Everybody seems to have an iPad these days. And you’ve probably seen a plethora of protective iPad cases. On the one hand, it seems logical to protect your important investment. But there are people out there who outright refuse to put a case on their iPad, and they seem to have excellent reasons for that. So, let’s talk about why you would and wouldn’t put a case on your iPad.
The Benefits of a Case
Putting a case on your iPad will net you some excellent benefits. If you intend to resell your iPad when you’ve upgraded to a new one, a case is probably the way to go. Let’s look at ways a case will benefit your iPad.
Protection of the Casing
When you put a case on your iPad, it will help protect the corners of the tablet’s casing from dings and scratches. Admit it: you’re going to drop your iPad at least once. And chances are, it’s gonna land on a corner. Keep your iPad’s outer casing scratch- and dent-free by using a case.
Cover the Glass
Many cases also offer screen protection, which means that you’re protecting the (irreplaceable) glass screen on your iPad. Glass can fracture or chip on the edge from a shock. Adding a Gorilla glass screen protector can help prevent damage to your iPad’s true screen (and this works for cell phone screens, too). It will also protect the screen from scratches; if you scratch up a screen protector, you can easily replace it.
Shock Absorption for the Components
Though our technology improves daily, computer components are still fragile creatures. Hard drives can fail with the slightest jar (sometimes), and the electronics in an iPad can do the same. Hard protective cases can offer some shock absorption and protect these delicate components from damage.
Some cases offer additional benefits, such as a place to put your stylus or a built-in stand. If you like to watch movies or videos on your iPad, a stand is a plus! It lets you place your iPad on a table or your lap, so you don’t have to hold it through the whole movie.
The Drawbacks to a Case
There are many reasons why you might not want to add a case to your iPad. If you know you’re careful with your electronics or don’t take it with you very often (for example, if you work from home), then maybe you won’t need one. Let’s discuss the drawbacks to placing a case on your iPad.
Cases Are Heavy
Let’s face it, protective cases add weight and bulk to your iPad. The cases that really work well are large, boxy, and often ugly. They make your tablet heavier to hold, something you might not want. And if you get a case with an outer layer of silicon rubber, it’s almost impossible to easily slide your iPad in and out of a bag.
What About Your Accessories?
Sometimes, cases aren’t friendly to your accessories. This means you may have to take the case off the iPad if you want to use certain add-ons. Also, you may discover that certain aftermarket headphone jacks or charging ports won’t fit into their holes in your case because they’re bigger than the hole allows.
Hiding Your iPad
A case will cover up your iPad, one of the sleekest-looking tablets out there. And, because they’re available in colors (and cases often are not), you’ll be covering the beauty of your iPad with an (often) basic and utilitarian-looking plastic box. You also won’t be able to feel the aluminum casing of your iPad.
Cases Aren’t Completely Reliable
Cases are usually made of plastic, so they can and do break. Not only that, but they’re not 100% effective at protecting your iPad from a fall. And you may notice that people tend to become less protective of their devices when they have a case, relying on the case rather than care to prevent accidental damage.
You’ve already paid an arm and a leg for your iPad, now you want to go add another expense on top of it? While you can find cheap cases for iPads, odds are you’ll end up paying quite a bit for a protective case. And for a case that doesn’t guarantee complete protection. Paying for insurance on your device will probably afford you more protection than a case will.
If you like cases and feel more comfortable putting one on your iPad, then certainly grab one. There are numerous models and designs to choose from, so go to town shopping for the right one. Just be prepared to pay for it. On the other hand, if you prefer the look of your iPad without the bulky, barely useful case, you’re free to go with the ‘naked look’ instead. It’s your iPad, so it’s entirely up to you.