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resembling a mechanical contrivance or device.

Speck PixelShield iPad Case Review

A veritable bonanza of goodies from Speck turned up today, and despite still lacking the Camera which provides all the lovely photography for iPad case reviews, I’ve had a crack at doing the same with my Nokia N900.

First up is the Speck PixelShield iPad case, I’m looking at the version in obnoxiously bright red (why have it any other way!) but the case is also available in Black/Grey for those of you not wishing to risk being charged by a bull. The PixelShield seems to be named as such for two reasons; firstly the design of the case is clearly inspired by pixels, with a square grid pattern that breaks up what would otherwise be a smooth surface quite tastefully.

Second, the case.. .shields your pixels. That is the pixels of your iPad screen, anyway. The back (or front, perhaps) of the PixelShield case is slightly reinforced and liberally padded, providing excellent screen protection for the iPad.

When is a WiFi-only iPad not a WiFi-only iPad?:

Mobile wifi

Perhaps the most notable feature of the PixelShield is its handle, a unique and interesting addition to what would otherwise be a fairly generic slip case. The PixelShield will basically let you tote your iPad around comfortable without risk of it slipping from under your arm, and without you needing to carry a second bag.

In its favour, the PixelShield is stretchy and roomy enough to fit an iPad inside another case. So you can leave a Vaja iVolution, a rubber case or a hard shell on your iPad and still slip it into the PixelShield for carryability.

Build-quality wise, the PixelShield is well finished, tough and comes with a very nice, iPad friendly soft interior. The flap is carefully designed so that the top loops over your iPad and keeps it from slipping out of the case if inverted, but with the handle being at the top it’s unlikely you’re going to hold it upside-down. If you tuck the flap beneath the iPad then the top of your tablet will be exposed, granting access to the headphone port, power button and, with a bit of a squeeze, the volume rocker.

The only downside of the PixelShield is that it looks strikingly like an oven glove. Okay, perhaps it’s not that similar, but don’t take any chances by leaving it lying around the kitchen. At $39.95 it’s reasonably priced, and is a great choice for those who need a bulk-free bag for carrying their iPads around.

Monday, June 7th, 2010, iPad.