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Review: Griffin IntelliCase for iPad 2



I’ve been waiting for someone to get this right since first wrapping my hands around an iPad: The perfect marriage of Smart Cover and back protection for the iPad.

Enter the Griffin IntelliCase, a wake-up case and stand made of protective polycarbonate (to protect the back of your iPad 2) and flexible TPU (to protect your display). At $59.99, it’s far from the cheapest option out there, but I think it’s worth the price premium.

The IntelliCase is remarkably thin and light, adding no noticable weight or bulk to the iPad. That’s been my biggest issue with other portfolio-style cases, they make your iPad chunky!

The front cover of the IntelliCase looks like Apple’s Smart Cover, and includes all of the same features: The magnetic wake-on-opening trick, segments that fold into a triangle in order to prop the iPad up, minimal bulk, and screen protection.

The difference here is how the iPad is propped up. Instead of folding the cover onto itself, Griffin added a raised slot on the back of the case, and you slide the cover into there. It’s a much more secure way of doing things, but it took me awhile to get used to that raised bit being back there.

Overall, I can’t say enough great things about this case! It works great, looks smart, and it’s lightweight. What more could you ask for?

Purchase a Griffin IntelliCase today!

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, the definitive men's lifestyle blog, and he's one of the biggest car enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."



  1. Francesco

    February 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Best iPad case that you’ve tried so far?

    • CJ

      February 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      For me, no question!

      But Zander is rocking something else entirely, which he’s doing a post on next week.

  2. Francesco

    February 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Good to hear.

    As much as I want an iPad and would put it to good use, it’s too late now in the product cycle for me to purchase an iPad 2. I’m definitely anticipating and planning on buying the next version of the iPad once it’s released.

    • CJ

      February 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      Yeah, I hear where you’re coming from. All of the rumors I’ve read aren’t announcing any major changes for the iPad 3, which is fine with me since I just got mine a few months ago. 🙂

      Guess we’ll find out in a few months!

      • francesco

        February 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm

        I’m fairly confident that they will be improving the resolution without a doubt. I’ve also heard rumors about the processor being upgraded as well. I doubt physically it will change at all in appearance and size.

        • CJ

          February 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

          Yeah, resolution and processor changes aren’t enough to get me to “trade up” to the iPad 3. It’s the same reason that I skipped the iPhone 4S, not a big enough upgrade from the iPhone 4.

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