Apple iPad Air 2 Smart Case: Review

by birtanpublished on April 18, 2021

Hey guys Mike here the Detroit pork with a look at the new Apple iPad air 2 smart case so of course the iPad air 2 is all-new necessitating a new design for the smart case now the smart case launched last year on the original iPad air and was available only in leather and that's still the case today but now we have new colors these colors actually reflect the leathers that are on the Apple iPhone 6 cases so the iPhone 6 plus cases I reviewed those are the same colors available here so we have black product red midnight blue olive brown and soft pink so if you don't like leather there

Is the Smart Cover it doesn't provide the same level of protection but it's a non leather option and it's cheaper it's also of course lighter thinner and doesn't provide as much bulk as a smart case does now the Smart Cover is carried over unchanged it works with both the iPad air and the iPad air 2 the only difference now is a new color option so we finally have a white color which is kind of nice with the gold iPads now in case you're wondering the iPad Mini Smart cases are unchanged because the device itself didn't change but they do get the updated color options now the

IPad air 2 smart case retails for a pretty hefty $79 that's the same price as last year now the original iPad air case is now only available in black so they've eliminated the other colors which were a little different than the ones now those colors were a little brighter these are darker and more muted possibly to weather a little bit better than those brighter colors did now once again the packaging is pretty familiar here you can see that the iPad depicted on the back is the midnight blue color instead of the light brown from last year again

You can see the trifold design though the front cover which props it up in a landscape orientation or a keyboard orientation of course we'll take a look at that in this video so to open this up it's pretty simple just pull the tab push the cover through and pull your case out and we can take a closer look around now once again the interior this case is completely lined with a nice microfiber material that's color matched to the leather you chose so provides both impact and shock protection as well as protection from dust and grit so if anything gets between the iPad and the

Case that microfiber material absorbs it and prevents it from moving around and potentially grinding against your iPad now toward the top you'll find the smooth ER material that lines up with the LTE version of the iPad so if you have an LTE version it comes with this little plastic window for the cellular radios to work through the metal chassis of the iPad so it lines up perfectly with that I'm not sure what the purpose is but this was also here on the original iPad air case we also have our cut for the headphone jack as well as the

Camera and the microphones we also have fully covered sleep-wake power button as well as our vine buttons along the side now embossing the material toward the bottom is the ipad branding that no longer says smart case like I did last year we also have designed by Apple in California along with a natural leather stamp and of course if you get the product red version you also get that branding included as well now toward the bottom edge you'll find your lightning connector as well as perfectly aligned perforations for the speaker grills so none of those are muffled so let's go

Ahead and install the case it's really simple just drop the iPad in and push in at each corner until each one snaps on now in the back of the case we have this nice Big Apple logo embossed toward the center toward the camera you'll see we have a cutout for the camera and the microphone if you look to the side of that again another cutout for the microphone as well as are completely covered volume buttons now these buttons are a little stiff to operate at first but do wear in over time like most leather products also toward the top again that's the same story with the

Coverage sleep-wake power button now toward the other corner you'll find a headphone jack which does look a little tight here so some headphones might have issues with it and toward the bottom we'll find plenty of room for the Lightning connector as well as perforations that line up with those on the iPad itself so with the case on once again we have that trifold cover which protects the glass of the iPad and sticks to the glass of the iPad thanks to magnets and with those magnets when you open up the cover it wakes it up when you close it puts it back to sleep

Now you can turn this off and on under settings if you prefer so this also acts as a trifold crop so you can fold it back holds together pretty nicely so you can prop it up for your keyboard orientation so if you want to set it up for typing or you can prop it up for landscape orientation so you can put a keyboard in front of it if you have a bluetooth keyboard you can put in front your iPad to act as a kind of desktop solution or for a movie mode now the cover completely folds back here and there are magnets on the back which help to keep it together so it doesn't flop

Around now of course you can't use the camera when you do this but I have to do is bend that flap back and your camera is now exposed again now if the flap open you have that nice soft material on the back which feels really nice in the hand and then you have the edge along the side which adds some grip ability to your iPad here but it does flex just a little bit toward the edge when you're handling it it's not a big deal I think it's pretty minor now this trifold case design works extremely well there are magnets at the edge of the

Cover which adhere to the hinge of the smart case so when it's folded up it's nice and rigid so if you have it in for example keyboard orientation you can see the way it folds up here even though it's using magnets the way it folds up here you can push as hard as you want on it and it won't collapse and that's just the way it folds up the edge of the cover digs into the hinge so the harder you push on it it won't collapse so again really nice design the magnets just kind of put it in place for you this also works the same in a landscape orientation so again you can see there's

Enough surface area to prop up the iPad so it doesn't collapse or knock over when you're interacting with this display so again that's really stable it's also really strong so you can basically push on it and it won't collapse the harder you push on it the more the hinge digs in so again a really nice design this works better than something like the smart cover which will just pop off the iPad so once again the iPad air to smart case is perfectly designed for your iPad so all the ports and buttons and speaker grilles and microphones are perfectly lined up the

Case provides full 360 degree protection with nice materials on the outside and inside it also adds additional functionality thanks to that trifold design all in a nice lightweight package this only adds about 5.2 ounces to the weight of your iPad now of course it is thicker so add some bulk to your iPad so it doesn't feel quite as razor thin as it did before and it's not as easy to take off as the Smart Cover so the Smart Cover you can just take it off and set it aside if you just want to use your iPad without it but of course with this it takes a little more prying to get it

Out of the case now in the end while we have really nice materials here feels really great in the hand this is still a soft leather material which will age over time just like the iPhone 6 cases so that's something to consider here but of course with those darker colors this time they will weather better over time than those lighter colors from last year that is of course unless you get the soft pink color which is still a very light color now personally I prefer the olive brown color for the gold iPads but of course I also picked up this red color to test that out as well so I'll

Switch it up over time to see which one I prefer so what do you guys prefer a black red midnight blue olive brown or soft pink please let me know in the comments section below but that's going to do for me in this video I hope you guys enjoyed it and I'll see you again in the next one

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