iPad 3 cases and covers

Whether iPad 3 will be your first iPad, or whether you've been an iPad user for years, we're curious what kind of case or cover you'll be wanting for it when you get it? Or will you prefer to go naked with no cover at all? Apple so far hasn't kept one iPad form-factor around for more than a year, so while it's possible iPad 2 cases and covers will fit iPad 3, it's also possible accessory makers will once again have to go back to the drawing boards. What should they make you more of?

Apple's own Smart Covers, those of the magnet power, are ultra slim but don't provide much protection for anything other than the screen. Are you waiting for an iPad 3 version? Or do you want something more extreme like the Otterbox Defender and Incipio Destroyer?

Maybe thinner skin cases like the Incipio Hive HoneyComb or cases that offer nice extras like the Case-Mate Pop! with a kickstand (one of my favorites -- great for watching videos!) better suit your fancy?

Some iPad cases include built-in Bluetooth keyboards, which are great for heavy-duty typists. Is that more your thing?

Will you be sticking with something even slimmer, like BodyGuardz skins, which don't stop impact but, in our torture tests stop everything from stones and nails scratching your iPad 3?

Are you more the executive type who enjoys a leather case or pouch, like the Marware or Griffin Elan, to take your iPad 3 on business trips or to meetings? Or someone who goes to the beach, on hikes, or to the pool and wants a case like the Aquapac or Overboard that can protect your iPad from water damage (or deep water or car washes, or dish washers and boat races)

Do you prefer something more unique and luxurious, like Pad & Quill or DODOCase that give you that hipster moleskin vibe, or White Diamonds that showers your iPad 3 in art and crystals?

Or will you stick with nothing at all, just the iPad 3 the way nature and Jony Ive intended?

One thing is for sure -- if history is any indicator we'll be flooded with options just as soon as the manufacturers can crank them out. So go ahead and get your vote in early. Register it in the poll up top and give us the reasons why in the comments below. And if you're not sure what kind of case you like yet, check out the links below for lots of examples!

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Georgia

Senior Editor at iMore and a practicing therapist specializing in stress and anxiety. She speaks everywhere from conferences to corporations, co-host of Vector, Review, and Isometric podcasts, and should be followed on Twitter @Georgia_Dow.

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iPad 3 cases and covers

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I like the combination of a smart cover and something thin to cover the back like the Speck smartshell or the iSkin solo on the ipad 2, so hopefully something similar will come out for the ipad 3.

I still love the original Apple Case on my Ipad 1. It protects and is easy to open and stand up. The addition of the magnets like the smart cover to auto turn on the screen would be great. This would be my preference when I buy an Ipad 3. The smartcover would not protect bounciang round in my adump truck. While a hard case, I fear would be too cumbersome and a pain to open quickly.

Smart Cover, with a thin cover on the back, all wrapped up in a leather sleeve (with a zipper pocket for the charger)!

The iPad doesn't really need a cover, but I like the Smart Cover because it is a nice ride-along stand, which goes on and off in an instant. The only reason I'd add some sort of case is to put something really thin on to give the iPad a bit more grip... but it would have to be REALLY thin.
If you want protection, just slip it in a sleeve. That way it is considerably safer than in any of the cases anyway.

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