I just went on the FedEx Web site and the Apple iPad 1 I bought for my wife is arriving sometime today. That was a fairly quick delivery, since I had just ordered the unit on the 4th of March. So I started looking around for a case to protect the little beast. There is a huge selection of protective cases and stands ranging in price for as low as $4 to about $40 depending on the make and style.

Here is a silicon skin that protects the outer case from dings and scratches. Cost is only $4 but the skin seemed to get very good reviews. Reviews and specifications can be found here. CTCstore Black Wave Premium Crystal TPU Silicone Skin Case for Apple iPad 3G

Another inexpensive protector comes with a stand included. Some of the reviews were not flattering about the case and some users complained that the case was ‘not as pictured.’ Priced at only $7.99, you can see it at this link. Leather Carrying Case Cover/Folio With Built-in Stand for Apple iPad 3G tablet / Wi-Fi model 16GB, 32GB, 64GB (BLACK)

Apple of course makes its own upscale protector at $39 that is linked here.

I continued my search around the Internet and there are a large number of companies that make case protectors, some which appear cheaply made and others that appear to be quality made, but pricey. The Apple iPad I am getting for my wife will be used in the home for the most part. She may travel with it once or twice a year and that’s about it.

I have a laptop case I would most likely use when she travels with the Apple iPad that will provide ample protection for the unit when getting on and off airplane flights.

With this in mind I was leaning towards the case protector made of silicon when she uses the iPad at home.

What do you think?

Recommendations are welcome.