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Monday, 19 July 2010 19:26

iPad accessories wrap - cases and a stand


Like the iPod and iPhone  before it, Apple's iPad has spawned an ecosystem of accessory manufacturers keen to cash in on the popularity of Apple's latest wonder-product. PADACS make several accessories. We're looking at two cases and an ergonomic stand.

The PADACS Georgia Professional PU Leather iPad Case is available in black or red. Rather than a purely protective case, the Georgia Professional is all about making a fashion statement. With a crocodile skin pattern, this leather case offers good protection while not looking like yet another plain, boring, black case.

We looked at the red case and while it didn't appeal to our masculine taste, it was definitely a hit with women. Although we didn't have a black case to look at, it would make a far less ostentatious addition to a corporate briefcase.

As far as protection and holding the iPad, the Georgia does a great job. It's not as snug a fit as some other cases we've tried but we weren't ever left feeling that the iPad was going to slide out and crash to the ground. All of the iPad's buttons and controls were easily accessible. There's a neat cutout around the button on the front of the iPad and plenty of space around the speakers so that sound isn't muffled.

One other feature that we found quite curious was that the rear of the case was dominated by a section of mesh. We're not certain as to whether this is for heat dissipation of aesthetics. It didn't look bad although we felt it detracted from the overall look somewhat.

It's worth noting that the iPad doesn't fit on the official Apple iPad dock while in the case.

The Georgia Professional has an RRP of $29.95 and can be ordered from www.padacs.com

The second case we looked at was the PADACS Anard Professional Leather iPad Case. This was more of the classic, executive case that we expect to see most often protecting an iPad.

The Anard is a basic black case the securely holds the iPad. There's a solid flap that is pushed under the left side of the iPad so there's no way if can slip out unexpectedly. All the buttons and controls can be easily accessed while the iPad is in the Anard although it can;t be placed in an Apple iPad dock when in the case.

Like the Georgia Professional, the Anard has a cutout around the iPad's main button. However, there's also a small hole at the top of the case that is exactly where we'd expect a camera to be placed. However, it's actually over the iPad's ambient light sensor. This is a great addition as most cases cover this sensor meaning that the iPad's display brightness has to be manually adjusted.

One of the Anard's niftier features is that it can be used as an iPad stand. There's a small, stiff flap at the back of the case. The front flap can be folded back and stuck under the rear flap so that iPad can be propped up on an angle for more comfortable typing or viewing movies.

Like the Georgia Professional, the Anard is well made. The stitching is straight and we couldn't detect any flaws with either case.

The Anard has an RRP of $32.95 and can be ordered from www.padacs.com



The final accessory we looked at was the PADACS Ergonomic iPad Stand. Given that many people are using their iPads as substitutes for netbooks or subnotebooks a decent adjustable stand can make a significant contribution to the iPad's usability. The PADACS stand is well made and folds away neatly, for storage in the slipcase that it ships with.

The stand is adjustable and allows the iPad to be stood up in either portrait or landscape mode. The plate that the iPad sits on is covered with soft rubber so that the side of the iPad is not scratched with metal-to-metal contact. The iPad can be positioned at several angles as it can be adjusted easily.

We found the stand to be solid although, as it's made of lightweight aluminium, we wouldn't go as far as to say that it felt robust. Given that it's not going to be subjected to lots of force when on a desk, we would recommend not being too forceful when adjusting it. We never caused any damage but we were a little concerned as the aluminium isn't all that thick.

The PADACS Ergonomic iPad Stand. has an RRP of $69.95 and can be ordered from www.padacs.com


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