I use cases to protect my iPads, but the one I had on the old iPad didn’t have a Pencil holder. There are dozens of iPad-compatible cases on Amazon, including many that offer a Pencil holder, which I think is essential.
For previous iPads I used the excellent Ridge model from Devicewear, but the company doesn’t offer a case that has a slot for the Pencil. Cases that do have a Pencil holder start at less than $10. My experience, with a $12 case, was a disaster. The sleep-wake switch didn’t work all the time. I was awakened during several nights by the news program I stream, even when the iPad should have been sleeping. The power button hole was off-center, which made it difficult to turn the iPad on or off. And the rubber casing on the speaker side of the iPad wouldn’t stay in place.
A company called Antbox got good reviews on Amazon, which listed it for $26. Everything fits and the wake/sleep feature is moored by a flap. It’s substantial, just the right weight and rather elegant. Where the cheapo case came in a plastic bag, the Antbox packaging is quite nice. There are more expensive cases, but I like this one.
If I had it to do over again?
I’d keep the iPad 5th generation. I realized quickly that I don’t need to draw or annotate drawings or scribble notes, but it was too late to return it. I had sold my 5th generation iPad, so there was no turning back.
Assuredly, when I replenish my gotta-have-it account, I’ll be ready for another gadget I don’t need.
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Harold Glicken is a retired newspaper editor. He can be reached at email@example.com and a collection of his columns can be found at www.helpware-online.com