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psychonaut
May 8, 2011, 01:13 AM
So I just got my ifrogz summit case today. It is without a doubt a clone of the SwitchEasy canvas without the latch that some people complained about.

I was quite excited to see how it stood up to the canvas but after testing it out there is no way this case gets my thumbs up. The sleep wake (despite the box saying it has that feature) does NOT work at all. Feeling the case I think they forgot to put the magnets in it. It is $10 more than the SwitchEasy Canvas and not only comes with less but also has less stand features.

Needless to say I will be reaching out to ifrogz on Monday for a refund or case that at least has been manufactured correctly and includes the sleep/wake feature.

FYI - I have also posted a video on the ifrogz summit and a head to head video of the Canvas and Summit on my YouTube channel if you want a closer look.



kschles
May 8, 2011, 07:20 AM
Thanks for the review. Another great job. Looks like the Ifrogz is a no go. Unfortunately, the latch on the Switcheasy that I had never did loosen up. Wish Switciheasy would make their case with a magnetic enclosure....The case search goes on.

C0bra K0mmander
May 8, 2011, 07:31 AM
Wow this sucks! Im suppose to get mine on Monday. Def have to check this out

Igantius
May 8, 2011, 09:17 AM
Many thanks for the that. Even if the magnet problem is sorted, from the videos, the Switcheasy looks the better product to me.

Lindalou
May 8, 2011, 10:39 AM
Wow this sucks! Im suppose to get mine on Monday. Def have to check this out

Me too. I'll report back whether my sleep awake feature works. I'm so bummed, I was really looking forward to the case. Yep, the search goes on....

Dangka
May 8, 2011, 11:30 AM
Psychonaut, I remember youu were torn between the Switcheasy Canvas and the Marware CEO Hybrid. Did you ultimately pick a favorite between the two? Or did you find a different winner? Inquiring minds want to know!

psychonaut
May 8, 2011, 12:48 PM
Psychonaut, I remember youu were torn between the Switcheasy Canvas and the Marware CEO Hybrid. Did you ultimately pick a favorite between the two? Or did you find a different winner? Inquiring minds want to know!

Between those two I finally settled on the Canvas. I love the extra feeling of protection it gives me and I prefer the look over the faux carbon fiber look.

When I don't need the integrated stands I prefer the SwitchEasy CARA. Love how it's slim yet very protective. I'm hearing new versions of it include the sleep/wake feature but I have yet to confirm.

State Your Case
May 8, 2011, 02:48 PM
Between those two I finally settled on the Canvas. I love the extra feeling of protection it gives me and I prefer the look over the faux carbon fiber look.

When I don't need the integrated stands I prefer the SwitchEasy CARA. Love how it's slim yet very protective. I'm hearing new versions of it include the sleep/wake feature but I have yet to confirm.

Hey I like your youtube video detailing the Switcheasy Canvas but for the time being I'm going with the Maroo/Cyber Acoustics case. Do you have any plans to review this one soon? I like its simplicity and level of protection. The Switcheasy looks like it has better scratch protection along the edges but it looks like the Maroo has better shock protection if it were dropped on the floor along the edge.

Thanks!

psychonaut
May 8, 2011, 04:44 PM
Hey I like your youtube video detailing the Switcheasy Canvas but for the time being I'm going with the Maroo/Cyber Acoustics case. Do you have any plans to review this one soon? I like its simplicity and level of protection. The Switcheasy looks like it has better scratch protection along the edges but it looks like the Maroo has better shock protection if it were dropped on the floor along the edge.

Thanks!

I would like to try the maroo but I'll have to wait until next payday :)

Dangka
May 8, 2011, 04:50 PM
Psychonaut, glad to hear you picked the Switcheasy Canvas. I have it in black, and it is my only ipad 2 case. How many ipad 2 cases do you have now? You must have amassed a good collection!

psychonaut
May 8, 2011, 05:06 PM
Psychonaut, glad to hear you picked the Switcheasy Canvas. I have it in black, and it is my only ipad 2 case. How many ipad 2 cases do you have now? You must have amassed a good collection!

