Review: SwitchEasy Canvas + Rave for iPad Air 2

SwitchEasy’s Canvas ($50) and Rave ($50) are similar folio-style cases for iPad Air 2. We’ve seen both of these cases before — Canvas for a number of iPads, including iPad Air, and Rave for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Both cases are polycarbonate shells with a soft cover that can double as a stand — Rave’s stand folds into a number of positions. Neither case has button coverage (such coverage seems to becoming rarer these days when it comes to iPad cases). Both cases come with full screen film, and both have cover magnets to activate the iPad’s sleep/wake function.


Review: SwitchEasy Canvas + Rave for iPad Air 2
Review: SwitchEasy Canvas + Rave for iPad Air 2
Review: SwitchEasy Canvas + Rave for iPad Air 2

Canvas remains virtually unchanged from iPad Air — though this particular case only fits the iPad Air 2, it looks almost exactly the same and works in the same way. It’s still a very good case, but we still miss the button coverage, and it could stand to be a little bit thinner for Apple’s thinnest iPad.

Review: SwitchEasy Canvas + Rave for iPad Air 2
Review: SwitchEasy Canvas + Rave for iPad Air 2
Review: SwitchEasy Canvas + Rave for iPad Air 2
Review: SwitchEasy Canvas + Rave for iPad Air 2

Rave proves to be more useful than its iPhone cousin, though we’re still not in love with the folding stand cover. It can be a bit awkward, especially when you want to set your iPad up quickly. We do, however, appreciate its thinness — it’s rare to see an iPad Air 2 folio case keep a relatively thin profile, so we commend SwitchEasy for that.

Review: SwitchEasy Canvas + Rave for iPad Air 2
Review: SwitchEasy Canvas + Rave for iPad Air 2

We like both Canvas and Rave for iPad Air 2, but for different reasons. We enjoy the bold color options for both cases, as well, as they go beyond the basic black. Canvas feels a bit more solid, and we prefer its folding stand, but it’s also a bit bulky for such a thin device. Rave is thin, and allows for portrait viewing via its stand … but that stand is trickier, and maybe flimsier, than it needs to be.

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Our Rating

B+
Recommended

Canvas

B
Recommended

Rave

Company and Price

Company: SwitchEasy

Models: Canvas, Rave

Price: $50

Compatible: iPad Air 2

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