If there's an award to be given for the most features tossed into a slim iPad 2 case, Targus's $60 Versavu Cover & Stand for iPad 2 ( Macworld rated 3 out of 5 mice ) would get it. This leather-clad folio features a professional-looking black-leather front with soft microfiber on the inside, along with a rigid-plastic shell in back to protect your iPad 2 without adding much bulk. The shell leaves all ports, buttons, and cameras accessible, and there's even an elastic band to hold the cover closed.
What's unique here is that the entire rear shell is mounted on a rotating ring that allows you use the case to prop the iPad up in either portrait or landscape orientation. (The ring is positioned exactly over the Apple logo on the back of the iPad 2, so the logo shows through.)
Now the bad news: while this case is great at highlighting the iPad 2's thinness and light weight, it doesn't support the iPad 2's magnetic sleep/week feature. So when you open the case's cover, you're thrown back into the dark ages when we had to push a button and swipe a finger in order to use our iPad. But if you like versatility and don't mind the lack of magnet support, this case is thin, light, and professional-looking.
Dodocase for iPad 2
The Dodocase for the original iPad ( Macworld rated 4.5 out of 5 mice ) was my favorite iPad case for a long, long time. The new $60 Dodocase for iPad 2 ( Macworld rated 3 out of 5 mice ) follows in its footsteps...to a fault. It's a gorgeous Moleskine-style folio case that makes your iPad look like a hardcover book. It's got a great, black-cloth cover and your choice of several interior colors, an elastic band to keep it closed, and a bamboo frame to hold the iPad in place.
Unfortunately, it feels like this case is just a replay of the original model with slight modifications for the new shape of the iPad 2. It's just as thick as the original case—there's actually a visible angle when the case is closed, because the case's exterior spine is wider than the bamboo frame that holds the iPad 2. There's also no hole for the iPad 2's camera and no support for the iPad 2's magnetic sleep/wake sensors.
I love the quality of the Dodocase, and the company has upgraded the corner grips that hold the iPad within its bamboo frame—the previous case's most-notable stumbling block. Unfortunately, Dodocase has fallen behind its competitors in the Moleskine-style iPad case genre. If I were buying an iPad 2 case of this style today, I'd choose one from Portenzo, which has, quite simply, surpassed Dodocase.
iLuv Portfolio Case with Stand
A classic leather-ish folio case, iLuv's $50 Portfolio Case with Stand ( Macworld rated 3 out of 5 mice ) offers a number of nice design touches. Offered in black or gray leatherette, it's outfitted with a large, wraparound flap that you snap into place to close the folio securely. You can also unsnap a second set of strap snaps on the back of the case in order to flip the cover around and secure it for video viewing.
In other ways, however, this case is typical for a leather (or, in this case, leatherette) iPad folio: there's a frame covering the iPad's glass bezel, with cutouts so that no port, button, or camera is blocked. You slide the iPad into the case and then secure it with a Velcro clasp attached to the leather frame. Unfortunately, the case doesn't support the magnetic sleep/wake feature of the iPad 2, so after you unsnap and open the iPad, you'll need to push a button and swipe the screen.
This story, "Nine iPad 2 folio-style cases" was originally published by Macworld.
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