Evio is a brand new case company in the US that aims to offer premium style cases at affordable prices. Their first case, the Evio Harmony iPad 2 Case comes in a faux leather exterior, luxurious soft microsuede interior and a simple yet very functional design. The case currently comes in a two-tone black and burgundy combo, with another two-tone beige and brown coming soon. In addition to iPad 2 cases, Evio plans to release cases for the iPhone 4/4S as well as the Amazon Kindle Fire.
The Evio Harmony iPad 2 Case has a clean and attractive design. The two-tone premium faux leather has very convincing real leather-like grain and it's quite grippy which helps you handle the tablet better. The quality of the material looks top notch and stitching looks sturdy. The interior soft lining matches the quality of the exterior, and it feels very soft in hand. The Evio Harmony iPad 2 Case opens like a portfolio case, and both the front cover and the back tablet pocket have inserts for extra protection. The inserts feel strong enough to protect the iPad 2 from pokes, bumps and scratches but not too thick or heavy to add a lot of bulk to the slim tablet. The Evio Harmony iPad 2 Case weighs 8.4 ounces.
The tablet pocket is form fitting, and the iPad 2 sits in the case perfectly. The closure tab does a very good job at preventing the iPad 2 from slipping out of the pocket thanks to the grippy leather surface on the tab as well as the interior soft lining. The pocket covers the front bezel just enough and leaves quite a bit of space for using the touch screen freely. This design also makes it easy to access to the Home button and the front camera while the tablet is stored in the case. The back cover doesn't come up all the way to meet the front bezel cover, which provides easy access to all the ports and buttons, but it leaves the corners of the iPad 2 exposed on the back. The case does provide structural support with the front cover and the pocket holder even without the corner support from the back cover.
The Evio Harmony iPad 2 Case offers many cool features hidden in the slim form. The front cover and display bezel cover has embedded magnets that keep the front cover securely shut when you close the case, and also provides automatic wake and sleep function much like the Apple SmartCover does. The front cover also works as a stand: fold it back, and you can stand the tablet at viewing angles for watching multimedia content, though you will need a stopper to prevent the front cover slipping on a flat surface. The front cover also has a built-in short stand that can put your iPad 2 in a flatter angle for typing on the tablet easily.
As the back cover of the Evio Harmony iPad 2 case doesn't come all the up to cover the back, you have plenty of space to access all the ports and buttons on the tablet. The case exposes the 30-pin connector and speaker grill on the bottom of the iPad 2 with perfectly aligned cutouts, though it's unlikely you can plug the tablet in any audio system or docking station while in the case. The Evio Harmony case leaves the top left corner on the back of the iPad 2 exposed, giving you free access to the power button, the screen lock button and the volume rocker. The case has a cutout for the rear camera that gives you full view of the scene. The top right corner has a smaller opening space to give you access to the audio out jack, and the top mic enjoys a small cutout as well.
The first entry from Evio is a winner. The Evio Harmony iPad 2 Case is both slim and functional. The faux leather and soft lining are made with premium material and case is perfectly cut and sewn. We love the two-tone design, the grippy feel and certainly the affordable price compared to real leather cases. You have easy access to all ports and buttons on the iPad 2 and the case offers two stand positions with minimum bulk. The only concern for the most careful users is that the case doesn't cover the corners on the back but has structural support from the front cover and the tablet pocket cover should you drop the iPad 2 on one of its corners.