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Speck - Balance Folio Protective Case for Apple® iPad, 9.7" iPad® Pro, iPad Air and iPad Air 2 - Marine blue/twilight blue-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2116 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Folio Case That Isn't Too Bulky

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    js114
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    I purchased this cover to replace a Belkin Shield Swing Cover that I bought as a closeout item when I originally purchased my iPad Air. I really liked that case, but the plastic frame broke recently and trying to find a comparable minimalist folio case proved difficult. The Speck case is slate gray with both full front and back covers made of what feels like a synthetic sailcloth. A small flexible plastic loop in on the edge of the cover which snaps over a tab on the back panel to make a positive locking cover. The cover features magnets which will activate the auto on/off function of the iPad. The impact plastic frame that the iPad snaps into has cutouts that support all of the ports on an iPad Air except the SIM slot for a cellular model. The power port cutout is large and should work well with bulky non-apple lightning cables. The bottom speakers are supported by single rows about 1.5" long of tiny holes on either side of the charging port. The volume up/down buttons share a large cutout with the screen lock switch found on the original Air. For those using this on an Air 2 or the new 2017 iPad, the opening is plenty large for the repositioned volume buttons of those models. This case acts as a self-stand in landscape mode; but does not support a portrait mode (something the Belkin case did simply by pulling the magnetic cover off the iPad frame.) It is thicker than the old Belkin case since there is a lot more of it; but it is rated for a 4-foot drop and I believe it has enough substance for that. Speck warrants the case for 1 year from purchase date but you need to keep your receipt and the original packaging for the 'realspeck.com' holographic sticker. Overall, a decent case and we'll see how long it lasts. The Belkin went nearly 3 years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for iPads, Lousy as Kevlar Vest

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    robot
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    The design is sleek and definitely helps with protection for any clumsy oaf who might be prone to lathering up their hands in some Paula Dean butter batter before handling their iPad. It actually doubles as a stand as well which was a welcome surprise. You just flip it down and you can prop up the iPad so you're able to view your favorite programs. Many a nights I've stayed up way past my bed time binge watching Nathaniel the Grublet on Netflix with this little dandy handy standy...trademark pending. However, when I purchased this I was told it was indestructible so obviously I put it to the bullet test, which it failed miserably. In all fairness, I was misinformed not by someone from the sales floor but from a hobo located outside the store. I thought he was an early bird getting in line for Black Friday but I should've known better since it was Mid-February when I made my purchase. Long review short, great for iPads but don't use it as a substitute kevlar in any sort of gun fight.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of the better folio cases available

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    james114
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    I bought this to replace a warn Belkin case for an iPad Air. The cover includes the magnets for auto on/off function and there is a small rubberized plastic loop that fits over a nib to keep the cover closed, or when folded back, open. The iPad does not rotate within the case, so the case cover can act as a stand only in landscape mode. All of the buttons, lenses, microphones, speakers, connectors and sensors are accessible. This case fits the iPad Air, the Air-2 and the 2017 iPad 9.7". It may fit others, but those are the three models I have on hand. The Air-2 is not as snug a fit since it is thinner; but I don't it would fall out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor, poor, poor quality

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    Julie
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    The Speck case that I purchased is junk! It would not have been worth the money at a quarter of the price! I started using the case about a month ago on the iPad that I use to read or play games before I go to bed. Last night I found that all 4 corners of the case have either cracked or broken off. I have NEVER dropped the iPad/case. It's been on my bed or night stand the whole time. I will not buy this case--or any Speck case--again.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Questionable material

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    Viper821
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    Purchased this back in November 2018, just today, December 30, 2018, I notice the case was slightly loose, upon closer inspection, there was a crack on the plastic case over by the camera opening. The case hasn’t been dropped or misused, so I question the durability of the materials. I’ve owned a previous Speck case for my other IPad, so I was disappointed on this one. Hopefully Speck warranty will replace this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for my new Apple iPad 3!

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    Midge
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    This trim and sleek case looks great and is easy to put on and take off of my Apple iPad 3. I am not a "Geek"... Just a senior citizen lady who googles a lot before asking my 9 year old grandson or his Mother to answer a question about how to do something on my iPad! But I picked out this cool iPad cover all by myself and am really enjoying using it! I love the adjustable viewing angles so I can set up my iPad on my desk and text or email away or check the weather or use an app to check to see how a new word I found in the latest Book Club book I am reading is pronounced.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good option for an iPad case

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    breynnmike
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    It was extremely hard to find a cheap case for a 2017 (5th gen) model iPad. I wanted an otterbox but wasn’t willing to spend $80. That’s defeating the whole purpose of buying an iPad on sale ($235). This case was $18. The iPad snapped in perfectly. Seems like decent protection from low drops. My only problem is that the clip that holds it open or closed broke days after getting. It still works fine. But it’s not a five star product due to this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works for iPad (2017)

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    Lumpia91791
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    All over protection and literally fits like a glove. When pressed till it clicks it doesn't "look" like it fits but it does. I can grab and shake holding the flap and the iPad isn't sliding out. The lip of the edge case don't go over around the iPad. The part by the hinge lie flush while the opposite side is slightly elevated. The interior flap has notched so the angle is adjustable when watching in landscape mode and doesn't slide. Only negative is the camera section in the back, very big cutout. I guess since it a multi model case it has to accommodate the various lens placement.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Only one thing

