This is a first for me, but I'm open to all things geeky, and when it comes to accessories for my gadgets, I'm extra geeky. So when the guys at The Snugg asked me to review one of their iPad2 cases, I was happy to oblige. I opted for the iPad2 Executive case/stand in distressed leather (RRP £54.99), since I like to add a touch of class to my gadgets.
**Disclaimer: The Snugg provided me with the iPad2 case free of charge for the purposes of reviewing it, but this hasn't influenced my review**
How it looks
It's a damn fine looking case. It's made from bicast leather that's been dyed and embossed, but it looks like real leather to the not-too-discerning eye (i.e. mine). It looks like it's going to be a sturdy, good quality case, and the distressed leather colouring is by far the best in the product range.
The case has space to hold a pen/stylus as well as three card holding spaces, a pouch at the side for papers and an elasticated strap so you can hold the iPad in one hand while walking around without worrying if you're going to drop it. The inside is in the same style as the exterior, and looks every bit executive as the name suggests.
My only gripe with this is that the document pouch doesn't seem to have much give in it; I could only open it a little before I heard a slight sound like the tearing of Velcro. I didn't want to pull it too much in case I did something to damage it, so there's not a great deal of room for anything in that side pocket.
How it works
The executive case is also designed to be used as a stand, and there are two ways you can do this, both with a small leather tab at the back of the case. The lower aspect stand (picture above) is useful for checking emails and reading blogs while at your desk, and the viewing angle is pretty good.
The higher aspect of the stand (picture below) is better suited to watching videos on YouTube, or for something where you won't be interacting with the iPad all that much. Again, the angle was pretty good, though it would have been nice to have the option of multiple angles when using the case as a stand. Also, when using it at this angle, the iPad has a tendency to slip a little, meaning the home button and camera are a little out of alignment.
The case also has a magnet to close and secure itself, and the magnet allows the iPad to be turned on/off by opening and closing the case. The magnet is quite strong too; holding the case upside down doesn't detach the magnet, and it only opened after giving it a slight shake.
When using the iPad normally within the case, both the front and back-facing cameras work fine and the case doesn't interfere or block any part of the lens. The images below show photos taken with both cameras with the case attached to the iPad.
There is also plenty of room around the iPad to use the volume and lock buttons, as well as space to charge the iPad without removing it from the case. The single Velcro strap is strong and keeps the iPad in snugly in place without adding too much padding.
The executive iPad2 case looks and feels sturdy and is the kind of thing I'd be happy to take to work or travelling. The extra pockets and stylus holder are a nice touch and will allow me to use the iPad when at conferences (or conventions!) to add a touch of professionalism. I've some slight issues with the quality of the internal pouches, and the case could have done with extra angles when using it as a stand, but overall it's a great accessory.