My dream case... does it exist?
I want the MicroShell Folio iPad 2 case and the TUNEFOLIO URBAN for iPad 2 case to have a baby. Actually really I want something like the MicroShells 3 or 4 panel fold-back cover, with a shoulder straps, and access to the back camera.
I'm scouring the internetz but can't find anything close that matches. I either get the "Smart Cover" and no strap, or folio style covers with a strap. I'd take extra mass in the case to support the straps. Like say you put the strap point connection points on the opposite side from the Smart Cover hinge, maybe along the top or bottom... I don't know, I'm not a designer.
The worst of all is I keep finding handbag like things or mini-backpacks, yuck. I'm fairly on the go at work and really want my iPad 2 accessible without having to keep setting it down when I need a second hand. I guess the idea like the Pro iPad Case but again with less cover flopping all over the back side. The multi-fold design of the smart covers seem like the ideal way to get that done, micro-fiber or no.
Pyrus (Yoobao) Electronics (TM) Genuine Leather Case for iPad 2
This is a great value ($39.50). The fit (iPad 2) is excellent, with all of the switches and ports exposed. The case is very stable either at a low angle (for typing) or a high angle. Quality of the stitching and leather seems very good. The color of the brown leather is quite close to the pictures in the Amazon listing. There is a slight chemical smell but I assume that it will fade with time. The lid apparently contains some magnets because the "sleep" feature seems to work.
The case adds very little to the thickness of the iPad 2. As best as I can measure the case is just over 1/2" thick with the iPad 2 inside.
If you want something that will give a good amount of protection for your iPad while looking fairly professional this case (which is manufactured by Yoobao) is a very good choice. Available in black, brown and red leather (and this is leather, not synthetic).
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Which of these two would you recommend?
Smart Cover Compatible Case
I recently purchased a melkco leather snap cover to protect the back of my iPad 2 from carrymobile for $59. I came across the melkco case when searching for a cover compatible with Apple's Smart Cover. The case is held in place at the corners by ~ 20mm plastic sections that wrap around the top of the iPad. The packaging claims the case is hand-made, which might explain why the case is not symmetrical. The inside of the case is lined with felt to prevent the back of the iPad from being scratched. The outside of the case has the grain of a football to prevent slippage and hide scratches. Overall, the quality is good and completely compatible with the Smart Cover. For anyone that has a Smart Cover and wants to protect the back of their iPad 2, I would recommend the melkco case. For those who do not have a Smart Cover, I would recommend Saddleback Leatherís iPad 2 case. The latter will save you $24, protect all sides of your iPad give your iPad a distinguished look.