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Hands On: Apple iPad Case and Dock Review

by on April 13th, 2010

I’ve had my iPad for over a week now, but I haven’t written my review just yet. I want to use the iPad a bit longer and get the opinions of others to shape what I want to say. In the meantime, I managed to acquire the Apple iPad Case and Dock (thanks to my brother who picked it up for me in Hawaii of all places!). Here are my initial thoughts on these two accessories for the iPad.

Apple iPad Case Review: Lightweight, Durable, Versatile

I didn’t know what to expect from the Apple iPad case. From pictures, it’s hard to guage what the material is like. Upon opening the box I found the case to be extremely thin and light. The features of the Apple iPad case according to Apple’s website is as follows:

* Soft microfiber interior
* Reinforced panels for structure
* Lightweight enough to carry anywhere
* Folds horizontally or vertically to hold iPad at an angle for viewing video or typing on the onscreen keyboard
* Holes for headphone jack, dock connector port, and on/off and volume buttons

Inserting the iPad into the case was a very snug fit. I don’t think an iPad with the invisibleSHIELD will fit inside the Apple Case (I’m going to try later as some invisibleSHIELD samples just arrived). Once inside, the case fit like a glove. The front flap opens and closes revealing the iPad like opening the front cover of a book.

The look of the case is very sleek and in typical Apple design, it’s simple. There is access to all ports and it makes your iPad retain its lightweight form factor. What I enjoyed most about this case was how it can fold horizontally or vertically. It’s a unique design as the front cover folds back, and tucks into a flap on the back of the case.

While folded and seated horizontally on my lap, the angle of the case is perfect for typing and viewing the iPad’s gorgeous screen. You’ll notice there’s a black flap that sits out front. I’m assuming this is to rest your Bluetooth keyboard (or some sort of weight) to prevent the iPad from falling over. This tucks in behind the exposed side of the iPad. Silly that I didn’t figure this out! Thanks to Jordan in the comments!

The Apple Case is not as strong as a hard case, though. Our fellow iPad pioneer, @RoryPiper had his iPad in the Apple Case and it failed to protect his iPad. His iPad got dented due to some heavy weight being pushed against the case! So let it be known that this case is more for the casual user, and not the road warrior.

At a retail price of $39, the Apple Case is around the mid to upper level pricing for an iPad case. It’s very lightweight, think, and the design is pretty nice. Opening the front flap feels like opening a book, and the black colour does a great job of disguising your iPad. It feels pretty good carrying it in your hand, and I’m confident my iPad would survive a drop with this case on.

Apple iPad Dock Review: It’s Like Any Other Apple Dock

Low and behold, yet another dock from Apple. I have one for my iPhone and it has been one of the best accessories. My bedside table is naked without it. As for the Apple iPad dock, nothing is new here folks. Its a larger, slightly heavier dock that supports the iPad. It will make a beautiful stand for your iPad when it’s acting like a digital picture frame.

The downside to this dock is that there’s no way to have your iPad sit in landscape view, only portrait. Someone needs to come up with a design that can achieve both and I swear it’ll sell like hotcakes! Also, the grip underneath the dock isn’t as good as it should be. The dock still slides around.

At a price of $29US, the iPad Apple dock can be a great way to showcase your iPad and charge it at the same time.

For those that are using these two accessories, what do you think of them?

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  • Jordan

    From my understanding, you tuck the small black flap back in over the iPad. This protects the exposed side of the iPad. That is what I have seen on other websites.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Okay that makes sense now. It fits perfectly.

    Gary

    Sent from my iPad

  • http://buildingiphoneapps.blogspot.com/ JF Martin

    Not convinced by the Apple iPad Case. Not at all.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Try it for yourself and make your own decision.

    Gary

    Sent from my iPad

  • Scott

    I'm guessing the iPad doesn't fit into the dock with the case on. Is this correct?

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Correct. But there is room for the cable.

  • http://twitter.com/lippo Mike LaPlante

    I've found that the case is great for getting the iPad into just the right position at a good angle. If I had to say anything bad about the case is that the material it is covered with is like a magnet. It picks up any particle of whatever is on the surface you lay it down on. In other words, it can get dirty really fast without even trying. A hint for cleaning your Apple case: use circular motions with a damp cloth.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Yeah the case can pick up lint etc easily. Good tips on keeping it clean.

    Gary

    Sent from my iPad

  • Wuju

    I got them both but with the snug fit, it's somewhat hard to use it the same time. I wish Apple design the dock so it can also accommodate the iPad with the Apple case as well. It's almost like you can use one or the other.

    If you want to use the dock daily, etc. you're better off getting a quick slip case for the daily wear and tear so you can easily take the iPad out and dock it. Too much trouble with the Apple iPad case.

  • Wuju

    Thank you. I was wondering what to do with it too… LOL

  • LoWd0Wn

    I love my Apple Case. I put it in and the flap is shown in the cover it comes in to slip under the iPad. Anyway, I put mine on as soon as I got the iPad and haven't taken it off. I saw the dock as an accessory but i figured I would have to take the case off and that just seemed to much of a hassle because of its tight fit. And I am glad of it. Charging is a breeze as you can lay the case anywhere knowing your iPad is protected. I think Apple did a great job of the case as it is strong enough for those slight mishaps. The slot at the back to be able to stand up the iPad for typing etc is also a good design.
    I was going to use the Invisible Shield but now with the case I wont but I am still pondering over just the screen cover from IS. As it sure gets fingerprints, smudges and dust easy.
    But as far as the case I think I will always leave it on as it is thin enough and I like the look of it now.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Glad I'm not the only one who missed the 'memo'! :)

    Gary

    Sent from my iPad

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    I share your sentiments. I have an IS and I might just put on the front, but i don't know if it'll fit into this case.

    Gary

    Sent from my iPad

  • LoWd0Wn

    Sort of off topic but…
    What do you think of Apple nixing people using a screen cover now. I know I have one on my iPhone and it can't scan any of my different cards ( bar codes) thru the screen protector where as my friends without the cover use their iPhone for all their card scanning at the grocery store, etc.
    That has stopped me from putting one on the iPad so far, plus what Apple said about them.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    I just installed the invisible shield on my iPad. I really love the protection it offers because I know my iPad will get scratched. I can always remove it. I'm pretty sure it'll be a tight fit into the apple case though!!

    Gary

    Sent from my iPad

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  • nbrunner

    The case bled and left a mark on my Invisibleshield. Others have reported the same issue when using these two products together.

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  • Kraftykelly

    I too have the case and love it as it keeps the weight of the ipad light and thin. I do note that it attracts a lot of dust though — I would like to get the Zagg Case w/keyboard — looks nice and great for typing. I love my IPAD and Netflix and the AirVideo Server apps.

  • Krafty Kelly

    I should have read the comments already posted . . I see the lint problem is experienced by everyone. I am going to wipe my screen down with my Norwex Cloth (for eyeglasses) and see if that helps and I will wipe down the pad itself with a Norwex cloth to see if that detracts the magnetism of the cover. I have been placing the Norwex cloth over the screen then closing the cover and that seems to keep it clean.

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    Is it really black or dark gray? all in all it’s a great case for the price though.

  • Steven Z

    it look so great!!