The Acme Made Infinite Angle case is ultrathin and allows you to prop up your iPad at any angle (at least in landscape mode). It has the auto awake feature built into the case like Apple's Smart Cover. It's really a nice, lightweight case that's also fairly affordable.
Note: This case was originally designed for the iPad 2. Now Acme Made says it's compatible with the third-generation iPad. The auto-wake feature worked with the new iPad with the sample I was testing, but some third-party case manufacturers are having an issue with the magnets in cases designed for the iPad 2.
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Acme Made Orikata
Acme Made says its slim Orikata case, available in "vegan-friendly" faux leather, "leverages complete docking and play-through functionality within its unique case design. Taking cues from the Japanese art of origami, the Orikata's folding elements reconfigure in a snap, providing a remarkably stable stand for cinema viewing or keyboard mode at optimal ergonomic angles."
I like both of the Acme Made Infinite Angle and Orikata because they're lightweight, offer good flexibility for propping up your iPad, and offer good protection. Oh, and this one's well priced, too (it originally cost $49 but is now $25).
Note: This model was originally designed for the iPad 2 but does not offer the auto on/off feature so you don't have to worry about the feature not working.
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Belkin Cinema Folio Stand
Belkin makes a few versions of the Cinema Folio, including a more expensive model that comes in leather for $54.99. Available in multiple colors, this is an attractive folio case that allows you to prop your iPad up at various angles and has the instant on/off feature built into the case like Apple's Smart Cover. Belkin calls the feature "AutoWake Magnets" (alas, they are missing from the leather version). A magnetic clasp keeps the cover closed.
Camalen is a new high-end case company that features some pretty interesting iPad 2 and 3 case designs in very high-quality leather. We like the $115 Hexa, which is a swiveling case that allows you to prop up your iPod in portrait or landscape mode. But our pick for this list is the Vision, which includes a special strap that allows you to attach you iPad to the back of headrest for in-car viewing. Comes in multiple colors and different textures of leather.
CaseCrown's Bold Standby, which can be had for around $22 on Amazon (it qualifies for free shipping if you're a Prime member), is one of the best values in iPad cases. No, it's not real leather but it does have the magnetic auto wake feature.
Case-mate makes a couple of snazzy, high-end Slim Stands, including the Signature model you see here and the Stingray that's more female oriented. They both feature high-quality leather, the magnetic on/off feature, and two viewing angles, plus typing position.
Dodocase has updated its popular journal-style cases, modifying the milled bamboo interior tray to accommodate the slight change in depth for the new iPad. The company has also expanded the line, and now has three new models to choose from.
For an extra fee ($9.95), you can also personalize your case with an inscription. And adding a hole for the iPad's back camera will set you back another $4.95.
We've been fans of previous models of this case and should note that while it doesn't fold into a stand like some folio-style cases, you can fold the cover back and put the case in "easel mode" to prop up your iPad for video watching. To keep the case standing in easel mode on super slick surfaces, a Dodocase rep gave us a little tip: "Stand the back edge of the cover on the elastic ribbon by extending underneath the cover." Good to know.
These cases come in a variety of exterior and interior colors and Dodocase takes pride in the fact that they're all made in America (San Francisco).
iFrogz's Summit Portfolio case has been updated for the new iPad. It's a nice, well-designed folio-style case that converts into a stand and has a small pocket on the inside cover for business cards as well as a loop on the back for storing a stylus.
With some of these folio-style cases, the back of the case can be a little floppy (part of it isn't attached to the iPad), but I liked how the Summit incorporates a strip of Velcro to keep the back of the cover securely in place until you need to put it into stand mode.
Note: This model isn't shipping quite yet but should be available soon (I received an early sample from the company).
This is iLuv's take on the expanded folio case that's got built-in pockets. A retractable kickstand rounds out the feature set. Available in multiple colors.
Incipio's Kickstand is a nylon case with that allows you to prop up your iPad at multiple angles. The kicker here is that this one comes with an Incipio Inscribe Stylus. This one will be available in multiple colors, but at launch Incipio appears to be only selling the black version.
