Case-Mate POP! Case with Stand for iPad 2 review

"If you want your iPad 2 to finally be able to stand on its own, then the Case-Mate Pop! Case is for you. "

The Case-Mate Pop! Case with Stand for the iPad 2 brings the same blend of protection and kickstand-enabled performance to the iPad 2 as it's younger, smaller sibling does for the iPhone 4S. And like with the iPhone version, that's a very good thing.

Available in two-tone black or white, the Case-Mate Pop! Case with Stand for the iPhone 2 is composed of hard, protective rubber shell and soft, easy-to-grip rubberized sides. The shell feels strong and can handle any minor impact that might otherwise scratch or dent your precious iPad. The sides are what make the difference for me, however, as they really let you grab a hold, and keep a hold, on what's sometimes a slippery device.

The stand folds out from the back and does a great job either staying open or being closed. However, unlike the iPhone version, there's no ability to set an angle in between. You either have to keep it closed, set it open, or watch it flap about. Awkward.

The Case-Mate Pop! Case for iPad 2 does a great job protecting the back but the sides feel a little loose at times. I've seen this on numerous iPad cases and while it might just be that these materials don't hold up well over long surfaces like the edges around the iPad's 9.7-inch screen, I still wish they'd figure that out.

But this case is really about the kick stand, and how it lets you put your iPad 2 down yet keep watching your movies, following your recipes, reading your books, typing your notes, or any other of a dozen activities.

The Good

  • Offers good protection for the back and sides
  • Material provides for excellent grip
  • Stand works in either portrait or landscape mode
  • Rubberized edge keep the stand in place

The Bad

  • Edges could be slightly more form-fitting
  • No angle adjustments options for stand


The bottom line

If you want your iPad 2 to finally be able to stand up on its own, then the Case-Mate Pop! Case is for you. Wonderfully grippy, nicely protective, the Case-Mate Pop! Case for iPad 2 is everything you could want in a movie-watching, note-typing, kickstand-packing accessory.

The giveaway

Simply leave a comment below telling us how the Case-Mate Pop! Case for iPad 2 could make your life easier and you're entered to win one of your very own! Giveaway starts now and ends Sunday, February 5 at midnight PT. U.S. shipping address required for delivery.


Senior Editor at iMore and a practicing therapist specializing in stress and anxiety. She speaks everywhere from conferences to corporations, hosts the ZEN & TECH podcast, and should be followed on Twitter @Georgia_Prime.

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There are 58 comments. Add yours.

Tony S says:

I don't have any case yet, watching videos is so tiring now.. So case will definitely help

djayme7 says:

why watching video of course!

Nygel says:

I use my iPad for everything, tv (premium channels), school work, etc. but my smart case from apple is to basic

Dorothy says:

I would make my life easier by protecting my iPad while still having a function which would be for watching movies.

Brian Dunn says:

I'm actually buying my first iPad later today...but I'm going to live in fear of dropping it for the first few weeks until I could swing for a case.
This would be perfect, looks like it adds protection and the little stand it quite nifty.
Thanks, Ti...-iMore, for letting me toss my name in the hat!

Smmiami says:

This looks great. I was looking for a stand. Plus it protects to, awesome.

Mei Ling says:

It would be great for my son that insist on taking off the magnetic cover.

Mark L says:

Have used case mate products for years. They are the best. Would love to have this to stand up my ipad2 on my desk next my laptop for a dual screen.

baloghjz says:

This case would be great for propping up my iPad and giving it the added protection it needs when I'm working out in the garage. I'm always using my iPad to pull up wiring diagrams and parts diagrams when I'm working on my cars.

Dean says:

It would help out in all the ways it was meant for.

slippieslik says:

This one is awesome and I have wanted since I saw it!!! A case with a stand built in that isn't ridiculously huge and cumbersome!!! Make the fear of dropping a little less!!! Especially with all the animals around the house!

