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The Week in iPad Cases: Slings and arrows

It's time for another edition of our weekly iPad case roundup. This week's selection covers the usual variety, but it also shows how the iPad has become a fashion symbol, as well as a tool that's indispensable to people in all walks of life. It also answers the eternal question: Will an iPad survive a launch from a catapult?

G-Form: Would you use your iPad 2 as a frisbee? What about launching it from a slingshot? You're probably shaking your head, but that's exactly what G-Form has done to make sure that its new Extreme Edge (iPad 1 and iPad 2; $45) will keep your iPad 2 safe from everyday slips and falls. Built using the company's Reactive Protection Technology, the case is available in yellow or black.

Griffin: The Elan Passport (iPad 2; $50) is a slim, one-piece folio-style case that opens like a book and flips closed to protect your iPad with a soft, microsuede interior. The inner cover also features several pockets designed to hold plastic ID cards or business cards. The Elan Passport is available in black, red, or tan.

InCase: The iPad Portfolio (iPad and iPad 2; $100) is part of the company's new Ace Hotel collection, which also includes carriers for Apple laptops. The Portfolio features an exterior made of heavy, black canvas cotton, with a red-quilted, taffeta-nylon interior. The case can be used as a landscape viewing stand or as a typing platform.

Macally: The SmartMate (iPad 2; $30) is a cover for the back of the iPad 2 that's designed to work alongside Apple's Smart Cover—but with a twist. Unlike most similar cases, the SmartMate actually secures the Smart Cover so it can't detach from the iPad's body. The SmartMate comes in black, white, or clear.

The HoneySleeve (iPad 2; $20) is a simple sleeve that features a honeycomb construction to maximize the effectiveness of its padding. The sleeve comes in black or grey and features a soft lining to keep your iPad 2 extra-safe.

Pad & Quill: The College Edition (iPad 2; $50) is Pad & Quill's response to the budget-conscious iPad 2 owner. Built with the old-book looks the company is known for, the College Edition features a strap closure and a recessed opening to keep your tablet safely tucked inside. The case's baltic-birch interior frame is surrounded by fabric in one of three color combinations. An optional interior pocket is available for $10 extra.

STM: This Australian manufacturer has announced a the Stash (iPad and iPad 2; price unavailable), which keeps your device safe inside its foam-padded interior while providing enough room to take half your office on a trip—but in a compact package that weighs just two pounds. The Stash also features a convenient shoulder strap, a carrying handle, and zippered pockets; it comes in black or burgundy red.

UrbanTool: The SlySkin 11" Golf (iPad; €50) is a trendy, neoprene sleeve that weighs only 150 grams and yet provides protection for your tablet thanks to a fluffy-velvet interior. A convenient fabric flap helps keep the iPad safely inside the case.

The PocketBar (iPad and iPad 2; €80) is a carrying bag with a shoulder strap and a lot of attitude. Ideal for an iPad, but compatible with other tablets, as well, the PocketBar features four exterior pockets for cables and other accessories, and is made of a water-resistant material with a waterproof zipper to help keep the elements out of where they don't belong.


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