The stylish and well-designed iSkin Aura 2 is one of our favorite Folio cases and allows you to prop up your iPad at a few different angles (it also has the wake/sleep feature). It's available in multiple colors.
iSkin is tweaking the design of its Solo Smart case to fit the new iPad. This one is available in multiple colors and is designed to work with Apple's Smart Cover. No, the Smart Cover (in picture) is not included. This is a back-only case.
Note: iSkin is not shipping the new Solo yet but the company says it will be available soon.
Otterbox has made some small tweaks to the design of its Otterbox Defender Series tough case. The new case fits both the iPad 2 and iPad third-generation and is slightly slimmer though still bulky. You get three layers of protection, including a screen cover, and the Defender's outer "shield stand" supports both landscape and portrait viewing and also tilts into a typing position.
Pad & Quill cases share some distinct similarities with Dodocase notebook-style cases and we've always been fans of them (editor Dan Ackerman uses a Pad & Quill case with his iPhone 4S).
The company will be shipping new models for the iPad 3 at the end of March.
The $59.99 Graduate pictured here is the least expensive of the bunch and features the magnetic on/off feature as well as a cutout camera hole. The $89.99 Contega is a Folio version of the Graduate and converts into a stand. And finally, the $109.99 Octavo is the high-end model and is bound in premium leather. All the cases are handmade in Minnesota.
Speck has a solid lineup of iPad 2 cases and is in the process of making some tiny tweaks to that line to make the cases fit the new iPad.
The company is hustling to get out new versions of the PixelSkin HD Wrap, MagFolio, and WanderFolio. Some new colors are on tap, including Grape and Pomodoro for the PixelSkin HD, Mulberry for the MagFolio, and Black Peacock for the WanderFolio.
We're fans of the MagFolio, which comes in a leather Luxe version for $99.99 and a non-leather version for $59.99. This one has the awake/sleep function, and is relatively thin and lightweight.
It's really a nice case--one of the best out there. We expect Speck to release the new cases shortly and will update this post when it does.
Another one of our Speck favorites is the PixelSkin HD Wrap. You can get it in a more mundane color like black, but it also will come in more vibrant colors, including the new Grape (purple) and Pomodoro (red).
We expect Speck to release its cases for the new iPad shortly and will update this post when it does.
Spigen/SGP had some cases in our iPad 2 cases roundup and is gearing up to release some new products for the iPad 3.
The Folio comes in a faux leather model (available in black or dark green) for $67.99, while the swankier leather version, the Folio.S, goes for $91.99 (yes, those are weird price points). The higher-end case is available in brown and tan, but not black.
Both cases are due to ship at the end of March along with a third case called the Diary, which is slimmer than the Folio but also folds into a stand.
Price: $91.99 (or 67.99 for faux leather version)
If I had to narrow down this list down to a top 10, the Grip from Australian company STM would definitely be in there. This is more of a hard-shell-style case that's got a soft-to-the-touch exterior. It's slim, feels nice in your hand, and its ribbed design makes it easy to "grip." It has the automatic wake feature, but the real extra is the integrated kickstand on the back that allows you to prop you iPad up in typing or video watching positions.
The only question is how the case will look and hold up over time. This type of material doesn't always wear well, but it sure looks good new. The Grip is available in black, blue, red, and tangerine (I used the black model).
STM Skinny 3
STM's new Skinny case is one of the lightest cases out there. It has fabric-covered polycarbonate rear shell, microsuede on the inside, and integrated magnetic sleep/wake front cover that's also covered in fabric.
The clasp keeps the cover closed and also helps convert the case into a stable two-position stand. This is another good one from STM that's available in several colors.
Note: This case isn't quite shipping yet, but I did test out early samples of the product.
Targus Business Folio
This is similar in style to Targus' Slim Case, with a nylon/canvas exterior, but it's a beefier case with pockets on the inside that hold business cards, a notepad (one's included) and slot for storing a stylus (you also get a little cleaning pad). This one has the magnetic on/off feature and a flexible strap keeps the case securely closed.
This simple and attractive lightweight case converts into a stand with two viewing angles (one's a typing position as well). Available in multiple colors (we tried the dark indigo version and it looked really nice), the Slim has the magnetic on/off feature and a stylus holder on back of the case.