In the market for an iPad 2 case? Here's a look at many of the top iPad 2 cases out there.
Acme Made Infinite Angle
The Acme Made Infinite Angle case is ultrathin and allows you to prop up your iPad at any angle (at least in landscape mode). It has the instant on/off feature built into the case like Apple's Smart Cover.
Acme Made says its slim Orikata case, available in "vegan-friendly" faux leather, "leverages complete docking and play-through functionality within its unique case design. Taking cues from the Japanese art of origami, the Orikata's folding elements reconfigure in a snap, providing a remarkably stable stand for cinema viewing or keyboard mode at optimal ergonomic angles."
Belkin's Keyboard Folio ($99.99) is one of the best cases with an integrated keyboard. Unlike some models that feature rubber keys, this one has larger TruType keys for what Belkin says is "a comfortable, computer-style typing experience and complements the functionality of the iPad 2 with separate, adjustable modes for viewing and typing." It's also relatively thin and and lightweight.
Bella Cases makes some very elegant, high-quality leather cases for the iPad 2, including its Smart Libretto case, which comes in black, brown, red, and tan. The case folds at two different angles and in stand mode is held in place by a secure snap on the back. Inside the front cover, you'll find slots for business cards. (This is a real executive-style case.)
The case also has the wake/sleep function built-in, which is why it's called "smart."
Alas, the only downside is that the Smart Libretto is pretty pricey at $119.
The $49.99 Booq Booqpad iPad Agenda integrates an old-school paper notebook to live alongside your iPad 2.
More recently, Booq introduced the Viper Slider that has a section at the bottom that pulls off for docking.
Camalen is a new high-end case company that features some pretty interesting iPad 2 case designs in very high-quality leather. The Hexa is a swiveling case that allows you to prop up your iPod in portrait or landscape mode.
The company also makes several other iPad 2 cases that you can check out here.
Enki is a Detroit-based company that makes cases for a number of portable devices. Its Enki Genius iPad 2 case is a $29.99 back-only case that's designed to work with Apple's Smart Cover to provide full protection for your iPad 2.
G-Form makes both iPad and laptop cases and made a name for itself by dropping an iPad 2 out of a plane (in its case, of course). The iPad survived.
What's interesting is the G-Form Extreme Sleeve is actually soft and flexible. G-Form says the secret is RPT-Reactive Protection Technology that's "a combination of Poron XRD material and proprietary G-Form design."
The company says its version 2 model, which looks the same as the original, has additional RPT edge and zipper protection, as well as a slightly larger interior to accommodate the iPad 2 with Smart Cover.
Griffin offers a handful of iPad 2 cases. If you want something that's very thin and reminiscent of the Apple's cover for the original iPad, the Elan Folio Slim offers similar styling and costs $29.99.
Hard Candy has improved the design of its Street Skin 2 case, with the front cover now having a hinge to to keep it attached to the iPad 2 (previously, the front cover had to be completely detached). This one retails for $39.99 and comes in multiple colors, including white.
Incipio's Premium Kickstand case comes in both leather and non-leather (nylon) versions. The Executive leather version retails for $59.99 while the nylon version goes for $39.99. It's available in multiple colors.
Incipio makes a number of iPad 2 cases. The Hive Honeycomb is a silicone case with a unique texture that retails for $39.99 and comes in multiple colors. It protects the back of your iPad, not the front.
The stylish and well-designed iSkin Aura ($59.99) is one of our favorite Folio cases and allows you to prop up your iPad at a few different angles (it also has the wake/sleep feature). It's available in multiple colors.
The front of the Ion CarbonCover is magnetic like Apple's Smart Cover and made of leather/carbon fiber composite. Meanwhile, the back's made of straight leather. It's a nice but somewhat pricey case at $69.99.
JavoEdge has a few different versions of its Axis Case, which we like because it has a 360-degree swiveling stand that allows you to prop up the iPad 2 both horizontally and vertically.
The Axis line also has built-in sleep/wake detection so when you open/close the cover, it'll put your iPad 2 to sleep or wake it up.
Most of the Axis cases list for around $50 and can be found online for closer to $40. The one pictured here is the Poppy Axis.
Joy Factory's $59.95 SmartSuit 2 looks very similar to Apple's Smart Cover, with a wake/sleep cover, but Joy Factory's version has a back to it. We like this style--definitely worth checking out. (It also comes in white).
Marware is making a number of iPad 2 cases. We like the MicroShell Folio, which has a smooth rubberized shell for the back and a protective lid for the display. Open the cover and your iPad 2 turns on. Close it, it goes to sleep.
This one lists for $69.99.
Those looking for serious protection for the iPad 2 should strongly consider Otterbox's Defender Series Case, which offers multiple layers of protection and includes a clip-on screen cover that turns into a stand with two adjustable heights, one for typing and one for watching.
All this protection comes at a price. The Otterbox Defender is $89.99.
