Griffin Elan Folio Slim for iPad 2, Black (GB02446)
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- Extra-slim, one-piece folio
- Textured polyurethane outer jacket lined with soft micro suede
- Frames your MultiTouch display, with access ports for controls, headphone jack, speaker, and rear-facing camera
- Folds into a landscape-orientation typing or viewing stand
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This Griffin case works exactly the same as the Apple case for the original iPad. It slips in, has the same flap that holds the iPad in, and has a tab on the back for propping up the iPad for typing or for portrait viewing (which is much more stable and doesn't rock precariously like the Apple case). The material is not as dense as the original Apple case. As a result, the front cover does not close as securely as the heavier Apple front cover, but it does stay closed well-enough and works fine. The good thing about the thinner material is that it matches the thinner look of the iPad 2. It also doesn't catch dirt like the original case. The inside is more of a felt micro-clothe material. All ports and cameras are perfectly accessible. If you're looking for a case that acts like the old Apple case, this one fits the bill very well. All-in-all, a very good case.
Update: After several days of use, my iPad is still pristine. This case is holding up very well. Some observations:
> It's a sleek and thin, so it is a great complement to the iP2's profile, and it looks very professional for an office setting
> The cover does tend to give just a little, since it is thinner material, so you will need to adjust your holding position once in a while.
> The case is rather slippery, so be careful. It does get a shine form greasy fingers, but it wipes right off. No signs of wear or stress yet.
> Sits ver well in the upright portrait position. Stable and solid for slideshows or movies.Read more ›
Unlike the Apple covers, the Folio Slip covers both the front and back of the iPad. It costs the same as the polyurethane covers, but $30 less than the leather cover.
With its slim form factor, it keeps the thinness intact.
Only two drawbacks with the Folio Slim: (1) Cover looks like leather, but is only a synthetic material. (2) When sitting in typing mode, the elevation is not high enough.
Overall, the Elan Folio Slim is an inexpensive way to protect both the front and back of the iPad 2 at minimum cost.
If I had gotten this case for a decent discount then maybe it would've gotten more stars, but I paid full price at a brick-and-mortar store. I didn't feel like the case was worth it at full price, so I returned it.
UPDATE: I wound up buying the $20 "CaseCrown Apple iPad 2 Bold Standby case" and while its construction and quality are MUCH superior to the Griffin (and it's magnetic so that it powers the iPad on and off like the Apple "smart cover"), it's a little bit bulkier and now some of the controls around the outside edge (volume, power) are harder to access. It does use velcro to keep the iPad in its pocket, which is nice in some ways, but this also prevents you from being able to slide your hand behind the ipad while holding it while reading, which I liked to do better than "grabbing" the case. Just FYI. Pros and cons to both, but the quality of the Griffin was definitely my deciding factor to switch.
I saw this one at BestBuy and saw that it was very thin, so exactly what I was looking for, so purchased it here on Amazon. All the reviews so far are pretty accurate. The case looks quite nice, but when you pick it up you can tell it's synthetic. The top cover is a bit flimsy (definitely less sturdy than the ipad 1 cover by Apple) but it does the job, both standing it up to watch movies and on your lap top type. I don't have any problems with frayed threads like the ilounge review stated, but as ilounge review stated some of the cutouts aren't perfectly aligned--but you all buttons are accessible. Going into the purchase I was well aware of the other reviews here about it's lasting quality, so I'll be watching out for that.
Still, this was exactly what I was looking for. A very thin case that looks nice and will protect my ipad from scratches. I'm definitely happy with my purchase, especially because it was 50% cheaper than the other cases I was looking at. Just make sure you know what you're looking for and what to expect!
UPDATE: been using this for 2 months, still liking the case. It's slim and provides protection from scratches. It hasn't loosened up much at all. I would still recommend this case with all the qualifications above.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My mom used this thing daily and I swear it kept the ipad from being beat up. it's designed to prevent damage from a 3 story fall, but my mom abused her ipad in a daily use kind of... Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by PrimeGuy
The leather is very thin. It was not in its original packaging as stated in the ad. However, it is very stylish.Published on October 4, 2013 by NanaF
Glad I found this. I love it. Slim, protective, and holds up. I have used one for over a year and it is still in great condition. Many people see mine and ask where to get one. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by M
it was good until i realized that every time i wanted to use the stand my iPad would slide out. it is very annoying and i would not recommend it to anyone. Read morePublished on August 4, 2012 by shannon
This case fits my iPad 3 nicely and doesn't add bulk. Those are the good things. However, it is marketed as having the sleep/wake feature. Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by SMM2571
I just purchased this cover locally and while it works well as a basic cover (almost identical to the original Apple iPad cover) the magnet in the cover I got does not function... Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Jeffrey Persson
Great case from a trusted name in accessories, but after about a year, the edges start fraying and give it a pretty worn look. It's still functional, but a little more flimsy.Published on July 3, 2012 by wyomicto
I have a company-issued New iPad and it is the first i-anything I have had or used. I wanted a case that would protect the device but also not create bulk or detract from the sleek... Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by M. Schadt
The iPad 3 fits awesome in here. It's likely a better fit for the 3 because the 3 is just enough thicker than the 2 to make it tight. Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by sgun73