It's been a little while since we've done a roundup of iPad 2 cases and since then we have had the time to test quite a few. With so many options out there for the device there is something for everyone. Read on for some of our favourites and why we think they are well worth it.
We've taken these cases into the Test Lab and here is what we've found:
Not only is this case incredibly adorable it is also really durable. This is the case you want if your child is going to be using the iPad. Built with the iPad 2 in mind, the rear camera is usable and the arms on the case make it easy the easiest to shoot video with out of any case that we've tried. The case fits both versions of the iPad and has a plug to close up the camera hole if using the device with a first generation iPad. Available in 3 colours. $39.95
We love this case because it is one of the few that we've found that works equally well when used vertically or horizontally. It also has this handle which is great for hanging in the kitchen when we cook with the iPad as our companion. The handle is strong and brings much versatility to this case. The case like most of our favourite iPad 2 cases also has made accommodations for the rear camera. $54.95
Speck CandyShell Wrap
While we are not enamored with how the wrap works, this case shares the same issues as the Speck PixelSkin HD Wrap, we do love the way it looks. The shiny black exterior looks quite nice and has a sort of futuristic look. This case does not inhibit the use of the rear camera on the iPad 2 in any way and provides a snug fit to the device. $54.95
After we wrote about the collaboration between Ork Posters and DODOcase we were so eager to have one for ourselves. We get many compliments on this case thanks to the eye catching Ork San Francisco design on the cover and the only negative thing we have to say about this case is that the rear camera is not accessible which seems like a big oversight for a case built for the iPad 2. $89.95
Happy Owl Studio Leather Shell
We seriously cannot sing the praises of this back loud enough. Unlike some of the other backs that we've tried that are made to work with the iPad 2 in a Smart Cover, this one does not diminish the look of the iPad clad in a leather Smart Cover in the least. The back feels luxurious and fits like a glove on the device. Like all Happy Owl Studio products for the iPad 2, it accommodates the rear camera. Bonus, because it is so thin we had no issue using it while docking our iPad. $39.99
Happy Owl Studio Clutch for iPad 2
To say that we used our Clutch for the first generation iPad often would be a massive understatement. We found that case to be absolutely invaluable when walking the conference floors of CES and MacWorld and have been eagerly anticipating when the version for the second generation iPad would arrive. It's finally here and it is everything we hoped for. We were worried about how well the case would work when using the rear camera but it turns out there is no reason to be worried. Like the Leather Shell from Happy Owl, the iPad fits snugly which makes accessing all ports and using the rear camera a snap. The other great thing about this case, in addition to it doubling as a purse of course, is that it supports the iPad 2 sleep on close feature just like a Smart Cover! $79.99
What are some of your favorite cases for the iPad 2?
(Images: Joelle Alcaidinho)