Are you using a case with your new iPad Air? [Poll]

To case, or not to case, that is the question. It's the question so many of us ask ourselves whenever we purchase a new Apple device. Do we want to cover up the hotness in the name of protecting it and keeping it pristine underneath. Apple's products are made to be looked at, and the stunning new iPad Air is absolutely no exception. Everyone has their own preferences, but we want to know; are you using a case with your new iPad Air?

Apple launched the iPad Air with a couple of pretty great case options of their own, the Smart Cover and the Smart Case. While the Smart Cover only protects the front, for most of us the screen is the part we want to protect the most. After all, it's the part we spend pretty much the whole time looking at. The Smart Case combines a Smart Cover with an all over protective case that's pretty durable, but also pretty pricey. We've taken a look at both, so be sure to check out the respective posts if you're looking for more, links can be found down below.

It doesn't end with Apple cases either. Both iPad and iPhone have had thriving markets for cases from third-party manufacturers. There are far to many to list, but there's a lot. Some even turn to third-party cases for an integrated keyboard. I had just such a case for my iPad 4, and was the primary reason I went third-party in the first instance.

So, what are you using right now? Case? No case? Drop your vote up top, then jump on into the comments below and let me know what you're using – or not using – and why.

iPad Air

iPad Air
Apple's full-sized iPad gets slimmed down. Features include:

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Released
November, 2013

Alternatives
Retina iPad mini, iPad 2, iPad mini (original)

Replacements
iPad Air 2 (iPad 6)
Fall, 2014

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Are you using a case with your new iPad Air? [Poll]

12 Comments

I'm undecided. Most of the time my future iPad Air will be sitting at home on a table and I won't want a case for that, but when I do want to take it out I'm not sure what I'll want. I've seen a few simple cases on Amazon that will do the trick for under $10 - but then again I do like the idea of a keyboard case like the ones Logitech makes.

I'll probably stay away from the Apple ones. I know I'll be dropping $600 for an iPad but I just can't seem to bring myself to purchase the smart case for $80.

I was using the smart case over the weekend but returned it today in favor of the Smart Cover and a clear Belkin back cover. The overall quality of the smart case didn't feel as high of a quality as I would have thought given the price (IMO). My current combo costs less, adds less bulk, and feels better.

I like that idea, actually. I want to protect that back - and a clear shield might do the trick and add zero weight.

Where is the choice for skins such as InvisibleShield, Ghost Armor, and Skinomi? I like these clear skins to protect from scratches and not detract from the design of my gadgets. Other than the skins, I rarely use a case as they can scuff the finish too.

Nah, gonna get a screen protector to get the fingerprints off, but that's it. I am also considering a Logitech Keyboard but I don't even think I'll be using that either.

the case weighs 5.1 oz (144 g). it makes no sense to rejoice over a lighter ipad air, to then make it heavy again. at the end it's just a utensil.

I'm using the smart cover and a icarbons carbonfiber look a like sticker for the back. I think that the smart case, or any case, takes away the "air". I like the smart cover as it adds functionality to the iPad, and it's easy to detach when I like to save a few grams. Been using this combo on all my iPads since the iPad 2, it's never failed me. My iPads looks like new when I sell them.

I really want a lightweight case for my air - any recommendations? And $80 is too rich for my blood for the Apple case. Whew!

I bought Smart Cover as a stand, don't care much about protection. If there was no stand functionality I would not have bought it at all.