The iPad is a terrific tool, but it is also fragile and somewhat limited on its own. For the past few months, I've been seeking out the most useful accessories that can help to maximize the iPad's mobility and minimize its vulnerability. Here are my personal favorites:
The perfect iPad case would protect it all around, give easy access to its ports and buttons, provide a full range of built-in stands for typing and viewing, and look as elegant as the iPad itself. That case does not yet exist. Here are the cases that come the closest so far:
Quirky Cloak - $54.95. A grippy silicon case with a front cover and built-in stands for both portrait and landscape views. The initial design of this case called for the hinge to lock in different viewing angle positions, which would have been wonderful -- didn't happen. Also, the two built-in stands are flimsy plastic -- my landscape stand busted right off after a few weeks. Still, this may be my favorite case for functionality, and I give Quirky big points for at least trying to do it all.
Incase Convertible Book Jacket - $59.95. A thick, leatherish case that seriously protects the iPad from bumps or falls, and tries to provide different landscape viewing angles. The problem is that the most useful angle doesn't work -- it keeps slipping out of the groove intended to hold it in place. No portrait view stand.