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iPad Case Roundup - Portfolio Style

For Photographers, Designers and other visual artists, one of the most exciting things about the iPad must surely be the potential to use it as a digital portfolio.  Some have tried this on the iPhone with varying degrees of success, but the small screen size is not really up to the task of replacing a proper printed portfolio in the hands of potential clients and/or employers, and there are some who say that the iPad cannot replace a physical, printed portfolio either.

Having seen how beautiful original artwork and photography can look in the iPad, we think it does have the potential to replace a printed portfolio for the more receptive client / employer, with the screen size being a close proximate to the form factor when held in the hand(s). These cases may also appeal to those wanting a more business-like way of transporting their iPad.

So here are our top 3 Portfolio style cases at the moment:

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Marware Eco-Vue

A quality case made from Eco-leather (involving a tanning process that impacts less on the environment), the Eco-Vue holds the iPad fairly securely inside a lovely suede (non-scratchy) interior pocket which fits all around three sides of the iPad with an open top side where you slip the iPad in.

The case is kept closed by an elastic strap, evoking memories of those portfolio cases many have carried around, or the desirable moleskin notebooks.

This is one of the most portfolio-like cases we have seen so far and the Eco-Vue looks like a class product, you can get a detailed look in several video reviews on YouTube.

As you can see here, the Eco-Vue cover also folds back so that the iPad can be stood up horizontally and used for viewing your media, held with a built-in hand strap, or even used with a little kick stand that flips out so that you can type on the iPad in 'table-top computer' mode.

 

Tuff-Luv multi-view

Available in several materials and colours, this case admittedly looks a little bit odd with all of the studded poppers on the front, but these poppers are part of the case's unique design which enables your iPad to be set at one of five viewing angles, between 20 and 70 degrees.

By detaching the strap around the front, folding back the cover and snapping one of the poppers back in you select the angle you require.  It is a nice implementation of the multi-view model.

The black Napa leather version is £39.99 at i-nique (with Free delivery!), but we quite fancy the Saddleback version pictured here, which is being sold for £54.99.

 

The Wallet

Whilst not actually available yet, The Wallet by Happy Owl Studio is aimed towards those iPad owners who need to carry a few more bits and bobs along with them. A bit more 'business-like' in its stylings, The Wallet will be available around late June and yes, they are accepting International orders, although their site FAQ does say that they are talking to International distributors for their cases.

From the website:

The Wallet has pockets for cash and change, credit cards, business cards, pens, a stylus, a passport and a mobile phone. Plus, you'll still have plenty of extra space in the larger pocket for your MiFi, keys and more! Style and function united.

Happy Owl Studio is taking deposits of $15 towards the introductory pricing of $64.99 for this case which can be used in the usual landscape stand orientation and there is a version aimed especially at Female users of the iPad called The Clutch, available in Red or Blue, for the same price.

Deposits made are being used to determine the initial run quantities, so this might be a bit of a risk, but Happy Owl Studio have been promising these cases for a while now and demand seems to be high, so there is a good chance that you will get your case, but you have been warned, they are not real just yet.

Have you used, or are you planning to order, one of these Portfolio cases?  Any thoughts about the cases we have chosen? Let us know in the comments.

Don't miss the other posts in this iPad Case Roundup series:

iPad Skins and Shields

iPad Slip Cases and Pouches

iPad Bags

iPad Wooden case, Book style case and a DIY book option

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Reader Comments (4)

There needs to be some decent non leather folio cases out there. I'm vegetarian so aesthetic leather is out for me ;(

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergeekmoose

@geekmoose We hadn't realised when writing that all of these cases are real leather, sorry, it just happened that way. However, Tuff-luv do the same portfolio cases in 'veggie leather' as they call it, and they look just as good and they are a lot cheaper! Here's the link

May 27, 2010 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

The "Wallet" looks terrific! It could be the perfect case for my iPad. iPad + all my belongings, eventually my iPhone, well, that's ok. It needs to absolutely protect the screen of the iPad.
Cheers!

October 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDidier LAHELY

@Didier - You're welcome, thanks for checking out the site.

October 15, 2010 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

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