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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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