There are few greater ironies on this earth than buying a super sleek gadget like the iPad only to let the fear of scratching or damaging it cause us to mummify them in cases, sleeves, et al. Since we’re doubtful the trend will change or relent anytime soon though, we’ve scoured our offices, the web, and the generally overwhelming world of iPad cases to find the 25 Best iPad Cases (as of this August, 2010). Hit the jump to read on.
Book for iPad
Who’s It For: Best iPad case for the literary covert.
Buy Now: $89 (Available for Kindle)
Manufacturer’s Description: Each BOOK is hand-crafted to order in a small Minnesota studio. Every exterior detail of BOOK has been considered, from the linen book cloth to the decorative book headbands for an effect that provides bibliophiles with tangible protection for their electronic information. On the inside, a tailored 100% wool felt sleeve provides a snug fit for your device when BOOK is closed with the integrated velcro edge. The natural German felt is a sustainable and renewable material that has an innate durability and timelessness. BOOK is a secure sleeve combined simply and elegantly with a hard case to provide double protection for your device.
Sebastien Kauffman iPad Case
Who’s It For: Best iPad case for the Canadian nationalist.
Buy Now: $45
Manufacturer’s Description: Protect your iPad from scratches and dust with these handmade sleeves made of fleece, cotton and vinyl. Items are handmade in Montreal, Canada. The closing tab folds over to secure the computer.
Fossil Becket Tablet Cover
Who’s It For: Those who see school as a way of life, not a hurdle.
Buy Now: $40
Manufacturer’s Description: carry your iPad in this vintage-inspired, two-tone genuine leather sleeve with subtle texture and a synthetic suede lining. Holds the standard Apple iPad device. Material: Rich full grain leather, Interior: Synthetic suede lining, holds standard iPad device, Measurements: 9-7/8″H x 1″W x 7-7/8″L
Clare Vivier iPad Sleeve for Steve Alan
Who’s It For: Fashion forward technophiles with who demand their gadgets match their attire.
Buy Now: $100
Manufacturer’s Description: These Clare Vivier iPad cases are made in California of soft Italian, naturally dyed leather. The iPad fits perfectly inside. Each case comes filled with a blank notepad inside.
Byrd and Belle iPad Sleeve
Who’s It For: Men in search of hand-made quality that won’t cost an arm and a leg.
Buy Now: $48
Manufacturer’s Description: This modern and simple sleeve is made of 1/8″ thick felted wool offering great protection for your iPad. Snug fit and simple closure with a hand-dyed leather strap that is riveted on the back and snaps in the front. Snap and rivet locations are lined to keep your iPad from touching anything but soft, thick wool felt. Original design by Byrd & Belle. Felted material is 100% wool felt and is around 1/8″ thick. This high quality felt is a sustainable and renewable material and offers strength while remaining soft to the touch. Leather strap is hand-dyed here in the studio using environmentally friendly, low v.o.c. dyes. Each piece is handled and studied and minor variations in texture and color, though they are slight, are part of the unique character of each piece.
Bill Amberg iPad Case
Who’s It For: iPad owners who love the song Money Ain’t a Thang because it’s biographical.
Buy Now: $220 (Approx)
Manufacturer’s Description: Designed for the Macintosh iPad users in mind, a perfectly designed leather case, available in navy, tan, brown or black smooth bridle leather with colour contrast trim. It also features a whole at the base for docking your gadget while keeping it safe.
Alkr iPad Protection Sleeve
Who’s It For: iPad owners in search of the perfect accessory for their neoprene tuxedos.
Buy Now: $39
Manufacturer’s Description: Our iPad Protection Sleeve protects your iPad with a cushioned interior and a soft, but durable neoprene exterior. It can be used as a stand alone case or placed inside a backpack or bag.
Byrd and Belle Simply iPad Sleeve
Who’s It For: Those who bought the iPad to simplify their life and expect its accessories to do the same.
Buy Now: $32
Manufacturer’s Description: This modern and simple sleeve is made of 1/8″ thick felted wool offering great protection for your iPad. Snug fit and simple design; no closures, no snaps, just thick wool felt. Perfect for protecting your iPad while you tote it around in your bag. Sleeve also makes a nice thick pad on which to lay your iPad when using it on a hard surface. Felted material is 100% wool felt and is around 1/8″ thick. This high quality felt is a sustainable and renewable material and offers strength while remaining soft to the touch. This sleeve is made to fit the Apple iPad. It is available in three different colors.
Who’s It For: iPad owners who still think blue means boy and pink means girl.
