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Company: Hard Candy/Gumdrop

Website: www.Gumdropcases.com

Model: Surf Convertible

Price: $45

Compatible: iPad (2010)

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Gumdrop Cases Surf Convertible for iPad

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge ()
Published: Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Category: Cases - iPad, iPad (2010)

Wow, Gumdrop Cases actually went there: Surf Convertible ($45) is a straight-out clone of Apple's official iPad Case, made from a nicer material -- suede-finished faux leather -- and available in three colors rather than just one. Losing only Apple's internal iPad-sealing flap, Surf Convertible preserves the fold-back functionality of the front lid, enabling this case to double as a video and keyboard stand as needed. The look and feel are nicer than the iPad Case's, semi-justifying the $5 premium over the synthetic-feeling plastic material Apple chose, but given Apple's history of filing design patents for its cases, it's safe to assume that this will become a limited edition in the not-too-distant future.

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