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Vanity: Best protective iPad case?

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?


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I was considering the soon-to-be released Lifeproof because I love my iPhone case, but I read that it will not have a screen cover. A screen cover is a must.
1 posted on 07/17/2012 5:55:47 PM PDT by goodwithagun
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To: goodwithagun

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.


2 posted on 07/17/2012 5:57:39 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: goodwithagun
I put mine in here and it hasn't caused me a problem since:


3 posted on 07/17/2012 6:01:05 PM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: catfish1957

If you can’t trust FReepers’ opinions, who can you trust? Lol!


4 posted on 07/17/2012 6:02:16 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: catfish1957; goodwithagun

I am watching this thread, too. I need opinions.

I like my iPad.


5 posted on 07/17/2012 6:02:34 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: goodwithagun

Lifeproof. Period.


6 posted on 07/17/2012 6:04:41 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: goodwithagun
Try searching for iBallz and no I am not making the name up. They sell protective cases and other apparatus to where you can even drop the iPad and it will not be damaged.
7 posted on 07/17/2012 6:05:46 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: goodwithagun

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.


8 posted on 07/17/2012 6:05:46 PM PDT by mom4melody
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To: goodwithagun

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.
http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AiPad%20cases%20and%20covers&page=1


9 posted on 07/17/2012 6:07:15 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: goodwithagun

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).

http://www.otterbox.com/apple-ipad-cases/apple-ipad-cases,default,sc.html


10 posted on 07/17/2012 6:07:15 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: goodwithagun

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.


11 posted on 07/17/2012 6:07:26 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: goodwithagun
Whatever you do you're a lot smarter than I am!


12 posted on 07/17/2012 6:10:38 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: goodwithagun

I have this case and like it a lot!

http://www.abt.com/product/60763/InCase-CL60126.html?utm_source=scfroogle&utm_medium=sc&utm_campaign=froogle&gclid=CIDC1fKEorECFQOEhwod5CmxIw

Make sure to buy a stylus too, you’ll thank me later.


13 posted on 07/17/2012 6:10:44 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Damned if I do, Damned if I don't. Damn it, I will!)
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To: goodwithagun

The box it came in as long as you leave it in the box and put the box flat in a desk drawer.


14 posted on 07/17/2012 6:11:11 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Da Bro' Gotsta Go!)
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To: goodwithagun

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.


15 posted on 07/17/2012 6:11:27 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: goodwithagun
griffintechnology
I got one of these.
16 posted on 07/17/2012 6:11:27 PM PDT by ThomasThomas
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

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!


17 posted on 07/17/2012 6:15:26 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun
These leather folding cases are fairly protective, given their price:

The one I use is a lot like these.

But for the ultimate in protection ($$$), check out Otterbox:


18 posted on 07/17/2012 6:18:20 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: ThomasThomas

Do you think the stand is flimsy? I’ve read that some people are upset about that.


19 posted on 07/17/2012 6:18:26 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

I recommend PixelSkin by Speck.

I also have one for my original iPhone and it looks great.

http://www.speckproducts.com/tablet-ipad-cases/pixelskin-for-ipad.html


20 posted on 07/17/2012 6:19:07 PM PDT by Crazy Jim (There are known unknowns and then there are unknown unknowns. - Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: martin_fierro

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.


21 posted on 07/17/2012 6:28:44 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just hate our government. All of them. Republican and Democrat.)
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To: goodwithagun
I will second the motion on the Griffin survivor case. MIL-SPEC, easy to put on, includes a screen cover. Cheaper than the Otterbox, same basic concept of protection. Both have a hard plastic case with soft rubber outer layer.

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.

22 posted on 07/17/2012 6:30:44 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: goodwithagun

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.:)


23 posted on 07/17/2012 6:32:03 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: goodwithagun

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.


