I’ve written before on my quest for the best iPad case and setup when iPad was introduced. Â When iPad 2 was released, Apple smartly released the smart cover with it. Â This birthed a whole new ecosystem of accessories I felt obliged to try over time. Â My biggest worry with the new iPad 2 design was not the glass – the smart cover protected it. Â It was the back of the iPad. Â I didn’t want it getting scratched up or damaged with use. Â I then began my new do-diligence in reading, researching, and looking at all of the new covers for iPad 2. Â One thing I don’t like about many after market covers and cases are their bulk. Â My purpose in using an iPad is to keep bulk down to a minimum. Â In my research for options, I stumbled upon the best solution for me. Â It happened at Target of all places. Â And it’s the best iPad cover/case I’ve seen. Â It’s the Belkin Snap Shield. Â [Amazon Link]
Here are three reasons I love it:
1. Â It’s Thin
The plastic is super-thin and snaps on with ease. Â You barely notice it’s there. Â As you can see, the design fades into the device. Â I’m not a fan of super crazy colors to accent my devices, so I loved the smoky clear option to simply cover the iPad without taking away from the gorgeous design. Â The Snap Shield does come in a few colors if you like to add some “pieces of flare” to your iPad 2.
2. Â It’s Strong
The Â hard plastic shell snaps on with ease and stays on. Â Some cases and covers are hard to get on and even harder to remove. The Belkin Grip Vue is neither. Â With something so thin, I wondered if it would be durable enough for the rigors I put my iPad through. Â I’m happy to report that after three months of wear and tear, the Grip Vue has held up flawlessly. Â It does have a few scratches and cracks, but that’s the point of a protective shell. Â The exterior of the shell also has a texture to it that helps me hold the iPad with no fear of dropping it. Â It’s solid and strong.
3. Â Price
The Snap Shield is priced between $20-30 US. Â I found mine at Target and couldn’t wait to find it cheaper online. Â True, with the smart cover (I bought the leather version), you can be north of $80 US in accessories. Â For me, it makes sense because both keep the iPad light, thin, and the design in the forefront.
As with great Apple design, the Snap ShieldÂ is made so well, I don’t even notice I have a cover. Â That’s the greatest testimony. Â What about you? Â What setup do you use for your iPad?