It looks like somebody finally answered my prayers for an iPad 3 case which would let me take photos without dropping the thing or looking like a complete dork. Instead, I can look like I’m some kind of clipboard-wielding
corporate drone taking a photo with an iPad.
The case is called the SlateSHIELD (I think you’re supposed to shout the last part whilst punching the air with your free hand) and it has a rotating handle on the back, as well as a flip-out kickstand. And crucially, it isn;t huge and fat.
The iPad slides in through the top end of the ABS case and is secured by a little tab. A flip-out kickstand will hold it in horizontal and vertical positions, as well as typing position, and the wraparound front part offers some degree of protection. But its the handle which I like the most: It’s a loop into which you slide your hand, and it is on a 360˚ pivoting turntable so you can hold it at whichever angle you like.
The only problem I can see is that the iPad’s screen is not protected if you sling it onto a bag, but that could be fixed with a screen protector, a padded sleeve, or taking an X-Acto knife to the case and cutting off the edge so you can use a smart cover (don’t laugh — I have done this to review units before).
From the publicity and PR material, though, it seems as though you’re supposed to be using it in a safe, corporate environment — just like a clipboard.
The SlateSHIELD (shout it!) will cost you $55.