24 posted on 07/17/2012 6:32:53 PM PDT by ThomasThomas
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To: goodwithagun

My iPad enables me to completely take my real estate business full mobile, and I love the iHome case with built in Bluetooth keyboard.

http://www.amazon.com/iHome-Bluetooth-Keyboard-Leather-Case/dp/B004YIZWXO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342575171&sr=8-1&keywords=ihome+ipad+case


25 posted on 07/17/2012 6:33:41 PM PDT by caper gal 1
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To: goodwithagun; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
A man purse would work purrfekly!


26 posted on 07/17/2012 6:36:29 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: goodwithagun

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.


27 posted on 07/17/2012 6:37:18 PM PDT by relictele
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To: goodwithagun

Otterbox. Six months and our 3 year old hasn’t broken it yet!


28 posted on 07/17/2012 6:39:22 PM PDT by jughandle
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To: relictele

Do you think a shockproof case could fit over it with the armor?


29 posted on 07/17/2012 6:40:04 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

http://www.saddlebackleather.com/Products/iPad-Accessories

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.
Get it.


30 posted on 07/17/2012 6:41:34 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: goodwithagun

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!


31 posted on 07/17/2012 6:42:42 PM PDT by erod (This Chicagoan will crawl over broken glass to vote the fake Chicagoan Obama out!)
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To: goodwithagun

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.


32 posted on 07/17/2012 6:43:48 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: goodwithagun

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.


33 posted on 07/17/2012 6:44:01 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: Revolting cat!

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!


34 posted on 07/17/2012 6:45:32 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Nifster; goodwithagun

I gotter Otter.

Pretty glad I botter.


35 posted on 07/17/2012 6:47:51 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: goodwithagun

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.


36 posted on 07/17/2012 6:48:54 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: erod

“don’t 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.


37 posted on 07/17/2012 6:53:44 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: erod

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.


38 posted on 07/17/2012 6:54:36 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

This one the back for a hand strap:

http://www.modulr.com/shop/ipad-2-case

On the front use a a screen cover and the flip Apple Cover:.

http://www.apple.com/ipad/smart-cover/


39 posted on 07/17/2012 6:55:51 PM PDT by NoLibZone (We must get down on our knees each day and thank God that McCain/Palin didn't win in '08. Right?)
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To: ctdonath2

Lol, I’m a chick so manliness is not a factor. Tell me more about this algebra app though.


40 posted on 07/17/2012 6:56:27 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun
Kraken Case for Apple iPad
41 posted on 07/17/2012 7:02:23 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: goodwithagun

Big fan of the speck cases...

http://www.ebags.com/product/speck/ipad-2-vegan-leather-fitfolio/232536?productid=10186066&sourceid=ADWPRODUCT&couponid=79248966&adtype=pla&gclid=CLX5rcuRorECFQed7Qod700eoQ


42 posted on 07/17/2012 7:04:56 PM PDT by rwilson99 (Please tell me how the words "shall not perish and have everlasting life" would NOT apply to Mary.)
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To: Fightin Whitey

It ain’t pretty but it really does the job


43 posted on 07/17/2012 7:20:33 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: ctdonath2

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.


44 posted on 07/17/2012 7:23:14 PM PDT by erod (This Chicagoan will crawl over broken glass to vote the fake Chicagoan Obama out!)
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To: goodwithagun

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.


45 posted on 07/17/2012 7:23:26 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: goodwithagun

I hope you find something that is inexpensive and wasn’t made for the purpose by the ever present opportunistic manufacturers of overpriced ripoffs!


46 posted on 07/17/2012 7:25:29 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: goodwithagun

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.


47 posted on 07/17/2012 7:26:05 PM PDT by erod (This Chicagoan will crawl over broken glass to vote the fake Chicagoan Obama out!)
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To: goodwithagun

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.


48 posted on 07/17/2012 7:29:14 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: Nifster; goodwithagun

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.


49 posted on 07/17/2012 7:29:58 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: goodwithagun

BTW my IPad, in my Zagg fits neatly into a Vera Bradly bag I bought specifically for that purpose. Since you’re a girl. :)


50 posted on 07/17/2012 7:32:21 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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