While I'm not a big fan of the Skinny's thin "tongue" flap, the STM Skinny is still a good case. It provides protection for the front and back of the iPad 2 without compromising its weight and thinness.
Pad & Quill Octavo for iPad 2
Another entry in the iPad-case-as-Moleskine genre, Pad & Quill's $60 Octavo for iPad 2 ( Macworld rated 3.5 out of 5 mice ) features a leather cover and cloth interior that, together, make the case feel like a hardcover book. You insert the iPad into an internal birch frame that holds the iPad in place with the help of some grippy corner strips. The case has the requisite Moleskine-inspired elastic band to hold it closed for transport.
The frame is crafted to keep all the iPad 2's ports, buttons, and cameras accessible, including, as with the Portenzo models, a sculpted section that reflects the iPad's audio outward. The front cover of the case has a magnet embedded in it to support the iPad 2's automatic sleep/wake feature, and for an extra $10, Pad & Quill will add a pocket on the inside of the front cover for storing papers and other thin items.
I found the spine of the Octavo to be a little looser than that of my favorite Moleskine-style iPad 2 case, the Portenzo Notebook, making the Octavo a bit less stable when you fold the cover back. The spine also seems slightly wider than the width of the frame, making the case slightly thicker than it could be.
The Octavo is an nice case, and the genuine-leather exterior is gorgeous to behold. All in all, though, I prefer Portenzo's Notebook case, mostly because it offers more options (such as opting out of the camera hole and adding a magnetic clasp) and I slightly prefer the look of its wood frame. But the Octavo is still a high-quality iPad case that's a joy to use.
Cygnett Lavish, Lavish Earth, Glam, and Windsor
Cygnett makes a series of leather iPad 2 folios that are identical except for the color and finish: The $50 Lavish (black faux-leather), Lavish Earth (tan or purple—the latter is really attractive), and Glam (red or black faux-patent-leather) and the $60 Windsor (all Macworld rated 3.5 out of 5 mice ) (brown real leather).