The College Edition makes the iPad look like a book. Just don't lose it in the library stacks. Photo credit Pad & Quill
If you’re in the market for a fake-book style case for your iPad, then you could do a lot worse than those from Pad & Quill. And if you’re sending little Johnny back to school with an iPad, you will almost definitely want a Pad & Quill — they’re just about the toughest book-style cases I have tested.
Just in time for the re-insertion of Johnny into hostile territory (school) is the College Edition case. It has the same (only shinier) Baltic Birch frame and rubbery pads to hold the iPad tight (and I mean tight), and the same bookbindery design, complete with elastic band to keep it shut.
The main difference is in the cover, which opts for colored cloth instead of faux leather. The other differences are the lack of a camera-hole, or a magnet for locking and unlocking the iPad 2’s screen. These can be had in the Octavo case, which costs $10 more.
If little Johnny is lucky, or if the school bullies are idiots (and why wouldn’t they be?), then the tome-like bindings might actually fool them into thinking this is a real book (for losers and dorks) and not a highly valuable (and resell-able) piece of consumer electronics. Looked at this way, the $60 price (plus $10 for an internal pocket) seems cheap.