This article offers information about ways to protect your Apple iPad 2 while it's in use or being transported, and includes details about the innovative line of Apple iPad 2 Smart Cases, which come in 10 different colors. You'll also learn about other practical yet stylish iPad 2 cases, covers, jackets, and accessories.
The Apple iPad 2 is a remarkable device, and while it's made to be durable, it's important to protect your tablet from damage during use and while transporting it. There are a variety of ways to protect your iPad 2—without adding too much extra weight or thickness to the device's extremely sleek and lightweight design.
A Smart Cover Is a Smart Investment
Apple has designed the iPad 2 housing to easily accommodate what it calls Smart Covers, which are designed to protect the device's screen, keep it clean, and serve as a two-position vertical stand. Priced at $39.00 each for the durable but extremely thin polyurethane version, or $69.00 each for the leather version, an Apple Smart Cover attaches to an iPad 2 instantly by using magnets and auto positions itself to ensure a perfect fit each time it's attached.
The back of each Smart Cover has a soft microfiber lining, which actively helps to keeps the tablet's screen clean and smudge-free, each and every time it's put on or taken off. You'll notice that as soon as you lift a Smart Cover off of the iPad 2's screen, the unit will turn itself on. And when the cover is placed back over the unit, the screen shuts off automatically, and the iPad 2 goes into sleep mode.
In addition, Smart Covers are designed using four sections, so the cover itself is sturdy, but bendable. This allows it to be positioned behind the iPad 2 when it's in use in three different ways. First, you can simply wrap the cover around to the back of the iPad (as you would the cover of a paperback book or magazine) when you're holding or using the device. However, it's just as easy to remove the cover altogether.
The other option is to fold the Smart Cover into one of two positions, and use it as a stand while the iPad is rotated horizontally. You can position the cover to keep the iPad 2 on a flat surface at an angle that's conducive for typing, or you can reposition it to hold the iPad 2 more upright, which is ideal for watching a movie or using FaceTime, for example.
Smart Covers come in a total of 10 different colors, including 5 pastel colors in the polyurethane version (grey, light blue, light green, orange, and pink), as well as five more traditional and conservative colors in the leather version (tan, black, navy blue, cream, and red).
Because the Smart Covers attach and remove from the iPad 2 so easily, you can purchase multiple covers and dress your iPad each day to match your outfit or mood, for example.
All the Smart Covers work exactly the same way, and they're designed exclusively for iPad 2. While they nicely protect the device's screen plus add a stylish element to your tablet, the device's aluminum back remains fully exposed.
To fully protect the entire unit, in addition to, or instead of a Smart Cover, consider covering the front and back of your iPad 2 using a thin, clear and extremely durable film coating, which is tear, smudge and scratch resistant.
Zagg, Inc. offers its invisibleSHIELD product ($29.99 to $39.00), which is custom-designed to perfectly fit each version of the iPad 2. The military grade, ultra-thin, clear film is smudge-, fingerprint, and scratch-proof; as well as extremely durable, giving the tablet a strong but barely noticeable extra layer of protection.
The invisibleSHIELD film, which is available from Best Buy and other major retailers (and directly from the company's website), gets applied by the user to the front and/or back of the iPad 2 unit and can easily be removed in seconds, although the film is designed to stay on the iPad permanently.