The iPad 2 was announced this month and will be hitting stores on March 11. If you looked at that new iPad 2 and thought it was cool, but can't bring yourself to get rid of your original iPad so soon you may just need some cool new accessories to feel better about not having the latest and greatest tablet. The are tons of iPads in the hands of consumers and a case is the most important thing you can get.
A good case is important because you need to protect your iPad in the event you drop it. A case will also help keep the iPad from getting scratched up and make it look better for longer. There are hoards of cases on the market today and they fall into all sorts of price ranges. The iPad cases will not interchange with the iPad 2 and vice versa so be sure you pick a case made for the original iPad.
When it comes to cases, they aren’t all created equal. Some cases sacrifice protection for less bulk and style. Other cases don’t worry about adding bulk and go all in on protection to keep your tablet safe. The sort of case you need will really depend on what you do with your tablet. If you use it at home and rarely walk around with it, you might be comfortable just using a silicone sleeve. If you travel all the time and are constantly walking with your iPad something more robust with a hard outside might be more appropriate.
If you are, the sort of user that actually works from the iPad frequently a case with a Bluetooth keyboard can make your life much easier. These are much more convenient than the official Apple keyboard dock typically. Today I am going to run down some of the best cases on the market for the iPad and you can choose from the list based on your needs and wants.
1. Otterbox Defender for iPad - If you want a case with the most protection you can get, the Otterbox Defender is the case for you. This case has three layers of protection and will protect the iPad from drops, dust, and scratches. The case has a thermal-formed plastic sheet that covers the screen to keep it scratch-free as well. The case isn’t recommended for water protection and it has a stand on the back for propping the iPad up for comfortable use. You can buy the Defender for iPad for about $50 right now.
2. Kensington KeyFolio Keyboard Case- If you work from your iPad a lot and find the onscreen keyboard lacking a external keyboard will make your life much easier. The KeyFolio has a wireless keyboard inside that has a standard QWERTY layout and is sized like a keyboard from a netbook. The case provides full access to all iPad controls and leaves the ports available. The outside of the case is synthetic leather and the keyboard is spill proof. The keys are rubberized to prevent scratches to the screen when the KeyFolio is closed. You can buy the KeyFfolio right now for about $60.
3. ZAGGmate Apple iPad Keyboard Case- If you like the idea of a case with a keyboard inside, but you don’t want the folio style the ZAGGmate with the keyboard may be just what you need. This case has a very interesting design where the keyboard is inside the case. To use it you pop the iPad out and prop it against a stand on the back for typing. The keyboard has a nice layout and is comfortable to use. The best part about this case is that you can use the iPad in portrait or landscape mode whereas the KeyFolio I mentioned can only be used in landscape mode. The only major downside here is that the case is expensive at about $76.
4. Kensington PowerBack Battery Case with Kickstand - If you want a case that will offer protection for your iPad, but you also need longer runtime for the tablet the PowerBack from Kensington may be exactly what you need. This case is made from a hard plastic material and has a battery inside to extend the runtime of your tablet. The battery is good for up to five more hours of use and the kickstand will support the iPad in three positions for typing or watching video in portrait and landscape modes. The battery case and the iPad charge via a microUSB port when the case is installed. You can get the PowerBack for about $87 right now.
5. BookBook iPad Case - If you want style along with some protection the BookBook is worth a look. This case looks like an old school hard cover book on the outside and when you flip it open your iPad sits within. The iPad is held inside the case with simple elastic straps and the BookBook is designed to prop the iPad in landscape format for viewing video. This is one of the most expensive cases at about $70 and what you are paying for is the style more than anything else. The case is handmade and looks fantastic.
6. Headcase Etch A Sketch Hard Case - If you are the quirky sort that likes a hard case with some protection that also has a lot of fun style this is the case for you. It makes your iPad look like a red Etch A sketch and I know you have played with one of those in your lifetime. The case leaves all the controls and ports open for use and looks really cool on your tablet. The case is made from ABS plastic and will protect well if you drop the iPad and it has a stand for easier typing.
7. AmazonBasics Netbook/iPad Bag - If you are more concerned with keeping your iPad safe in transit than in keeping it scratch free and safe while you are using it the Amazon Basics netbook bag with handle might be for you. The iPad has to be removed from the bag to be used and as such, this is more for keeping the iPad safe while you go about your business. If you are the sort that hates cases bulking up your tablet, but want protection when you aren’t using the tablet this might be the perfect case for you. You can pick this bag up for about $11.
8. TrendyDigital WaterGuard Waterproof Case - if you spend a lot of time with your iPad around water you need the TrendyDigital WaterGuard case. This is more like a plastic bag than a case and will keep your iPad safe from water, dirt and other elements. It has a strap to wear around your neck or shoulder. The case offers no protection from drops, which is the main downside, but there appears to be enough room to get the iPad inside the case with a slim protective case installed. The WaterGuard case sells for about $20.
9. Apple iPad Case - If your taste in accessories for your iPad leans towards official accessories the Apple iPad case is for you. The downside to this case is that it has minimal functionality. The upside is that it’s an official accessory and has the coveted Apple logo on the top. The case sells for about $33. You can find better cases for the same money so unless you absolutely have to get an official accessory I suggest another offering.
10. Protective iPad Case with Stand in Pink - I know there are lots of people out there that will give up protection for style. If you are one of those types of folks, you can get the pink Protective Leather iPad case for under $6. The only big thing this case has going for it is that it is pink. It uses a magnet for a clasp, which may put some folks off for buying it. the case also has a stand on the back for propping the tablet up.