More and more businesses and government entities are starting to use the iPad or other tablets for the day-to-day grind, instead of pushing paper around.
A nice business folio for the new iPad means compartments for your business, access, ID and other cards, slots for good ol' paper notepads, as well as a place for the inevitable pen or stylus. For those who never got around getting used to the coldhearted on-screen keyboard, or just need the whole screen real estate, protective cases with Bluetooth keyboards come to the rescue.
Accessory makers have obviously been in possession of the new iPad's dimensions for a while, since they hardly waited for Tim Cook to deliver the closing remarks of the March 7 unveiling event, and cases were already up on their websites, or getting put on the shelves in stores.
The new iPad
differs only slightly in dimensions to the iPad 2, but manufacturers came up with brand new case offerings as well, even for some models that weren't a snug fit. Scosche, Belkin, Kensington, Targus and the rest of the case&accessory gang already entered the fray with new case editions, or indicated compatibility of their previous gear with the 3rd generation of Apple's tablet. Let's see some of those cases than can make living with your new iPad in the corporate world a wee bit easier.
5 business cases for the new iPad
5 business cases for the new iPad
Due for a release soon, the Belkin YourType Folio comes with an innovative removable Bluetooth keyboard that you can detach and leave at home if you don't plan to do a lot of typing while out and about. It has been slimmed down now, still offering its superior typing accuracy. The folio comes in black, ruby and red combos, and the Bluetooth keyboard is chiclet-style, with dedicated iPad buttons.
Belkin's YourType Folio case folds to double as a stand, of course. It won't replace your powerful laptop, but can certainly replace your netbook for the times when you need some quick on-the-go typing.
SCOSCHE's foliO grip p2 Case with Hand Strap for new iPad has a pretty long name, but is probably the most flexible business folio you can find for the new iPad. Ever held a slippery tablet until your wrist and fingers start shaking from the long hours of usage. Wish there was a strap attached on the back so you can just slide your palm in and go about your merry tableting ways?
Well, the SCOSCHE's foliO grip p2 case has the desired handstrap on the back, but it also doubles as a full-fledged business folio, too, with transparent compartments for your business cards, notepad and even a stylus. Needless to say, you can flip the cover and make it into a nice little stand with angle suitable for typing or doodling on your new iPad during those long and boring boardroom meetings. Besides carbon fiber, SCOSCHE's new iPad case is also offered with a leather version.
MSRP is $99.99, but this Kensington KeyFolio Keyboard Case for the new iPad can be found for less than 70 bucks at places like Amazon and Newegg, making it one of the most affordable ways to carry an iPad with a physical keyboard with you.
The Bluetooth keyboard is chiclet-style and offers dedicated iPad-specific keys for easier use.
Due for a release soon, the Targus Business Folio serves multiple purposes besides protection. It folds to double as a stand, and provides multiple compartments for a stylus, business, credit and ID cards, as well as comes with an A5 traditional paper notepad included.
The Business Folio case has an opening on the back for the new iPad's 5MP iSight camera as well, in case you need some impromptu videoconferencin' back and forth in the meeting room.
Coming as a pretty versatile helper, the iLUV CEOFolio fits your new iPad, provides ample slots for business and other cards, as well as for an A5 notepad, which you might not need as there is also a place for a stylus to write directly on your iPad anyway. Currently out of stock, but hopefully it will be replenished soon.