Lately, I have had the opportunity to review several cases for the new iPad, and then write up my thoughts & share them with you, the reader.
Today, I will be taking a look at the Cara case for the new iPad from SwitchEasy.
I have previously reviewed products from SwitchEasy, so I am familiar with their design style and the quality of the products that they manufacture. I’ve always been impressed by their products, and the Cara is not it letdown. The case, which is a new case specifically designed for the new iPad, is a unique folio style case. The case is snow white and features a turtle shell-like texture on the front of the case. The front cover is made of very hard plastic on the outside, and a soft rubbery texture on the inside that lays against the screen. The back of the case is made of a flexible plastic that allows you to easily install your iPad into the case. The cutouts for all the ports are perfectly sized and cut precisely.
The case itself seems fairly sturdy and it will protect your iPad from everyday dents and scratches. However, I would not expect this case to protect my iPad if I dropped it from waist height or dropped on a hard floor.
Installing the iPad into the case is fairly simple due to the soft plastic. However, you do need to start installing the case from either the top left or bottom left corner or else it will be slightly difficult and awkward to install.
A quick note regarding the cutouts, the Cara uses a mixture of cutout buttons and raised buttons that allow the actual iPad buttons to sit under the plastic protecting the buttons from any damage. The dock connector, the mute/screen rotation lock switch, and the headphone jack use open cutouts, while the power/sleep/wake button, the speaker grill, and the volume rocker use raised buttons.
Like every SwitchEasy case, the Cara comes with an accessory kit for your iPad and new Cara case. It comes with two screen protectors, a screen cleaning cloth, a screen protector installation squeegee, and plugs for your headset jack and dock connector. The plugs are made of hard, white plastic, and go into the port to create a seamless look of the case and protect the ports from gathering dust inside.
Overall, the Cara is a great case. It allows you to utilize the Smart Cover feature offered on the new iPad. The case feels nice when you hold it in your hands and use your iPad. It can protect your iPad for minor bumps and scrapes, however it would not withstand hard falls or drop some taller height. Overall, the $50 price tag makes the Cara an affordable and stylish protection option for your new iPad. It is because of these reasons, I’m going to rate it 8 out of 10 stars.
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