iPad 2 Case Review: Belkin Slim Folio Stand for iPad 2 Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 3.5
What's Hot: Slim and light, great stand and has cutouts for all buttons and ports.
What's Not: The tablet pocket is a bit too small.
We've looked at the Belkin Flip Folio Stand for iPad 2 that provides some serious protection for the tablet but also adds considerable amount of weight. What if you want something slimmer but still have a stand and screen cover? Belkin offers a slimmer version of the Flip Folio Stand case for the iPad 2, the Belkin Slim Folio Stand. The Slim Folio Stand for iPad 2 is a portfolio style case that's slim yet sturdy. It doesn?t have thick padding and strong inserts like the Flip Folio, but it has stiff inserts that will protect your iPad 2's screen and back, they are just thinner. The Belkin Slim Folio Stand for iPad 2 has a built-in stand that can provide multiple viewing angles for your tablet. The case currently comes in black exterior and three interior colors: black, blue and red.
Like the Flip Folio, the Belkin Slim Folio Stand has a faux leather exterior that feels soft and not slippery. It also has a similar style to the other case, combining flat surface with dotted surface that lets the lining color through. It?s a nice style and the Slim Folio Stand is noticeably slimmer and lighter than the Flip Folio Stand case. The Slim Folio Stand has rigid inserts for both the front and back, and they will definitely help protect your iPad 2 from bumps and bruises in a bag or backpack. Unlike the Flip Folio though, the Belkin Slim Folio Stand for iPad 2 isn?t a form fitting case. The pocket where the iPad 2 sits has enough space for you to slide the tablet in, and tuck it in with a flap. The pocket feels just slightly a bit too small and since the closure flap has a faux leather surface as opposed to the microsuede lining material, it lets the iPad 2 slip out jut a little bit. It?s not a huge issue as your tablet is still sitting in the pocket, but if you don?t fix it once in a while, the iPad 2 will slip out too far and the Home button shifts and misses the cutout in the front, making it hard to use.
Inside, the Belkin Slim Folio Stand for iPad 2 has a soft microsuede lining that looks good and feels nice. It will definitely protect your tablet from scratches. The case has cutouts for all ports and buttons including the speaker grill. Like the Flip Folio case, the Slim Folio manages to provide a built-in stand that lets you prop up the iPad 2 in one of the 6 groups of grooves inside of the front cover from about 20-80 degree angles. The stand feels steady and secure when holding the iPad 2 up and it will not easily slip. There is also a stand holder on the back of the case that allows you to fold the front cover back and lay your iPad in a 10-15 degree angle. The Belkin Slim Folio Stand for iPad 2 has sturdy construction and strong stitching.
Some of the cutouts on the Belkin Flip Folio Stand didn?t have the perfect alignments, but the cutouts on the Slim Folio improved the positions and have better alignments. All buttons are accessible and the 30-pin port, the rear camera and the audio jack are in plain sight. The speaker grill cutout lets the sound through loud and clear. The case has cutouts for both the top camera and the Home button on the front. As long as you keep the iPad 2 tight inside the pocket, the front cutouts aligned with everything perfectly. But if you let the tablet slide out of the pocket a bit as it likes to do, then the Home button will miss the cutout.
If you wanted a portfolio case with a built-in stand but didn?t want the heavier and bulkier Flip Folio Stand, the Belkin Slim Folio Stand for iPad 2 fits the bill. It?s very slim and light, and the built-in stand works like a charm. The case has cutouts for all buttons and ports and they work very well. The pocket for storing the tablet is a bit too small; perhaps it will get stretched out a bit with use.