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.
Griffin iPad 2 / 3 / 4 AirStrap Case in Black
The AirStrap’s ingenious hand strap across the back gives you a simple yet striking feature that other cases lack. Also, if you tend to move your hands around a lot while using the iPad 2 or New iPad 3, no problem: Griffin has put thick rubber around the edges to ensure protection from bumps. An invaluable case for readers and great tool for presenters.
- Made with Griffin brand quality
- Great answer for reading, sharing or presenting
- Excellent protection for edges and back
- No cut out for volume rocker or sleep/wake
- One hand is always occupied
- Awkward use in portrait mode
If you use your iPad 2 of New iPad 3 for presentations in the office or jut for reading at home, then Griffin has an invaluable case for you. Fashioned specifically for your iPad, the case has a comfortable and ergonomic, one-size-fits-all handgrip across the back. I tried it out at home and it made even the simplest “Hey, check out this video” so much easier—and it works like a charm with one-handed touch screen technology. The case has a molded thick rubber frame that surrounds the tablet, providing excellent protection around the edges and back. I found that the iPad snaps in place relatively easily and your hand slides in snuggly taking away the risk of dropping the tablet.
- Molded Frame with Thick Contoured Grips
- Built-In Safety Strap for Holding iPad 2 and New iPad 3
- Structured Frame Protects Edges & Camera
- Protects Controls & Connection Points
- Contoured Edges Are Easy to Grip
- Wide Neoprene Strap Hugs Your Hand
- Use Your iPad with Only One Hand
The smooth black goes excellently with the iPad 2 or New iPad 3 and doesn’t take away from the slim Apple design. Plus, the case has a dimpled pattern on the edges that provides a nice texture to the rubber.
The case is custom fit to most iPad external ports giving easy access to front and rear camera, headphone jack and nicely hole-punched speaker grill feature. Oddly, volume rocker and sleep/wake button are covered – you must adjust manually in your iPad preferences. Plus, the strap can be a bit awkward to use over long periods of time.
The rubberized edges look and feel like top-notch quality and the soft neoprene material across the back is a wise material choice for the palm of your hand. The case has durable stitching and precise cut outs for the external ports.
The thick, hard rubber will prevent any scuffing or bumping that may come with extra hand movements. This is not a replacement for a case though—transporting, carrying or storing your iPad with only the AirGrip may be cause some damage because there is no front display cover.
$40 is a good value for this case, its function and quality but you’ll still be left with a gaping hole in protection for iPad so you will want to invest in yet another case or screen protector.
The AirStrap reaches Griffin’s main goal: to give you a sturdy grip and hold on your iPad when it is in use. There are some drawbacks but only if you are looking for an all-in-one case.