iPad iPad Air Case Roundup

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  1. Giuly, Nov 4, 2013
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    Giuly macrumors 68040

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    I'm wondering who nobody's started one, yet. Well, here you go.

    First things first: Apple's Smart Covers and Smart Cases
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    Logitech Folio
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    Belkin FormFit Case
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    Kavaj Berlin (15% off with the code HZB4F8X6)
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    Kavaj Hamburg (also 15% off with the code HZB4F8X6)
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    Moshi VersaCover
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    Poetic KeyBook
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    Logitech Ultraslim Keyboard Folio
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    Logitech Fabric Keyboard Folio
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    Belkin QODE Ultimate Keyboard and Case
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    Kensington Executive Folio with and without Backlit Keyboard
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    ZAGGkeys Backlit Keyboard Cover
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    Speck StyleFolio
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    Incipio Watson with removable hard shell
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    Thule Slim Gauntlet
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    Miniot Wooden Smart Cover
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    Pad & Quill Handmade Contega Case
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    Belkin FreeStyle Folio
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    Devicewear The Ridge
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    Hard shells:
    Belkin Shield Sheer Matte
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    Poetic ThinShell
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    Screen Protectors:
    ArmorSuit MilitaryShield (also as a full-body kit)
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    TechArmor Anti-Glare and HD Crystal
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    Spigen Ultra Crystal and Ultra Optics (anti-fingerprint)
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    INVELLOP Tempered Glass screen protector
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    Spigen GLAS.t (Tempered Glass)
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    Looks like 2014 is going to be the year of the Folio. As far as I am concerned:
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    Why not Zoidberg instead.

    More on this as people actually start developing cases.
     
  2. HoosBruce macrumors 6502a

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    I was waiting for one of these cumulative threads...thanks!
     
  3. The.Dude, Nov 4, 2013
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  4. Giuly, Nov 4, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2014

    Giuly thread starter macrumors 68040

    Giuly

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    That Moshi VersaCover is for the iPad 3/4, and they don't have one for the iPad Air, yet. Moshi doesn't have any iPad Air cases yet, for that matter.

    Edit: They do now, shipping December 1st.
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  5. RolandNights macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for putting this all together!

    Here's a folio cover:

    Grove Wood Smart Case

    Pricey, but I'm considering this.
     

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  6. The.Dude macrumors regular

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    That Kavaj is looking tempting since I am returning my Smart Case... I might have to pick one up through your link.
     
  7. Raffi macrumors 6502a

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    Every single current case is a total letdown. They are all terrible and totally ruin the slimness of the air. I wish apple still made the first apple iPad case.
     
  8. bobright macrumors 601

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    Thanks for the thread OP will keep an eye on this thread.
     
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  10. Oppressed macrumors 65816

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    Great thread keep it coming and I would love to see any sleeves that people come across.
     
  11. Photography, Nov 4, 2013
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    Another luxury case available for the iPad Air is the Sport case and stand by Hard Graft. It doubles as a sleeve and a case. It'll set you back around $111.

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    Hard Graft also has this more expensive Draw leather iPad Air case and stand available for $183.

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    There's also this iPad Air sleeve by Mujjo for $55.69.


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    There's also this iPad Air Charcoal Felt Sleeve by Byrd and Belle that will set you back $52, and can accommodate a Smart Cover as well. It comes in a lighter grey felt as well.

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    Lastly, I found this sleeve by Pochette Gavotte on Etsy made out of cloth for $33.83.

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  12. RolandNights macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I kind of agree with this, to be honest. I never really used cases for my iPad because they usually weigh it down, even some shells. Folio cases are just bulky to me.

    The key for the shell, to me, is it to be comfortable to hold and not too plasticky.

    If I had to get a folio, the key would be to be comfortable to hold AND easy to remove. I like folios because they usually have a stand that I could use for a better viewing or typing angle. That works great for me at work because I type and write a lot on it. When I'm home, I prefer to keep my iPad nude because I'm usually holding it just to read, watch movies, and browse.
     
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  15. gigaguy macrumors 65816

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    Hard to believe people would buy the thinnest ipad ever designed and put it in a case that doubles or triples the thickness. Might as well find a 1/2" thick slab of glass too and stick it over the screen to protect it.
    Steve would not be happy.
    I know to each his own, but all the technology and work that went into the design, battery tech and other efficiencies... to waste.
    might as well find an iPad 1?:D
     
  16. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

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    If you really use you ipad out in the field where it is expected to live with the "knocks of life", a case is required. Not into a fashion statement, need everyday protection. No rose garden here.
     
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  18. redman042 macrumors 68020

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    I'm really having a hard time deciding on my case for the Air. Here's my basic criteria:
    • Complete protection front and back.
    • Reasonably thin and light.
    • Nice quality construction.
    • Subtle look, black color.
    • Very easy to snap the ipad in and remove from back shell. I like to use the device naked some of the time.
    • Potentially an integrated keyboard (more on this below).

    I just upgraded from a 3rd gen iPad, and for that one I had a Devicewear Ridge folio case. For heavy typing I use an Apple bluetooth keyboard with an Origami case. I was very happy with the Devicewear (it met all my criteria above, including easy removal and insertion of the iPad), and I love the feel of the full size Apple keyboard.

    But I'm thinking that having an integrated keyboard would be really nice. Keyboard cases also allow lap use, which the Origami solution did not.

    I tested the Logitech iPad 4 keyboard cases in Best Buy yesterday (to get a feel for what the Air versions will be like). They certainly add weight, and I'd like to get the lightest brand I can. I did not like the FabricSkin. Keys were too mushy and hard to distinguish with my fingers. I'm a touch typist. The Ultrathin was nicer. But this leads to a debate about key layout: Do I want nicely spaced keys but have the A key double as Caps Lock (plus the other compromises they made on that one), or do I want a normal key layout but squished together to fit the iPad? That's a really tough one.

    So, based on people's experiences with the iPad 3/4 versions of these cases, can anyone offer advice? Are there fast touch typists out there who have found an iPad keyboard case they could adjust to?
     
  19. shabbadoof macrumors newbie

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    Hey all

    I have had real issues selecting a case

    Went to PC world and got a folio for £19 but I HATED it and took it back

    It takes one of the biggest benefits if the ipad air and makes it 3x thicker

    I then realised that I didn't want a case and wanted a sleeve

    I went to the apple store and went with this one

    http://store.apple.com/uk/product/HC226ZM/A/acme-made-skinny-sleeve-for-ipad-mini?fnode=3b




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    It was £24 but the front is well protected and it's easy to access the ipad

    It's a very sung fit for the air
     
  20. RossMc, Nov 5, 2013
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  22. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    I like the Logitech Folio in red. I might consider getting that and returning my red Smart Cover. I have a red Piel Frama "wallet" case for my white/silver iPhone 5S and that would match it fairly well.
     
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    I had that one with my MacBook Air and Pro and loved it.
     
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