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Posted on 07/17/2012 5:55:40 PM PDT by goodwithagun
I received an iPad 2 for my birthday, but it will really be a family device. I need a protective case for it, considering my son is almost four, my daughter is almost one, and my husband still uses a TracFone because of his track record with phones. Any suggestions?
good topic. I have had one since Christmas, but I keep it in the box since I have not bought one of what seems to be 10,000 covering devices.
If you can’t trust FReepers’ opinions, who can you trust? Lol!
I am watching this thread, too. I need opinions.
I like my iPad.
I have an iLuv case that is similar to a planner case. It zips, and has space for a note pad and business cards. It was $29.
The first one listed here is what I got for my husband.
Its perfect, stands the ipad, flips over so he can put it in his briefcase when he travels and I also got a non glare screen cover which has been on nearly two years with no problems.
Without question the Otterbox. I have a lot of friends who work oilfields and they all swear by them. (if you don’t know oilfield work, it is dirty and rough).
There is a beast of a case that looks like it is used by the military.... protects against all sorts of drops and knocks. A friend of mine received one with her iPad as she is a bit clumsy. I don’t recall the name of it.... when I find out I will post again.
I have this case and like it a lot!
Make sure to buy a stylus too, you’ll thank me later.
The box it came in as long as you leave it in the box and put the box flat in a desk drawer.
Otter Box Defender Series..... includes a protector for the screen. Most folks just get the plastic sticky screen cover to protect against finger prints etc.
Do you know if I will be able to put a screen cover on it? I love it except for that. I have their iPhone case and it is wonderful!
The one I use is a lot like these.
But for the ultimate in protection ($$$), check out Otterbox:
Do you think the stand is flimsy? I’ve read that some people are upset about that.
I recommend PixelSkin by Speck.
I also have one for my original iPhone and it looks great.
I have an otter box. Get what you want, but get one.
$200 bucks to get the screen replaced. I know...I took it out of the case for an hour. I dropped it face down on our concrete patio. Not good.
With the case on, it’s been dropped, had coffee spilled on it, and just about everything in between.
The one advantage of the Otterbox is a hard plastic cover for the screen when not in use. I see a lot of people with the Otterbox that leave that cover at home.
Im not going to recommend any particular brand, but I suggest two qualities to look for.
1. Multifunctional - don’t just get a cover. Make sure that it can do another thing for you, like act as a keyboard or fold up so it also acts as a stand.
2. Make sure it will do the job of being able to protect your Ipad. Try testing it by dropping a bowling ball onto it, while it’s covering your Ipad and see if it’s protected. If it doesn’t protect it, promptly take the cover back where you bought and get your money back.:)
I don’t use the stand. The one mine came with is flimsy. Holding the flap open to take pictures is awkward. But it well protect even from light rain.
My iPad enables me to completely take my real estate business full mobile, and I love the iHome case with built in Bluetooth keyboard.
It’s not a case per se but I got the Ghost Armor applied to mine. It’s a clear membrane for front and back (with notched corners to mimic the iPad contours). Fantastic protection from scratches and the biggest advantage is that it repels oils, smears, etc. on the touchscreen.
The Ghost Armor allows the iPad to be the lightweight, immediate-feedback wonder it was intended to be. Obviously travel and/or kids can necessitate a proper case but there is a tradeoff with additional weight. Even with a case I recommend the Ghost Armor - they have kiosks in malls where they will apply the product and use a heater/dryer unit to set it.
Otterbox. Six months and our 3 year old hasn’t broken it yet!
Do you think a shockproof case could fit over it with the armor?
Great stuff. I have their iPad sleeve. Lots of compliments.
100 year warranty. Looks better the more beat up it gets. Slogan is “they’ll fight overt when you’re dead” for a reason. Unabashedly made of multiple leathers. Conservative small business values.
I may sound like a jerk, but don’t let your 1 or 4 year old near the iPad. I really enjoy the standard Apple case I got one in green. Gives me basic protection and doubles as a stand it rocks!
Do you sew? If you goggle “pattern for iPad case”, you’ll get hits for cases & (it looks like) how-tos. NuFoam (which isn’t really foam but a thick/ dense, stiffer polyester than quilt filler) would be great for that.
Last December, before I even bought my wife the iPhone (4S). I bought an Otterbox to put it in. Those Griffin case also look quite impressive.
But I’m a I lady so it wouldn’t be a man purse lol! I do have a bit of a handbag fettish, but my precious little ones require a more durable iPad case than Dooney, Coach, or even Gucci can create. I will admit that I have considered emailing these crafters of lovely handbags to create a fashionable bag with which I can conceal carry. I’m afraid of their answers though!
I gotter Otter.
Pretty glad I botter.
When I need a shoulder strap to carry the iPad, I use a real WWII canvas map case. Perfect fit, good coverage, $20, great manly vintage look.
“dont let your 1 or 4 year old near the iPad”
Ha! My daughter’s second word was “iPad”.
She sneaks off with it to play games and watch cartoons (including under our bed first thing in the morning). She’s learning algebra on it now with the DragonBox app...and she’s 4.
They will certainly have limited access to it, but my luck is that my husband or I will accidentally do something. We frequently travel and I can just see it sliding off the truck seat onto the pavement! The iPad is a gift to me from my parents. They will flip if I harm it but make excuses if their grandkids harm it. I keep telling my son that those two people aren’t my parents, they are two old people trying to get onto heaven lol! The woman kept “the belt” behind the kitchen door well in to our college years yet weeps when I swat my son’s behind.
This one the back for a hand strap:
On the front use a a screen cover and the flip Apple Cover:.
Lol, I’m a chick so manliness is not a factor. Tell me more about this algebra app though.
Big fan of the speck cases...
It ain’t pretty but it really does the job
That’s awesome, I hope one day when I have kids I can have a situation like that! It occurred to me after I read more of the thread that if I had a military grade case that I would truly have no problem handing one off to a two year old.
DragonBox is a tile matching game. Kids have fun playing increasingly complex combinations and rules. What they don’t know is they’re learning the abstracted essence of algebra. Geared to 8 year olds, my 4yo is making good progress.
I hope you find something that is inexpensive and wasn’t made for the purpose by the ever present opportunistic manufacturers of overpriced ripoffs!
Lol it’s a gift I would just spring for the extra cash and get a military grade one. I’m just a single guy living at home with no kids fwiw.
I love my Zagg but it’s a keyboard and case too. My husband uses a Grove, but I don’t know if it’s very heavy duty. On the other hand it’s quite awesome looking.
Yes. The one drawback is that the rubbery protective case makes it more difficult to get into a snug pocket, as on a pair of jeans etc.
On the other hand it also makes it less likely to fall out of a shirtpocket or jacket pocket and, if it does, it is a lot less likely that the phone will be hurt.
It also has the dandy built-in screen protector and a belt-carrier as well, the latter which I have used while on long conference calls.
BTW my IPad, in my Zagg fits neatly into a Vera Bradly bag I bought specifically for that purpose. Since you’re a girl. :)
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