Pad & Quill Contega for iPad 2 review: Pad & Quill Contega for iPad 2

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MSRP: $89.99
4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The Pen & Quill Contega is a nearly bulletproof iPad 2 case, and adds new features, such as a Smart Cover magnet and adjustable viewing angles, missing from earlier versions.

The Bad A slim and lightweight iPad companion, this is not.

The Bottom Line It's always nice to see a product evolve from generation to generation, and the latest version of Pad & Quill's booklike iPad case is the best yet, and the first we've considered using long term.

Pad & Quill - $89.99

8.0 Overall
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0

Finding an appropriate case or cover for an iPad is a matter of personal taste. Some prefer the thin vinyl Smart Covers offered by Apple, which provide minimal protection, but also add minimal weight and heft. On the other end of the spectrum is the Pad & Quill cases, which are unapologetically large and solid.

The small Minneapolis company machines its cases out of birch and covers the outside with leather, creating a package that, very deliberately, looks like a bound book. We've seen at least three versions of this iPad case since the original iPad was released by Apple last year, and the latest is the $89 Contega.

It's especially pleasing to see a product so clearly evolve over the course of a few short generations. We liked earlier Pad & Quill iPad cases , but with reservations. The original was just too heavy and thick, especially compared with the still-new original iPad, which was thinner and lighter than any tablet we'd seen to date. A second-generation was slimmer and had a better fit for the iPad, but still had a hard-to-use strap-and-snap closure.

But this latest version of the Pad & Quill iPad case, the Contega for iPad 2, is the best yet, and the first we've used continuously on an iPad for weeks on end without feeling the need to swap it out for something else. The case design has shrunk a tiny bit with its revisions, and the current version measures 10.3 inches by 8.1 inches by 0.5 inch thick.

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