If you're in the market for a handcrafted and premium iPad case, the Palette Case appears to be a good pick. It's stylish, functional and not priced exorbitantly -- the latter being the main flaw in a lot of premium iPad accessories (you know it's not a feasible product when the case is more expensive than the actual tablet).
Designed in San Francisco and made by local craftsmen in New York, it's angling itself as a "locally-built" accessory -- a far cry from the usual China-sourced cases you'll usually find in the market today (yep, even some that are priced at premium ranges). It's a looker, too, so be assured that your tablet won't be decked in anything but a sweet-looking receptacle.
The Palette Case features a lush Merino wool back panel that makes it soft and comfy to hold. Even better, the backside gets a large hole in the center, allowing you to slip two fingers in to secure the device when in use. That way, there's no danger of having your iPad slip off your grasp, allowing you to use your hands without having to watch your actions too closely.
Out front, it gets a trifold leather panel that attaches to the side via embedded magnets, allowing you to either turn it to the side like a folio cover or remove it completely to get it out of the way. When detached, the leather cover can be folded to work as a stand in both landscape and portrait modes. The embedded magnets will secure it to the back of the tablet case.
You can get the Palette Case directly from the product's website. Price is $120.
If you don't mind the bulk, the Genius iPad case might be exactly what you've been waiting for. Packed with a whole host of features, it definitely brings more to the table than the usual cookie-cutter accessories that currently flood the market.
Built by ZooGue, the case is currently on its second version. I'm not familiar with the original (which sold out in a couple of months), but the company claims this one uses better materials, apart from being more pleasing to the eyes.
The ZooGue Genius is a bit bulky for iPad cases, weighing almost 70% as the slate all by its lonesome. Do note that the inch-thick frame should help cushion bumps and shocks, making the lack of sleek lines a perfectly acceptable compromise. General design is conventional enough: there's a flap that covers the multiple-windowed iPad slot, with the opening to slip the tablet available right along the hinge.
Most notable of the extra features is its use as a stand, which allows the tablet to prop up at any angle between 35 and 90 degrees using a Velcro-tipped kickstand. The elastic strap which keeps the case closed also doubles as a headrest mount, allowing you to wrap the slate to the car seat (or other similar fixtures) for hands-free viewing.
Price for the ZooGue Genius is a fair-sounding $49.99, with a 100% money-back guarantee if you're not satisfied with the product.
Following Apple's lead, most iPad cases come with a support stand. Same goes with the Hard Graft Tilt, except it props your iPad on a tabletop in a rather unconventional way.
How is it unconventional? Well, rather than use a kickstand or a folding front cover (like Apple's own slimline case does), the elegant-looking accessory has a flap that literally rolls up. The smaller the diameter of the roll you make, the more tilted the iPad gets, so it's highly adjustable, allowing you to achieve a multitude of possible viewing angles. Since it's rolled up felt and leather holding your tablet, expect a cushioned, rather than stiff, feel during typing.
The Hard Graft Tilt has a sturdy felt front cover, with a vegetable tanned leather backing to better protect the screen. All corner loops and support panels are made from soft Nappa leather, ensuring your iPad is held safely and securely. Metal snaps let you close the case firmly.
Do note that the body of the accessory looks a tad on the slim side, so don't expect plenty of protection from harder bumps. It looks classy, though, and should make your 9.7-inch bundle of single piece aluminum look even better.
You can get the Hard Graft Tilt iPad Case from the company's website for €85.00.
One of the sturdier iPad cases around, the Sena Cases Zipbook is lauded by many users for providing excellent protection for their tablets. While it offers just a standard range of features, it does so in a solid manner, so you get exactly what's advertised.
First, the likely big issue for many users: it's zippered. Obviously, Sena isn't hiding this fact, going so far as to integrate it into the accessory's name. Zippers on cases will have its pros (it closes tight) and cons (it could get in the way when using the tablet), so consider how you like using your iPad before deciding on getting one.
The ZipBook is a clamshell-style case, handcrafted from high quality leather and measuring 1.0 x 8.0 x 10.5 inches. It employs dual plastic zippers for the closure, with shock-absorbent padding, a rigid protective layer and soft leather lining integrated right on the body. Two leather straps and two elastic straps hold the corners of your slate in place. Suffice to say, the iPad looks well-protected when ensconced inside this case.
A recessed, collapsible kickstand in the back lets you prop the iPad in landscape mode (one angle only), although there's no facility for viewing it in a portrait orientation. The whole construction looks rather stylish, regardless of whether you're using the black, brown or red version of the accessory.
Reviews for the Sena Cases ZipBook are quite impressive, with many users who dropped their iPads while inside reporting no adverse effect on their tablets (not even a single scratch). It's available from Amazon for a tad over $90.
The Tuff-Luv Multi-View Napa Leather case is another contender in the growing range of stylish and functional iPad cases. While there are tons of accessories that offer similar features, we do like its low-key design, accented by five nubs on the outer flap.
