Thinnest and lightest full protection case

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by kramerica2, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2009
    Hey guys could you help me find the ideal case for me?

    I'm looking for a case that would answer the following demands (by order of importance):
    1. Front and back scratch protection.
    2. As thin and light as possible.
    3. Aesthetically pleasing and complementing the iPad design (not something that would hide it completely).
    4. Has "movie" and "typing" positions.
    5. Auto wakeup and sleep.

    I have no idea if such a case exists. In my mind I think about a Smart Cover that doesn't fall of easily and can be positioned comfortably while holding the iPad at hand, plus a thin and beautiful back skin.

    I'm not looking for protection against falls and damages, just back scratches and screen protection.

    So, is there any case like that out there?

    Thanks a lot, would appreciate any input.
  2. macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2009
    IMO, the Belkin Snap Shield along with the Smart Cover of your choice fits this bill. I do not have an issue with the Smart Cover falling off or coming off easily. The upcoming Incipio Smart Feather may be another option since it will match your smart cover of choice color, and may make it harder to take off (still unconfirmed).

    As for full cases with integrated front and back, the Marware Microshell Folio might work as well, but IMO it does not fit #3.
  3. macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2009
    Thanks jedolley.

    The main problem I have with the smart cover is not that it would fall off while carrying it (that's a minor issue if I understand correctly), but what to do with it while using the iPad on the go. It doesn't fold easily around the back and you have to hold it.
    However, that Marware case deserves another look, but I couldn't find a hands-on review anywhere.
  5. macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2009
    When traveling or out and about, and if i'm not using my smart cover, I pull it off and slide it into my Waterfield Slip Case. If I am at home, I just pull it off, fold it into the triangle and set it on my desk. I can see how this can be a chore for some, especially if you are used to using folio style cases.

    I just never got used to using folio style cases with the iPad 1 and just used a TPU case. To me, the smart cover is a great addition to how I use the iPad. It's like an portable stand that I can use the protect the front, and clean if I need it.

    As for the Marware... There are pics in another thread on here. I think initially this case had a lot of promise, but the end result (at least what I have seen), isn't much different than the Incase Magazine Jacket IMO.
  6. macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2011
    This is the cover I'm waiting for. ifrogz Summit.

    Looks like the outer shell comes in colors and doesn't cover the bezel. So the white should look awesome in a white iPad. The cover is black but it seems pretty thin, has auto on/off and 3 different view slots. I heard it was only $30-$40.
    Here is what they say:
    Featuring Apple Smart Cover technology, the Summit is not only designed to fully encase and protect the iPad 2, it also detects when the front cover is opened or closed, automatically turning the device on or off. No buttons, presses, or swipes needed. The Summit blends the look and practicality of a folio-style case with the rigid protection of a snap-in polycarbonate and a polyurethane exterior. The Summit also boasts three different media views, a business card pocket, and secure magnetic closure.
  7. macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2009

    This is an exact copy of the Switcheasy Canvas, just with uglier colors. :p
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2010
    Sounds like you'd have liked the iPad 1 orig apple Pad case. The Yoobao slim leather is just like it for the iPad 2 but in leather and has smart function.
  9. macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2011
    yeah, not fond of the colors either, just like the white. Switcheasy doesn't come in white.
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2009
    Thanks everyone, that ifrogz case looks too thick for me. It was the same problem with the original iPad case.

    Another problem is that all of these cases aren't available right now. Maybe smart cover with some slim back protection is the way to go. Perhaps something like the invisible shield or some kind of carbon skin.

    Isn't there any kind of 3rd party smart cover that found a better way of handling itself in use?
  11. macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2009
    My recommend:

    - SC to protect the top
    - Sene Ultraslim to protect all iPad when travel. It's also acts like a base for you iPad when in use. (or you can buy a thin film to protect the rear)

    I'm using above recommended and happy because Sena is slim and light and look great
  12. macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2011
    Take a look at STM.
  13. thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2009
    Thanks, I took a look at the STM. Unfortunately it doesn't solve my main issue with the smart cover. It doesn't have any solution for holding the front cover while using it.
  14. macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2009
    I don't get your concern about the STM. You can fold the cover all the way behind and keep it that way.
  15. thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2009
    Does it stay folded back or do you have to hold it that way?

