iPad 2 Case Review: Deft Detour 360 Case for iPad 2 Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Super protective, highly functional case and very pleasing look.
What's Not: Adds some weight to the tablet, the magnetic closure needs more work.
A new case maker Deft Devicewear has released a very nice looking iPad 2 that has built-in stand and can rotate 360 degrees for optimal positions. The Deft Detour 360 rotating case for the iPad 2 has a beautifully made synthetic leather exterior, a soft and cushy interior along with a robust tablet holder. The Deft Detour 360 can stand up in the case in either portrait or landscape orientation and it adds 9.7 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches and 10.6 ounces to the iPad 2's slim body.
At first glance, the Deft Detour 360 Case for iPad 2 looks very similar to the Targus Versavu Cover and Stand for iPad 2, as they do share many features. While functions are similar, the Deft Detour 360 case has a much prettier exterior. The manmade leather on the Deft Detour 360 looks convincing like genuine polished leather with just the right amount of grain and stress. Another difference in style between the two cases is that the Deft Detour 360 Case for iPad 2 has a matching black interior and stitching while the Targus Versavu has a more stand out light blue interior lining and stitching. The Deft Detour 360 case is very sturdy with a hard shell tablet case and a screen cover that?s reinforced with very strong inserts. The case can protect your iPad 2 from bumps, bruises and pokes in a bag or backpack, as well as taking some serious shock if you drop your tablet.
The Deft Detour 360 case for iPad 2 is a portfolio style case with a tablet pocket on the right and a screen cover on the left. The tablet pocket is super sturdy with hard plastic wrapped in exterior polyurethane leather. The front cover attaches to the case on the back and it has heavy-duty soft padding to protect the screen. The super plush microfiber lining keeps the screen safe and clean. As with the Targus Versavu case, the Deft Detour 360 has an elastic strap to help shut the cover tight, which turns out to be instrumental because the magnet closure on this case is a little twitchy. More on that later.
Even though the 360-degree rotating design on the Deft Detour 360 case isn?t new, it?s nonetheless ingenious. The front cover of the tablet case functions also as a stand, and attaches to the back in the center that works like a wheel. This allows you to rotate the tablet case around the cover to create different standing positions for the iPad 2. The front cover has two deep grooves so that you can position your iPad 2 in two viewing angles for both portrait and landscape orientations. The tablet case also helps with the stability of the tablet when in standing position. The tablet case is hard and rigid, which can hold the iPad 2 steadily in the grooves.
The Deft Detour 360 Case for iPad 2 has perfect cutouts for all ports and buttons on the tablet. You should have no trouble using any syncing/charging cable or audio headset/headphones with the iPad 2 in the case. The rear camera enjoys a spacious cutout, and the power button, volume rocker and screen lock button are all very easy to use. The tablet case holds the iPad 2 by its sides and corners, so nothing on the hard plastic case covers the bezel of the display, leaving out the front camera and Home button for full access.
The front cover has built-in magnetic closure feature that automatically sleeps the display when shut and turns it on when open. It?s a very convenient feature, but the magnetic closure on our unit is a little twitchy which leads to locking and unlocking screens unintentionally. It also affects how you use the tablet when you fold the front cover back where the magnet turns on and off the screen from the back.
The Deft Detour 360 Rotating Case for iPad 2 provides very solid protection for the tablet and has a very functional stand that allows you to view multimedia content or use on-screen keyboard in either portrait or landscape orientation. The case has a nice polished leather look and plush padding for the screen. It?s not a light case but it looks and feels a lot slimmer than the Targus Versavu case that has a similar design. It?s handy to have a magnetic cover that can control the screen, but it?s a little too twitchy and turns on and off the screen accidentally.