Review: Incipio Clarion and Faraday for iPad Air 2

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We’re starting to see more iPad Air 2 cases — that is, cases specifically designed to fit Apple’s newest full-sized tablet only — with Clarion ($35) and Faraday ($40) recently arriving from Incipio. Clarion is billed as a clear-back education case, presumably because the transparent TPU back makes it easy to label an iPad Air 2. The folio case includes a snap-on closure on the back to keep the lid shut. Faraday, also a folio case, uses a wraparound cover with a magnetic closure. Both cases use a vegan leather front cover.

Review: Incipio Clarion and Faraday for iPad Air 2


Review: Incipio Clarion and Faraday for iPad Air 2

Clarion is the more interesting case to us, as it combines materials in a way rarely seen with iPad cases. It houses the iPad Air 2 in a soft TPU shell, with full button coverage — it fits more like an iPhone case than an iPad case. And that’s a good thing, especially with such a thin tablet. The snap-on closure on Clarion’s back may be a bit awkward to some, but we like the feeling of security it gives. As one might expect, the folding cover doubles as a stand.

Review: Incipio Clarion and Faraday for iPad Air 2
Review: Incipio Clarion and Faraday for iPad Air 2

Faraday’s folding cover — which can also be used as a stand, naturally — wraps around partially to the back of the case, giving a secure fit and feel when paired with the strong magnetic closure. Inside is a traditional hard shell to hold the iPad Air 2. No button coverage is offered.

Review: Incipio Clarion and Faraday for iPad Air 2
Review: Incipio Clarion and Faraday for iPad Air 2

Faraday feels solid, but is also a bit thick. It’s a fine case, with no real knocks against it, but no real standout features, either. It’s recommended for those interested in folio cases. Clarion earns our strong general recommendation — we like the button coverage and soft shell fit, and the price is also quite attractive. If Incipio offered a similar case without the folio cover, we’d probably be even happier with it.

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Our Rating

B+
Recommended

Clarion for iPad Air 2

B
Recommended

Faraday for iPad Air 2

Company and Price

Company: Incipio

Models: Clarion, Faraday

Price: $35-$40

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.