When my IPad arrived, I quickly ran to the Apple store to find accessories. I ended up buying the keyboard dock, a car charger, a microfiber cleaning cloth and earphones. I also ordered a Pogo Sketch stylus and had a Zagg Invisible Shield screen protector applied. But my search for a case was not easy. I found most of the stock boring and pedestrian. The neoprene cases, although they came in many colors are what has been seen on many a laptop today. I spent hours searching the Internet but I really am a person who has to actually see and touch a product before I buy. I resisted the official Apple IPad case because it was black. But, since I did not find anything as functional, I bought one. It had a built in stand and seemed very sturdy and did not add very much weight or bulk to my IPad. The case cleaned up like new with a soft damp cloth. One of my biggest complaints is that I have to take the IPad out of the case every time I have to put it in the keyboard dock. And taking the Ipad out and putting it back in the case is a struggle especially if you have arthritis. The IPad fits extremely snugly in the case which is good thing but also a bad thing when you have to take it in and out of the case. I found that now with the repeated ins and outs that it is a little looser, but just so.
The other thing I would have added to the case is a strap or something that will hold it close. I carry my IPad in my purse. Of course, I bought a new one that fits it with the rest of the stuff I carry on a day to day basis. I find that the case opens up in the purse and the IPad is exposed to dirt and scratches, etc. I tried to find a sleeve but none of them fit my IPad with the case and the ones for the net books are tad too big. So, I experimented with making a custom sleeve for my IPad. I made two prototypes so far. I used three different Japanese inspired prints for the first one
and on the second, I used a shiny waterproof vinyl material for the outside and lined the inside with ultra suede and bound the whole thing with a contrasting Japanese print as an accent.
I liked how they turned out and most of my friends who have seen them have requested that I make them one also.
This does not stop my quest by any means. I just saw that Louis Vuitton is releasing a case next year. I think I have to have that one.