M-Edge’s Executive Jacket ($50-$60) is a leather flip-style case with a plush fabric interior and the ability to be used as a horizontal stand. Distinctive in the design are a very long front tab to hold the case closed, and three pockets on the inner front flap opposing the iPad, which is held in place by two leather and two elastic corner grips. The $50 version is synthetic leather; a real leather version is available for $60.
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.
Unlike Sleeves, which keep an iPad inside for slip-out use, this collection of iPad cases has been designed to split open and reveal the device—generally for use while still in the case. There are such similarities between these cases that we’ve put them into groups solely for the purpose of indicating which we think are standouts, and which basically blur into each other.
Executive Jacket is a Middle-of-Pack Pick. If the interior iPad frame was more than just some simple elastic and leather straps, we’d like this case more, as it’s really nice from the outside, has three fine pockets on its left side, and looks a lot like Marware’s Eco Vue. But to pay more for this one when it’s less protective strikes us as unappealing; only the neat outer front tab is decisively better than Eco Vue’s design.
Company and Price
Model: Executive Jacket
Compatible: iPad (2010)