Available in three different colors, Belkin’s new Grip Swell for iPad ($50) borrows the wavy two-toned back design of its earlier iPod cases for a much larger iPad silicone skin. With full button coverage — including the Home button — the case has top, side, and bottom holes for everything else; the blue one here has transparent waves interrupting the solid body. No screen protection is included, which is a surprise given that this is the most expensive silicone rubber skin we’ve yet seen for the iPad.

First Look: Belkin Grip Swell for iPad

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.

The price is crazy high, the rubber is on the rough side—a tear started forming after only a few insertions and removals—and the accessory holes are almost too small for even Apple’s cables. There’s no screen protection, either. But Belkin’s nice wavy rear pattern, partially transparent, partially opaque, feels good in the hand and provides grip missing from other cases; this is also the only iPad case we’ve seen of its type with Home button protection. This is another “so close, yet so far” design.


First Look: Belkin Grip Swell for iPad

First Look: Belkin Grip Swell for iPad

First Look: Belkin Grip Swell for iPad

First Look: Belkin Grip Swell for iPad

Our Rating

Not Rated

Company and Price

Company: Belkin

Website: www.belkin.com

Model: Grip Swell

Price: $50

Compatible: iPad (2010)

Jeremy Horwitz

Jeremy Horwitz was the Editor-in-Chief at iLounge. He has written over 5,000 articles and reviews for the website and is one of the most respected members of the Apple media. Horwitz has been following Apple since the release of the original iPod in 2001. He was one of the first reviewers to receive a pre-release unit of the device, and his review helped put iLounge on the map as a go-to source for Apple news.