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A Few IPad 2 Smart Cover Alternatives
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While many people still like the original iPad 2 Smart Cover, by itself it only covers the front of your ipad 2, leaving the back unprotected against scratches and dings. While some may only be concerned with how nice the front of their iPad2 stays, I'm sure most would hate to see any part of their new $600+ iPad get scuffed up.

You're in luck. Today, there are dozens of all types of cases and covers to protect your iPad 2, made with many different types of materials in varying colors. This is good and bad... not all cases are created equal and with many claiming to be the "best iPad 2 cases," how do you know you'll really pick the best one? They commonly come styled as either a simple cover for the iPad screen and back, a sleeve/bag type for protective storage or the ever popular book/folio style. Many of the covers and folio style cases also include some sort of stand for multiple viewing angles.

With so many options, I went on a hunt for some of the most popular and best iPad 2 cases, searching through countless personal and on-line reviews. What I'd like to present today are a few options for the best iPad 2 cases as an alternative to the stand alone iPad 2 Smart Cover. These are also among the most consistent and highest rated.

First up, the Case-Mate Pop! iPad 2 case. It employs a co-molding of a flexible, form-fitting plastic and soft rubber shell to protect the back and corners of the iPad 2, while allowing full access to all functions and ports. It has a built in stand that pops out to allow for easy viewing, or otherwise folds down to maintain a flat, back cover. The combination of the glossy plastic and soft rubber offers great grip for solid handling.

Another top choice is the DODOCase Classic for iPad 2. It is hand-made in San Francisco using Moroccan cloth and styled more like a book or portfolio, using traditional book binding techniques developed hundreds of years ago. It has a bamboo core that very neatly encases the iPad 2, while allowing access to all ports and functions. The cover folds back to be used as a stand, allowing both an easy typing angle, as well as one for viewing video. The only real "warning" with this is that the cover does not "lock" in place and is not really made to hold up on slick surfaces, as it was designed for more casual settings (i.e. a rough table, couch, bed) where minimal grip is sufficient. If you can get over that, this is definitely one of the best iPad 2 cases and top notch all the way!

Switching gears a little from actual "cases," BodyGuardz Armor Carbon Fiber "case" is a carbon fiber, textured film that is PVC based, and applied to the back of your iPad 2 for defense against dings and scratches. It also comes with a ScreenGuardz HD Screen Protector for the front. This is similar to using a "skin" on your iPhone or other device as it offers protection from minor abuse, scuffs/scratches while adding virtually nothing to the bulk of the device. It can be left on to use with many other third-party bags and sleeves for more impact/drop protection as when you are traveling.

Hopefully, I've shown you some of the best iPad 2 cases out there and given you a few good alternatives to simply using an iPad 2 Smart Case. Wherever your search leads you, I hope you find the best ipad 2 cases for you.


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