The stock case for the iPad – yes, the one it should come with but you still have to pay $50 for – is fine, but it’s really nothing more than a stepping stone. Cladding your svelte new iPad in that case is the same as drinking a fine scotch from the plastic cups you had in college. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s just a little utilitarian for our taste. Apple wanted to step up their game too, but apparently all the engineers were busy working on the next best thing. So they called in designer Jack Spade. Jack’s exclusive Apple case is made of premium nylon and has a lot more protection (including a locking velcro latch) for your most precious of gadgets. It’s also fully dockable and retains the landscape and portrait viewing positions you’re accustomed to. Remember, there’s no Plan B for a busted iPad.