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Review: Apple’s iPad Case Could Be Better

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The iPad seems like a sturdy device, but it is also a big piece of glass. For that reason, I ordered the Apple iPad case to protect it from … well me! It finally arrived a few days after the device. This was a slight annoyance since they were on sale in the Apple store on Saturday. For three days I was very nervous carrying my iPad around. But finally, it is protected.

image In this video I install the case and test how well it serves to hold the device while typing with the Apple Bluetooth keyboard. Please take note of the annotations on the video.

The case is a little expensive at $39.00. It feels like it will protect the iPad well, but the surface collects dust. That means it matches the iPad, which collects finger prints. The edges around the case, where the manufacturer stitched the pieces of material together, protrude to make it a little uncomfortable to hold. It also makes it hard to get at some of the controls, especially the switch that locks the aspect ratio. And the flap that covers the opening where you slide in the iPad gets in the way as you hold it with the cover folded back. The flap that I mistakenly complain about in the video is actually meant to be tucked behind the iPad. As a result you cannot see any of the silver case and it looks much better and feels much better in your hands.

Pros:

  • Microfiber won’t scratch screen or back of iPad
  • Sturdy feel means it shouldn’t fall apart quickly
  • Functional as it serves to hold the device up for typing on a flat surface

Cons:

  • Collects dust
  • Edges make it uncomfortable to hold the iPad while in the case and to get at some controls
  • No Poor instructions on how to use it for us dumb people
  • Wobbly when holding the iPad in vertical modes
  • Flap on inside gets in the way (This is not an issue now that I learned how to tuck it in behind the iPad)

Kevin loves notebooks, tablets, gadgets and photography. He grew up with computers starting out on a Vic 20 and Commodore 64. The first computer he owned himself was an 8086 Compaq Deskpro. His foray into tablet computing began when he bought a Samsung Q1 Ultra. The smartphone market opened up for him with his Palm Treo 600.

36 Comments

  1. Steve

    April 6, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    How about getting on a traedmill! Your gasping for air after wiping the screen clean! Sorry for being mean but you are way to young to be grasping for air

  2. Mark Magnuson

    April 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Fold the flap under the iPad when it is in the case…

  3. GP

    April 6, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    iPad does charge, just doesn't say so. I suspect they'll fix this in a software update.

  4. Anonymous

    April 7, 2010 at 4:51 am

    It could be better but even this case is very supportive as it can be used as a case and even it can be used as a stand which hold whole you are watching a movie

  5. aragoran

    April 7, 2010 at 7:36 am

    website of the day, as published on “pocket-lint.com”
    http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/32443/two-hundr
    its so useful…
    it works great on the new iPad
    enjoy…

  6. yellinj

    April 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Quirky, a crowdsourcing product development site, has created a functional iPad case, the “Cloak.” The Quirky community took the feedback from thousands of contributors to create a very useful product. I think it solves a number of the issues mentioned above. Check it out on their site: http://www.quirky.com/?r=1051ea53e0ad2510bd9dc4

  7. RS

    April 9, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    I bought the Apple iPad case. It looks good (to be expected). I was pleasantly surprised with it, as it is better than I expected. I found the instructions to be easy to follow. I bought the iPad for its size and weight. I travel quite a bit and wanted a “device” so that I could keep my personal and business matters while traveling. However I did not want to carry another laptop. Too much to carry. This case protects the iPad, yet does nto add bulk or weight. Yes, I need to also use a screen protector, but that is OK. While the exterior materials show finger marks, it looks fine. And I like the material because it is not slippery. I do not want my wonderful iPad to slip and fall. I want the case to make holding it easy – it does. I did not find the edges to be any problem. The cover is stable in the landscape mode, nice for photos. In portait mode, the case is not as stable as might be desired, however I have not found this to be an issue of use. So the complaints listed previously are just not real deficiencies when you use the iPad. It would be nice if the cover had a way to slide open to provide a handle of some sort (without bulk). I think it is a very good case for the iPad. I am very happy. The case protects the iPad, helps to ensure that it will not slip off surfaces, and adds NO bulk or weight. GREAT!

  8. Richard

    April 11, 2010 at 2:33 am

    this case scratches the screen, because when you have the case closed. the case itself is touching the screen. And if the case rubbs against the screen is makes small scratches. BAD APPLE!!!!! :(

  9. Anonymous

    April 11, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Check out the recent story about iPad cases at http://www.geekosystem.com/best-ipad-cases

  10. tskalczynski

    April 12, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Try also http://aligata.com/ – nice, genuine leather iPad cases.

  11. marcjacobsxxx

    May 16, 2010 at 6:34 am

    There are two more functional cases, one of which is even 13 bux cheaper. Definitely my number one choice is ChiTek's folio case (http://ipadcaseden.com/ipad-cases/chiteks-ipad-…) for 27 bux. I bought it for my wife after I got mine Apple's case but we've made a switch :)

  12. tomer

    May 27, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    if you need an iPad case how can allow you to carry more then your iPad take a look at the new loopbag iPad case
    http://www.loopbagstore.com/macbook-cases/ipad-

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    June 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm

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  15. Rachel

    June 6, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I like the iPad Security Case, I gave away my Apple case to buy this one. It is a leather case with a stainless steel 2 digit combination lock. I didn't want everyone using my new iPad. It cost the same as the Apple case.

  16. Mehdi

    June 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    New collection of iPad cases with all desired functions can be found here

    http://www.topblogposts.com/2010/06/showcase-of

  17. Pat

    June 28, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Yeah, I agree. It's just a dirt magnet on the outside but good for typing. So, it definitely needs an improvement. Maybe Scotch Guard on the coating next time?

  18. Insurance

    July 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I have the Apple iPad Case but was not happy that there was not a latch to keep it closed. I ordered a product called the Clasp to solve the problem. Now I love my Apple Case. Found it here, http://newpcgadgets.com/products/ipad_clasp/ind

  19. Bill

    August 3, 2010 at 5:17 am

    You could easily just put a piece of velcro on the case and save yourself money. Thats all that piece is or you can buy an elastic band and keep it closed. It isnt a big issue because the flap doesnt come open much. If the stand is wobbly you can bend the cover back and stand it on the carpet without tucking the flap in. This works perfectly and you will not experience wobbles if you use the flap on hard surfaces. Friction can hold it out without tucking the flap on a soft surface.

  20. Bill

    August 3, 2010 at 5:18 am

    You can clean the case with a wet sponge, just apply water to all dirty areas then wipe off with a towel or thick paper towel and it looks like now.

  21. Insurance

    August 4, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Just ordered the iPad Clasp to hold my Apple iPad case closed. I like the case I just needed something to keep it closed. Great solution to a known problem.

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    August 24, 2011 at 8:40 am

    this case scratches the screen, because when you have the case closed. the case itself is touching the screen. And if the case rubbs against the screen is makes small scratches. BAD

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