Too many, in fact I am rotating through my collection and filming final comparison videos as I plan on giving more away in the future.

State Your Case
May 8, 2011, 05:41 PM
I would like to try the maroo but I'll have to wait until next payday :)

Alright I'll be looking forward to your review! :D

C0bra K0mmander
May 9, 2011, 09:05 AM
Any response from ifrogz about the magnets??

psychonaut
May 9, 2011, 10:39 AM
Any response from ifrogz about the magnets??

Not yet but from what I read on their website they are closed on the weekend. I expect a response within 48hrs based on what their email states. I will let you know what they say when I hear back from them.

csunflip
May 9, 2011, 01:40 PM
I just bought one last week....WTH

Never jump on the bandwagon before it's been tested. Early adoption sucks...

C0bra K0mmander
May 9, 2011, 03:11 PM
I just got mine in the mail but I can't test it out just yet cause my iPad doesn't get here till Friday now. Geez. Based on just the feel of the case, I don't see or feel any magnets on my cover.Hmmmmmm

gmaines
May 9, 2011, 04:47 PM
I have the switcheasy....had it for about 3 weeks now and I love it... the latch works great and the unit looks good. it is a Keeper...

Lindalou
May 9, 2011, 05:09 PM
I just got my Summit! THE AUTO OPEN/CLOSE WORKS!!!! I HAVE MAGNETS!!!!

I like it, well except for the smell, hopefully it will go away. If I had to do it all over, I probably would have ordered the Switcheasy, however since I don't have anything else to compare, I like this case.

So as long as the magnets keep working, I'll be happy. I do like that there isn't a lip to close the case. Unlike psychonaut's case, mine stays closed but only cause it has the magnets.

So psychonaut, you definitely got a bad case! Would love to hear how you like it once you get one that works!

Oh and I was able to snap it in the plastic case even with my phantom skinz on the back.

jmdaniel
May 10, 2011, 08:47 AM
Not yet but from what I read on their website they are closed on the weekend. I expect a response within 48hrs based on what their email states. I will let you know what they say when I hear back from them.

You replied to my YouTube comment that iFrogz is taking care of the issue for you.

After your head to head comparison, I think I'll place another order for a Canvas, (cancelled and ordered the Summit, due to backorder on the Canvas), and just sell which one comes in second place. I just need a case, not a backorder notice, (my new iPad 2 is still sitting in its sealed box, until I get something to put it in...). :(

csunflip
May 10, 2011, 11:19 AM
I just got my Summit! THE AUTO OPEN/CLOSE WORKS!!!! I HAVE MAGNETS!!!!

I like it, well except for the smell, hopefully it will go away. If I had to do it all over, I probably would have ordered the Switcheasy, however since I don't have anything else to compare, I like this case.

So as long as the magnets keep working, I'll be happy. I do like that there isn't a lip to close the case. Unlike psychonaut's case, mine stays closed but only cause it has the magnets.

So psychonaut, you definitely got a bad case! Would love to hear how you like it once you get one that works!

Oh and I was able to snap it in the plastic case even with my phantom skinz on the back.

What site did you purchase this from?

Lindalou
May 10, 2011, 11:35 AM
What site did you purchase this from?
http://www.gleemobile.com/ipad/ipad-2g/ifrogz-ipad-2-summit-case-black-with-black-snap-in-shell.html

They have amazing customer service. My case shipped the day I ordered it. The more I use it, the more I like it. And the funky smell is totally gone!

C0bra K0mmander
May 12, 2011, 11:43 AM
My iPad came in today ( a day early) and was finally able to check out my Summit Case. Nice looking case!!! Have no discrepancies. The magnets are there and the sleep wake feature is awesome. Time to enjoy my ipad

VietNam
May 12, 2011, 01:12 PM
I bought mine from att store, no shipping, no waiting. Mine works great, auto sleep/wake funtion does what it is suppoesed to do, doesnt cover the bezel, just snaps on the back and absolutely no funky smell so i am totally happy with it. Yes att store carries it, no need to order online.

