The Marware C.E.O. Hybrid iPad 2 Case seems to have just about everything going for it in terms of what I’m looking for in an iPad 2 case. It promises all-round protection, smart cover tech support (for automatic sleep/wake of the iPad 2), and is attractive looking.
It’s the second Marware iPad2 case I ordered – it would have been first if I would’ve realized sooner that it offered the smart cover tech. I’ve been using the CEO Hybrid (I hope you’ll forgive me for rendering it without the periods between letters in the rest of this post) on my iPad 2 constantly for about a week now and it’s certainly an impressive case.
For all my thoughts on it, and a few pictures of it in action, hit the break …
I’ve found recently that waiting for iPad 2 cases is like the old saying about buses – you wait ages for one to come along and then three come at once. For a number of weeks I couldn’t find any cases for the iPad 2 that were ready to ship; they were all available for pre-order with shipping dates some weeks away. The few I found that promised slightly quicker shipping ended up being delayed and not arriving when expected. And then came last week – and I suddenly had five iPad 2 cases arrive within just a couple of days.
A more important discovery that I’ve made is that support for Apple’s smart cover tech in the iPad 2 is a must-have for me for iPad 2 cases. Even though I have mixed feelings overall about the iPad 2 smart cover, I have found that I love the automatic sleep/wake feature.
I love the feature so much that I don’t want a case that forces me to use the Power button. One out of the five cases I got in last week (that I’ll review here soon) doesn’t support the smart cover tech. It’s an otherwise very nice case, smart looking, versatile, and so on – but I quickly realize that it will be a very rarely or never used case, because it lacks the smart cover tech.
It feels a little crazy to me to be so enamored of one feature (of a case / cover!) that it becomes a dealbreaker, but that is where I’m at. From here on I’ll restrict my looking for iPad 2 cases to those that support smart cover tech or the smart cover itself.
How about all of you? Have you used the smart cover with your iPad 2? If so, do you love it / hate it / not feel too fussed about it? What are you looking for in an iPad 2 case?