Speck’s first case for the iPad is an unexpected combination of two different concepts: its prior PixelSkin rubber cases for iPods and iPhones, and a purse. PixelShield ($40) is a cool rounded rectangular sleeve with a large iPad pocket on one side, covered by a flap, and a small rubber Speck logo on the back side. A handle on the short edge of the case lets you hold the iPad vertically while walking, with a suggestion from Speck that the iPad be placed with its screen against the reinforced back surface for optimum protection. The design is block-patterned neoprene on the outside with micro-fleece on the inside, darker red on the red case, and gray on the black case.
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.
As the most purse-like of all iPad cases, the only major issue with PixelShield is that it holds only the iPad and nothing else—given the form factor, it might be expected to keep additional accessories (or a woman’s wallet) inside.
Company and Price
Company: Speck Products
Compatible: iPad (2010)