iPad 2 Case Review: The HandStand 2 for iPad 2 Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 5
What's Hot: Great design, well built and good protection.
What's Not: You will need to use a screen protector if you want the screen protected.
We've seen quite a few iPad 2 cases, but the HandStand 2 case for the iPad 2 is a very unique one. If you've seen our review of the HandStand for the original iPad, then you know what this case is about. The HandStand 2 for iPad 2 is a little slimmer and comes in three colors, black, white and pink.
The HandStand 2 case offers a built-in handgrip that lets you carry your iPad 2 easily and the handgrip can rotate 360 degrees to give you the optimal viewing position. While we enjoy the convenience of the built-in stand and rotating handgrip for our daily use, this case provides a carrying solution that's essential for some vertical markets such as medical/hospital use, inventory management, education (museum, school, library, etc.) and much more. The possibility is endless.
The HandStand 2 case is made of polyurethane rubber that's thick yet has some flexibility. The case is molded to fit the iPad 2 perfectly and wraps around the front edges of the display to securely hold the tablet in the case. The edges of the HandStand 2 case looks like a picture frame for the iPad 2's display and has some flexibility but not as flexible as your average silicone case, so be careful when you put it on, and peel the corner with the most cutout holes to take it off. The case has molded edges on the back along the portrait sides and they feel rigid and strong and keep your iPad 2 steady when it's sitting in landscape mode.
In the center of the HandStand 2 is a large handgrip that's made with durable thermoplastic ABS and a very strong elastic band. The Safety-grip Hand Pad, as the maker of the case calls it, is large enough to hold comfortably when you strap on the elastic band, and it has a built-in curve for an extra ergonomic benefit as your fingers naturally curve when holding an object. The curved ridge can also function as a built-in stand when you sit the iPad 2 on a flat surface. The elastic band is designed to fit different sized hands, and so far we had no trouble fitting the case on anyone we've tried it on.
Aside from the handgrip what protrudes in the center, the HandStand 2 case is actually quite slim and weighs only 11.3 oz.
The HandStand 2 for iPad 2 case is very well made and has perfect cutouts for all the ports, buttons, the rear camera and the speaker grill. It doesn't have a hole for the top mic however. Everything has a perfect alignment and you should have no trouble using any charge/sync cable or headset while the iPad 2 is in the case. The front edges of the HandStand 2 leave out the front camera and the Home button, so you have full access to them. The edges also create a space between the display and any flat surface, so when you put the iPad 2 face down, the case will touch the surface, not your iPad 2.
The rotating handgrip is really an ingenious design. It can prop up your iPad 2 in either portrait or landscape orientation in about 15 degrees for typing easily on the screen. The side ridges work with the handgrip to keep the iPad 2 steady. When you need to carry the tablet, the handgrip keeps it on your hand comfortably, and if you carry the tablet on your hand all day, this case becomes essential because it doesn't require much energy to hold the tablet since the strap keeps it on your hand. The handgrip can rotate 360 degrees on a 36-point mechanism. So you can quickly rotate the iPad 2 to view content displayed in different orientations or share the content on the screen with others as you rotate the case to fit their viewing positions. The rotating handgrip is very sturdy and rotates nicely.
Made with 100% recycled material, the HandStand 2 for iPad 2 is an excellent case for those who need to carry their iPad 2 all day. It's sturdy and well built, and can withstand bumps and bruises from daily use. The handgrip fits easily, and provides rotation and desk stand all in one. It's not a heavy case either which is important for those who do carry the tablet on their hands all day. It might be an over kill if you don't need to carry your iPad 2 on your arm often, but for the professionals who do, the HandStand 2 for iPad 2 should be the top choice for them.
Here is a video demoing how the HandStand 2 works: