Belkin’s $40 Flip Folio Stand for the iPad 2 provides sturdy, adjustable landscape viewing with secure protection and an elastic band for a tight close. The case’s hard cover and spine are covered in a soft, suede-like material that keeps the iPad 2 from slipping from whatever landscape viewing angle you put it in (there is no portrait-viewing mode). There are openings in the case for all of the iPad’s buttons and ports, except for the Home button, which is covered with a thin piece of cloth, but is easy to press nonetheless.
The iPad 2 is secured in the case’s frame, and is held in place by a soft piece of cloth that extends over the whole side of the iPad. The device is at no risk of falling out, but the soft fastener does cause some problem after a bit of use. Because the iPad has a little wiggle room, the buttons and ports like to wiggle away from their designated openings. You can easily adjust the iPad back into place, but this isn’t something you want to deal with every time you need to plug in your headphones or charge the tablet. Another problem are the speaker openings: they are very small and located only on the edges of the case, not on the backside, so the iPad’s sound is slightly muffled. The case doesn’t add much weight to the device, though it is a certainly bulkier than Belkin’s Slim Folio offering.
The Flip Folio Stand comes in three colors: black, red, and purple lightning. The colors are exposed under a perforated “midnight” grey covering on the cases’ exterior, and are visible in their full expression on the folio’s interior lining. The cover does not support the iPad 2’s magnetic sleep/wake function. Still, the Flip Folio Stand is a solid folio option that protects your iPad from scratches and dents, while offering multiple viewing angles.
[Lauren Crabbe is a freelance writer based in San Francisco. You can follow her on Twitter.]