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.
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.