I have needed a new iPad for quite some time now. I quickly outgrew my iPad 2 so when I heard about the new iPad Air I was lucky enough to have a wife give me her full blessing to buy one without even having to ask. Actually my birthday present from her was a Best Buy gift card with the sole intent on getting a new iPad. Armed with that gift card, several others from my birthday and a digital fist full of Reward Zone certificates, I got up, on launch day and got my new 32GB iPad! Giddy with excitement I rushed home and very carefully loaded my apps to the machine. The first few days the fully charged and loaded iPad sat, in its box wrapped in its factory plastic “protection.” There were no cases available for the new iPads when I went to buy it. Well, that may be wrong, but there were no GOOD cases for the iPad Air when I bought it. Sure there were flimsy “universal” cases that would do a lackluster job of not only protection but of keeping with the styling of the iPad. As I sat at my laptop I started searching for available cases only to find a plethora of “Coming Soon” links. However one did catch my eye. The Speck Style Folio. Just what I wanted. Simple styling, no over the top patterns or colors (even though they do offer those), a tight fit, and a sleek design. This case was going to be my new case!!
Today, my Speck Style Folio case arrived and I have to say I am very impressed with EVERYTHING about this case. It fits snug around the iPad Air, holding the tablet tight in its grasps without being hard to install or having that feeling you are going to break the case trying to get it on the iPad. The styling is definitely right on. It is sleek, but protective. The case I got was the black one with grey lining. Sure there are more eye catching colors and patterns but I like simplicity. Many times I see black or gray cases (or other accessories for that matter) with BRIGHT logos or stitching that detract from the design. Not this case. It’s perfect. Another selling point for me was the latch. In the past my case “covers” just flopped about with no way to secure them closed. Sure there are the “Smart Cases” that have magnetic closures and they lock/unlock the tablet when opening and closing the “case” but they are only covers, not full cases. No protection for the back. This case covers the back and secures the front flap closed easily and securely.
While I have the back protection fresh in my mind, this case provides ample protection both inside and out. The hard shell gives me piece of mind that my iPad is well protected from bumps and scrapes. Over time, I know this beautiful black plastic will get beat up but it’s better than the back of my iPad catching all those blows. The inside of the entire case is lined with a soft microfiber/felt type material that will keep my iPad scratch free from the inside.
To this day, one of my biggest gripes with cases for any device is how the cut outs for charging/sync cords, headphones or for the camera are always either to small, or so big they ruin the functionality of the case or are just plainly in the wrong locations. What’s the point of a case if you have to remove the device all the time to use many of its functions. I am very happy to report that the Style Folio’s cutouts are not only placed correctly but are the proper size and are functional. I made sure my charging cable worked fine with no problems as well as my cord for my Bose Headphones. The lock switch and volume buttons are easily accessible and can be used with no interference from the case. A BIG selling point for me.
Now if you can’t tell by now, I am a very big fan of this case!! 5 stars out of 5!! During my evaluation of the case I also weighed it to see if it made the “Air” status of the iPad irrelevant. I mean if the case makes it as heavy as say my iPad 2 whats the point of the lighter iPad?! My iPad 2 with it’s case weighed 1 Pound 14.9 ounces, so almost 2 whole pounds!!! Without the case the iPad itself was 1 pound 5.1 ounces. My new iPad Air WITH CASE is only 1 pound 9.7 ounces!! Only 9 ounces heavier than it was without the case and still 5 ounces lighter than my old tablet with its case on! I am a very happy camper!! I highly recommend this case!!