Tablet case: Kicker for Apple iPad 2

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STM Kicker for iPad 2Introduction:

Although tablet computing has well and truly established itself, the ambition of every tablet manufacturer to provide the lightest and thinnest tablet leaves one major shortcoming to most of the tablets currently available on the market and that is the durability of the device itself. Even the mighty Apple iPad 2 is not so durable that it couldn't so with some form of protection and STM have once again stepped into the breach, to make sure that your beloved posession is protected against the everyday incidents that can scratch, smash or otherwise harm it, with the STM kicker for the iPad 2.

Specifications:

  • Lightweight, slim and protective construction
  • Instant on-off enabled front cover
  • Full access to ports and control buttons
  • Textured leather-like material with hard protective back
  • Two kickstand settings for easy typing or viewing
  • Available in three colours: black, brown and red
  • Main fabric: textured leather-like material
  • Lining: micro suede
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in / 24 x 19 x 1 cm
  • Weight: 0.4 lbs / 181 g

Review:

The STM kicker provides a lightweight and durable casing for the iPad 2, with interior surfaces well lined to prevent damage to casings.  The hard shell back casing moulds well to the device itself and all of the ports and controls are still perfectly accessible.  The front cover folds nicely over the enclosed iPad and is held shut by magnets at the edges of the case, which although not incredibly strong do a good job of keeping this book-like enclosure closed whilst on the move.  The best feature of the kicker is that the front cover folds back on itself and a fold out plastic kickstand provides two settings for holding the iPad at an angle for better access when typing or viewing videos (certainly saves having to find a suitable perch or having to hold the iPad at a specific angle for long periods of time!). One slight niggle is that the kickstand is made out of lightweight plastic (presumably to keep the overally weight of the case down) and it feels a little bit brittle, although despite continuous testing we didn't manage to break it!

Price:

RRP £44.95

Verdict:

4/5 - The STM kicker provides excellent protection for the Apple iPad 2 with a hard shell back and soft leather-like front cover.  In our opinion it would have been nice to have seen a slightly sturdier kickstand, but this would undoubtably have reflected in the overall weight, and maybe a few more kickstand settings for different tastes, but overall it's a nice little case that should your investment for the foreseeable future