iPad 2 Case Review: AViiQ Smart Case for iPad 2 Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 3.5
What's Hot: Perfect fit to work with Apple's Smart Cover, rugged and sturdy, many color options.
What's Not: Hard to take it off, it's a bit slippery, some of the cutout corners are a bit sharp.
If you are using a Smart Cover with your iPad 2 and want to get something to protect the back of your tablet, AViiQ has come up with a case that works with the Smart Cover and does a good job at protecting the back of your tablet yet doesn't add too much bulk. The Smart Case is a rugged yet slim case molded to fit the iPad 2 on the back. It leaves the left edge of iPad 2 open on the back so that you can attach the Smart Cover to your tablet. The AViiQ Smart Case also comes in many colors that match Apple?s Smart Cover?s selection of colors, all except the two tan colors and the navy blue Smart Cover.
The AViiQ Smart Case aims to protect the back of your iPad 2 and to protect it well. The hard shell case is made of hard plastic with a layer of anodized aluminum plate to provide reinforcement and color options to match the Smart Cover. The case feels very rigid and can certainly protect your iPad 2 from scratches, bumps and pokes from sharp objects in your backpack. The case is in fact a little too rigid that it?s a little hard to take it off whence you?ve clicked its corners to the iPad 2. Be careful when you take the case off to avoid putting too much stress on the iPad 2?s frame or chip your fingernails by working the plate of the case, not just the corners.
The inside of the AViiQ Smart Case is hard plastic, while there isn?t any soft lining, it won?t scratch your iPad 2 as long as you are careful when putting the case on or taking it off. The edges of the case however need a little more smoothing. Certain corners from cutouts on the case are a bit sharp and if you dig your palm into it when you hold the iPad 2 in the case, it can actually hurt. While the hard plastic part of the case is not slippery at all, the aluminum part, which covers the majority of the case, is a little slippery. It works well if you have a Smart Cover on since the cover is not slippery and helps with handling of the tablet. But if you are using the Smart Case along, the case feels a bit slippery in hand.
The AViiQ Smart Case is quite slim and light. It?s molded to fit the iPad 2 and adds only 0.059 inches (1.5mm) thickness and 4.1 oz weigh to the slim tablet.
The AViiQ Smart Case has perfect cutouts for all buttons, and ports as well as the rear camera and speaker grill. Everything has a perfect alignment, and you should have no trouble using any charge/sync cable or headset. The left side of the case (with the iPad 2 facing the front) has a perfect cutout for you to attach the Smart Cover on the iPad 2. The Smart Cover and the Smart Case fit together like a glove, and protect the iPad 2?s entire body when working together. Since the Smart Case is quite slim, you can easily use the Smart Cover as a stand to prop up your iPad 2; in other word, the Smart Case doesn?t get in the way of the Smart Cover.
We love the look of the AViiQ Smart Case and its perfect design to work with Apple?s Smart Cover to protect your iPad 2 together. The case feels rugged with molded hard shell and is very slim and light. The case is very functional thanks to the perfect cutouts to provide access to everything on the tablet, and it?s also great that it comes with matching colors (save for three colors) with the Smart Cover. Small annoyances include: the case needs a little more flexibility for taking it off easier, the back is a bit slippery and the cutout corners need more smoothing.