Thoughts on iPad Case and Dock?

NJRonbo

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Jan 10, 2007
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Going to the Apple store tomorrow to buy
my iPad.

Was also going to buy the official case and
dock.

However, reading posts here, many say not
to buy both as it is counterproductive.

For those that feel that way can you elaborate?

I was going to keep the iPad in the case while
in use and traveling. At night, take it out and
put it on the dock to charge.

Thought I would also keep it on the dock as
a digital frame.

Is it a pain-in-the-ass to constantly remove
the iPad from the case?

Should I just buy the iPad case and forget
about the dock?
 

AceFernalld

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Mar 3, 2008
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I purchased the iPad case and the dock. The case is EXTREMELY difficult to put on and off of the iPad, and the iPad won't go into the dock while in the case.
If I were you, I would just get the dock. The case is NOT worth $39.
 

rtay

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Feb 16, 2010
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I love the case. I think it is a must have. It is awesome to prop up your iPad when you type of have it on your lap and just surfing the web. I have used it as a picture frame too, putting it in the mode where apple shows it playing movies. My apple store didn't have the dock, so that wont be in til probably Thursday for me.
 

MarketingGuy

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Apr 6, 2010
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You might also want to look at the Incase Convertible Book Jacket (they have them at many Apple Stores). If you prop it up with these cases, then the dock may not be necessary. Of course, the dock props it up in portrait mode, while the Incase and Apple cases prop it up in landscape mode -- really depends on how you are going to use it.

I personally opted for the Incase Neoprene Sleeve Plus for when it leaves the house, else it's going to be used without a case so I can use the dock + Bluetooth keyboard.
 

malnar

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Aug 20, 2008
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A carrying case for me - stick the Ipad inside, zipper it closed, and take it with me wherever I need to go, then take the Ipad out. I don't really see any need for permanent enclosure, it seems to destroy all the comfort of the Ipad. I have a Hard Candy Bubble sleeve on the way right now. Looks pretty close to indestructible.
 

nimbleslick

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Sep 17, 2007
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I actually just purchased the case and the dock yesterday, after having my iPod for a day. I was actually really surprised at how much I liked the Apple case - it is slim, grippy, and really feels good to use. It's not going to protect your iPad from a fall, but I doubt that any slim case will. The one downside is that you cannot dock the iPad while in the case. The case is tight fitting, and it can be difficult getting the iPad in and out the first couple of times, but I appreciate the tight fit and don't feel like the iPad will fall out of it.

Using the Apple case to type on is a real pleasure. The angle is perfect, and it is solid enough to count on for prolonged typing. Using the case to feature the iPad upright is downright silly. The viewing angle is not effective enough and it feels flimsy.

The good folks at the Apple store were kind of enough to show my the iPad in the case - and that's what ultimately sold me. I have yet to use the dock.

B
 

gusnyc

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Sep 18, 2007
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Useful case

I have the case and the dock. I find the case to be much more useful than the dock. I can use it to adjust the angle on almost every surface. The case looks really cool (I am not a case person, my iPhone doesn't have one) and it also protects the iPad without adding bulk or noticeable weight.

I will return the dock and get an extra power adapter instead.

Gus
 

Fuchal

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Sep 30, 2003
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The case loosens up after a while - it's much easier to remove and insert the iPad case now than it was originally.
 

Matthew9559

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Apr 7, 2007
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I agree, the case is great. Protects the device very well, and the multiple positions help to make any situation comfortable from my experience so far. Also interested in a dock.
 

f00f

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Feb 18, 2009
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I bought the Apple iPad Case when I bought the iPad. The build quality of that case is kind of flimsy and the seams around the edges really take away from the beauty of the iPad. I did like that the case could be used to prop up the iPad for typing or to use as a picture frame. It was a chore to get the iPad into the case -- and out of (which is necessary from time to time to clean out dust/dirt) -- but ultimately it was better to have that case than nothing at all.

I say was because I'm no longer using it. I really only need a case to hold the iPad when I'm traveling. The device is too sexy to cover it up 24/7 and I like how it feels naked. ;) I wound up getting the Incase Travel Kit Plus. This case is expensive and big but offers lots of space. Lord knows that space will be handy for all the little iPad connectors and things.

