We know--that iPad is all that's kept you from going crazy at work, right? It keeps you entertained at work and puts a little kick in your daily grind. In this week's Best Case Scenario, we reviewed three cases that would go over well at work, plus a hand strap that you could use to show off the iPad during presentations, or pretend to make it fly.
The ZooGue Smart Kase makes watching movies on a plane, train or automobile even easier with the handy Velcro strap, which attaches to the back of a headrest. While the strap itself doesn't get in the way of your daily iPad-in-a-Folio activities, it is sort of odd to carry around a case with so much visible Velcro. But, hey, if you need to type something out on your iPad or lay down on a park bench somewhere and watch a movie, the vast number of orientations the Smart Kase is capable of will make you forget all about its cheesy aesthetics. ($54.98)
We reviewed this gaming case for the iPod touch 4G and found it a clever way to get a handle on your device without actually soldering on a physical game controller. It's nice that the iPad has this option, too--especially one that transforms it into a tabletop gaming machine. And hey, if you set two iPads side-by-side in horizontal mode, you can get in some hover gaming action. The Hive gaming case doesn't add any bulk either, so you don't have to worry about it taking up too much room in your shoulder bag. It also comes with a screen protector, and its low key enough that no one will be able to tell you've got the case on for gaming, instead of serious business. ($39.99)
The Mophie Workbook is, indeed, for workers, and it's much more stylish than your standard leather case. It keeps the iPad protected without adding any extra weight, too, and it props up the device so that you can comfortably sift through your Netflix queue. However, though the Workbook claims to have "infinite viewing angles", we could only find two orientations that it could manage--one for typing and one for watching movies. Update: Turns out we couldn't figure out the orientation of this iPad because we didn't see the little velcro flap that makes it all possible. We're bumping the score up half-a-point because it turns out that it can do multiple orientations. ($59.95)
For the accident prone iPad user in your life, a Hand-e-holder might insult their slippery fingers. But, at least it'll keep them from dropping the device to its death. The strap sticks to the back of the device with 3M adhesive, and it can rotate the iPad 360 degrees. Initially, you'll have some fun flying the iPad around like an airplane, but once you discover how difficult it is to remove the hand strap from the back of your device, your mood will quickly turn into intense frustration. It doesn't protect your device either, so if you'd rather keep the iPad safe and sound from the general wear and tear of life, you're better off spending the money on a case. ($39.99)
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