I am planning well in advance of my June 1 purchase of a New iPad, and have been narrowing down my case choices. The only cases out there that seem to meet my configuration requirements are the SwitchEasy Canvas, Speck PixelSkin, STM Grip and possibly the upcoming Hard Candy Chrome Bezel with integrated screen protection. But I am troubled by something I saw today.
On a visit to WalleyWorld to pick up a prescription, I stopped into their iPad display. Cases from Belkin, Speck, Incipio and Griffin were on the shelves. I picked some of them up to examine. And I was very disappointed to find that they were all shoddily-made toys that I would not wrap a fish in, let alone anything as elegant as an iPad.
I saw loose seams, frayed edges, children's-toy plastic, cheap elastic, bad stitching, scratchy linings, blemished covers, and the list goes on. So much for the glossy pictures of these goods on the makers' websites, and the glowing reviews from the blogosphere. This makes me wonder if it is worth it to spend $40-60 for a folio case unless I can at least handle it first, or if I should just go for a back-protector shell and a good screen protector. (I have ruled out the Smart Cover because of the numerous complaints about it that I have read.) Either that or sacrifice the iPad's svelteness and easy handling by springing for an expensive DodoCase or Vaja. I'd rather be true to the device's high-quality ethos than wrap it in a more utilitarian but low-quality case.
I'm leaning now toward the SwitchEasy Canvas, but I'm afraid when it arrives, it too will turn out to be a slapdash piece of junk despite the good reviews it has received. What should I do? Ask around at the Apple Store (60 miles from my house)? Continue my research at a Best Buy? Go minimal with a TPU or silicone back/side protector? Any advice/experiences appreciated.