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May 05, 2010

WaterField Ultimate SleeveCase for iPad

Reviewed by David MacNeill

Regular readers know that I am inordinately fond of cases and bags from San Francisco-based WaterField Designs. All their products are attractive, thoughtfully designed, made in USA, and reasonably priced. Their new line of iPad cases are further proof of the company's dedication to delighting customers.

I can't really see myself carrying my iPad around town by itself in a small fitted case - I pack too much gear for that to be practical. I am used to carrying a Cargo messenger bag with my laptop riding in its own SleeveCase, so I chose to order the iPad version and stay modular.

The Ultimate SleeveCase for iPad case ($55) is exactly like the laptop version with the exception of having a plastic screen protector plate within the front panel. Unlike the laptop version, the iPad version can only be ordered with the flap. Though the case fits the iPad perfectly, iPads are slippery and could fall out of an open design. I ordered mine with the optional leather bottom trim and I'm glad I did: the distressed leather is thick yet soft to the touch and was definitely worth the $4 upcharge. Other options include your choice of vertical or horizontal orientation, two strap designs ($9-$19), and a clip-on pouch ($25 or $27 with leather trim). If you have a strap of your own, you can also order your case with D-rings installed for $5. There is a slip pocket on the rear panel that I use for my polishing cloth and an iPhone headset.

I can't recommend the Ultimate SleeveCase for iPad highly enough. It provides excellent protection for your iPad and can be used inside any kind of bag, briefcase, or backpack you prefer. If you like to travel light, order it with a strap and a pouch. Either way, you have a discreet, durable way to pack your new toy through the big bad world.

~ David MacNeill (personalmediareview@gmail.com)

David MacNeill produces PersonalMediaReview.com, covering the tools and technologies for creating and enjoying media. He is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Digital Camera Magazine, the first all-digital photography magazine, and executive editor of Handheld Computing Magazine and Pen Computing Magazine.

Posted by dtm at May 5, 2010 09:16 PM