Following on from our Snugg iPad 1 case review, it’s time for our review of the second Snugg case in our mini-series of case reviews. This time it’s the review of the Snugg portfolio iPad 2 case.
From first glances the iPad 1 and 2 cases look the same however, there are a few differences on the case for the newer of the two models of iPad. Firstly and most obviously, the iPad 2 case has the ‘hole’ in the back to allow use of it’s camera. The hole is aligned correctly and the camera can be used whilst the iPad is in the case with no found issues. The other most notable difference in the two cases is that the iPad 2 case has magnets on the front flap that not only hold the flap down securely to keep the case closed when not in use but, that also turn the iPad 2 screen on and off by activating the sleep mode on the device, much like the official smart covers do. Very handy and useful for conserving battery life.
Snugg have also added a useful pen/stylus loop on the top of the iPad 2 case and have fitted a handy elasticated hand strap to the interior flap of the case so that when you fold it back to use the iPad, the hand strap is positioned to allow you to hold the iPad/case securely and comfortably. Other changes are more for visual effect than to enhance use, with a snazzy Snugg badge on the inner cover and a stamped Snugg.com logo on the back.
All ports are accessible as with the first iPad case however, the volume buttons are a little hindered as the sides of the iPad 2 slope back by design. This isn’t a fault with the Snugg case however. There is little that could be done to make the buttons more accessible on a portfolio case and it isn’t a huge problem, just means you have to reach around a little more for the volume/mute buttons than on the original iPad in a portfolio case.
PROS: Same great, quality design and build.The stand is as useful as ever and just as solid. The new handstrap is a quality addition and the case allows sleep mode to be activated on the iPad 2.
CONS: Slight issue with accessing volume buttons but, this is down to the design of the iPad itself, any portfolio case will struggle with the same problem to some degree.
CONCLUSION: This reincarnation of the original Snugg iPad case for the iPad 2 is just as classy and well made as the original. The extra features such as the hand strap and the cover allowing sleep mode to be used effectively make the Snugg iPad 2 case a great option for protecting the iPad 2 in style.
Available to buy from: The Snugg in black, distressed brown, desert camouflage and blue denim.
Price: £29.99 – £34.99