Our third Apple iPad arrived yesterday and having owned one every generation it’s easy to understand the appeal, especially when the new iPad 3 improves just enough to make us want another upgrade. The first generation iPad did the tablet job better than any device before it, and the second generation only had to improve a little considering it had already showed how to make a tablet, although the upgrade last year did much more than that. Apple reinvented the iPad dramatically with the second generation, which brought with it a faster processor, a dramatic increase in graphics, and also some innovation with magnets.
Looking for the best iPad 3 cases — last year we had to find a new case after the 1st-gen, which had been due to a big change thanks to built-in magnets with iPad 2. We’d be sure to test the new Apple Smart Cover, which took advantage of the magnets and just snapped on the display. We had been understandably nervous at first considering the back is left open for damage, but Apple knew what they were doing because a year on we’ve never had any problems with only the front of the iPad 2 being covered by a Smart Cover. Feel free to share your experience with these covers in the comments; did you have the same satisfaction as us?
Today we bought a brighter Smart Cover for our new iPad 3, and as you guessed it the same cases for iPad 2 fit just fine on the new iPad for 2012. This should be correct in most cases, but you might want to check with the 3rd party manufactures before purchasing. You can see our bright orange Smart Cover in the image above, although these come in several colors and offer extreme simplicity. If you’re upgrading from the previous generation then you shouldn’t need another case, unless it’s a bit battered and needs an upgrade.
The Apple Smart Covers are not the cheapest option for the 3rd generation iPad, so you might want to consider cheaper solutions that offer the same protection, and in some cases better protection when you consider many third party solutions protect the back of the tablet as well. Other options you might want to consider can be seen below, and the latest prices can be seen on the official websites.
HardCandy Candy Convertible
Incase Origami Workstation
Belkin’s Cinema Folio Stand
Case-mate Signature Slim Stand
CaseCrown Bold Standby
New iPad Ballistic Tough Jacket Series Case
We’ve also included a video below that gives you a better look at the Ballistic Tough iPad case, which works with the new iPad 3rd and 2nd generation. You can read some details on the initial reviews for the new iPad in our earlier article.