I've tried a lot of cases, and most of them are truly disappointing. My needs aren't complicated, though. I want something thin, something durable, and something that doesn't compromise the beauty of the device that I'm trying to protect.
Last year, Apple released a new collection of cases that finally seem to get it right. The Smart Case for the iPad, made of leather and lined with microfiber, protects your iPad all the way around, feels very high quality, and barely adds to the thickness of your already very thin device.
In addition, Apple's Leather Case for the iPhone 5 and 5s is the same idea--leather lined with microfiber. Thin, but durable, and with a very high-quality feel. I've dropped my phone in this case more times than I can count, and it's always protected it and the case looks nearly brand new.
Neither of these cases are cheap, but Apple clearly put some thought into the design of them and they will almost certainly last you as long as your device will.
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