The folks at Cooper Cases are apparently quite proud of this tablet folio case: After all, it’s described as both “Infinite” and “Universal” in its lofty name. And in a few aspects, Cooper’s pride may be justified. Unfortunately, too many generic features (including the look) detract from the overall product.
Belkin iPad 2 Access Folio Stand in Gray
Combining the efficient and basic features of the “case-plus-stand” genre, Belkin puts forward a decent portfolio tablet case with an added twist: a front pocket for cables and documents. As with other Belkin merchandise, this case lacks a front cover securing mechanism that many other case brands have and that your iPad 2 requires.
- Complete protective cover of entire iPad 2
- Hand-stitched edges
- Durable canvas-nylon outer layer
- Lack of fastening mechanism for front cover
- Bad fit for iPad 2 headphone jack
- Cannot utilize portrait mode
Made specifically for your Apple iPad 2, Belkin has made an affordable tablet stand case in the useful folio design. With a student locker style, the outer cloth cover feels outstandingly tough to the fingertips, however there is no way to keep this front cover securely fastened, exposing your iPad 2 display to harm. On the inside, an envelope-style flap embraces your iPad2, assuring that the tablet edges are never exposed but then simultaneously covering Apple’s unique design. The case can easily be converted into a single-angle position for viewing or typing in only the portrait mode.
- Pocket for storing your gear
- A-frame stand position
- Low angle for typing
- Durable construction protects from scratches and scuffs
- Folding cover for screen protection
- Soft inner lining
- Landscape viewing
- Sleek design to minimize bulk
- Cut out for camera lens
The home button is covered with rubber, which seems unnecessary. Plus the cut-outs for the external iPad 2 features are not precise making it a bit uncomfortable for use.
While the case is certainly protective, it lacks a front cover fastening mechanism, potentially exposing your iPad2 to not just scratches but also cracking.
Some may prefer the textured canvas cover to other leather genres, but in the end it gives back few advantages. The hand-sewn edges are nice, but you can easily find loose ends and poor craftsmanship.
At only $34.95, the value is the best thing that the Belkin Access Folio has going for it. You get a case, stand and useful front pocket for a relatively cheap price.
A surprisingly disappointing release from Belkin that doesn’t do justice to the company’s name. A decent value but an imprecise fit to your iPad2, not-so-impressive exterior material and potentially damaging design.