The i1075 even protects your iPad from a filthy kitchen sink. Photo Charlie Sorrel
The Pelican iPad case does one thing, and it does it very well: It makes your iPad look like a Dell laptop c.1995. Kidding. It also protects the iPad within from pretty much anything you can throw at it.
Pelican is famous for its super-tough camera cases, shockproof, dustproof and waterproof plastic boxes that can protect your gear from a quick swim or even airline baggage handlers. The iPad case is the same, only smaller. It actually holds more than just an iPad. There’s space inside for an Apple Bluetooth keyboard and an iPad power brick (US-only — the non-folding prongs of Euro and British adapters don’t fit).
Once slotted into their custom cutouts, the lid snaps shut and holds everything in place. Almost: The case works with the iPad 1 and the iPad 2, so the slot is a little to big for the thinner iPad. On the plus side, this means that it fits perfectly with the Smart cover in place.
You can also use the case as an impromptu office. Photo Charlie Sorrel
The i1075 case weighs 892 grams (1.8 pounds) empty. It isn’t light, but then it isn’t meant to be. This thing is meant to be bombproof. Once you have clamped it shut, nothing will get inside except for air, via a small purge valve that equalizes pressure.
You iPad will be kept intact during drops of up to three feet, and you can safely float it down the river without worrying. An optional shoulder strap lets you carry it like a purse.
In use, the case is very solid. I had no worries when I took the photos you see here, for example. Everything fits snugly but not so tight you have to pull anything out, and the case can also be used as a mobile office. The iPad slots into an easel and sits up at an angle, and the keyboard can be used with the case on your lap.
I would probably never use it, though. The whole point of an iPad is that it’s portable. But if you work in construction, or are traveling cross-country by motorbike, then it could be ideal. What’s more, it’s a relative steal. The i1075 can be had for as little as $50. This seems impossible in a world where I paid €30 ($40) for a flimsy plastic protector for the rear of my iPad.