The NewerTechnology NuGuard is a minimum bulk snap-on case for the iPad that provides a hard shell backing in a one-piece design. Let’s take a closer look.
According to NewerTechnology, the NuGuard consists of an “impact-resistant plastic with a bycast leather back”. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the leather bits till I opened it up.
It seems the back is covered in a thin layer of some kind of leather. If it’s not real leather, then it’s a pretty good simulation. It DOES have an odor to it. Feels smooth and buttery. Very pleasant to the touch.
Although the NuGuard makes a very sleek covering, there is one thing I noticed: The back doesn’t sit totally flush with the iPad. I was easily able to slip a piece of paper behind the iPad. The paper moved freely.
I could squeeze the NuGuard and iPad together, and the gap is readily visible.
I phoned NewerTechnology about this, and the only reasonable explanation they gave was that it was “designed” that way to allow greater shock impact resistance. I would have preferred tighter tolerances, personally.
If you are looking for a quickly detachable case to protect the back and corners, the NuGuard may be just the thing. It may not protect the screen or sides- or fit snug- but the overall construction is good and won’t come off accidentally.