First Look: M-Edge Leisure Jacket for iPad
E-reader case maker M-Edge has just released Leisure Jacket ($50), a ripstop nylon case featuring a high density foam frame for protecting the iPad and a clear vinyl front cover that allows the iPad to be used while still encased. The zippered design turns out to be important: the iPad doesn't stay securely within the foam frame unless the case's front is zipped up, and due to the use of twin zippers, you may need to reposition both of them relative to the top, side, or bottom port or switch you need to access at a given moment; the buttons and touchscreen work fine. A thin zippered pocket on the back of the case can be used for storage.
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.
We typically steer clear of recommending sleeves for iPods and iPhones, but iPad users may find that they make more sense. The concept is to totally envelop the iPad inside protective material, using a flap or zipper to open and release the device when it’s needed. In almost every one of these cases, the designs speak for themselves—you either like how they look, or don’t—so we’re sorting them by price and focusing our brief notes on fit and scope of protection, with bare opinions otherwise.
Does Leisure Jacket fit? Yes. Is everything protected? Yes. This is the most unusual of all of the sleeves here—sort of a play-through case, but sort of not, due to its clear front face. With the iPad sealed inside, you can use the screen with modestly reduced touch sensitivity, though access to ports and side controls is limited by the location of the dual zippers. A very large zippered, compartmented pocket on the back is useful for different accessories, as well.