Hard Candy’s Street Skin Case for iPad 2 is certainly one of the most ‘interesting’ cases we’ve seen thus far. The portfolio style case is made of a 3mm thick translucent shock absorbing TPU rubber. The pattern on the case looks like it either A) got run over by a miniature trick, B) it was fathered by a basketball (maybe why it’s the “street” skin), or C) an experimental Fruit Roll Up design.
The Street Skin Case is form fitting, so it is perfectly sized for iPad 2. There are cutouts for all ports and buttons on the iPad including speaker, dock connector, camera, volume/toggle, mic, lock button and headphone jack. The volume buttons are pretty easy to access, but the lock button is recessed and tricky to press. The case cover is attached by two hinges and uses two rubberized snaps to secure the case around iPad. The case cover does not have magnets, and it is not tri-folding like other portfolio cases. Luckily, that did not stop us from propping up iPad anyway: you can roll the cover behind the iPad, as the TPU is quite flexible. This will prop iPad up at a nice typing angle.
The Pink/Red Street Skin Case that we’re reviewing looks pretty cool covering iPad 2. The Apple icon and “iPad” logo are visible through the case. The screen can also be seen through the case when it is on. The pattern has a neat basketball effect where there areas between grooves are raised. The exterior is rugged, durable, and will not easily scratch or scuff. While it offers a nice grip, it doesn’t feel all that nice in-hand. The raised shapes have relatively sharp edges; they don’t hurt, but they don’t feel all that nice.
The Street Skin Case, which looks like (but doesn’t taste like) a fruit roll up has eaten your iPad 2, is a functional and protective case for iPad. While it’s not intended to mount or prop iPad upright, it can do so in a typing angle. It is not be the most comfortable case to hold, but it does have a good grip and offers front-to-back protection, a sleek form, and a pretty groovy look. The Street Skin Case is currently available in Black, White, or Pink for $39.95.
The Good: Front-to-Back protection, Locks, Form-fitting, Groovy Looking, Translucent, Sleek form
The Bad: Doesn’t have a nice feel, Hinges are too tight, No (real) built in stand, Tricky to apply and remove case, Tricky to hit lock button.