- Matches your Moleskine collectionGreat construction and materialsNo obtrusive straps or snaps
- iPad can easily fall out if tilted forwardRubber grips loosen over timeiPad must be moved for dock connection
As far as we're concerned, this is the Rolls Royce of iPad cases. If it looks familiar, it should -- it's patterned after the popular (and timeless) Moleskine notebook design. We were won over by the aesthetics of it right off the bat, but the functionality and quality of the build really put this over the top. The case itself is handmade and numbered -- it even comes with a hand-written library card and sleeve, further helping to imbue it with an air of understated class. If you're a fan of the Moleskine journals, it will feel entirely natural in your hands (the faux-leather is identical, as is the binding), but the real magic is the construction of the "cradle" area. Instead of using straps or a slip, the tablet is surrounded by
M-Edge Trip Jacket
We first spied this case before the iPad was available, and it didn't take long to get one in our hands and take it for a test drive. For the most part, it does decent duty at keeping your iPad in a book-like position, and like the Dodocase, it's reminiscent of Moleskine notebooks, though is quite a bit more padded and less stiff than its analog counterpart. We like much about the design of the Trip Jacket, and we really liked the fact that it was available in multiple colors, but there were some minor issues as well. For starters, the straps which hold the iPad in place are in a pretty inconvenient position in the upper-right corner of the device -- when we first turned it on in the case, the volume jacked all the way because the strap was pressing in on it. You can wiggle the strap to an okay spot in between the rocker and orientation-lock switch, but it does tend to slide if you're not keeping an eye on it. Additionally, the strap which holds the case closed had a little too much slack for our tastes, though it generally stayed out of the way. Besides those small issues, the case itself is well made, though admittedly we prefer the firmness of the Dodocase to this softer material. We did like the fact that the Trip Jacket provides some additional storage on the opposite side of the pad, and it certainly keeps your device locked in place (unlike the Dodocase, there's zero fear of the pad ever leaving the snug straps). It's also a bit cheaper -- clocking in at $39.99 -- so you can save a few bucks for the tablet's pricier apps.
These are just a couple of our favorites we wanted to point out. We know there are a ton of options out there, and would love to hear what you guys are using to keep your investment safe. Sound off in comments and let us know!