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.
Like The Garrison from BodyGuardz, Incipio’s The Lexington ($50) looks a lot like STM’s Skinny 3. It doesn’t appear to be from the exact same production line, however, as there are some noticeable differences in the shell itself, as well as the faux leather material that covers it and makes up the cover; it physically feels like an Incipio product.
As with those other cases, the new iPad snaps into the hard plastic shell—this one is coated with a soft touch rubber finish on the outside—and a tab serves double duty, holding the case shut or turning it into a stand. Port access is good, with slightly larger than average Dock Connector and headphone port openings to accommodate larger accessories. A visibly embedded magnet on the inside of the cover automatically wakes and sleeps the iPad. It’s a nicely designed and clean looking case. But while it’s otherwise comparable to Skinny 3, it’s also $10 more expensive. This fact earns The Lexington our strong general recommendation, just a notch below STM’s case.
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Compatible: iPad (3rd-Gen)