Pong’s iPad Case Is Unusual & Pricy

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Pong Research Corporation’s new iPad Case offers some unusual features. Embedded inside the case, a 3G/4G and WiFi coupled antenna system optimizes the iPad’s signal and range. It also reduces exposure to cellular and Wi-Fi radiation for those who have a concern about that issue. It’s designed for the new iPad or iPad 2. There is a ifferent model for the original iPad.

Pong iPad Case - Different Views

 

The top flap of the case is composed of soft faux leather, and it puts the iPad to sleep when closing and wakes it up when opening. The back of the case is a very hard plastic. The origami style cover can be folded into six different configurations. The case is available only in black. The MSRP for the Wi-Fi case is US$119.90 and US$129.90 for the Wi-Fi and 3G/4G version.

 

Pong iPad Case Cover Setting Options

The case was tested through independent laboratory tests certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that shows that this case enables the iPad to deliver up to a 10X increase in cellular signal strength over any other. It also improves Wi-Fi reception up to 9 times over other cases and increases the range by a factor of 2.

Using the product

I carried this case around for a couple of weeks, testing Wi-Fi reception and range. My iPad is Wi-Fi only. Although I certainly noticed an increase in reception, I have no way of determining the level of improvement. 

The case is very strong and sturdy and holds my iPad firmly in place. At the same time, It is not difficult to remove it from the case when necessary. The origami style cover works quite well, holding whatever position I select. Although not featured on their web site, I think the soft suede lining on the top flap is very important because it provides a fine protection for the face of my iPad.

Looking down with view of suede lining and port openings

Two other nice features have to do with the case itself. One is that the case perfectly fits the form of the iPad and the other is that the openings for all ports, speaker, connectors, etc., are large and easy to work with. Another thing I noticed is that the case is not susceptible to scratches on either the front or back.

Do I recommend it?

I do if the specific features available in the case are important to you and you don’t mind paying for them. Certainly the case is well crafted and should hold up to rough treatment.

Product: Pong iPad Case

Company: Pong Research Corporation

List Price: US$119.90

Pros:

Case improves cellular signal and Wi-Fi reception.

Cons:

Price is steep.

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Comments

geoduck

this case enables the iPad to deliver up to a 10X increase in cellular signal strength over any other. It also improves Wi-Fi reception up to 9 times over other cases and increases the range by a factor of 2.

I find that a very dubious claim on their part. I would want to see some real world tests to confirm this.

It also reduces exposure to cellular and Wi-Fi radiation for those who have a concern about that issue.

Ditto. For one thing how would this be possible if it is SIMULTANEOUSLY enhancing WiFi and cell signal.

Looks like a cool case but these claims are dubious at best.

LeatheriPadCaseOutlet

There are some nice leather iPad cases here?for under $100!

MelaniePeterson

geoduck: this case enables the iPad to deliver up to a 10X increase in cellular signal strength over any other. It also improves Wi-Fi reception up to 9 times over other cases and increases the range by a factor of 2.

I find that a very dubious claim on their part. I would want to see some real world tests to confirm this.

It also reduces exposure to cellular and Wi-Fi radiation for those who have a concern about that issue.

Ditto. For one thing how would this be possible if it is SIMULTANEOUSLY enhancing WiFi and cell signal.

Looks like a cool case but these claims are dubious at best.

@geoduck: I thought the same at first before getting mine, so I did some googling and found a pretty interesting review of the Tech used on these cases and how that’s accomplished on WIRED magazine; this is the Pongs case review and test if you want to have a look.

Of course the review its for the iPad 2 case, because back then on December 2011 the new iPad wasn’t launched, but I’m guessing it’s the same principle for the new iPad.

As a happy owner I can testify that both signal strengths are much better now. I can connect from places I had no signal before, like my university’s library on floor -2

Cheers,
Mel

geoduck

The review you cited expressly says that the case does not INCREASE signal strength. It prevents a proximity sensor from throttling down the signal when there is skin immediately next to the antenna. A very different thing.

Secondly this by definition means that it does not reduce RF exposure as they claim.

Glad you like your but I’ll save my money.

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