Buy Now: TBA
Manufacturer’s Description: The Apple iPad has arrived and DICOTA offers the ultimate in snug protection with its new PadCover. The protective sleeve has a high quality outer material made from 40% wool and 60% acrylic and is coordinated with the finest leather details. The inner material is made from finest nylon. The PadCover is tailor-made for the iPad and has an extra small feature: a flap allows you to retrieve the iPad from its sleeve simply and easily. The PadCover is optionally available in either grey with a pink interior or grey with a blue interior.
Hanakapiai ColcaSac iPad Sleeve
Who’s It For: Anyone whose iPad is Iditarod bound.
Buy Now: $35
Manufacturer’s Description: The Hanakapiai beach is about two miles in (or 9 miles back) as you hike along the Kalalau trail in northern Kauai. The place is incredible, and is a nice resting spot for your tired feet. Curious thing, however, is the wooden sign with etch marks keeping tally on the 83 and counting deaths from the particularly capricious waves and currents. This may be the most convincing warning sign I’ve ever seen. The Hanakapiai is made with dark brown, heavy-duty 18.5 oz basketweave hemp canvas. The hemp is grown and harvested in rural China, where it grows quickly and plentifully. Hemp is grown naturally without pesticides, is easy on the soil, and is nature’s strongest natural fiber (if you don’t count the spider web). ColcaSac iPad Sleeve Features: Solid protection from dents and scratches, which allows you to travel about without worrying for your iPad’s safety. A Velcro closure that is thinner and quieter than traditional Velcro. Velcro allows you to quickly load and unload your iPad. It will fit your iPad perfectly. This is probably more important than you think. A snug fit will make the sleeve + iPad much more comfortable to carry, and also looks much better. A functional pocket that keeps your adapter in place. Worried that it will fall out? It won’t.
Kenton Sorenson Leather iPad Case
Who’s It For: Men who view the words “American Made” as more than just a marketing ploy.
Buy Now: $140
Manufacturer’s Description: Presenting the Kenton Sorenson iPad Portfolio. Wisconsin native Kenton Sorenson cuts and sews each natural leather piece by hand in his workshop. Each iPad Portfolio is oiled and conditioned with beeswax and finished with a heavy linen thread side stitch. Kenton’s 4oz leather strap closure combines form and function. The strap can be wrapped around to keep the portfolio open while in use, or looped to a close.
Dodo iPad Case
Who’s It For: Religious users of Moleskin note books.
Buy Now: $60
Manufacturer’s Description: Made from faux leather and constructed using traditional book binding techniques, DODOcase covers are designed to fold back so you can stand your iPad. An elastic strap keeps your iPad sealed tight when you are on the go. We take luxury and the environment seriously so we make the DODOcase interior from the highest quality bamboo. Bamboo is a strong lightweight eco-friendly material that looks damn good. Trays are carved carefully to match the curvature of your iPad and give you access to all buttons and ports.
Wrappers Summer Canvas iPad Jacket
Who’s It For: iPad owners who feel their electronics accessories, like their outfits, should be season appropriate.
Buy Now: $47
Manufacturer’s Description: Canvas sleeves made to our pillow case design. Internal pocket in lining holds your iPad securely inside without the need for hard parts.
Acme Made the Skinny iPad Sleeve
Who’s It For: Thowe who hate the fact they need a case in the first place.
Buy Now: $30
Manufacturer’s Description: An amazing new device deserves an equally amazing protective cover. To complement the sleekness of Apple’s new iPad device, our Skinny Sleeve uses a unique stretch-stitch seam to allow for ultra-thin fully padded protection and even includes a sewn-in screen guard. Features: Ultra-thin fully padded protection won’t add bulk within a bag, Acme Made’s unique StretchShell™ neoprene is water and stain resistant while protecting with minimal bulk, super-thin seam construction provides a snug, secure fit yet still allows easy access. and interior screen guard protects against scratches.
Griffin Elan Passport iPad Case
Who’s It For: Men who’ve ditched the yellow pad for an iPad.
Buy Now: $49
Manufacturer’s Description: Our folio flips open to reveal the Multi-Touch display, then closes like a book for privacy and protection, Elan Passport’s microsuede lining protects your iPad from scratches and smudges. Held shut by a tab closure, inner cover includes pockets for ID and more.
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Vaja Customizable Leather Cases for iPad
Who’s It For: Those whose homes are full of brands like: BMW, Phaidon, McIntosh, and Poggen Pohl.
Buy Now: $100 (Starting at)
Manufacturer’s Description: The front cover in this model is completely detachable and can be easily fitted at the back leather grip. Padded. Access to main ports and controls. Access to dock connector port while in use.
Vers iPad Wood Shellcase
Who’s It For: Eco-minded gadget lovers that prefer the warm look of wood over metal & glass.
