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.
Pelican has long built a reputation for making durable and watertight containers to transport sensitive gear. And the Pelican i1075 Hardback brings that same rugged protection capabilities for your iPad.
Designed to work with both first and second generation iPads, it has interior space measuring 11.38 x 8.19 x 1.63 inches. Customizable Plick and Pluck foam lines the bottom of the case, with a molded liner on the underside of the lid for impact shock protection.
The Pelican i1075 Hardback is a crush-proof iPad carrying case constructed from high strength ABS plastic. It also keep out water and dust, with a built-in automatic purge valve balancing air pressure inside the shell. The latch closures are designed to open quickly, all while being guaranteed to stay shut even after taking serious impact.
An easel insert is included for standing the iPad in either portrait or landscape mode, so you can use it to watch or type without having to bring it away from the case. Since the foam is customizable (with multiple layers), you can dump in a variety of gear like keyboards, chargers and other accessories right on the same case with no problems. It comes with a removable carrying strap.
A broken iPad is a useless iPad. The Pelican i1075 Hardback can ensure your content-consuming slate is duly protected through even rain, falls and rough tumbles. It's currently listed at coming soon from Pelican's website, but should retail for around $70 (yep, a Pelican case that's cheaper than many premium iPad cases out there).
You're probably smart enough never to use your iPad while in the tub or hovering near the pool, so a waterproof case isn’t all that necessary, save for very specific instances. What's more difficult to avoid, however, is dropping the iPad on a hard surface - a very real possibility when you're playing one of those tilt-to-control games. The Otterbox Defender Case lets you armor up for those occasions.
Clad in "three layers of protection," the accessory gives your tablet the ability to survive all manners of drops, bumps and shocks, as well as keep tiny specks of dust from entering its vicinity. All features remain accessible even with the full gear on (without the front shield for the screen, of course) via silicon plugs, so there's no sacrifice for the added durability.
The Otterbox iPad Defender Case measures 9.99 x 7.89 x 0.94 inches and weighs 13.6 oz without the shield (20.7 oz with it). Protective layers consist of a hard polycarbonate shell, silicone protectors and a self-adhesive film for the screen. While a tad on the hefty and bulky side, the added toughness should make the extra size worth it.
It's been designed to accommodate use with the dock accessory. Just remove the snap-off door and you can slip it in with the armored case still in tow. The shield also incorporates a built-in, fold-out stand that you can use to prop the iPad up in horizontal viewing mode.
Priced at $89.95, the Otterbox iPad Defender Case is far from cheap. If you've ever found yourself at risk of dropping your tablet, though, it might be a good investment.