The GraphGrip iPad Air 2 case from Poetic offers the iPad Air 2 great protection, while still maintaining a simple look and a thin design.
I’ve never been one for cases on my iPads, mostly because I don’t treat them as roughly as my iPhones, so I’ve never felt the need to put a case on an iPad, but considering that my wife uses our iPad Air 2 the most and uses it for work, I figured that a case might be for the best, so I found the Poetic GraphGrip case.
It’s a cheaper case that rings in at $15 on Amazon, so I was a little worried at how well the case would work and whether or not it would fit well around the iPad Air 2’s slim body, but I was actually pleasantly surprised.
It was easy to install the case and it wrapped around the edges tightly enough that there wasn’t any loose material that could potentially get caught on something, unlike many wrap-around cases that I’ve tried out in the past. Furthermore, the GraphGrip stands up to its name, as the rear of the case is lined with a textured grid of squares that surprisingly makes it easier to hold, mostly thanks to the rubber texture of the case itself.
One thing I really like about the case, though, is that it doesn’t add a whole lot of thickness to the iPad Air 2, and with the case on, the entire package still remains extremely thin.
As for the weight, the case adds about five ounces to the iPad Air 2, which is just over a third of the tablet’s weight itself, which might sound like a big increase in weight, but the device still feels incredibly light even with the case on, although I can understand if other users don’t feel the same way, as thickness and weight can be much more important factors for some users.
One big flaw with the GraphGrip is that it completely covers up the iPad Air 2’s ambient light sensor, which might not sound like a huge deal, but if you rely on iOS’s automatic brightness feature, you’ll have to throw it out the window (figuratively) if you want to use the GraphGrip case.
With the case installed, your iPad will think it’s completely pitch black, so it’ll automatically crank the brightness all the way down, which means you’ll have to disable the automatic brightness feature.
This isn’t a huge deal for me, as I prefer full manual control over brightness anyway, but I would say a majority of users heavily rely on iOS’s automatic brightness feature.
As for the buttons and various holes around the iPad Air 2, the GraphGrip covers up the power and volume buttons, but leaves the headphone jack, Lightning port and speaker grilles wide open for easy access. Luckily, the covered power and volume buttons are still fairly easy to press down, which I can’t say the same for some other iPad cases that I’ve tried.
As for drop protection and other various protection qualities, the GraphGip isn’t dustproof or waterproof, but it will certainly protect the iPad Air 2’s body from getting dinged up from an accidental drop, and the silicone material will absorb most of the blow. It doesn’t come with a built-in screen protector like more-expensive cases, but you can easily put your own on and then put the case on afterward for total protection.
However, I would be a little wary about putting a tempered glass screen protector on your iPad if you plan to use the GraphGrip, as the tempered glass might make it a bit difficult to get the case to wrap around the edges since the glass will add a bit more thickness to the device, but otherwise, go crazy with a screen protector.