iPads can offer your people a major productivity boost, both in the office and out on the road, but it’s important to choose the right case for the task at hand.
Keeping an iPad in a protective case is a sensible safety precaution, so it’s important to appreciate that not all iPad cases are created equal. Some are purely decorative, more fashionable than functional, while others can help you be more productive while protecting your precious tablet against the rough and tumble of life on the road.
The primary goal of any iPad case should be to protect the screen, both from scratches and shattering should the tablet fall.
iPad Smart covers that attach with magnets may look slick, but they’re only doing half the job. They’ll protect the screen from scratches in your bag, assuming the cover stays in place, but they don’t cover the iPad’s corners so they won’t absorb the impact should the iPad fall and one corner strike the ground first.
Meanwhile, a “half-shell” iPad case offers the opposite; it wraps around the iPad to protect the back and sides but still leaves the screen exposed. The screen is still vulnerable to scratches when you slide it in your bag, as well as when it’s sitting on your desk.
Some half-shell cases feature a built-in protective film to cover the screen, or you might opt for a standalone screen protector. Either way, it’s likely to reduce the sensitivity of the touchscreen so you’ll need to be sure this doesn’t impact on the way you use the iPad.
Full-shell cases offer the maximum protection for an iPad, wrapping around the back and sides as well as featuring a front cover that opens like a book. Pay close attention to the quality of the hinge as well as the clasp that keeps the screen closed.
iPads aren’t designed to be water or dust proof, but thankfully you’ll find cases designed to protect them in harsh environments. It’s important to follow the instructions closely and install these cases carefully to ensure they deliver on their promises. You’ll also find cases with handles and clips on the back, making them easier to hold or attach to a mount.
When it comes to usability, it often helps to look for an iPad case with a stand to hold it upright. Some basic stands only support one position, such as holding the iPad upright for viewing, while others are more flexible. You might want to tilt the iPad back slightly so you can use it with a Bluetooth keyboard, or lay the iPad right back so you can type directly on the screen.
You’ll also find iPad cases with built-in Bluetooth keyboards, turning your tablet into a hybrid device so the keyboard is always there when you need it. They add bulk to the iPad, but in return you might be able to get away with leaving your notebook PC at the office.
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to iPad accessories, so it’s important to consider your needs carefully when choosing the right case for the job.
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