We've heard good things about the Mivizu Sense ($59.95), a leather case with similar features to Apple's leather Smart Cover (but this model has a back on it for added protection). Has the automatic wake/sleep feature when you open and close the case and comes in multiple colors. We'll have more info once we get our hands on one.
ModulR is really a iPad case "system." You buy a $39.99 ModulR Cover (it comes with a handstrap), then attach various accessories to the "nodes" on the back of the case. Accessories include wall mount and a headrest strap.
The system pictured here incorporates the iPad 2 Cover Stand ($29.99). As you can see, it's a hard cover that folds into a stand.
A reader suggested we add this "custom-made" premium leather Orbino Padova 2 case to the list. It does look nice (it comes in multiple colors and styles), but costs a whopping $209. It also takes five to seven weeks to get to you once you make your order.
Pad & Quill's classy Octavo for iPad 2 book-style case is made out of Italian leather and Baltic birch. The company says its new Octavo case is its thinnest ever. It comes in red, blue, and green, and costs $59.99. The optional interior pocket is available for $10 extra.
This Qmadix Porfolio is similar to Dexim's iBluek case/keyboard combo but is made of faux leather. It, too, features a removable Bluetooth keyboard.
It lists for $149.99 but can be had for $140 on Amazon.
Cloak 2 is thinner and lighter than the original. It features the same quirky design with an integrated, detachable stand. The Cloak 2's cover magnetically activates the iPad 2's sleep sensor like Apple's cover does. The case lists for $50 but is available for preorder at $45.
We got a review sample of the Rivet Leather Portfolio and it's a really nice case, with soft, high-quality leather. The cover folds back and allows you to prop your iPad at an angle. This one also has the automatic "smart" sleep/wake up feature.
Saddleback's full-grain leather casesfor iPad 2 have a western flair to them and come in a few different shades of brown (as well as carbon). They're kind of pricey at $104, but users swear by their quality.
Another sleek case from Sena, the Florence features high-quality leather (we're showing it in tan but it also comes in black, dark brown, and red). This one's pretty slim and features a unique tuck-in corner that keeps the cover closed. This $79.99 good-looking case is for executive types.
We liked the integrated Bluetooth keyboard better on this Keyboard Folio Stand than some other keyboard case combos that feature flatter keys. As with all Sena cases, the leather's got a high-end look and feel to it and the case definitely exudes class. It costs $150.
SGP stands for Stylish People's Good Partner. No, we're not kidding.
Weird as that name is, SGP does make some of the nicest iPad 2 cases we've seen made of high-quality soft leather. At $94.99, the Argos costs a $10 more than its sibling (see next slide), the Stehen.
Speck's FitFolio is currently one of our favorite iPad 2 cases (we like it better than the PixelSkin HD Wrap--see next slide). While it doesn't have the awake/sleep function of some folio-style cases, it's relatively thin and lightweight. Comes in black, red, and gray for $39.95.
An update to the FitFolio, Speck's MagFolio comes in a leather Luxe version ($99.99) and a non-leather version for $59.99. This one has the awake/sleep function, and like the FitFolio it's relatively thin and lightweight.
It's really a nice case--one of the best out there. The "Luxe" comes in black, brown, burgundy and cognac while the non-leather version is available in black, burgundy, and almond.
While we haven't tried out Speck's PixelSkin HD Wrap for iPad 2, it seems like an excellent alternative to Apple's Smart Cover because it protects both the front and back of your iPad 2 yet offers similar design features to the Apple case. It's priced at $49.95 and comes in multiple colors.
Speck's HandyShell is an interesting and versatile case, with the rotating loop acting as a kickstand (both vertically and horizontally), a handgrip, and a way to hang your iPad 2 from a hook or car headrest. The only downside is that there's no integrated protection for the screen (and no way to attach Apple's Smart Cover).
Timbuk2's upcoming Pop-Up case is kind of a hybrid sleeve/hard case, with a rigid front for added protection, and a faux fur lining on the inside. As its name implies, it's also designed to allow you to prop up your iPad--whichever model you have--and be used as a viewing stand.
This Timbuk2 retails for $39 and comes in multiple colors.
Trident makes some tough cases for the iPhone and it's got a couple of very protective cases for the iPad. The Aegis is less bulky than the Kraken and features a built-in kickstand. It's available in multiple colors.
This is Trident's answer to Otterbox's ultraprotective case for the iPad 2. Like the Otterbox, the Trident Kraken has a scratch-resistant clear screen protector that sits on top of your screen (yes, the touch screen still works fine). It's available in multiple colors.
We're fond of Waterfield Design cases/sleeves for the iPad, and, as expected, the San Francisco-based company is adapting them all to the iPad 2. This Waterfield Smartcase is available for both the iPad and iPad 2 for $59.99.
As its name implies, XGear's 360 Shield Folio Polycarbonate Swivel Case is made of your translucent polycarbonate plastic and has a extended kickstand to prop up your iPad 2 for typing (additional pictures on XGear's site). This one retails for $39.99.