soft body cases but i like hardbodys they always seem to work better for me. this is the one i bought.
http://www.slappa.com/HardBody-PRO-Carbon ,hope it helps you some.