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Power User iPad Cases

We haven't mentioned iPad cases for a while here at iPad Creative, but two have popped up on our radar today that have something in common, Protection and Power.

We are talking about Kensington's PowerBack and IvySkin's SmartCase.

Kensington PowerBack

Kensington's not so pretty PowerBack is very functional but has some interesting features, most notably a 5 hour battery pack and integrated Kickstand for road warriors and travellers who need comfortable viewing angles and extra long battery life.

Here are the main features from Kensington's website:

  • ´╗┐Battery fuel gauge LED
  • Micro USB charge and sync port lets you charge and sync without removing the PowerBack(TM)
  • Built-in speaker deflectors for clear, crisp sound
  • 3-position steel kickstand holds your iPad handsfree in typing, portrait or landscape modes
  • Built-in 4400mAh battery provides up to 5 extra hours of power for app use, web surfing, movie watching and more
  • Soft touch finish case protects your iPad from bumps and bruises 

27302_w600_h600.jpgYou may have noticed that kickstand works in Portrait and Landscape modes which is useful as some stands only work effectively in one or the other orientation, although it remains to be seen how sturdy the iPad is in Portrait mode with the stand engaged.

To prevent having to remove the PowerBack to dock your iPad, Kensington have gone with a micro USB port which is an unusual but useful feature, although it might mean another cable to carry and potentially lose.

Remaining battery power is indicated by some nice blue LEDs and the case seems to offer quite a bit of protection but strangely leaves the top (in Portrait orientation) of the iPad exposed around the edges.  Presumably this is for accessing the hardware buttons but it seems odd that such a substantial case in other areas leaves your iPad open to knocks and scratching at one end.

Do check out the link if you want to know more about the PowerBack but if you like it you will have to part with a whopping $129.99 (~£84).


IvySkin SmartCase


The new SmartCase from IvySkin is big on Protection for your iPad with a 4 layer design (based on their popular Quattro T-4 iPhone case) with Xylo Glass Technology providing screen protection and Touch-Thru design. IvySkin guarantee that you will be able to use the touch screen without any noticeable difference through this case.

The Touch-Thru glass is marketed as 'Drop-proof', though we would like to test that out in a real world 'Gadget Show' style, or just lend the SmartCase to Phil for the weekend and let nature take its course, for a drop test will certainly happen that way.

The Power comes from a battery pack on the back of the case (operated via an on/off switch) which also has an integrated kickstand, this one featuring not 3 positions, as in the Kensington case, but 12 clickable viewing positions. However, this battery pack can be removed for when you don't need the extra battery life or bulk on your iPad.

We thought this was a nice feature, and because the SmartCase is based on the Quattro T-5 frame you can insert a back piece to continue protecting your iPad fully when the battery is not attached.

The SmartCase also offers all round complete coverage of your iPad so nothing will be scratching up your expensive gadget. Like the Kensington PowerBack you can leave the case on when syncing the iPad by using the supplied USB cable.

This kind of protection and power will still cost you though, the SmartCase is $99.99 (~£64) on Pre-Order at the moment.

So there you have it, two new Power and Protection cases for those serious about running their iPads for long periods of time whilst using them (mostly) protected and free-standing.

If you get your hands on either of these cases, or if you hear about some good alternatives, please let us know in the comments below.