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Review: Speck StyleFolio for iPad Air 2

B
Recommended

Company: Speck

Model: StyleFolio

Price: $40

Compatible: iPad Air, iPad Air 2

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Phil Dzikiy

Speck's folio-style case for iPad, StyleFolio ($40), has returned for iPad Air 2. Reviewed for iPad Air last year, the updated StyleFolio actually fits both iPad Air models, as there are cutouts for both the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 — note the microphone holes in the center of the case. The camera hole has also been elongated to accommodate the microphone next to the iPad Air 2 camera. Other than that, the faux-leather case is very similar to the previous edition, with built-in stand functionality, a plastic clasp to keep the lid closed, and front-facing speaker vents. For more information, please read our previous review.

As was the case with the previous edition, Speck’s StyleFolio for iPad Air 2 is a well-constructed, nice-looking case. It lacks button coverage, but that’s not uncommon among iPad folio cases. Unfortunately, rather than slimming the new StyleFolio for the iPad Air 2, Speck has designed the case to work with both iPad Air models, so it’s thicker than it needs to be when used with Apple’s latest, thinnest tablet. Though the Air 2 fits securely in the case, there’s a small gap between the iPad and the back shell. You won’t really notice the issue during use, but like other iPad Air 2 cases we’ve seen so far, StyleFolio isn’t taking full advantage of the new device’s thinness. As it stands, StyleFolio is still a good enough case for $40 to earn our general recommendation, but we’d strongly prefer a design with better tailoring to the Air 2’s curves.

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