Rugged iPad Case Review: Protective Shell with Rotating Hand Grip

If you use an iPad for work, you should check out the Metropolis iPad Case with Handstrap ($44.95) from Urban Armor Gear. The case has a built-in 360-degree rotating hand strap, secured by durable velcro, which makes it great for one-handed operation. I could see using it on a shop floor or a trade show. There's even a strap to hold an Apple Pencil.

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The case offers solid protection thanks to the heavy-duty rubbery grip, yet it is still lightweight and comfortable. Even with the protection, there is easy access to all of the ports. Some rugged cases make it hard to plug in your iPad, but not the Metropolis. UAG makes a lot of different cases, so make sure you order the right case for your device.


  • Solid protection with heavy-duty rubbery grip
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Rotating handgrip
  • Strong Velcro strap
  • Access to all ports
  • Strap for Apple Pencil


  • Make sure you order the right case for your device
  • Limited color choices

Final Verdict

If you need to hold your iPad in one hand, you're probably worried about its safety. Worry no more with the Metropolis iPad Case with Handstrap from Urban Armor Gear. 

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