Surprisingly neat considering that it’s essentially just an oversized leather envelope with a soft, suede-like interior, Marware’s Eco-Envi for iPad ($50) comes in either all-black or white with a blue interior, with room inside to safely hold an iPad. Velcro keeps the case closed, and Marware touts the leather as being environmentally friendlier than traditional leather, using an RoHS-compliant tanning process.
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 Eco-Envi fit? Yes. Is everything protected? Yes, though the top corners of the envelope are just the tiniest bit open when it’s sealed up. The textures are different on the two colors: white is a little glossy and black has a coarser feel that’s easier to grip.
Company and Price
Compatible: iPad (2010)