Griffin IntelliCase for iPad 2: Maybe the Best iPad 2 Case Yet [Review]

Griffin IntelliCase for iPad 2: Maybe the Best iPad 2 Case Yet [Review]

I’ve been yearning for someone to get this right ever since I wrapped my hands around an iPad 2: the perfect marriage of Smart Cover and back protection for the iPad. Damned if Griffin hasn’t just nailed it with their new IntelliCase ($60).

The Good:

It’s a case on a diet — in this case (yes, pun intended!), full protection for the iPad comes with a negligible weight and mass penalty. The IntelliCase is remarkably thin and light, and apart from a hump on its back (more about that later), might give a fully protected iPad 2 about the same girth as the original iPad.

It does the Smart Cover thing better than the actual Smart Cover does. All the good stuff is here: the magnetic wake-on-opening trick, segments that fold into a triangle in order to prop the iPad up, minimal bulk and, of course, screen protection. But the IntelliCase’s three segments are a little easier to contort into a triangle than the Smart Cover’s four segments.

Why three segments instead of four? Because the IntelliCase’s cover doesn’t Origami itself into a triangle the same way the Smart Cover does in order to support the iPad 2. Instead, there’s a little raised slot at the back that the edge of the case fits into. This is a quicker, more secure system for securing the lid in order to prop up the iPad in either the sleepy or tall orientation — and is especially better for the latter, as the iPad sort of splays outward from the case in this position, giving it a larger base.

When handholding the iPad, the slotted cover creates a useful handle to hold the iPad with, making it easier to use and more stable. And when not in use, that raised bump at the back also makes for a perfect place to grab hold of the iPad.

It’s not the prettiest case, but it’s not ugly either; its understated black finish looks more-or-less professional, if austere.

The Bad:

Like I said, it’s no Charlize Theron. If you’re looking for a gorgeous case to turn heads with, this ain’t it — and its hump doesn’t help. Likewise, forget trying to get it in fancy colors like sea green or scarlet. Or any colors, really.

If the cover isn’t slotted into its place at the back, the cover will randomly turn on/off the iPad’s screen and just generally misbehave.

Verdict:

Griffin gets it right again — Lithe and fully protective, the IntelliCase is a perfect marriage of a better Smart Cover clone and a backing for the iPad 2.

Rating: ★★★★½

Griffin IntelliCase for iPad 2: Maybe the Best iPad 2 Case Yet [Review]

Griffin IntelliCase for iPad 2: Maybe the Best iPad 2 Case Yet [Review]

Griffin IntelliCase for iPad 2: Maybe the Best iPad 2 Case Yet [Review]

  • RichardCristian

    I got an iPa d 2 32-GB for $21.68 and my girlfriend loves her Pana sonic Lumiix GF 1 Camera that we got for $ 38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 657 which only cost me $ 62.81 . Here is the site we use to get it al from, http://to.ly/aXIi

  • toddgarvin

    OMG Can’t we PLEASE get rid of this spam crap?

  • lsla5577
  • elimilchman

    Todd, we’re working on it. 

  • lsla5577
  • facebook-602274890

    thank you.  It’s a serious problem here and I’ve see the same mess over at TUAW.  Thanks for addressing it! 

  • lsla44
  • prometheus1981

    GTFO SPAMMER!!!

  • Bill Ritchotte

    don’t try to purchase. just tried using several different browsers, but the Griffin website will not let me get pass the proceed to check out process. Way to go Griffin.

  • lsla44
  • griffintech

    Sorry you’re having trouble with our store. I haven’t heard of other people having problems.

    Did you create an account first? 

  • lkahney

    @twitter-36065440:disqus @facebook-602274890:disqus 

    Spam is handled by the Akismet WordPress plugin, and so far, it’s been pretty good at filtering it out. 

    However, this particular strain of spam sees to be evading filters all over. I’ve seen it on almost every site I visit, including the NYT, WashPo, etc.

    We keep deleting it and marking it as spam, but it still keeps coming.

    Best thing we can do is ask everyone to flag it and help us get rid of it. 

  • lkahney

    @twitter-36065440:disqus @facebook-602274890:disqus 

    Spam is handled by the Akismet WordPress plugin, and so far, it’s been pretty good at filtering it out. 

    However, this particular strain of spam sees to be evading filters all over. I’ve seen it on almost every site I visit, including the NYT, WashPo, etc.

    We keep deleting it and marking it as spam, but it still keeps coming.

    Best thing we can do is ask everyone to flag it and help us get rid of it. 

  • facebook-602274890

    Thanks!  I always try to flag every message I see. :)

  • Caspian Prince

    Total agree. This is 1 great accessory for the iPad2. 

  • Sophie

    it’s just a smart cover with a case. but i don’t like smart cover. i prefer bling case. i use dsstyles custom crystal case. it’s so beautiful and i thought most girls will like.

  • Hingerty

    Ican do better than that. Leather red smart cover and zagg red leather. Skin on back. Real purty. Cost? I dont care.

  • Lucas

    the best/nice ipad and tabled stand/case is ipaddoq stand.

    Armour/key lock/vandal proof.
    http://www.ipaddoq.com Europe/Holland

  • Marie Curie

    Why would you need to create an account?!? Most online stores has and offers the possibility to shop as a guest…

  • griffintech

    It’s the way our store works. Thanks.

  • Pilar Lara25

    Get your free iPad 2 with smart cover
    here: http://freegadgetsonline.net/f

  • Felfac

    What about the hump on the back why would you give it a hump on the back ahh seems perfect ‘part from the fact its $60

About the author

Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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