iPad Case Review: Proporta iPad 2 Union Jack Back Shell
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Eye-catching design, slim and sturdy, works with Smart Cover
What's Not: No screen protector included.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Proporta is an UK case and accessory maker and it's only fitting that they'd offer a case with Union Jack design. For those who wish to show their national pride or just like the look of the colorful image, you can now get a protective iPad 2 case to go with your Mini Cooper with the same decal. The Proporta iPad 2 Union Jack Back Shell is a hard shell case that covers the back of the iPad 2, and it leaves out the left side for you to use it with Apple's Smart Cover.
Style-wise there is nothing that says, "I'm from UK" or "I love the United Kingdom" more than using the national flag as a design. The Union Jack iPad 2 is eye-catching with the Union Jack colors sewn onto a hard case in matching stitching. The hard shell case is sturdy and very protective of the iPad 2 from any scratches, nicks and bumps to the back of the tablet. The case also covers the corners of the iPad 2, providing decent shock absorption should you drop the tablet while in the case. The hard shell is well made and molded to fit the iPad 2 perfectly.
Outside of the hard shell, the Proporta iPad 2 Union Jack case has faux leather pieces in Union Jack colors nicely sewn up in matching stitching. The faux leather pieces are separate pieces, not one large piece, which fits better and easier to stitch. Stitching looks perfect and strong; should hold the faux leather pieces together for a long time. The case is protective yet slim, and weighs 3.6 ounces. It also helps better carrying the slim and slippery tablet safely thanks to the faux leather and stitching that add some texture.
The Proporta iPad 2 Union Jack Back Shell is easy to use. The case grabs onto the tablet via 4 corners securely whence you push the tablet into them. The case helps secure the tablet also on the right side and the bottom, but leaves the left side open for Smart Cover style covers that can protect the iPad 2's display, and the top of the tablet open for easy access to the power button, top mic and 3.5mm audio jack. The case also has cutouts for the rear camera on the back, and for the speaker grill and 30-pin connector one the bottom. The side cutout gives you enough space to easily operate the screen lock button and the volume buttons.
The Proporta iPad 2 Union Jack Back Shell case is slim and tappers along the tablet. The cutout on the bottom for the 30-pin connector has a tapper also, and if you have a speaker or docking stations that have some elevation for the connector, you can fit the iPad 2 in it while it's in the Union Jack case. If you don't use a smart cover, Proporta offers a combo deal for you to get the Union Jack hard shell along with a screen protector.
Fans of Union Jack will naturally gravitate toward this case, but beyond the bright colors and symbolic design, the iPad 2 Union Jack Back Shell is a very well made case that's sturdy, protective yet surprisingly slim. The case is very functional with easy access to all ports and buttons on the iPad 2, and it's a great mate for your Smart Cover. The package doesn't come with a screen protector, but you can get a combo package for both at a good price.
Price: $33.95; $51.90 with a screen protector Web site: Proporta