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    SamL
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    I have own several Speck iPad covers over the past years and I am for most part very satisfied with their quality and longevity. The only problem I have with Speck or other covers is that the right side corners (top and bottom) tend to break/crack easily. Even with the cracks, the Speck cover lasts awhile. I know that it could be that I tend to take off and put on the cover a lot so since I cannot use the cover with my drone tablet holder. Overall, this cover is really well built and of good quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sturdy and Functional

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    bhappy
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    i bought this case for my mother-in-law who was struggling to find a case that covered the entire body of the iPad. As Apple no longer makes the *Smart Case* (covered the entire iPad), she had been searching on Amazon for iPad cases. Not sure which one to get, she asked me to pick one up for her. i drove to the nearest Best Buy and found this case. My mother-in-law absolutely loves the case and has thanked me repeatedly. She tends to read a lot and the case allows for 3 reading/watching angles. The case itself is light but sturdy, and provides whole body protection. Highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very nice item, but a bit pricey

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    iPad
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    I realize that iPad covers are pretty essential to owning an iPad. And my previous iPad was demolished after a drop of about 4 feet onto concrete. A better cover may have prevented the server damage. So, when I purchased a replacement iPad, I decided I must have a cover. I did not do much shopping around before selecting this one at Best Buy when I picked up my new iPad. It seems very adequate at protecting the iPad. The only negatives are the price, which I felt was a bit steep, and the ability to position the iPad. The cover will easily collapse from a folded prop-up position of moved slightly. This requires repositioning. Otherwise, it is a good iPad cover.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent case for iPad

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    rwbest
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    This case perfectly fits my iPad and the snap closure works with covering the face of the iPad or when folded the opposite way, which keeps the cover from flopping around loose. The ability to use it as a stand works fairly well, and I wish it would have a few more spots to hold the pad up for the landscape position. It would be nice if there was a way for the stand to hold the iPad up in the portrait position and not just landscape, and this is just a minor issue for me. The cutouts for all the different buttons/holes and the holes for the speakers are perfectly positioned. I'm definitely happy with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works well

    Posted
    icthusker
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    To be honest I was looking for a stopgap case because I couldn't find a keyboard case for my new 5th gen iPad. All the accessory companies seem to have been flat on their butts getting keyboard cases out to support the 5th gen release. I've used a Zagg Portfolio for years on my 4th gen. Switching to Logitech if they get theirs out soon. But this Speck cover has done a really good job protecting my iPad so far! It's slim/not bulky and is "grippy" so it won't slip out of you hands!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I wanted a sturdy origami cover, but this is fine.

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    Azoic
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    I would prefer to have a sturdy origami to enable portrait view for reading, but everything I've seen is either poor construction, too expensive, or inadequate protection. This cover does what it is intended to do - protect; magnetic on/off; various landscape positions. I did not think I would like the little closure ring, but it is great. I thought it would be in the way: it is not. When it is latched, you can be sure the machine is OFF - it is securely closed. A Geek Squad guy showed me his and that sealed the sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Screen lock feature, doesn't get dirty, great case

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    alex12
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    I bought this case for the new Ipad. It fits it perfectly and it has the feature where when you open it the screen automatically turns on and when you close it the screen automatically turns off. You can also use the case as a stand. My favorite thing about this case is it doesn't show fingerprints and it doesn't get dirty. So far had it about a month and still looks as good and clean as day 1.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Speck iPad Cover

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    Alfie
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    My wife has purchased three of these covers. She prefers them for the look and functionality. Unfortunately, the reason she has purchased three is that the hard plastic case cracks at the vulnerable spot where the hole for the camera lens is. Once the case is on, it's very difficult to remove without the plastic in that spot breaking. On the positive side, she has dropped the iPad from as much as two feet, and the cover provides excellent protection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great cover

    Posted
    Arie
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    I have covers for my I pad. My old one was the type that when you close it would shutdown the I pad. So for my birthday last year my husband bought me a new one. And the old cover didn’t fit. So I bought one and did not like that one. So back to Best Buy I went. I study the different types for my new one. So I picked out Speck Balance Follo and I love it. I can stand it up at different level to watch movies or tv shows. I’m very happy that I got it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great iPad case for the money

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    BBoy
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    I’m very pleased with this case. I think it provides a nice balance of protection and ease of use. It is simple to “install” and fits perfectly on my 5th generation iPad - even with the piece of tempered glass that I have attached to my screen. The iPad is easily kept closed and secured with the case’s latch when carrying around or not in use. The material and construction of the case looks great and feels like it should last a long time. I would definitely buy it again if I need to get a case for another iPad.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't perfectly fit the Air 2 or Pro 9.7

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    traveltoromantis
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    I got this for use with my iPad Pro 9.7 for drawing with the apple pencil. If I had an iPad Air or the 2017 iPad, I probably would find this to be suitable. However, my iPad pro (which has the same dimensions as an Air 2) is much thinner than those, and as a result sunk in the case a bit more. Because of this, the plastic edges of the case protruded out, making it impossible to draw comfortably. The case wasn't bad otherwise but it shouldn't be advertised as a universal case.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One minor (major) gaffe

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    Mpkblydspkbl
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    Works as great as you’d expect it to, but you can’t use the main camera. The maneuver to leave the part of it down (to not obstruct the camera) can cause accidental drops. Other than that, it covers the iPad really well when closed, and the latch on the side secures the front cover, so it stays on and closed. And the fold out stands are really secure and sturdy.

    I would recommend this to a friend