The Week in iPad Cases: Marching on


: The (iPad 2; price unavailable) protects the front and back of the iPad with class and offers several different designs. Like Apple's own Smart Cover, the iCoat's front folds to act as a viewing stand or typing platform and features magnets in all the appropriate places to support the iPad 2's magnetic sleep/wake feature.

: The (iPad; $60) is a folio-style case that doubles as a viewing stand in landscape mode and as a typing platform, with space for documents and accessories thrown in for good measure. When not in use, the case can be folded up and zipped closed; it includes a shoulder strap for easy carrying. The Briefcase comes in a black faux-leather material.

: The (iPad 2; $95) is a case made of genuine vintage leather that features a fold-out flap at the back that can be used to prop up your tablet for easy viewing in landscape orientation. The Argos in completely handmade using an ultrathin design that limits bulk. It's available in black, tender blue, white, sherbet pink, or vintage brown.

The (iPad 2; $75) is a compact and light carrying case made of neoprene and spandex with soft padding for maximum protection. Its shoulder strap makes it perfect for keeping your tablet safe while you're on the go, and its spacious construction can even accommodate an iPad inside a thin case.

: The (iPad 2; $30) is an update to the company's original Vapor case, this time designed to work with Apple's Smart Cover. Like its predecessor, the Vapor II is a snap-on back case finished with a unique material that provides a firm grip without adding significant bulk to the tablet. It's available in clear or black.