First Look: Incase Protective Cover for iPad
Model: Protective Cover for iPad
Compatible: iPad (2010)
It's one of two silicone rubber cases from Incase for the iPad, and as close to bragging as we've seen yet from a case maker: the Protective Cover for iPad ($40) comes in four colors, covering everything except for the device's large glass screen, ports, screen orientation switch, speakers, and microphone with thick, soft rubber. The shock: Incase's molding is so precise to the actual iPad that the tiny microphone hole on the device's top has a perfectly sized cut-out in the rubber. One can only guess how the company pulled off that staggering little feat in time to have Protective Cover on shelves already, given that most developers struggled to even get near the microphone with their plastic skins. That said, the rest of Protective Cover is unusually big by rubber case standards, bringing the iPad to a nearly MacBook level of thickness. A separate stand is included to enable the iPad to stand upright for videos while in the case.
On May 13, 2010, iLounge published The Complete Guide to iPad Cases and Protection, a multi-page comparison of over 70 different iPad cases and film protectors, sorted by genre. The following details were added to this piece by that comparison article; please click on the link above for additional comparative discussion of similar protective options.
This one basically just turns the iPad into a big, colorful block of matte-finished rubber—potentially useful if you’re planning to hand the device over to a child, but less than ideal if you’re aiming for thinness. The headphone port is decently sized, but the Dock Connector hole is Apple-level small, so the Camera Connector Kit won’t plug into this case; speaker and mic holes are very, very small. But the elegantly simple elevated button protectors are nice. A black standalone video stand is included and works decently.