Gumdrop tackles the hard job of rapidly making a rugged case for the new iPad

Thanks to Apple's secrecy, when they Introduce a new gadget, case makers have to scramble to make accessories that fit it properly. The new iPad is a perfect example, yet Gumdrop was able to create and ship their ruggedized Gumdrop Drop Tech case rather quickly. In fact,while the case I received fit my new iPad perfectly, though the package it shipped in still said iPad 2, but it had a sticker indicating support for the new iPad.

The Drop Tech case is serious, with hard plastic where needed, and rubberized coating as an outlet layer, ideal for grip and protection. Ports are protected by rubber flaps and the larger camera opening on the new iPad is supported.

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The rubber looks like a monster truck tread. It takes a bit of effort to get the iPad in and out, so you might want to make this your everyday case. Fortunately, it is comfortable to hold for extended time.

Several color variations are available, including black, white, red, pink and olive drab.

Gumdrop should be saluted for their rapid response to support the new iPad, but it shouldn't be a surprise as they support a wide variety of devices including Kindle Fire, Asus eee pad Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Tab and of course the iPhone.

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