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 iPad 2 inherited the very slippery backside of its predecessor, making it an equally scary device to handle bare. Giving that surface some much-needed traction (apart from imparting a more personable appearance to the stark aluminum body) is exactly what the Bookback for iPad 2 does.
Made by Dodo (of Dodocase fame), the skin is a self-adhesive piece of leather-like skin that covers the rear of your tablet. That way, you can confidently tuck it in under your arm while taking a stroll without worrying about the prospects of any unfortunate accidents.
The Dodocase Bookback is made from the same Moroccan fabric, which looks and feels like leather, that is used on the company's popular iPad cases. Designed for convenient peel and stick function, the skin can be easily removed without leaving any residue. The original version of the accessory made for the iPad covered the entire back panel, while the iPad 2 version features a cutout at the bottom left hand of the cover to keep the speaker holes uncapped.
While minimalist in form and marketed primarily as stylish ornamentation, the Bookback actually performs a critical function -- one that could prove indispensable for clumsy users who've experienced gadgets slipping out of their grasps on more than one occasion. It's available now, priced at $19.95.
If you're in the market for a messenger bag to hold your iPad or iPad 2, along with the rest of your regular man-about-town ensemble, the Rickshaw Bagworks Messenger Bag for iPad 2 should make for an interesting pick. A remake of the company's Zero Messenger bag, it takes on the same general design and make -- save, of course, for the iPad-friendly part.
To accommodate your Apple iPad 2 tablet, they added a padded sleeve in front of the main compartment, where you can throw in either a naked or a case-wearing iPad. Behind the pocket sits what's essentially a large sack with a generous room for your stash (the product page claims paper files, a sweater, a book and a notebook can be bundled in).
The Rickshaw Bagworks Messenger Bag for iPad 2 is a square profile messenger bag that measures 10 x 11.25 x 3.75 inches and weighs a mere pound. Bag bottom is padded to protect your sensitive gear, with two small front pockets, a D-ring for attaching a cross strap and horizontal velcro strips inside the primary compartment for attaching accessories.
Material is X-Pac waterproof sailcloth, a high-performance fabric that's ideal for those at risk of getting their bags wet (such as when you live under rainy climes or when you're a klutz who regularly spill your drinks on your stuff). The exterior flap is rounded with a velcro closure, while the strap comes with a quick adjust cam for even more convenient handling.
Made by hand upon order in the company's home base of San Francisco, the Messenger Bag for iPad 2 is now available for orders online. Price is $75.
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.