Review: Apple iPad Air 2 Smart Case

Updated

Following our review of Apple’s new iPad Air 2, we’re taking a look today at the iPad Air 2 Smart Case ($79). Despite being simply labeled as “iPad Air Smart Case” on the packaging, the case is made solely for Apple’s latest full-sized tablet. The new case is very similar to the previous Apple iPad Air Smart Case, made of the same aniline-dyed leather with inner microfiber lining, and the cover both folds into a stand and activates the sleep/wake function on the device; this is the Product (RED) version of the case.

Review: Apple iPad Air 2 Smart Case


Review: Apple iPad Air 2 Smart Case
Review: Apple iPad Air 2 Smart Case
Review: Apple iPad Air 2 Smart Case

Like the prior iPad Air Smart Case, the iPad Air 2 Smart Case is a premium product with proper coverage, a nice sleep/wake cover that acts as a stand, and precise cutouts to line up with the new device’s specifications. The iPad’s rear camera has moved, as have the microphones, and the side orientation/mute switch has disappeared; of course, the new Smart Case repositions and resizes holes to match all of these changes, as well as matching the new bottom speaker hole design.

Review: Apple iPad Air 2 Smart Case
Review: Apple iPad Air 2 Smart Case
Review: Apple iPad Air 2 Smart Case
Review: Apple iPad Air 2 Smart Case

Unfortunately, though the iPad Air 2 has gotten thinner, the Smart Case has not—it’s virtually the same size as the iPad Air case, which means the lip extends a bit more above the screen. And it does nothing to spotlight the improved feel of the thinner iPad Air 2, which is disappointing, given what a selling point the slender new housing is. Overall, the iPad Air 2 Smart Case is still a high-quality leather case that works well and earns our general recommendation, but drops a notch for failing to properly match the sleek new design of the iPad Air 2.

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Our Rating

B
Recommended

Company and Price

Company: Apple

Model: iPad Air 2 Smart Case

Price: $79

Compatible: iPad Air 2

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Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy was the Editor-in-Cheif at iLounge. He mostly edited and oversaw all site editorial content, managed staff and freelancers, made the final call on product review grades and awards, and led online coverage of all Apple events and live coverage of the International CES in 2015.