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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect - Hard to Get to Buttons, March 28, 2012
This review is from: Belkin Bi-Fold Folio for the Apple iPad with Retina Display (4th Generation) & iPad 3 (Black) (Personal Computers)
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This Bi-Fold Folio Belkin Slim Case for the iPad 3 and 2 is almost a perfect case.

Pros:

- Very light weight. Adds little to the overall thickness of the iPad. Easy to grab, pickup and hold.
- Quality materials. Smooth and soft on the inside. Hard and durable canvas like materials on the outside.
- Easy to put on the iPad and take off. The 4 corner tabs are made of the same hard durable canvas material. Hope these don't eventually scratch the screen corners. (Hasn't so far after 2 weeks)
- Strap closure. I usually leave the stretch strap to the inside of the front cover. For those times when I want to leave the house with the iPad, I really like having the strap to keep the case securely closed.
- Nice attractive design. Simply and elegant. Doesn't overwhelm the iPad IMO.
- Protects the iPad fairly well from most non-dropping situations.

Cons:

- Like another reviewer said. It doesn't have the sleep/wake magnet in the cover to trigger the iPad on/off.
- The protection from dropping the iPad would be pretty good if the strap was in place. Otherwise the side protection would be minimal.

These first two cons are not a big deal to me and I would still use this as my only case, but...

- The biggest problem I have with the case is simply getting to the buttons. The case is larger than the iPad by about 3/16" and since the back of the iPad curves inward, it makes the buttons be recessed slightly between the edges of the iPad and case. This gap between the two is narrow and I find it very annoying to see and press the buttons. I don't know if I would prefer the case to address this issue or the iPad 3 to be more like the iPad 1 with squared up sides.

FYI: This case is made for the new iPad. Just in case anyone was wandering, the iPad 1 does not fit in this case as the power and headphones get covered up by the four tabs as well as the iPad 1 being slightly to large. The iPad 2 seems to be fine.

I like this case over other cases because it is light weight and doesn't just completely cover up the iPad and it's design. For when I take my iPad to work I am planning on purchasing a different case. I have an Otterbox Defender case saved for later in my cart for extreme protection. I am waiting to see when the price drops on them. They usually do several months after release. I am planning on getting the ZAGG invisi-sheild HD too. I will remove the Otterbox screen protector. OtterBox Defender Series for The New iPad 3 3rd Generation & iPad 2 - Black The Zagg screen protector will also give the iPad more protection when I have it in this case while at home.

Hope this review helped. Thanks .
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