The irresistible rise of Apple's oversized iPod has spawned a whole heap of offshoot accessories and frankly rubbish paraphernalia. Though we may not be convinced by much of the fluff on the shelves, a few stand out iPad cases have caught our eye, so here's our pick of the best.
1. Coming in at around £3,000, Tods' alligator skin ipad case is probably the most expensive in the world. Produced in Italy and available in brown, ochre and a gorgeous shade of blue there's also a nude calves leather option, which comes in at a tenth of the price.
2. Alfred Dunhill's creamy soft-grain leather offering, the "Tradition" is sleek and function-led. The cases are produced in limited edition batches of 20 at dunhill's London-based leather workshops, and as part of the brand's "Custom Leather" programme, you can have your name and address engraved on the case - though we don't imagine this will help lost iPads find their way home.
3. For something a little less refined, this soft nude leather case from Wisconsin-native Kenton Sorenson could be an option. Each piece comes hand stitched by Sorenson himself and prices are reasonable - this simple leather-tie case is available for around £100. We'd advise investing in some extra padding for proper support, because as pretty as it may be, we're not entirely convinced by the case's practicality.
4. Known for their pared-down wallets and lovely canvas backpacks, US-based company Makr Carry Goods have come up with this supremely simple iPad case. Produced from one piece of leather, the folks at Makr have avoided the use of buttons or poppers for fear of inducing unsightly cracks. The clasp is produced from one piece of under-folded leather, which is both discreet and unlikely to cause any damage.
5. Despite the fact that's it not an iPad case in the strictest sense of the term, Thinkgeek.com's iCade iPad Arcade Cabinet was too good to miss off our list. A desktop pinball machine-shaped dock for your iPad, the brilliantly kitsch Arcade Cabinet works in tandem with the iCade app, allowing users to play all the old arcade favourites, from Pac-Man to Space Invaders. Brillo.