While wandering through the airport recently, I stopped at one of the ubiquitous gadget/cell phone accessory stores and happened to notice that they had some iPad 2 cases. Amongst them was the Feather Hard Shell case for iPad 2. The Feather is a hard polycarbonate shell for the back of the iPad 2 that looked initially to be a perfect solution for protecting the back of the iPad from scratches, but for one “flaw” – it does not accommodate the Smart Cover. I was quite disappointed, as it looked to be a very nice, stylish, lightweight cover. However, it occurred to me that with a quick modification, it might just work…
So I took a gamble and paid the $34.99. I took an immediate liking to the case itself, which has a smooth rubbery feel to it, and decided that I *had* to make this work. However, the Smart Cover attaches to such a large part of the iPad that I wasn’t sure that what was left of the case on that side would not only be enough to hold it onto the iPad, but be structurally strong enough.
So, once I got home, I got the Dremel out, and began carving into the case. My Dremel skills are “OK” at best, but this turned out to be pretty easy work. After about 10 minutes of careful cutting, I had the case ready to go. I slipped it on to the iPad, and attached the Smart Cover. Success! I’m happy to say that the modified case works just fine, and goes VERY well with the Smart Cover – as if they were made for each other. Incidentally, the Feather comes with two stick-on screen protectors. I didn’t bother with them as I consider the Smart Cover to be good enough protection in most cases.
I’d love to see some manufacturers make rear cases that have a slot engineered in for the Smart Cover. Yes, Incipio, I’m looking at you. When you have it ready, drop me a line, mmmkay? I’ll be waiting.
The Feather Case, post-modification.
The end result.