While you could certainly look at some of the larger companies in the industry to find more than your fair share of iPad cases, it’s amazing the kind of innovation and creativity is coming out of smaller startups and designers as well. It used to be that these guys couldn’t get their ideas off the ground, but thanks to the crowdfunding model of Kickstarter, anyone can “kickstart” their projects and get them into production.
And, yes, this very much applies to the world of Apple iPad cases. There’s so much more available to you than the standard Smart Cover. While the following list of six cases won’t fit the iPad mini, they’re generally compatible with the other iterations of Apple’s tablet. Just make sure you read the official descriptions carefully.
First off, we have the Brydge. In addition to being a robust protective case for your iPad, it also has an anodized aluminum keyboard. The keyboard dock mimics the look and feel of the MacBook series, which should provide a certain level of familiarity for Apple users. What’s more, there’s a hinge with nearly 180-degrees of positioning, plus a set of built-in speakers.
CruxSKUNK Powerful iPad Laptop
Following in much the same kind of philosophy as the Brydge is the CruxSKUNK by Brian Probst and CruxCase. It’s also a protective case with a built-in hardware keyboard. And, yes, it very much mirrors the look of the MacBook Air too, complete with the same style of full-sized black keyboard against the silver finish of aluminum. Those function buttons at the top are pretty handy too for media playback and volume adjustment. The 360-degree patent pending hinge is the icing on the cake.
What if you don’t want to use a third party keyboard and you want to go for the real deal instead? Then, you’re probably more interested in something like the Touchtype by Salman Sajid. He has cleverly designed this case to take advantage of the “barrel” portion of Apple’s wireless keyboard, fitting it so that the case is as thin as possible. The wireless keyboard slides out when you need it and stows away when you don’t. And, yes, you can do some portrait typing if that’s your thing too.
Don’t Panic iPad Case and Stand
Most iPad cases only open a certain way. You can have it closed, you can have it completely open, or you can prop it up as a stand is a very specific way. The Don’t Panic case by Thomas Fulton is different. He wanted to make the “most comfortable iPad case in the galaxy,” offering a number of different configurations to suit your needs at the moment. This is thanks largely to the magnetic adjustment strap, making it easy to prop up your iPad on your knees, on a table, or wherever your smart mobile lifestyle may lead you. Don’t panic; just relax.
Most people utilize the iPad as a media consumption device, but business owners and other professionals may find themselves using it just as much for productivity. For that, you want a keyboard and the Adonit Writer could be a good fit. As before, you get an aluminium body with “scissor action keys that respond to your every thought with that familiar click.” What’s different is that you can easily adjust the angle of the screen while allowing the keyboard to “glide” along a magnetic strip.
Last but not least, we have the Origami Slate by Slate&Stylus. This is certainly one of the more unique iPad cases, because it doesn’t use the conventional parallel lines for folding over. Instead, it has a different kind of design that allows for different kinds of folding patterns, allowing for a greater number of configurations and viewing angles. It still functions like a Smart Cover, but it also provides protection for the back of your iPad. With a modest funding goal of $5,000, the Origami Slate was officially kickstarted earlier this summer.
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