Go into any meeting these days and you'll find that most laptops, once a staple in every suit's gear bag, has been replaced by iPads. And when it comes to boardroom and office use, the Proporta Leather Protective Case for iPad 2 could very well be one of the more useful options out there.
Dressed in an elegant and professional appearance, the folio-style case should make a suitable accessory for business iPad users. Even better, the left side flap opens to a stack of A8-sized notepads, allowing you to jot down stuff old-school style (because, you know, handwritten notes can still be more useful than digital messages in many instances).
The Proporta Leather Protective Case measures 248 x 200 x 20 mm and comes with genuine black leather construction. When open, the iPad 2 sits securely on the right hand side (note: this won't make for an exact fit with the original iPad), with a full set of cutouts to keep all ports and buttons accessible. Having the notepads on the left hand side make for a great working experience, although I do wish they threw in a pen holder right on the case -- I'll just end up forgetting to bring one most of the time.
A stand function is also built-in, although it's strictly at a landscape viewing angle (no typing mode and no portrait). Closure is managed by a small leather strap with a metal popper.
You can get the Proporta Leather Protective Case for iPad 2 from Amazon, priced at $54.95.
For many business professionals, the iPad has taken the place of a regular laptop as their carry-on computer. And if you're going to take the tablet to work, you might as well bring it along on this: the Professional iPad Briefcase.
Created by a medical professional, the accessory looks just as white-collar as a leather briefcase, doing its moniker proud. With a padded shoulder strap in tow, you also minimize the risk of setting the tablet down and forgetting about it -- a constant risk with more traditional clutch-type cases.
The Professional iPad Briefcase is a folio-style case made from 100% leather. Measuring 8.5 x 11 x 1.4 inches, it has an inside slot-in frame with cutout windows that let you use the iPad without having to pull it out. General look is a little busy with all the zippers and rings, but it does feel very business-like.
Meant to keep the iPad secure during transit, it has a three-way closure -- a pair of zippers on opposite ends and a magnetized flap in front. Like many cases on the market, it can fold when open for angled tabletop use.
Designed for iPad-toting professionals on the go, the Professional iPad Briefcase is available now, priced at $60.
Vintage-styled accessories can only get that authentic feel when you make them the same way people from 100 years ago would probably have made them, too. That's the reasoning behind the Vintcase, a sexy-looking iPad case labored on by craftsmen from Ubrique, a small village in Spain.
With a design based on "diaries used by old-time travelers," the stylish accessory certainly gives the tablet a unique look. Granted, the overall appearance looks more suited for a raggedy paper notebook than a small fortune in electronics, but the aesthetics are definitely spot-on.
The Vintcase is a three-fold case, sporting dual flap covers, with the iPad frame in the middle. Like all functional housing, you get full access to your ports and controls while the slate sits in the frame. Each case is handcrafted in cowhide leather, with a tie-on leather cord closure for even greater vintage cred.
From the looks of it, this isn't padded and the leather doesn't seem all that thick (it, literally, looks like it was made for paper notebooks). As such, consider using this one primarily for style, rather than any sort of protection for your gadget.
The product page for the Vintcase makes it clear that this is built right out of Spain -- not at a factory in some Asian country with cheap labor. You know, those places where gadgets like the iPad are made. You can get one now for $99 (plus shipping, of course).
One part case and one part bag, the Jarteez iPad Case has to be one of the most stylish-looking accessories I've laid eyes. While there isn't much to set it apart in terms of functionality, it definitely stands out because of the elegant appearance.
Entire body is made from full grain Italian leather, with a soft cloth interior to ensure your iPad never gets a single scratch. It comes in two colors - Night Light (black) and Sunshine (light beige).
The Jarteez iPad Case measures 272 x 210 x 23 mm and should fit the iPad like a glove. It opens vertically, with a double strap closure to make sure the flap stays in place. You can use it in both landscape and portrait modes for tabletop viewing, although you won't get much options in terms of angles.
What about the bag part? While you won't be able to use it to hold anything but your tablet, it does come with a removable strap, allowing you to sling it over your shoulder like a courier bag. The strap matches the leather of the case and is easily adjustable for convenient use.
If you're looking for unique functionality, the Jarteez iPad Case probably won't be your cup of tea. For a decidedly urban and elegant style, though, it's tough to beat. It's available now, priced at €83.
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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