Remember when tablets were expensive and it was rare to see anyone sporting one? That is so last year. According to IDC, 52.5 million units sold worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2012. And that means everyone has one. (Well, you know what I mean. Lots of people do. You probably do.) But don’t they all look the same? Except for that Garnet Red Galaxy Tab II, which I — absurdly since I have two tablets — covet. Personally, I would like to see all of those identical tablets sporting a cute case that says, â€œMine!â€ The world would be prettier and more interesting. And I wouldn’t get my tablet mixed up with yours. (Though mine does have a cute case on it so…)
Awesome. Created by a bookbinder, these turn your tablet Â into something that looks like your favorite classic read. So instead of carrying something exactly like the person in line behind you, you’ll be saying (without actually saying anything), “Anthony Burgess is awesome — though A Clockwork Orange was a bit dark for such a respected James Joyce scholar, don’t you think? — and this is what that horror show book looked like when Penguin issued it in soft cover in 1972. I know this because I do actually read books on this tablet.” There are lots of other book covers to choose from if Burgess is not your man. Fits iPad 2/3/4, Nexus 7, Kobo Glo andÂ Kindle Fire 7″ (1st/2nd gen, not HD)
$65 (for iPad)
Beautiful, classy, and fabulously functional, these cases will transform your tablet. First off, that tablet will look old-school awesome — like a cherished book with a cover created by an artist and for a cause you like. Second, it will protect your case so you can toss it in a bag with an easy mind. But best of all, it will help it to stand up on a table so you can see the screen without holding it. DODOcase makes lots of wonderful cases. You can even design your own case at their site. But I like this artist series. You can find cases for all the iPads and many other tablets at DODOcase.com.
This simple, graphic cover would make a great gift for a man. But I like it, too. It fitsÂ Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle, and Kindle Touch.
This case is a pretty pale blue leather. And — if these things matter to your — it says Kate Spade on it. It’s too rich for my blood at $99 (that’s half what a Kindle Fire costs) but it’s pretty and some people really like that designer name on things.
I love this case that also serves as a wallet. Itâ€™s not that much bigger than a womanâ€™s big wallet but it also keeps your Kindle safe. The Kindle snaps into a plastic cradle and closes with and it sports a secure elastic closure. Beauty is in the details.
$40 and up
These cases â€“ for most tablets â€“ are so sweet! They are covered in candy and come from a candy store. Bright enough to find in your biggest bag and sure to make you smile. WhoÂ doesn’tÂ need a little sugar in their day?
Snap your iPad into this Boho beauty to protect it. And it will no longer blend in with the masses of bland. It will also serve as a stand. If by some awful (unlikely) chance you show up at a party where another fashionistaâ€™s tablet is wearing the same dress, donâ€™t worry. You can have your name printed on yours ($10) to really make it scream, “Mine!”
$75 and up
If printing your name on someone else’s design doesn’t cut for you in the screaming, “Mine!” department, go to Casemodo.com and upload your own design. Maybe you want to brand your Web site or business by giving all your employees a custom cover for their tablet? Or maybe you have art of your own you want to show off. Either way. Go make the world more beautiful.
The Giveaway: I have a few of these covers to give away. But which ones? Only one way to find out. Come to GeekGirlfriends.com and sign up for my newsletter. (If you are already here, look to the right; the sign-up form is there.) I’ll pick some random names over the next two weeks. If you get picked, I’ll send you an email.