All tablets should have some protection when being carried around. A lightweight option for the iPad Air is the Case Logic SnapView Folio, which can also be reconfigured into a stand that offers a range of working angles.
Build and Design
As this is a folio case, it wraps all the way around the iPad Air.
The back is covered with a solid piece of plastic, with cutouts for the camera, microphone, speakers, buttons, and ports.
The front flap is polyester cloth over a rigid base. This gives the black version a very professional look — much less so with the pink version.
When using the tablet, the flap can be easily flipped around to the back to be out of the way.
This flap does not make use of the magnets that are built into Apple’s tablet, so it is held closed with an elastic band. This band is probably a bit more secure than the magnets would be, but unlike rival cases, opening the flap doesn’t automatically turn the iPad on, and closing it doesn’t turn it off.
The accessory has stood up to several weeks of testing (including a trip to CES) so it seems reasonably well built.
There is a tradeoff with cases: the more protection they offer, the more they weigh. The SnapView Folio is very light, which means it offers minimal protection. It’s capable of defending the iPad Air from scratches and dings, but will be little use in more destructive situations, like the tablet being dropped down a staircase.
That said, some people don’t put a case on their tablet at all because they don’t want the extra bulk. This Case Logic cover is so thin and lightweight (7 oz.) that it can offer some protection without making the iPad Air seem much bigger.
The SnapView Folio goes beyond being protective — it can also function as a stand. Even better, this can be used at a range of viewing angles.
On the inside of the front flap are three channels. The case can be partially opened and two small tabs along one edge of the back plate can be inserted into these channels to hold the table up at three possible angles. This is very handy for a range of activities, from watching a movie to typing.
Those who would like an even steeper angle can flip the iPad Air around, then fold the front cover in half. This configuration puts the device at an angle that’s ideal for typing or sketching.
The Case Logic SnapView Folio for iPad Air is a good fit for those looking for something that will bring a bit of protection to their tablet without significantly bulking it up.
It sells for $40 on the Case Logic website.