As the most basic of Macally’s recently introduced iPad 2 cases, the Snap2 Series of Snap-On Cases ($30 each) are exactly what the name suggests: hard plastic shells in various colors including clear, solid black, metallic blue, and metallic red. While the material is a bit different, the closest correlates are Incipio’s Feather and XtremeMac’s Microshield. There are small differences between the three options, but they certainly fall into the same category — and have the same shortcomings.
Like Microshield but unlike Feather, Snap2 does not come with any sort of screen protection or other extras.
As shown here, the clear version of Snap2 fits very well on the device. Unlike some of the other hard shells we have seen integrated into other case solutions from Macally (see here, here, and here), the top and bottom edges are considerably exposed, although Snap2 has a bit more coverage than on the competing models. This is offset somewhat by the presence of a slit in each corner of the shell, a less than aesthetically pleasing design element that’s not found in Feather or Microshield.
The upper part extends to just before the mic, with divots for the Sleep/Wake switch and headphone port, while the bottom has a large opening the height of the speaker, extending to the edge of the Dock Connector before dropping down, with plastic running almost to the bottom edge.
Cutouts for the rear camera, side switch, and volume buttons are precise, with just enough room to make everything accessible. The shell fits right over the aluminum frame where it meets the bezel of the iPad 2. Macally uses a slit in each of the four corners to provide a little bit of give to the frame, making it easier to put on and take off.