Like that one scene from The Empire Strikes Back, hauling all my gear around sometimes makes me feel like I’ve got Yoda on my back, nagging at me to become a faster, stronger Jedi (oh, how I wish I were a Jedi!). All my stuff can be a burden when I’m traversing the city on foot or cycling up hills. Timbuk2’s Hemlock backpack helps lighten the load while reminding me that backpacks don’t have to be big and ugly to be practical.
I'm not necessarily saying that you have to be "wild and free" to enjoy these iPad cases, but I would venture to say that unless you're the type that rides his bike, snowboards with your iPad in your bag or traverses dirt-covered trails, you might not find the cases featured in this week's Best Case Scenario of any interest to you.
This week, we've got a folio-style case from Timbuk2, two rugged, extremely protective cases from Otterbox and Gumdrop, and a cutesy pink case with Smart Technology from iFrogz.
Earlier today, we got to take a rare tour of the Timbuk2 bag factory here in San Francisco, as part of the SFMade week. The company, known for its durable, high quality and completely customizable bike messenger bags, has an at-home production line to make manufacturing orders as efficient as possible.
There's utilitarian and then there's stylish, and then there's something perfectly in between. Timbuk2's Scuba Sleeve for iPad belongs smack dab in the middle of this spectrum. We might sound slightly biased because the design of this case features the perpendicular slope of San Francisco's bustling Market Street, but don't let that fool you into thinking that this sleeve doesn't have other notable qualities.
In this edition Best Case Scenario, we're checking out new iPad sleeves from Timbuk2 and Haul, a hardshell case from iSkin, and we've got a special edition of Face Off, our new section where we review two products that are similiar in their utility, but different in their performance. This week, we're taking a look at iPad cases that transform you tablet device into a horizontal-standing Netbook, so you can show off to your Windows-loving brethern that you don't need to drop $300 on a cheap computer just to have the same mobile functionality as a full-sized notebook. Who's laughing now, eh?