If the Pelican i1075 is just a case, then Fort Knox is just a playground fort #CES #MadeInUSA

I don't think it's fair to call the Pelican i1075 HardBack IPad Case a "case" when it is so much more rugged and substantial than typical iPad cases. Perhaps a better term is "safebox" or "strongbox!"

Pelican is known for their waterproof, high impact storage devices for big and small items (but mostly big.). With the i1075, Pelican has included form fitting modular compartments that can keep your iPad, Apple Bluetooth wireless keyboard, earbuds, charger and cables in a convenient orientation. The case includes a handle or optional shoulder strap.

The end result looks remarkably like a Panasonic ToughBook, at a much lower price, and shares much of the characteristics. Pelican reports protection from a three foot drop. When closed up and sealed, the case is dustproof, crushproof, and watertight up to three feet.

The Pelican case is made in the USA, comes with a lifetime guarantee and supports both the iPad 1 or iPad 2 even with a Smart Cover. Other configurations and cases accommodate net books and other gadgets.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.