Happy Owl Studio Leather Shell in Black for iPad 2 Review

I recently reviewed the Clutch for iPad 2 from Happy Owl Studio.  When I opened the package, I found they had also sent me a surprise – a back cover for iPad 2.  The Leather Shell in Black for iPad 2 is designed to protect the back of the device and to work with the Smart Cover.  Let’s give it a look.

The interior has a rubbery coating

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The Leather Shell has a polycarbonate shell for strength and protection.  The interior has a rubbery coating that should protect the aluminum back from scratches.  The exterior is covered with smooth, velvety leather in deep black.  The leather gives you a better grip on the device.  It’s very easy to hold the iPad 2 with one hand when it’s wearing the Leather Shell.

The only branding on the case is the embossed Happy Owl at the bottom right corner.  I love the cute little Happy Owl.

The Leather Shell fits over the back, wraps around the sloped sides, and barely fits over the front of the iPad 2.  You’ll hear a little snap as it fits into place.  The lip that overlaps onto the front is thick enough to lift the screen off a tabletop when laying facedown.  That should offer a little scratch protection for the screen.

The Leather Shell is designed to work with Apple’s Smart Cover.  The lip doesn’t interfere with the Smart Cover functions; the magnets can still hold the cover closed and the sleep/wake function operates perfectly.  The cutout for the hinge leaves very little of the iPad 2 uncovered with the Smart Cover in place.  My blue polyurethane Smart Cover doesn’t match the Leather Shell, but I like the black with that shade of blue.  I think the black leather Smart Cover would look very rich with the Leather Shell.  And I think the red leather Smart Cover would look striking with the black Leather Shell.  (Hmmm, how late is the Apple store open tonight?)

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The Leather Shell didn’t interfere with using the Smart Cover as a stand.

There are cutouts for all the ports and controls, even for the microphone.  I could use everything without any problems.  The microphone and the speaker worked without any interference.  The opening for the camera lens didn’t affect the photo quality.

I like the Leather Shell for iPad 2 a lot.  In fact, it’s replaced my old TPU back cover.  The only problem I see with the Leather Shell is that it means I really need a red leather Smart Cover now.

Happy Owl Studios will begin shipping their iPad 2 products this week.  They very generously have offered a discount to readers of The Gadgeteer.  They have created a code just for us that will be active for one week (starting from Sunday’s publication of our Happy Owl Clutch review).  Enter GADGETEER at checkout to receive a 10% discount on your entire order.

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Product Information

Price:$39.99
Manufacturer:Happy Owl Studio
Retailer:Happy Owl Studio
Pros:
  • Protective and attractive
  • Improves your grip
  • Works with Apple's Smart Cover
Cons:
  • None
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