Its so hard to find the right case for these iPad 2's, and I am hoping my experience could help someone out there finding the same problem.
I've gone through several cases. I started with some Belkins from Carphone Warehouse because I needed something quick before a trip. First, I bought a zip up slip case that left way too much play and seemed baggy (20£), thats all they had that day. I traded that one in a few days later and bought the Belkin Slim Folio Flip Case (35£). This one had a fantastic outside look and a snug fit - but there was no velcro on the inner flap that secured the ipad!! So whenever in stand position, the iPad would slide down and the buttons would be out of line, headphone jack out of line, home button behind material.. pathetic, it required constant reseating. Additionally the build quality on the inside was poor; the face of the case outlining the iPad screen wasn't even straight, not even flush with the pad, leaving lots of room for stuff to get stuck under the flaps. The stitching was some rubbery material that was uneven and inconsistent and it looked terrible while trying to frame the iPad. for 35£!! I traded that one in for a Griffin Elan Sleve case - although it was for iPad 1, it fits the IPad 2 pretty snugly and offers full protection on all corners and a securing strap at the top (30£.) I had to keep that one because carphone warehouse doesn't allow refunds - I like it, it looks great, but it doesnt offer the stand capability which I missed from the Belkin case. Good for securing for travel, at least my ipad now was secured in some sort of case.
So I still wanted a flip folio. I went online with the benefit of time now and browsed available cases offering the flip functionality.. ordered the BMCdigital Advanced Pro PU leather case for 20£. After recieving it, and seeing how cheap it looked with a piece of grooved plastic on the top of it (??) and frankly it looked like it was made for the iPad 1.. i sent it back for a refund. By now having spent all this money on cases and getting poor quality I realized that money doesn't necessarily translate into quality cases. Up till now none of the cases i tried even offered the auto on/off function.
I saw this case and saw that it had 5 star reviews with a super low price, and after seeing how pleased people were I pulled the trigger, tired of gambling 30£ at a time for a case. Just received it today and I need to tell you, this is a great case
Pros - The lines are straight, tight, it fits flush with the iPad 2, the iPad 2 looks high value and high quality sitting in there - Grip is good, no movement of the top lid - The stitching is good, doesnt look cheap - Front and back have cutouts in the right place, fake leather looks good, case is simple but elegant. - VELCRO STRAP keeps this thing securely held in - Auto on / off works great - Sturdy stand position, really looks good in stand position, and not too much material.
Cons - The right sides of the ipad are especially exposed to bumps and scuffs- actually all 4 corners are explosed to some degree from debris that can come in from the sides, only the front and back planes are protected so you should still be careful with this. - You can get dust and debris coming on on the sides - Might want to get a sleeve to go around this whole thing for traveling or putting in a bag to be sure
All in all - fantastic folio case, unbeatable price, actually would have paid 20£ for this and been happy, considering its better than many 35£ cases out there.
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