Grimes
May 16, 2011, 07:45 AM
I bought mine from att store, no shipping, no waiting. Mine works great, auto sleep/wake funtion does what it is suppoesed to do, doesnt cover the bezel, just snaps on the back and absolutely no funky smell so i am totally happy with it. Yes att store carries it, no need to order online.

I grabbed one at a local AT&T store this past weekend. Pretty solid case. Magnets work properly, it is sturdy, and isn't difficult to put on or take off.

Overall thumbs up :D

jmdaniel
May 16, 2011, 09:05 AM
Got mine on Friday, works great. iPad2 won't sync to my iTunes account, grrrrr..., but the case works great!

PracticalMac
May 16, 2011, 09:20 AM
The one picture I was is not impressive, unlike SmartSuite and CarbonCover


Anyone have more pics?

Grimes
May 16, 2011, 09:29 AM
I'll be happy to take some pics of it with my phone when I get home tonight if you'd like...

Born Again
May 16, 2011, 01:02 PM
Very cool that u reviewed this. I got a canvas based On your review.

Thank you.

These cOmpanies should be sending u free revIew units. Especially if your $ is so tight u need to wait for your paycheck.

PracticalMac
May 16, 2011, 04:15 PM
I'll be happy to take some pics of it with my phone when I get home tonight if you'd like...

wonderful!

gigemzach
May 16, 2011, 05:37 PM
Switcheasy is second to none. Love them!

Grimes
May 17, 2011, 06:03 PM
Sorry for the delay on the pics, long couple days at work. Took a couple quick shots with the iP4, not touched up, and the lighting isn't great, but here's some for your viewing pleasure:

3goldens
May 24, 2011, 04:53 PM
My thoughts on the ifrogz Summit which I received today from GleeMobile.com.

To say the very least this is a very under rated case and I thought I would provide some additional comments and pictures, and a its fairly proceed at Gleemobile, with a coupon Summit10 and free shipping, I think it would be hard to find a better bang for the buck out there if your looking for an all around good solid durable day to day case for your new Ipad2.

It is really the best of both worlds, the hard case and the leather folio.

I was surprised when I opened it up and got my Ipad into it. The Summit provides complete full coverage protection for your unit!

Worried about drop protection with your Ipad, this would be a good candidate to consider!

It provides a fairly substantial layer of leather protection on the front and back in addition to having a hard shell sandwiched in the middle. What a great idea!

All the ports on the Ipad are right where they should be, no issues what so ever there.

This is one tough and very very durable case that will undoubtedly take whatever you throw at it, and should stand the test of time given the quality I am seeing.

One of the things I really like is the sleep/wake function works like a charm. I read it was not in the beginning apparently, but rest assured this has been fixed because mine works every time I open the from cover. Marvelous!

Also the magnets are sufficiently strong to hold the cover closed, thereby eliminating the need for those additional straps and rubber bands, its a cleaner, sleeker look.

Don't discount this case based on early reviews, check it out and see for your self, I think if your looking for one case to count on for all your needs, traveling, viewing, reading, whatever, The Summit from Ifrogz is one to consider for sure.

Remember if you go to GleeMobile.com to get one, they are not only discounted but use the coupon Summit10 at check out for an additional 10% for the next couple of days, with free shipping, its a great deal!

If you don't think its as good as I say, well, your covered, you have 30 days
at Glee!

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Magnets hold front case cover closed perfectly!

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Very little border to contend with unlike some hard shells.

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3goldens
May 24, 2011, 04:57 PM
A few more snaps of the ifrogz Summit from GleeMobile.com
use summit10 at checkout for an additional discount with the free shipping!


http://www.gleemobile.com/ipad/ipad-2g/cases/leather-cases/ifrogz-ipad-2-summit-case-black-with-black-snap-in-shell.html


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Dealwagon
May 24, 2011, 05:40 PM
I have to chime in here. I have been in the hunt for a perfect case (for my needs) and this fills it! No bezel coverage. Smart tech. Gives more protection than smart cover. Quallity built.

I bought it at the local att store (gotta try and return it and buy from gleemobile) and am MORE than pleased.

