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YOU probably are not expecting your iPad to be hit by an improvised explosive device, but if you are, you might want to secure it in a Pelican case. Pelican, which makes protective cases often used by the military to transport weapons, medical supplies and electronics, now makes a case for people who fear their iPad is in for severe abuse.

The i1075 Hardback is a hard ABS-plastic case about the size of a pair of 13-inch laptops stacked atop each other (so much for slipping your iPad into the outside pocket of your shoulder bag).

But the bulk is a fair trade-off for the foam-padded interior, which also has moulded compartments for an Apple Bluetooth keyboard, charger and cables. A neat package in all. The case is also waterproof and even has a purge valve to adjust for air pressure changes without letting dust or water enter the case. Its waterproofing has been tested to three feet, and it has been drop-tested from three feet. The i1075 for the iPad lists for $85 but can be found at large online retailers for close to $50.

As for aesthetics, (with apologies to Henry Ford) the i1075 comes in any colour you want as long as it is black. The Hardback cases are also available in sizes for e-readers, netbooks, and 14- and 15-inch laptops. Pelican does not promise its cases will stand up to a bomb, but on the Pelican website you can read testimonials from soldiers who say their gear, and sometimes they themselves, were saved by their cases.

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
Date:May 21, 2012
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