It has been less than six months since the release of the iPad and the marketplace is already saturated with probably hundreds of different accessories for the device. Needless to say, aside from several Apple designed products the rest of the offering is a hit/miss adventure.
Now moving onto the case issue – I have (just like most of you) purchased the genuine case (Apple Store Link) – I liked it in the beginning, yet after several weeks of use the wear/tear because noticeable and my love with the product started to vain (see the user comments at the Apple site – most complaints are directed towards quick material wear and noticeable degradation of the visual appeal after moderate and short use).
Enter the ACASE (link below)…
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I’ve got the product via Amazon (around $25 shipped via Amazon Prime) – and I have been super happy with the product (this ain’t Orbino Padova though).
Here is my take on Pros/Cons:
- The ability to snap the case close (very helpful to avoid it accidently opening while in transit).
- The stand functionality
- The overall protection provided to the iPad is very good with good padding.
- Solid and strong physical build (see a Con on the material)
- Four different angles to open up the case
- Easy to take the iPad out (and to put it in)
- Horizontal/Vertical Stand Position
- Misleading advertising (Touted as a “Leather” product – yet, it’s a synthetic leather product – or as the advertiser notes a “Real leather-like” product)
- Thicker than the Apple case (~1/8 in thicker)
It seems that many players, from big (NYT) to small (see below) are jockeying for a piece of the iPad pie. Yet, nobody should be surprised given the success of the iPod product line and multi-billion accessory/software/content industry that it spawned.
The rush is not contained to the States – judging from the visitor logs to this blog the interest is simply global – every continent and (I believe)) every country sent visitors to this blog (Google Analytics lists over 200 countries in my visitors log).
I just got an email from the folks at Guangzhou Treetop Trading Co., Ltd., China and they are seeking distributors in the States – if someone has interest hit the link above – I cannot vouch for the company as I never did business with them and I am not affiliated with them… I simply am surprised with the speed of reaction of the global accessory manufacturers though.
Apple’s case is fairly simple (I’ve seen some pretty wild sleeves out there) but it does the job – it protects the device and serves as a prop up support if you need to leave the device sitting upright.
Here is what Apple had to say:
The iPad Case not only protects the iPad, it can be used in various positions. So it’s easy to type, look at photos and slideshows, or watch movies.
When iPod was released almost 10 years ago the accessory market was slow to pick up. In the beggining a couple of vendors offered more or less good speaker options, one could buy a pair of headphones and a screen protector decals – and that was it. Ten years after, the iPod accessory market is a jungle – you can pretty much find anything you want (or need) and that uses or helps use the iPod (see image below – iLounge iPod Toilet Paper Roll Dispenser).
Enter the iPad! This time around the accessories market will not be dormant for years – there is a slew of new accessories being announced or already demoed (I am already getting spam posts with links to iPad cables, screen protectors, cases, etc.) To sum this up, here is what Belkin one of the largest iPod accessories manufacturers had to say on the subject:
“The iPad market has huge potential,” said Jamie Elgie, a product management director; at accessory company Belkin International. “We think it has the potential to be game-changing and we need to be on top of it.”
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