Protect that new iPad

If you're like me, you ordered the new iPad as soon as Apple's servers allowed, and you are waiting patiently (or perhaps impatiently) for it to arrive. Now is the time to think about protection. In fact, I sold my old iPad at and got full price because it was in such good shape. I keep my iPads and iPhones in cases pretty much full time and they look brand new.

Now keep in mind, the new iPad is slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad 2, and has a bigger opening for the camera, so there's a chance your old case might not work. I will be trying out various cases over the next few days and I will post my results here.

One safe bet is a case that is not form fitting so it can accommodate just about any 10" tablet.

The Joy Factory makes a lot of accessories for iOS gear, and the BubbleShield is certain to work with the new iPad. It's like a higher end Ziploc bag, which seals shut to keep out water, dirt and dust. You can still use the touchscreen and take pictures using the tablet's camera. They also include some big and small holes so you can attach a lanyard or hold it with your finger inside the ringsize hole.

The BubbleShield is fairly durable but they include several in the package, so you can dispose of it out if it gets beat up or you can share with friends. They also make a smaller version for your iPhone or other touchscreen smartphone.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,, 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.