Best Buy recently launched the Incase Convertible Book Jacket case for the Apple iPad 2, and I took the case for a spin. The Book Jacket is an attractive case that looks somewhat like a large day planner. The case is quite thick, however, so you lose much of the benefit of the iPad 2’s slim form factor.
The Book Jacket can be used as a folio or as a stand. The case uses what has become a common three angle design, where the iPad 2 is supported by one of three indentations on the inside of the case’s front cover. This design doesn’t work perfectly – there is a bit of wobble when interacting with the iPad 2’s screen, but overall the stand feature worked just fine for my requirements.
One thing I wasn’t impressed with was the Book Jack’s price. At $60, I wondering how much value I was getting over the generic cases on Amazon that are priced in the $30 range. Additionally, the Book Jacket makes it a bit difficult to access the iPad 2’s ports and buttons. This is mostly Apple’s fault – the curved edges of the device can make it difficult to press the device’s buttons when the iPad 2 is in a case. However, the Book Jacket also blocked the iPad 2’s speaker, making audio sound a but muffled.
The appeal of this case comes down to the Incase brand. We’re big fans of Incase, and if you’re a fan perhaps the Book Jacket’s premium price won’t be a problem. But if you’re just looking for a serviceable case that will stand up to minimal wear and tear, we’d suggest you look elsewhere.
Check out the video review of the Book Jacket from our partners at iGear360.com, above.
There aren’t many cases currently available for the HTC ThunderBolt, but we think the Seidio Innocase II Surface is really all you need. Although the Surface is a bit thick, the case protects the ThunderBolt well, provides good access to all ports, buttons and the kickstand, and feels comfortable to hold.
Our partners at iGear360.com reviewed the black version of the Surface, above. We like the case’s soft matte exterior, although as you can see in the video the case does tend to pick up lint. If you like to show off your ThunderBolt on a holster, the Surface case’s holster is a good option. It’s one of the few decent holsters for the phone currently available.
The basic version of the case costs $25, and is available in black (as shown in the video), red, purple or blue. Note that red, purple and blue versions of the case don’t have the same matte exterior as the black version. With the holster, the Surface costs $40.
You can find the various versions of the case by following the links below:
The integrated case/stand is one of the more popular form factors for iPad cases nowadays. However, most of these cases suffer from one big problem – they only allow the iPad to stand up horizontally.
I imagine that dilemma is what Targus had in mind when they created the 360 Degrees Rotating Stand/Case for the Apple iPad 2. This unique case holds the iPad 2 in a plastic bezel that can rotate 360 degrees. That means when you use the case as a stand, you can display the iPad 2 either horizontally or vertically.
I’ve played with this case for a couple days now, and I have to admit the 360 Degree Rotating feature is quite handy. You can watch movies when the iPad 2 propped up horizontally, then rotate the stand 90 degrees to view web pages and newspaper apps.
There is one big downside with this case, however: it’s big and bulky. It’s a shame to cover the iPad 2’s slick form factor with such a large case, but if you need the rotating stand functionality this is really the only choice for you out there.
Check out the video review above from our partners at iGear360. If you enjoy the review, support the site by purchasing the Targus 360 Degrees Rotating Stand/Case from Amazon, here.
I’m not a fan of Apple’s Smart Cover for the iPad 2. Although I like how the cover preserves the iPad 2’s slim form factor, I can’t stand how the cover leaves the sides and back of the iPad 2 exposed.
That’s why my favorite iPad 2 case of the moment is Griffin’s Elan Folio Slim case, which can be purchased at Best Buy for $40. This case has an decent-looking faux leather exterior that protects the sides, front and back of the iPad 2, as well as a soft micro suede lining that protects the device’s screen. And, most importantly, the Elan Folio is thin, allowing the iPad 2’s svelte design to shine.
The Griffin Elan Folio also works well as a stand for typing or viewing movies. Unlike Apple’s first iPad case, the Elan Folio is actually pretty sturdy when used as a stand.
I do have some issues with the Elan Folio. I don’t like how the sides of the case are rather loose around the iPad 2’s screen. The case’s cover could also use some sort of buckle to keep it shut.
Still, this is the best case for the iPad 2 that I’ve found so far. It works well on a desk or at the gym, and for $40 it’s the same price as Apple’s Smart Cover.
Check out a review of the Griffin Elan Folio from our partners at iGear360.com, above.
There were not many third party cases available for the launch of the Apple iPad 2 on Friday. iLuv’s Portfolio Case with Stand was one of the few cases that shipped in time for the iPad 2’s launch.
This folio-style case protects the front and back of the iPad 2, and can fold into a stand for typing or viewing movies on the device. It is quite thick, however, detracting from the iPad 2’s slim form factor.
At $32, this is one of the more cost effective folio cases available for the iPad 2. You can pick one up from Amazon.com here.
Check out the review above from our partner igear360.com.
Want a rugged case for your Droid X? OtterBox is the way to go. The company’s Commuter Series case provides two layers of protection – a soft silicone layer that cushions the phone from falls, and a hard plastic layer that provides protection from scratches, scrapes and punctures.
Our only downside with this case is its bulk. It weights 32 grams and adds between 4 to 7mm of thickness to the Droid X. Still, if you’re looking for good protection, this added heft is unavoidable.
Our partner iGear 360 reviewed the OtterBox Commuter Series case for the Motorola Droid X, check out the video below. If you’d like to pick one up, support our partners by buying here.