    To my understanding, it doesn't just stay that way and that's my problem. I like to change positions quite often, and the cover hanging around is an annoyance.
  16. macrumors G4

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Well, how do you want the cover to stay folded back? With a snap or a rubber band or what? Don't say magnets, because most magnets that are strong enough to hold a cover to the back of the iPad are also so strong they turn the iPad off. If you add snaps or rubber bands or other ways of holding a cover flat to the back, you add bulk, which I think is why you aren't getting recommendations for those types of cases, because your thread title asks for "thinnest and lightest."
  17. thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2009
    Well, that's one of the reasons I said: "I have no idea if such a case exists..."
    I am willing to compromise on that, in favor of reducing bulk.

    However, I do believe that magnets would solve the issue. you don't have to add magnets, just use thin magnetic steel inside your back cover. The magnets that are already in the smart cover will attach to it, as they attach to the ipad itself. It won't add bulk and weight, and would be perfect IMHO.
    Until someone will make that case, I guess I'll have to settle on smart cover and some sort of carbon fiber skin.
  18. macrumors G4

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Hmmmmm, that might work. However, I doubt anybody will make that, since the general idea with the smart cover is that you just take it off when you don't want it.

    Also, I don't think you mentioned "stick to the back" as one of your requirements in your opening post.

    Anyway, check out this thread to see if this might be a compromise solution you can live with:

    I'm going hunting for this right now myself. :D
  19. thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2009
    The problem with those cases is that dust and all sorts of tiny grits can get between it and the cover, causing it to scratch the back.

    It happened with my iphone, that's why I'm prefer a skin of some sort.

    Good luck with your hunt...
  20. macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2011
    iFrogz Fummit for iPad 2 Now in Stock

    Just like you, I was also holding out the iFrogz Summit Case for iPad 2. I have been hounding so many sites and asking when this case would come in. I just found and ordered it from the link in my signature!

    I am trying post pictures of the case because I just received it this weekend (overnight shipping). It is everything and more than I expected it to be. The first reason I liked this case was because it looked like it provided a high level of protection for both the front and back of my iPad 2. I have the smart cover from Apple, but as most of us have commented, it does not protect the back of my device.

    The iFrogz case has a unique look and the leather piece on the back side of the case seems to act as a great protector from scratches, bumps and even drops! The leather absorbs the shock when the iPad hits a firm surface!

    Some iPad 2 cases claim that they provide optimal viewing angles, etc. This case has three different configurations that display the iPad 2 at different angles. The "middle" configuration is my favorite because I often catch up on my favorite movies with my iPad 2. You can place the case on your lap and easily watch a movie without getting a pain in your neck, etc.

    If you have any questions about this case- I would be happy to answer them- seeing that I am one of the few that has received this case (spent a lot of money on shipping) and I know there are a lot of people out there waiting for this case! Thanks. :cool:
  21. macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2011
    Looking for a white shell!!!!!

    Have you been able to find one with the white shell. Everywhere I look, they are out of stock. I'm holding out for a white one!!!!
  22. macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2011
    Where can you find the Snap Shield?
  23. macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    Belkin snap shield for iPad 2. best overall protection, look for the thread!
  24. macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2007
    Best Buy.
  25. cwerdna, May 2, 2011
    Last edited: May 2, 2011

    macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2005
    SF Bay Area, California
    similar needs

    My needs are very similar to the OP except that auto wakeup and sleep aren't that important to me but I do want something that helps protect the top and bottom better than most cases. I couldn't care less about dock compatibility.
    It seems really expensive for a slipcase. $60 for that? That's on top of the $40 for a Smart Cover?
    I looked into that but it leaves the top and bottom very unprotected. No thanks.

    I'm not sure about the thickness of, but that's closer to something I might want other than the horrible color scheme and glossy plastic (that might be prone to scratching).

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