In January, I wrote a review of the Sleeve360 "wearable" iPad case that had just hit the market at that time. I saw the Sleeve360 team at Macworld Expo a few weeks later, and was happy to see that they were selling a pile of the cases. In April, I gave away a HandStand iPad case that was similarly endowed with a hand-gripping, rotating mount on the back. Now that the two cases have been brought up to date in the iPad 2 era, join me in a smackdown of the two cases and see which reigns supreme.
Sleeve360 for iPad 2
The US$59.99 Sleeve360 for iPad 2 is similar in design to the original model, which is also available at $39.99 from the Sleeve360 website. As with the previous version, the iPad 2 edition features a locking "door" that snaps shut in three locations around the frame of the case. I felt that the locking mechanism on the newer case has a more solid feel and gives audible feedback -- a healthy click -- when the primary locking tab is closed.
The case is an attractive black material that mimics the black bezel of some iPad 2s. If you own a white iPad 2, you may be sad to find that your cherished device suddenly looks like the black version -- there is no white version available. There are cutouts in the Sleeve360 for the dock connector, the speaker, the two cameras, and all of the other iPad controls. I was glad to see that the Sleeve360 folks made changes based on some input I provided in my original review -- the old case used to partially cover the screen of the iPad, while the new one is almost a perfect fit in terms of just covering the bezel.