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AppAdvice Gift-Guide: iPad Cases

AppAdvice Gift-Guide: iPad Cases

December 6, 2011
In our fourth-in-a-series of Gift-Guides, we look at 15 of the coolest iPad cases available today. Enjoy! Note: All of the cases listed are compatible with the iPad 2. Some may also be available for the iPad.

DodoCase for iPad 2 by DodoCase (starting at $60)

DodoCase for iPad 2 Handcrafted in San Francisco, the DodoCase is made from black Moroccan cloth and constructed using traditional bookbinding techniques. Available in a variety of interior color choices including red, purple, and blue. For $9.95 extra, you can add monogramming.

Alexis Hudson 'Chris' iPad Case by Nordstrom ($98)

Alexis Hudson 'Chris' iPad Case Dual snap tabs secure a padded, snake-embossed case designed to protect the Apple iPad. The cover folds back to act as an easel for hands-free display. Available in gray, red, and silver.

iPad 2 Defender Series Case by OtterBox ($76.46)

iPad 2 Defender Series Case The OtterBox Defender Series for the iPad uses multi-layer technology and designed to withstand just about any environment.

Brian Barneclo ArtCases by Solidline ($49)

Brian Barneclo ArtCases San Francisco-based Brian Barneclo is influenced by artists like Oswaldo Guayasamin, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, and Stuart Davis. Each of his 16 iPad cases are just $49 and for $35 you can add a keyboard.

Elan Passport by Griffin ($50)

Elan Passport The folio flips open to reveal your Multi-Touch display, then closes like a book for privacy and protection. Elan Passport's microsuede lining protects your iPad from scratches and smudges. The inner cover includes pockets for cards, ID and more, and is held shut by a tab closure. Available in black, brown, red, and camel.

Smart Covers by Apple ($39 and $69)

Smart Covers When the iPad 2 debuted last spring so too did Apple’s line of iPad Smart Covers. Available in polyurethane and leather in multiple colors, these cases use magnets to turn your tablet on and off.

BookBook for iPad by Twelve South ($70)

BookBook for iPad The BookBook Case for iPad 2 is a handmade one-of-a-kind, hardback leather case that doubles as a fully adjustable stand. Along with its vintage looks, this case makes iPad feel as if you’re holding a real book, and in many ways you are holding a book. Available in Classic Black and Vibrant Red.

PowerBack Battery Case with Kickstand and Dock by Kensington ($80)

PowerBack Battery Case The PowerBack adds an extra five hours of power to your tablet, plus protection and a convenient prop.

snapSHIELD p2 by Scosche ($30)

snapSHIELD p2 The snapSHIELD p2 is a low-profile polycarbonate case for the iPad 2. This slim fitting case provides excellent protection for your device while retaining the aesthetic appeal of the iPad 2. The integrated lay on the table design offers superior screen protection. Available in five colors.

Booqpad by Booq (starting at $50)

Boogpad Agenda The Booqpad agenda combines an iPad 2 case and notepad into one product, making it the ideal solution to create, store, review or present the next hot idea.  Available in black-gray, coffee-cream, sand-plum, and gray-green.

iPad 2 Cases by Grove (starting at $139)

Grove iPad Cases Made of bamboo and leather, each of Grove’s collection of iPad 2 covers offer unique beauty and durability. Available in plain, custom and artist models. Handmade in Portland, Oregon.

iPad 2 Reflex Series Case by OtterBox ($59.46)

iPad 2 Reflex Series Case The OtterBox Reflex Series for iPad 2 offers front and back device coverage in a sleek package, preventing scratches and keeping your new toy clean and safe from drops. This case has it all: A touch screen shield that doubles as a viewing/typing stand, access to all buttons and controls (including the camera lens), plus the simple design makes docking your iPad 2 easy and fast.

iPad 2 StreetSkin by Hard Candy ($40)

iPad 2 StreetSkin The iPad 2 StreetSkin combines 3 mm of shock-absorbing TPU rubber that won’t stretch or surrender for ultimate protection. Available in black, pink, and white. Combine 3 mm of shock-absorbing TPU rubber at the corners and edges with a case material that won't stretch or surrender, and you've got truly rugged iPad 2 protection. Designed specifically to protect the Apple iPad 2, this form-fitting defender delivers unsurpassed style and protection from the leader in fashion-forward iPad 2 cases.

Barbara Alper ArtCases by Solidline ($49)

Barbara Alper ArtCases Based in New York City, Barbara Alper believes that life is there to be photographed. Her line of 16 iPad 2 covers feature flowers, waters, and animals.  Just $49 each, with a keyboard added for just $35.

Elan Folio, iPad 2, damask by Griffin ($50)

Elan Folio, iPad 2, damask Carry your iPad in Elan Folio like a personal notebook. The case flips open for quick access to your Multi-Touch display, and closes like a book for privacy and protection. Elan Folio protects your Multi-Touch display with a microsuede lining, and strategically placed cutouts provide unhindered access to ports, cameras, and controls. Elan Folio is easy to use, easy to carry, and easy to keep clean. -- Coming Thursday: AppAdvice Gift-Guide: Original Accessories On 11/30: Appcessories; on 12/2: iPhone Cases; on 12/4: For Kids

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