After three weeks using this case with the iPad2: This is a perfect starter case, particularly if you are gifting or new to the iPad experience and don't yet know what features you'll really want in a case. It protects the iPad2 and allows for portable, versatile use.
NOTE: I have sensitivity to off-gasses. After opening, I had to place this case in another room to air out for a full day before I could use it comfortably. By the third day, the issue was completely resolved.
PROS: - It stands well, for viewing videos and slide shows. (Vertical landscape) - The slight angle it provides by laying it horizontally (landscape) works surprisingly well for typing and swiping. - It does not stand hands-free in portrait, but it is still lightweight enough to hold in one hand while swiping and tapping. - The magnet in the cover works to sleep the iPad2 , as advertised. - Protective and discreet (looks more like a notebook than an iPad)
CONS: - No portrait stand (I've missed it only a little) - The simple tab in the back used to 'create' the stand will start to stretch out over time and create a less secure ability to prop the iPad2 for typing (though it should have no effect on standing it for viewing purposes). If you have a little velcro tab (office supplies), you can correct this easily.
I love this case. As I use my new iPad more and more, I'll have a better idea of the features I'll really want in a case -- and I fully expect to upgrade. But I don't feel the need to hurry. In the meantime, this case covers most of my needs and is inexpensive enough that I won't feel wasteful when I move on.
I paired the case purchase with screen protectors and a stylus, both of which are working well for me so far. (Screen protectors are tricky to put on - read the reviews for tips.) The stylus clips easily over the edges of this case; like a pen to a notebook.