While waiting for the delivery of my new iPad3, I hunted around for new cases both online and at shops around Vancouver. I was looking for something that would incorporate Apple’s smart cover concept as well as functional protection for the back.
It was tough finding a case that had both, until I remembered how well-designed the Griffin Outfit Ice for the iPhone4 is, with its two-part case construction.
The IntelliCase is designed for both the new iPad and the iPad2. The case can be positioned for typing at a slightly elevated height as well as for viewing content in the upright position. In other words, it’s got the same two positions going for it as with the smart cover.
The nice thing about this case though is that both come in one package, avoiding the need to purchase and match a smart cover to a separate case back.
As with the similarly-designed smart cover, the flexible thermoplastic polyurethane (aka TPU) cover wakes up the iPad from sleep mode when you open the two-fold front panel.
The back is made of polycarbonate and has sturdy snaps to keep it in place. I had no difficulty taking the iPad out of this case either. The back also contains a built-in lip used to tuck the front of the case into.
I tested the IntelliCase in the lower angle and found it sturdy enough to type using Apple’s touch keyboard.
Integrated front and back system for complete protection of the new iPad or iPad2
Ease of use in setting up for both positions
I would love to see the IntelliCase offered in a wider/more interesting range of colours to match their stylus collection.
The IntelliCase retails for US $59.99 and is available in pink, dark red, peacock (dark green), midnight (deep blue), black, and white. It’s available in Canada via Best Buy at CDN $49.99.
Disclosure note: I was sent the IntelliCase for the purpose of writing this review: cmply.2