Whenever a new piece of portable hardware comes out, the first thing I want is a good case. But as an early adopter, I frequently wind up in this situation where I don't quite know what to get. Whom do I trust? How much should I pay? Which cases are good, and which are junk?
It happened with my MacBook Air, it happened with my first iPhone. And just recently, it happened with my PlayStation Vita. It doesn't help that so many cases are only available online, and that many retailers won't let you open cases up and try them. The whole thing can feel like a racket, cheapo case manufacturers profiting on the (understandable) ignorance of early adopters.
So, despite having owned a PlayStation Vita since launch, I haven't had a case for it. I've been using a knit cap as a substitute, keeping it in a side pocket on my bag or in the back of my backpack. But that hat doesn't offer any substantive protection, and it doesn't let me carry around any games, since the Vita's game cartridges are so tiny that I fear I'll lose them unless they're kept in their oversized game cases.
There aren't a lot of good resources for learning which cases are good during a product's launch window. I read a lot of user reviews for cases on Amazon, and was unimpressed with what I saw. I'm also not a big fan of any of Sony's first-party cases—one sticks to the Vita and hangs below it while you play, and the travel pouch is too big for how little protection it offers.
I asked Mike Fahey what case he used, and he recommended the Pull N Go Folio by PDP. I decided to take a chance and pick one up, and I'm glad I did. (Thanks, Mike!)
In the video above, I open up the case and show what it's all about. If you're still on the fence about what case to get for your Vita, the Pull N Go is a solid, middle-of-the-road case that offers good protection, versatility, and a sturdy design. At $30 it's not the cheapest case, but it's also not as expensive as that awesome sounding but pricey luxurious leather case that Luke reviewed.