Not surprisingly, the release of the third-generation iPad was followed by quite a few case re-releases, including many that are exceptionally similar to those we’ve previously covered. A majority of the updated cases are folios, designs that start with either a hard shell or soft frame to hold the tablet, with a flip-over cover attached to the frame. Most of these folios have a lot in common with one another, and range in price from $40 to a little over $60, with one notable outlier. In order to give you a sense of what’s out there now, we’re publishing brief reviews of over a dozen of these folios today.

Review: iLuv iCC845 Epicarp for iPad (3rd-Gen)

Review: iLuv iCC845 Epicarp for iPad (3rd-Gen)

Review: iLuv iCC845 Epicarp for iPad (3rd-Gen)

Don’t let the name fool you: iLuv’s new third-generation iPad case iCC845 Epicarp ($60) has nothing to do with fish. The word refers to the skin of a fruit, and although it’s an odd choice, we have to imagine the company chose that to reflect how thin and light the folio-style case is. It’s worth noting that Epicarp most likely is made in the same OEM factory as Uniq Creation’s The LBD, as they have almost identical structures.


Review: iLuv iCC845 Epicarp for iPad (3rd-Gen)

Review: iLuv iCC845 Epicarp for iPad (3rd-Gen)

Only very small segments of the top and bottom edges are exposed, and the openings are pretty much centered and well-sized. The lid is segmented like Apple’s Smart Cover, although in three columns rather than four. This setup allows the cover to fold into a triangular typing stand, but a raised segment of plastic on the back of the case is required for a viewing stand; it can also be used for typing if you’d like. The magnets in the lid do successfully lock and unlock the new iPad, but not without issue. Because the cover has a little bit of wiggle room, the screen can become activated unintentionally, which can lead to battery drain issues, something that a better-designed lid would have fixed. Combine that with the less than elegant stand design and the atypically high MSRP, and Epicarp earns our C rating.

Our Rating


Company and Price

Company: iLuv (a unit of jWIN)


Model: iCC845 Epicarp

Price: $60

Compatible: iPad (3rd-Gen)

Nick Guy

Nick Guy was an Accessories Editor at iLounge. He had reviewed thousands of iPhone, iPod and iPad accessories; provided visitors comprehensive evaluations of products on the industry-leading independent authority.