Julee says:

Looks easy to use in either landscape or portrait. says:

My wife would love this, I get tired watching her try and watch videos LOL

Firas says:

This would be great in my office. I won't have to pick it up as much, and will not have to have both hands occupied!

jrt14 says:

I would use the case mate to stand up my iPad while watching Videos.

renegatdula says:

My eyes get weary and always having a stiff neck....this could be of great help...

chrishull says:

This would be great to hold my iPad while I'm cooking dinner for my wife - reading recipes while listening to music.

velvetelvis says:

video is private. i guess you dont want people visiting your site to be able to see it. just your friends... if only i had some friends with videos of ipad cases.

jhpx123 says:

It would be great to use when I use my apple keyboard with the iPad

Thomas Garnett says:

This would make my life easier, I use my iPad for literally EVERYTHING!!...I use it to study, read books, play games, type papers...etc, this would be great to have and use!

sangs says:

Because I'm in love with Georgia and getting a gift from her would make my month.

Reba says:

Love this! This would be great as I currently use a pillow to prop up my iPad while watching or surfing. That built in stand would be so convenient to use.

Nate says:

It would be amazing to use as a stand while using the apple wireless blue tooth keyboard. I hate carrying around a completely separate stand just to prop it up.

Kristy_Lyn says:

This would make reading in bed a whole lot easier.....Also great shirt Georgia!

lisa says:

I use my iPad 2 for everything and having the stand would help for SO much!!

nijoma81 says:

I could really use this case, I've been trying to find some that would both protect the back of my iPad 2 AND let it stand up for easy viewing.

Hateboy says:

This would be much better than my simple TPU case!

gonzotwins says:

Excellent opportunity for a really cool accessory...I'm in.

rkbrown81 says:

This would make my life easier by holding my iPad up for me. The smart cover doesn't quite cut it all the time.

lamonicaj says:

Right now I use a pillow to prop my iPad when watching HBO Go....a stand would definitely free me up & allow me to do other things!!!!

Linkzo says:

Count me in for the giveaway! I would love one of these cases with a kickstand.

SteveC says:

This would be awesome for use in the kitchen as the family prepares dinner!

soNburst says:

i won't have to hold it up anymore

Tristan says:

And u know this

Karl says:

I would love this new case. Being a football coach I watch tons of game video on my Ipad 2. This case would make it easier to set the ipad to watch.

g_diddy says:

To prop up my iPad in the kitchen so I never have a fear it will slide into the pancake batter!

JP S says:

I've been wanting a case that would let me prop it up in the kitchen for looking at recipes or just watching tv while cooking. This looks like it would be perfect.

Jay Mobile says:

This would be a great case to use with my Bluetooth keyboard

sfmccallie says:

Watching movies, reading, typing; need I say more? Would be a good addition to my Ipad2.

Ginbill says:

I don't have a case for my mom's yet and she watches a lot of things on her ipad. It would be nice to set it up right to make it easier to watch things. love the kickstand

mk3s says:

I have no case so any case would definitely make my life easier!

kim says:

as a high-school biology teacher who use the ipad2 in the class room ..this case will be a practical and attractive hands-free addition to showcase lesson!!

Ben says:

It would make it a lot easier to watch movies and hold the ipad2 better.

napamplona94 says:

The Case-Mate Pop! Case for the iPad 2 would make my life a lot easier because It would help me protect my iPad when I use it to play content when shooting videos on location.
I shot a music video in Nashville and my iPad got big scratches on the back from putting on the concrete.
This case would be great now for college and for more videos to be shot.

Sutasinee McClary says:

The Case-Mate Pop! Case for iPad 2 will help me especially for face time with my Mom. I don't have to hold it again if I have this case.

Appleluver23 says:

It would make it easier for me to watch videos, type, and read.

pnut78 says:

I would love this because I need a way to prop my iPad2 in Portrait mode!

Jim Brace says:

I think it would be really great for holding the iPad at the right angle when reading and watching the movie apps.

Kenia says:

Because I have carpal tunnel and this can bring a huge relieve to the pain. Thank you very much!!

Matt says:

COnsidering every Tuesday when I have my daughter with me bowling, she likes to watch netflix of Xfinity on my iPad and she has to sit there and hold it...This would make her life a whole helluva lot easier when having to sit there and wait for me.

Zach7 says:

This would be a great alternative to the heavy duty protection that I use now on my ipad2. Plus it would be so much lighter!

Mare A. says:

This would be great for my daughter so she can stop stealing my iPad stand!

3spur says:

Looks like a neat stand

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