Ok, since both of my cases arrived today, I decided to give a brief review of them as promised. I ordered the Hard Sleeve from HardCandy Cases and the iPad Gelli from case-mate.
First I will cover the HardCandy case. Overall I am happy with this case. I haven't seen any other case like this and it looks like it will do well. It is, as the name implies, hard or better yet "stiff". The inside is soft and the inside of the lid has soft "bubbles" to protect the screen. It has four placeable rubber corners with velcro sewn to the bottom for easy placement making it an ideal case for those that also want to use a skin on their ipad. It appears that the zipper will not come into contact with the device due to its placement and the underlying soft lip under the zipper itself. The only issue I had with this case was the shipping. The packaging was bland, reminding me of the packaging you would see covering a cheap iphone case knock off at a mall kiosk. However, it did arrive safely. It was not in retail packaging so if this was in a store with the 49$ price tag, I probably wouldn't have even looked at it. Also, I paid for 2nd day air on the 13th and my package didn't arrive until the 19th. I inquired by email and was told there was a delay in customs. Overall the customer service was fast and friendly and since this case was just released hopefully they have all their shipping issues sorted out. Would I recommend this case? Yes, although I think the price is a little high i also think this is a good product and should do it's job well.
Now for the iPad Gelli from case-mate. Top notch. Fits very snug, all holes are cut and placed well...no issues plugging things in or accessing the switches/buttons. Very cool design and colors. Thick enough for protection but not over bearing. Texture is much like silicone but stiffer like rubber. Well worth the 39$ price tag. Shipping was very fast, only a matter of days. The only issue I had was that they sent me the wrong color, however, I will not be returning it as I kind of like the one they sent, lol. There are different colors and designs on their site. Would I recommend it? Absolutely.
After I use these a few weeks, if my opinion has changed or if something is worth noting, I will update this thread. Thanks for looking and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.