Remember those other iOS devices you have laying around? Yeah, your iPod and iPhone need some attention, too. Don't forget that they're just as important as your new iPad 2 -- these ones can actually fit in your pocket and go where you go, incognito.
This week's Best Case Scenario features the rugged, American-made RokForm Rokbed aluminum case, the pillow-soft feel of Proof cases, a watchband for your iPod nano from HEX for all you hipster types, and a sport armband for your marathon runners who need some music to power you through.
This week's Best Case Scenario is essentially part deux of last week's iPad 2 round up. We got a couple more cases in over the weekend from various manufacturers and have had a chance to try them out with our new tablet device. This week, we've got cases from Incipio, Targus and a very special case from Pad & Quill.
Just like you'd do everything to prepare for a new member of the family, you should do the same for your precious new tablet, too. While the Smart Cover is definitely new and innovative, it's not enough to keep the entire chassis of the iPad 2 covered -- that's why you need a case. While there aren't a ton available just yet -- the iPad's only been available for less than a week -- companies like Xtreme Mac, BodyGuardz and Scosche already have cases ready for your new toy, and we've already reviewed 'em. Click through for a quick overview of some of the new cases, though keep in mind that they may not all be available yet.
Oh, it's tough alright -- sort of tough to get on, but at least you can be rest assured that it'll stay on and keep your new iPad 2 out of harm's way. The case also features a non-slip grip, which will keep you from dropping the iPad 2 when you're picking it up.
This Scosche form-fitting case is flexible and made of translucent rubber. The only caveat is that it covers the volume control of the iPad 2, and with its new, slanted body-type, that can make accessing the volume button difficult.
This Folio case from Scosche folds out into different orientations so that you can comfortably watch a film with the iPad 2 laying down on your knees, or prop up the device to type up an email. While it does add bulk to the iPad 2's relatively thin form-factor, it does protect the device in its entirety.
If you'd rather go with the Smart Cover for your iPad 2, but want to cover the back, Bodyguardz makes a PVC-based film that's really strong and protects from scuffs. One caveat, however: the carbon fiber skin is difficult to match up with the docking port on the bottom of the iPad 2 and the back-facing camera.
The MacBook Air is sleek, stylish and svelte, but if you're planning on using your new toy on a day-to-day basis you're going to want to make sure that it's covered up. This week's Best Case Scenario features two Air sleeves from Moshi and Speck, and tests out whether Speck or Incipio's shell case is better suited for your tiny little notebook.
Transform your iPad into a netbook of sorts with a little added classic style. These leather folio style cases from Sena fold nicely with your iPad tucked in and includes a built-in Bluetooth keyboard with soft rubber keys. There's also a pop-out tab on the outside of the case that positions into a stand so that your iPad is propped up while you're typing. However, there's no way comfortable way to position the case if you want to lay down and watch a movie. While the fancy leather certainly adds a touch a professionalism to your iPad, you might want to seek out a different keyboard case if you're looking for something casual.
Physical keyboards are handy to have for your iOS device, and this nifty contraption from ThinkGeek actually has the keyboard tacked on to an iPhone case. It slides out when you need it and stays put when you don't. The keyboard itself is responsive and easy to get a hang of, and it's powered by a built-in rechargeable battery that you'll -- unfortunately -- have to charge separately from the iPhone via a microUSB cord. Also, the addition of a physical keyboard on your iPhone means added bulk and weight, which is apparent when you're holding it up to your ear--especially the few of us that use our iPhones for phone calls.