The Incase kit comes with a stand that offers two viewing angles. Good for watching movies, slideshows, etc. However I do miss the Apple Case landscape prop-up-so-you-can-type-better feature. I've been using Pages to type up docs and find that typing with the iPad flat is just not comfy. To add a bit of slope I ghetto-rigged this (for a couple of bucks) using some foam cabinet liner. It provides non-slip (but somewhat spongy) support for the iPad whilst typing in landscape. Ghetto but it works and can be rolled up and tossed in the bulky Incase travel kit. :p
 

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kes601

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Aug 3, 2008
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To those who do the cutting "fix" (I just did), I would suggest not cutting it out all the way like the instructions say. Just cut the sides and then you have a flap that would remain there and you could just move it out of the way when docking. I did not do this and now I think the case looks a little funny w/the silver of the iPad showing through in the back.

I'm still glad I did surgery on the case though as I was not looking forward to taking the iPad in and out of the case but I love the horizontal typing w/the case on.
 

unkn0wnsoldier

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Jul 4, 2009
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I was stoked about getting the apple case. After retrieving it from the nearest Best Buy today, I quickly slapped my iPad in there. About seven minutes later, the case is back in the box, ready for return.

It was good for landscape typing, and I think it would be good as a prop on the nightstand. The deal-breaker was how the case felt when using the iPad in the portrait orientation. The back flap adds extra bulk, making it difficult to use. Another think I don't like about it is how easily the inside of the flap attracts dirt and dust while it's sitting on the desk in "prop mode". I couldn't think of closing the flap over the screen with dirt on it. That is just asking for scratches. Personally, I think I'm better off without the case. When I return it, I'm going to pick up the dock. I originally just wanted to pick up the dock today, but passed when I saw the case in stock.
 

patp

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I bought the Apple iPad Case when I bought the iPad. The build quality of that case is kind of flimsy and the seams around the edges really take away from the beauty of the iPad. I did like that the case could be used to prop up the iPad for typing or to use as a picture frame. It was a chore to get the iPad into the case -- and out of (which is necessary from time to time to clean out dust/dirt) -- but ultimately it was better to have that case than nothing at all.

I say was because I'm no longer using it. I really only need a case to hold the iPad when I'm traveling. The device is too sexy to cover it up 24/7 and I like how it feels naked. ;) I wound up getting the Incase Travel Kit Plus. This case is expensive and big but offers lots of space. Lord knows that space will be handy for all the little iPad connectors and things.

The Incase kit comes with a stand that offers two viewing angles. Good for watching movies, slideshows, etc. However I do miss the Apple Case landscape prop-up-so-you-can-type-better feature. I've been using Pages to type up docs and find that typing with the iPad flat is just not comfy. To add a bit of slope I ghetto-rigged this (for a couple of bucks) using some foam cabinet liner. It provides non-slip (but somewhat spongy) support for the iPad whilst typing in landscape. Ghetto but it works and can be rolled up and tossed in the bulky Incase travel kit. :p
That Incase looks awesome and I've been looking at that for a few weeks now. I 'm considering adding the Belkin Clear Vue case to it. Does the Incase bag seem like it has enough space for the iPad with a clear case around it?

Love the cabinet liner idea!
 

DotComCTO

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Aug 17, 2006
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Here's a solution for the dock/case incompatibility issue.
I just took the plunge and made that modification to my Apple case. It was super easy to do as I used an XActo knife to carefully make the cuts rather than using a scissor. This left me with very clean cut lines.

For anyone else planning this approach, I found that - aside from measuring and marking the cuts first - inserting a nice sized piece cardboard from a corrugated shipping box (like the one my Apple keyboard dock was shipped in) into the slot where the iPad goes in the case is very helpful. That allowed me to apply pressure to the blade while cutting without harming the rest of the case. Also, as someone else mentioned in the link above, rather than cutting 73mm x 30mm, I cut 73mm x 25mm and that works just fine.

Now I really like my Apple case!

:D

--DotComCTO