Feeling like a big shot lately? Whether you cover up your iPad 2 in something sleek and professional to look good to clients, or to simply hide the fact that you're usually playing games on that thing, this week's Best Case Scenario features some impossibly cool looking cases. We've got a case from overseas case manufacturers Yoobao, a nice folio-style case from Speck, Belkin's Access Folio stand with a pocket for your things and a stylish gray leather case from Mivizu.
This week's Best Case Scenario takes a different spin on things: cases that add a bit of extra functionality to your already super duper iOS devices. Need a keyboard for you iPad? No problem. How about one for your iPhone? Stop your bellyachin'--they make those, too. We've even got cases to open beer bottles and carry your credit card. Read on to find out if these kitschy cases are really worth your cash.
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.
Tear an iPad apart, and it’s little more than a screen attached to two giant batteries. Which is great -- those power stores make it easy to check email, update Facebook, and play World of Goo for several days without bothering to plug in and juice up. But even the almighty iPad has its limits. The PowerBack from Kensington has an internal battery that allows you to increase your iPad’s stamina by about 50 percent, and the whole thing is tucked inside a rubbery protective case. On paper it sounds great, but the PowerBack is heavy, expensive, and somewhat difficult to use.
In what only could be described as the most intriguing iPad case ever (um, iPad apparel?), this iPad jacket case from Alphyn Industries lets you carry your iPad around in your tummy like a Momma Kangaroo. If you're looking for a place to eat or just want to comfortably watch Inception on the train ride home, just unzip the jacket and tap away.
This week's Best Case Scenario is doing something a little different. Instead of individual reviews, we picked out some of the more interesting iPad and iPhone cases showcased on the Macworld Expo 2011 showfloor and put 'em into a nifty gallery. Click through to get a glimpse at some of the cases coming out this year, and make sure to tune in to Maclife.com, and our Twitter and Facebook feeds, for more Expo coverage.
In this week's Best Case Scenario, we're taking a break from the traditional, put-it-in-your-bag iPad cases and focusing on something completely different. We've got an iPad case with an added hand holster, an elastic band that straps the iPad to your knee, a stylish iPad sleeve for urban hipsters and a special iPad case that can be mounted to your wall.
This incredibly hokey looking device is actually great for iPad users who love sprawling out in a bed or laying on the couch after a long day at work. And we have to admit: after viewing a few episodes of the Mac|Life show on the iPad with this silly looking contraption, we were totally hooked. While the MyClip Thigh Kneeboard is actually marketed for pilots taking long, trans-atlantic flights, it's also fitting for the dorm room dweller or couch contortionist.
Those shaky rides home on the Metro make it difficult to read anything on the iPad, or hold on to the thing when you're moving about. Fortunately, the HandStand takes care of this slight annoyance, enabling you to hold the iPad in an ergonomic fashion without the fear of dropping it. It's a silicon case with a hand strap mounted to a rotating disc, so you don't have to worry about taking the iPad out of your hand to reposition it. However, the strap will take some time getting used to, as it's a bit tight at first. And because of the case's protruding back, it can be difficult to place your iPad in a tiny bag.
So you’ve got an iPad. You’ve peeled off the protective cellophane, marveled at its thinness and updated your Facebook status. But once you’re done showing it off to your family and friends, you have to actually start using it. We’ve got a few tips to help turn your iPad into the gift that keeps on giving.