Sized to fit the iPad perfectly, it secures your tablet from all sides, while leaving window cutouts for access to all ports and controls. Interior lining is made from non-abrasive leather to avoid scratches during insert and removal.
As the name implies, the case is made from Napa leather ("high grade and genuine," according to the retail page). It uses Tuff-Luv's Tuff-flap closure, which the company claims ensures the iPad will stay in place once loaded on the pouch. The five lined nubs on the front are actually for the multi-view stand feature, which lets you position the slate in one of five tabletop angles (from 20 to 70 degrees).
It comes in a variety of colors, including black, pink, red and a brown one that looks plenty sweet. Reviews on Amazon seem mixed, with seemingly equal doses of favorable feedback and ones that say it might be a tad overpriced for what it delivers.
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As awesome as the Booq Boa Push is, an iPad bag just might not be in your sights. If you'd rather have a case with the same stylish elegance of the Push, you should take a look at the Booq Boa Folio.
In many ways, it mimics Apple's slimline iPad sleeve in design. You slide the iPad into the container, with its edges enclosed and its ports accessible via cut-out windows. The flap can fold completely or into a stand for tabletop use. Booq, however, has seen fit to throw in a few extras.
The Boa Folio's 10.75 x 8.5 x 0.75 inch frame includes a wide pocket space on the inner flap, allowing you to slip notes, calling cards and cheat sheets within easy reach. Outside, it keeps a front pocket, where you can throw your iPhone or some other small thingamajig you want to take when working with your tablet.
Elegant in looks, it's sewn from genuine Nappa leather and Twylon. The inside bumper frame is molded and rubberized for securing your iPad in place. Body is padded, as well, giving your slate extra protection from bumps and nudges.
You can get the Booq Boa Folio in a range of neutral colors, priced at $89.95.
Need an iPad case that you can take to work without feeling like you're a teenager going through an accessories phase? We understand. There's a glut of iPad cases out there, but few with the professional sensibilities of the Scosche FoldIO P1.
A minimalist folio-style case, it looks like the perfect companion when taking your iPad to work. While everyone else in the meeting rolls out their tablets dressed to look like battle armors and Etch A Sketch slabs, yours carries the dignified stance of a no-nonsense, low-profile protective casing. Makes you feel like the only real adult in the room, doesn't it?
The Scosche FoldIO P1 comes in two styles - a leather texture and a carbon fiber texture (pictured) for the exterior. Both have suede interior lining for enhanced protection of your iPad, along with an open design for unrestricted access to ports and controls.
Like any self-respecting case, it allows angled tabletop viewing too. You get three landscape viewing positions, one for typing and one for vertical, all on top of doing without the unnecessary childishness of many iPad accessories.
Early reviews say it's definitely a premium case - none of those lousy hack jobs that passes off for an iPad case nowadays. You can get the Scosche FoldIO P1 for less than $40 online.
Need an iPad case with stylish looks and bargain bin price? Slip your tablet into the Deluxe Leather Multi-View Folio, a "professionally-designed" case with a versatile kickstand for tabletop viewing.
How versatile? According to the product page, you can set it at 13 different angles, allowing you to prop it up in a sturdy manner, whether you're watching movies or typing a long email.
The Deluxe Leather Multi-View Folio protects your iPad on both front and back sides. It comes with a secure flap with a magnet closure, which you can flip back when using the iPad in your hand. It claims to hold the tablet "perfectly on all sides," all while allowing easy to access to all ports and buttons.
While it's supposed to be a "premium quality leather case," the reviews on Amazon says it's actually leatherette. Available for just around $10, though, that's forgivable, considering the sleek design and clever tabletop positions it affords. Plus, the color looks really nice.
Remember how some people used to make fun of the iPad as a giant Etch A Sketch? Now, it really is one with the Etch A Sketch iPad case.
Created by Headcase, the accessory is officially licensed by Etch A Sketch makers Ohio Art, so it manages to copy the entire shell of the legendary drawing toy, from the lettering at the top to the knobs on the two lower corners. Paired with the Etch A Sketch app on the App Store, you might actually feel like you're doodling with the real thing. Or maybe not, since reviews say the app is not that great.
The Etch A Sketch case does away with silicone and leather materials typically used in iPad cases, decking it with impact-resistant ABS plastic. Don't worry, your tablet doesn't have to rub noses with the plastic - rubber feet and a felt backing gently holds it in place. All ports and controls are easily accessible by cutouts right on the case, while a retractable kickstand allows you to angle it for easier typing.
While the case comes with knobs, they're non-functional, which leaves the whole thing strictly as a novelty affair. Would've been awesome if they actually tied this to an app that lets you use those now, wouldn't it? I probably would have bought it without any hesitation. This case is one heck of a conversation starter on subway or any public place for that matter.
The release of the Etch A Sketch iPad case coincides with the classic toy's 50th anniversary. If you're into making your slate look like a plastic gadget from the 1960s, you can grab one now for $39.