Elan Form Graphite case for iPad
These two cases are fundamentally similar: hard shells protecting the back and sides of your precious iPad.
The Graphite case is all black, with a textured back. It has cutouts for the various buttons, switches, and the Dock connector. The marketing blurb says that “the woven-look synthetic outer layer is bonded to an impact-resistant polycarbonate inner shell.”
The marketing mavens should also have added that once attached, the Graphite case is almost permanently bonded to your iPad! After using the Graphite enclosed for a day, I tried to remove it. There’s no way this will ever pop off, or inadvertently come loose. It took me 10 minutes, and careful use of a small screwdriver wrapped in a a soft cloth, to free the iPad from the Graphite’s clutches.
I liked having cutouts for access to the various iPad controls. I found the case to be pleasantly grippy, and I never had qualms about it sliding out of my hands.
I was not so thrilled at the $44.95 price. While the Graphite is a nice bit of plastic, nearly half a C note is too much money.
MyMac review rating 7 out of 10
The Elan Reveal is also a hard case, but it has a clear plastic back, so you can still enjoy the brushed aluminum iPad back. The back has a rectangular molding to prevent the iPad curved back from rocking from side to side when placed on a flat surface. One nice touch the Reveal has (but not the Graphite) is that the Reveal’s sides wrap slightly around the top. If you rest the Reveal-encased iPad face-down, it will rest on the Reveal, thus keeping the iPad screen from touching the surface.
I didn’t care for the fact that the Reveal did not have cutouts for the volume and sleep buttons. You have to press a molded plastic bit covering each button, and I found that annoying. The Graphite’s cutouts worked much better.
Like its sibling, I hard a difficult time removing the Reveal from the iPad.
The Reveal is more sensibly priced at $34.99, and it’s a better bang for your iPad buck.
MyMac review rating 8 out of 10