If you really want a nice fitting slim folio type case with no bezel coverage, this is it.

atomicbatteries
May 25, 2011, 12:41 AM
thanks golden for the great review, I think you have sold me on the and I'm heading over to Gleemobile.com to get one right now. And I'll surely use that coupon code, what was it again?

Oh yes, summit10

Thanks man for pointing this one out!

kschles
May 25, 2011, 05:48 AM
The Ifrogz looks pretty good, but I do have a question. Is there a typing angle? The Ilounge review stated there wasn't, and consequently did not rate the Ifrogz as high as it might have otherwise.

Grimes
May 25, 2011, 09:51 AM
The Ifrogz looks pretty good, but I do have a question. Is there a typing angle? The Ilounge review stated there wasn't, and consequently did not rate the Ifrogz as high as it might have otherwise.

What do you mean "typing angle"? There are 3 different angles you can set the iPad in with this case. I've been typing just fine with it. Love this case... very underrated.

kschles
May 25, 2011, 10:05 AM
What do you mean "typing angle"? There are 3 different angles you can set the iPad in with this case. I've been typing just fine with it. Love this case... very underrated.

That's why I asked. The ILounge review said there wasn't a typing angle. I wanted to know from people who actually use the case whether this was true. Thanks for the information.

Grimes
May 25, 2011, 11:12 AM
That's why I asked. The ILounge review said there wasn't a typing angle. I wanted to know from people who actually use the case whether this was true. Thanks for the information.

Sure thing! I read that same review on ilounge and found that confusing... Happened to see it in an AT&T store, and decided to try it out. It is definitely a solid case.

3goldens
May 25, 2011, 01:14 PM
The Ifrogz looks pretty good, but I do have a question. Is there a typing angle? The Ilounge review stated there wasn't, and consequently did not rate the Ifrogz as high as it might have otherwise.

the third notch there is great for typing, not sure why those guys at ilounge made that statement, completely erroneous!

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jmdaniel
May 26, 2011, 01:32 AM
I have both the Summit and Switch Easy's Canvas, and I'm going to resell the Summit. It's not as flexible as the Canvas, and there is no comfortable typing position. The Canvas is the better choice; if you don't agree, PM me, I have a Summit for sale!

3goldens
May 27, 2011, 02:02 PM
I have both the Summit and Switch Easy's Canvas, and I'm going to resell the Summit. It's not as flexible as the Canvas, and there is no comfortable typing position. The Canvas is the better choice; if you don't agree, PM me, I have a Summit for sale!

That's odd, mine was a little stiff but after using it I haven't noticed that being a problem at all!

Plus I would hate that clamp closure and prefer the magnetic closure that the iFrogz Summit offers!
Much better idea and design!

Good luck with it though I think its a great protective case!

Ipad2me
May 28, 2011, 12:25 AM
Can't seem to decide between this & the switcheasy canvass. But I do like the colors on the summit better. Anyone know which of them is lighter?

jmdaniel
May 28, 2011, 02:02 AM
That's odd, mine was a little stiff but after using it I haven't noticed that being a problem at all!

Plus I would hate that clamp closure and prefer the magnetic closure that the iFrogz Summit offers!
Much better idea and design!

Good luck with it though I think its a great protective case!


How could the Summit be as flexible; it doesn't have the crease in the top cover that the Canvas does. More options for positioning iPad equals better case.

Blakjack
May 28, 2011, 02:34 PM
Without seeing the video, it was very obvious that the iFrogz case was no where near the quality of the canvas. The plastic looks cheaper and the fake leather looking material is so cheap looking. Ti knew right away.

3goldens
May 29, 2011, 12:50 AM
Without seeing the video, it was very obvious that the iFrogz case was no where near the quality of the canvas. The plastic looks cheaper and the fake leather looking material is so cheap looking. Ti knew right away.

You know looks can be deceiving. I was very surprised with the overall quality of this case, and nothing wrong with the plastic hhard case either, as good as any solitary shell I have used. Very durable and no rough edges or finishing problems like other cases.

Like I originally said very under rated case.