Waterfield’s Smart Case for iPad ($59) is a top-loading sleeve-style case, available in six different colors: black, blue, brown, green, red, and silver. The design features an impact-resistant partially plastic inner shell with soft interior padding, leather accent stripes on the sides, a dot grid-textured plastic exterior, and a semi-flexible mesh back pocket for accessories. A leather loop is at the bottom to help aid in iPad extraction.
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 SmartCase fit? Yes. Is everything protected? No. The top is exposed, as are the top side corners, although several millimeters below the top lip of the case.
Company and Price
Company: Waterfield Designs
Compatible: iPad (2010)