A few weeks ago I had the dubious distinction of watching my two week old iPad 2 fall to the floor and seeing the screen crack. I don't want to point any fingers, but let's just say I will not be purchasing a "smart" cover with its easily detachable magnetic hinge from Apple any time soon.

Since the replacement arrived, I've been looking for a rubberised cover to improve my grip on the iPad as well as a padded case to protect it in the bottom of my bag should I be brave enough to take it out.  Quite a few designers are making accessories for Apple products now, including the iPad, and two of my favourites are pictured above.  It's not clear whether they are suitable for the iPad 2, but the silicone cover from Marc by Marc Jacobs and the padded laptop case designed by Jonathan Adler just might be the things I need.