Proporta Recycled Leather Case
The name says it all: here's a folio for your inner treehugger. Even the wraparound cardboard packaging can be recycled (again) as a cut-out desk stand. The case itself has a neat hardback book look, coming over a something very different from the usual array of 'executive' leather folios. It hold the iPad well, has a flat spine, there's a gap for the iPad 2's webcam, a document pocket and a pen holder.
Reg Rating 85%
Price RRP: £35 Online: £25
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Proporta Shine Case
The Shine Case's purple patent leather - you can get it in a (slightly) more sober black, too - won't be to everyone's taste, but its real problem, I found, is that it's a tad too easy to scratch. Like other Proporta folios, it has a small document pocket on the inside, plus a pen holder.
Reg Rating 65%
Price RRP: £25 Online: £25
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Corner and edge protection
One of the main reasons to put the 'pad in a case is to protect it when the inevitable drop happens. A lot of these cases don't protect the corners or edges of the 'pad.
One of the benefits of the Apple case, which I still haven't replaced, is that it does the job of protecting the pad exceedingly well. It's also extremely convenient being thin, relatively unobtrusive and the little stand, whilst primitive, works very well.
What's worrying is that despite the iPad being out for 6 months plus, none of the folio case makers have really bettered the Apple case in terms of core functionality. Aesthetics maybe, but functionally not.
I know you can't review EVERY folio, but why miss out the Incipio Kickstand? To me, it's one of the front runners - it can be used as a stand, it's got good protection and doesn't block any ports (some of these do) it looks, well, alright, and it's cheap.
Have I picked up a lemon and not noticed?
The Twelve South case
You can synch with the case on if you're only using a cable, and not a dock - the zip flattens just enough, and the bottom corners are far enough from it for the cable to fit without any problems