My dad just got an Ipad 2 and needs a case. Should he get the official Apple folding case/cover or is there a good 3rd party alternative? He will mostly use it at home and take it on the plane when traveling. I think he might be better off with something that includes a protective back unlike the official Apple case. Is it wise to get a plastic screen protector as well or is a case sufficient?
First, the screen protector. Don't take chances with a toy this nice. Go to Best Buy, get the Zagg Invisible Shield, and pay them the $8 to install it for you professionally. This is worth it's weight in gold, and it looks beautiful. It also provides the best protection for the screen...PERIOD.
As for cases, if you want total protection and don't mind a little extra weight, then the Otterbox Defender is the way to go. Otterbox Defender ($90 on their site; $80 on amazon w/ prime)
: Total (but noticeably heavier) protection for ultimate peace of mind. (amazon price)
If you want something lighter, there are tons of options, but all pretty pricey as well. Let's face it, cases for these things just aren't cheap. Here are a few suggestions:
1. iKit Carbon Case ($30)
: Similar in aesthetics to the Otterbox Defender, but not as protective at all.
2. JoyFactory SmartSuit2 ($60)
: Has their own smart cover like apples, but connected to a back shell. Good for those who want to keep the smart cover, but want the back protected as well.
3. Case-mate Pop Case ($50)
: Take your pick really, but I prefer the 'Pop" Case.
4. The 'Handstand' ($50)
: Strap for holding the iPad while doing whatever with it. Great for one-handed typists and pervs alike!
5. Kensington Key Folio ($40)
: Basic & $100 model with bluetooth keyboard. Versatile line with good durability and reputation.
6. Marware Microshell ($40)
: Thin back rubberized shell that works with Apple's smart cover.
7. ColcaSac Uintah ($40)
: For naturalists, this one is a sleeve with hemp and very soft fur throughout.
8. BodyGuardz Armor Carbon Fiber ($30)
: Standard CF back shell works with smart cover.
9. iSkin Summit ($95)
: A full bag-style with thick protection and shoulder strap. If you're into that sort of thing.
Edited by CrouchingTonyHiddenPena, 18 May 2011 - 04:02 PM.