If you get a new iPad 2, you can separately purchase one of Apple's new Smart Covers, which let you turn on and off the iPad when you open the case. The problem with those, however, is that the case only protects the front and side of the iPad 2, the back is still exposed.
The Hammerhead case adds a back shell to the case as well, protecting it from impacts and scratches. The lightweight polymer shell doesn't add too much bulk to the iPad, and offers the same automatic wake/sleep for the device when opened and closed.
The lid also can fold to provide different angles for the iPad, including typing and viewing in portrait or landscape modes. At $40 it's a bit pricey, but Hammerhead also makes other less expensive cases or sleeves. Like many iPad cases these days, you have a choice of several colors.
Cool Yule rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Keith Shaw