I love, love, LOVE the Incipio iPad 2 Smart feather Ultralight Hard Shell Case. This thing pops on and off in about a second, adds just 2 ounces to the weight of the iPad, works with the Apple Smart Cover and feels great to the touch.
In the plus column…
As I mentioned, it pops on and off easily and quickly. The Smart feather has to be used in conjunction with the Apple Smart Cover and you can get it in coordinating or contrasting colors. While there are cut-outs for all the ports and the camera and I found that you can jam it into the iPad 2 dock, it doesn’t reliably connect so popping it on and off quickly is essential. The case also feels very durable so you really can just pull it off the iPad without worrying about tearing the thing.
The case is very, very thin so you don’t need fingernails, which I don’t have, to use the iPad’s volume or sound controls. I also mentioned that it feels great to the touch. It does. The case is described as a “hard” and it is… but it doesn’t feel like it when it’s attached to the iPad, it actually feels… well… sensual… I’ll stop there.
Finally, as I said, the case was designed to require the use of the Apple Smart Cover. It actually clamps the Smart Cover into place so it can’t fall off. I can’t exactly figure out why I think this is so cool but it is a feature I really appreciate.
In the minus column…
I’d really like to see Incipio offer a dock that can accomodate the case… in black please.
The other cases:
The only other case I’m going to keep around is the Marware EcoFlip. I’ll shove the iPad into this thing if the iPad is the only thing I’ll be carrying. It offers great protection but it’s really difficult to get the iPad into… and it’s bulky. The one, and only one, cool feature of this case is the hand strap that makes it really easy to hold if you’re trying to show someone else a presentation on your iPad… which I do as frequently as I… Ok – I never do that – it’s stupid. I’d feel like I was 5 and showing my mommy what I did on my Etch A Sketch.
The other 2 cases are not even worth mentioning. I tore the one trying to remove it from my iPad and the other just felt icky on my hands.
If you’ve got an iPad 2 and you’re not happy with your current case, get an Incipio iPad 2 Smart feather. You won’t regret it.