Buy Now: $80
Manufacturer’s Description: The iPad is truly an awesome device, now made even better with our handcrafted, solid wood Shellcase. It not only protects your iPad, but adds versatility as well. With the addition of the included metal foot, you can watch a movie, write an email, reference a favorite app or display a running slide show – all at a comfortable viewing angle. Works great at a desk or in the kitchen – anywhere your iPad may show up, but workspace is limited. As with all of our wood sound systems and accessories, for every tree we use in production, we plant 100 through our long-time partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation.
Hard Graft Tilt iPad Case
Who’s It For: iPad owners who believe style shouldn’t sacrifice usability.
Manufacturer’s Description: Perfect fit for the iPad, easy to handle, safe to carry. Protective folding case that doubles as a stand. Sturdy felt and leather stay supportive over time. Leather cover protects the screen when closed. Stretchy bands and leather base keeps your iPad secure. Only covering the bevel edge and not the screen. Lightweight, flexible design gives a cushioned feel when typing. Concrete grey 100% wool felt. Asphalt grey premium leather. This product was made using tanned leather, various textures and irregularities in colour and shade add value to the appearance and make every single piece of leather unique.
Buy Now: $118
Templebags All Leather iPad Case
Who’s It For: First name Indiana. Last name Jones.
Buy Now: $186
Manufacturer’s Description: Vertical and horizontal viewing stand options. Padded shoulder strap. Internal pocket. Oiled leather & canvas will both age beautifully. 10.5″ wide / 8.5″ tall / 2.0″ thick.
Hlaska iPad Sleeve
Who’s It For: Modern-professionals who don’t mind of bold branding.
Buy Now: $175
Manufacturer’s Description: Treat your iPad like it deserves to be treated, in 100% Italian vegetable-dyed leather. This unique iPad sleeve is truly Hlaskan, with detailed stitching, a 3-ply micro knit Italian inner felt lining which keeps it spongey and soft (and protects your screen), and a beautiful turn-lock hardware piece on the flap.
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Saddleback Leather iPad Sleeve
Who’s It For: Rugged dudes and their gadget enclosures, apropo.
Buy Now: $55
Manufacturer’s Description: 100 Yr. Warranty. Thick Full Grain leather ages with handsome patina. Multi-use Timeless Design. Extremely Protective Impact Absorbing Design and Materials. Industrial Marine-grade U.V. Resistant Polyester Thread. Pigskin Lined.
Incase Convertible Book Jacket for iPad
Who’s It For: Better alternative to Apple’s official iPad case.
Buy Now: $90
Manufacturer’s Description: Our Convertible Book Jacket offers complete iPad protection and enhanced functionality. It opens to convert into a stand with multiple viewing positions and features a secure elastic closure.
Buy Now: $60
Otter Box iPad Defender Series Case
Who’s It For: Bear Grylls wannabes or the just plain clumsy.
Manufacturer’s Description: Drop-proof your magical, new must-have gadget with the OtterBox Defender Series for Apple® iPad™! This cutting-edge case incorporates three layers of hardcore protection plus some advanced features. Stowing your iPad away for the night or for your commute? Simply remove the back polycarbonate cover and snap it over the face for ultimate touch screen protection. The built-in stand will come in handy while trying to watch a movie or video, and creates a comfortable browsing experience. When using your iPad on a flat surface, the silicone grip pads on the bottom will hold your device securely in place. We also designed this case to accommodate the optional iPad dock accessory! Take your iPad everywhere you go knowing that it is safe from the occasional drop, bump and/or scratch.
SFBags Ultimate iPad Sleeve
Who’s It For: Road warriors who see TSA employees more than their boss(es).
Buy Now: $55-59
Manufacturer’s Description: Ultimate iPad Sleeve Protection. Safeguard your iPad with a properly fitted SleeveCase. Cushioned with high-grade neoprene and wrapped in a nearly indestructible ballistic nylon shell, the iPad SleeveCase functions as a stylish stand-alone case or can be inserted into another bag. And no need to take your iPad out of its snug compartment when going through airport security—it’s TSA Checkpoint Friendly. With its impact-resistant screen protecting insert and its scratch-free, screen cleaning Ultrasuede® lining, you’re good to go. It’s a slam dunk.
Sleeve Felt iPad Case by Nedrelow
Who’s It For: Style-conscious bargain hunters.
Buy Now: $29
Manufacturer’s Description: Sleeve for iPad is about the best in economy of design and price. Provides a snug fit to prevent the iPad from slipping out. Choose from top-loading or side-loading, depending on preference and what style bag your iPad travels in. Made of thick 3mm German-made wool, a natural and sustainable material. A simple and elegant solution tailored for the iPad.
Don’t have an iPad but considering one?
Make sure you read our Top 10 Reasons Why You’ll Love the iPad and Top 10 Reasons Why You’ll Hate the iPad.