I would love to be able to buy every iPad case that looks interesting, unfortunately they are a bit more expensive so it would be hard to justify. Luckily I have access to quite a few Twitter friends that are willing to share their quick takes on cases they are using. If you’ve tried a case that’s not listed here go ahead and email firstname.lastname@example.org your Mini Review and I’ll add it to this post. Also check out the iPhone 4 case mini review post.
First up we have Peggy (she also contributed to the iPhone 4 case reviews)::
I have Apple’s case for my iPad and I like it. I like that it props up at a slight angle for typing and stands up for viewing. I like that I don’t have to remove the iPad to use it. It’s not super bulky…I can carry it around in my handbag. It does get marked up easily, so I clean it regularly. Also…little tip…I keep a lens cleaning cloth tucked in the back for cleaning the iPad screen.
(if you want to see this one in action it is in my iPad case review video)
Next up we have Joe::
Black Elan Passport by Griffin.
I like the padding, and that it covers the screen completely. Not so likely to use the slots for cards/notes but the case is great.
Next we have Brian::
Marware Eco-Vue for iPad that I have is awesome. “kickstand” = A+, I use the kickstand all the time as I prefer landscape use of my iPad. It’s soft inside and very durable leather outside.
Only negative is the strap to hold the iPad in; it needs to be wider. hasn’t come close 2 falling out, just slips a little.
Next we have Matt(he also contributed to the iPhone 4 case reviews)::
iSkin Vu for iPad.
-It looks “cool” and will remind you of the colors of the original iMacs (partly why I chose it).
-It does not make your iPad feel much if at all heavier than it already is.
-You do not have to remove the entire case to be able to dock it with an iPad dock.
-A mixture of soft and hard plastics (hard on the back mostly) and feels good in your hands and does not feel “cheap” to me.
-They could have done a better job on the cut outs/bumps for the buttons. To access the orientation switch and the earphone port, you better have a nail to pull open that flap or it is going to be a pain in the butt to access them! Also, they should have made bigger bumps for the volume buttons as you really need fight a bit to push down through the case to lower/raise the volume. That is my biggest complaint.
-Pricey! This thing is $64.99 + shipping from iSkin.com and is pretty expensive all things considered especially since this is not a “functional” case in the sense it can be propped up. However, it can be found cheaper at sites like buy.com or macmall.com.
(If you would like to see his full review with pics visit his tumblr)
If you are looking for more of a sleeve to store your iPad in I did a short video review of some sleeves that we had received in the office.