Did you get the hot new Christmas item for the year? The iPad? If you did, you may have arrived on iSmashPhone because you wanted to know a few things about your new iPad. Important for the device is getting a well-built case to protect it from scratches or goodness forbid, a fall.
Keep in mind that the iPad weighs 1.5 pounds and has a front panel made of a thin, 10-inch sheet of glass. Bad things can happen if it’s dropped. Of course, no one can prevent an accident, they happen. The most you can do is take precautions to help ensure that your $500+ device doesn’t end up with a dent in the aluminum body, or worse, a shattered screen.
Here are a few cases that may help you keep your iPad from getting damaged:
Leather iPad Case by Acase (Link)
Looking for the more elegant solution? Here’s a nice leather iPad case. It’s like holding a book.
Official Apple iPad Case (link)
These are a bit pricey no matter where you buy. The good thing is that it’s built by the came company that makes the device, so you know it’s going to be a good fit. While we will say that it’s a pretty case, we aren’t big fans of the edges. They look like they could slice your finger clean off (Okay, so we exaggerated a bit, but they are a little sharp). The good news is that the case is very thin, so it adds very little mass to the device if you plan to carry it around.
Otterbox iPad Defender Case (Link)
This case costs a bit more than Apple’s official case, but it’s actually built tougher. The downside is that it will add more weight. However, this case does allow you to prop the iPad up (much like the official Apple iPad Case).
Silicone Skin Case (Link)
Skin-type cases are the least protective, but they are also the lightest. They don’t interfere with your experience as much as many of the other cases do at the expense of less protection. This may be good for the type who don’t want their iPad to feel too bulky and maybe just want something for protection around the house.
iPad Hard Case (Link)
This is one of those hard plastic cases. It’s clear and light, but like the case above, offers very little protection compared to some of the more expensive alternatives. This is another one of those cases that may be good for general “around the house” type use, but may not be the best for heavy travel.
More on iPad Cases
iPad cases aren’t cheap. They tend to run on average anywhere from $40 – $60. Definitely a tough buy after the holidays, especially if you are recouping all the cash you spent buying gifts. We will share with you some information on our favorite iPad case. It’s this cheap netbook case we picked up in a pinch at our local Best Buy.