Sometimes, you buy an iPad case because it offers good protection. Maybe you'll buy one because it looks good. Other times, you buy it because it comes with extra features you want. The Padintosh leaps over all of those reasons: you'll buy it because it's ridiculously awesome.
Made by Thumbs Up World, it's an iPad case that resembles the front panel of the classic Macintosh from 1984. All the familiar elements are integrated -- off-whitish color, a floppy drive and a whole lot of character as only the Apple of that era can deliver. It's not a 1:1 reproduction (the screen on the original Macintosh, for instance, was just 9 inches -- smaller than the iPad's), but it will do.
More novelty than a useful accessory, the actual Padintosh case is about twice the size of the iPad 2, giving you plenty of material to grab on to while playing Atari games on your tablet. It doesn't really make it easier to transport your iPad, browse on your iPad or do anything with your iPad, but we still bet this thing will fly off shelves as soon as they hit. Oh yeah, you can stand the entire thing on a wall, so it looks like you've got a real 80s-era Macintosh (just add a keyboard at the bottom for more realism). Compatible with the Smart Cover, too.
The Padintosh for iPad 2 is currently on preorder from Firebox. Price is £19.99.
Military geeks use iPads too. And the GumDrop Drop Tech series looks exactly like the kind of case those so inclined should be rocking.
Physically, this thing looks gnarly. Clad in a reptile-like shell with scalloped surfaces (for better grip), it's how I'd imagine soldiers in battle carrying their iPads. Each bundle brings complete security for the iPad 2, as well, even shipping with its own screen protectors (including a privacy screen cover) and port covers.
The GumDrop Drop Tech Series Case measures 12.1 x 1.5 x 9.9 inches and adds about a pound of weight to your gadget. Its main selling point are the multiple barriers of shock absorption, which uses two levels of shock-absorbing TPU rubber to serve its protective functions, along with corner bumpers for further reinforcement. You also get a microfilm dust filter with the set, so you can take it to the desert and not worry about tiny speckles getting inside.
If Batman had an iPad 2, he'd have the black version of this thing. Seriously. It comes with a belt clip, too, so the Dark Knight doesn't even have to tweak anything on that Batbelt to hold this thing.
Amazon has the military-inspired GumDrop Drop Tech Series For iPad 2 in a variety of colors, priced at $69.95.
The market is literally flooded with iPad cases. If you're going to make your mark, you better stand out in some way. The Autum Turncoat does it by just being nominally functional but exceptionally pretty.
Designed for hand-carrying (or slipping into a bag), the holding case nestles your tablet when not in use, keeping it safe and toasty while it gets its well-deserved rest. It can work with both the iPad and iPad 2, the latter even with its Smart Cover on (and, I guess, some of the thinner sleeves and cases as well). There's no extra interior padding, so doubling up with a sleeve might actually be a good idea.
The Autum Turncoat is a four-fold carrying case designed for easy access. All four flaps can be opened, with four hand-fastened duty snaps providing tight closure. The whole thing is cut and sewn (supposedly by hand) right in the US, using six-ounce domestically tanned leather.
Granted, it may not have the value-added features found in some of the more popular iPad accessories out there. Still, if you place a premium on an elegant design and a stylish look, it's easily one of the best options you can find.
Currently on pre-order, the Autum Turncoat is set to ship April 15. Price is $144.
The race is on for new accessories to fit in the iPad 2 and the Booqpad is definitely a strong early contender. A folio-style case for Apple's newer, thinner tablet, it comes with some old world fittings that pair traditional writing tools with your 9.7-inch handheld computer.
Aside from a holding frame for the iPad 2, the case features a notepad on the opposite side. That way, you can work on your tablet while taking notes, making sketches or doodling mindlessly, old-school style, using a real pen over a real piece of paper. The sheets are sized similar to the iPad's display, so you can design app layouts to actual size (if you're so inclined), with refills available from Booq themselves.
The Booqpad measures 9.6 x 8.0 x1.0 inches and weighs just over a quarter of a pound. Aside from space for the tablet and a 50-sheet A5 notepad, it has a center slot for a pen (or a stylus), a pocket for business cards and a larger inner compartment (for cash, receipts, tickets and other bigger sizes of paper).
The case design is ambidextrous, so you can put the iPad 2 in either the left or right hand side (just flip it over to re-orient it). It's available in both leather and plastic makes, with a button-on strap closure.
While it may be too early to go shopping for new iPad 2 cases (you never know what clever ones may turn up), the Booqpad sure makes for an interesting piece if you want an accessory right this time. It's currently available for pre-order, priced at $49.95 for the plastic version and $99.95 for the leather models.