Choiix Wake Up Folio for iPad 2 review

"If you like the Smart Cover but don't like its propensity to fall off or the lack of protection it provides the back plate, you'll love the Choiix Wake Up Folio for iPad 2."

The Choiix Wake Up Folio for iPad 2 is just like Apple's Smart Cover but includes a back plate to protect the aluminum backing of your iPhone. That extra back case also means it won't fall off the way Apple's Smart Cover often does. In fact, the iPad 2 snaps right in and fits snuggly and securely enough that you can lift it by the cover, something impossible with Apple's original.

Since the Choiix Wake Up Folio includes the back case along with the cover, it is heavier and bulkier than Apple's Smart Cover, but there's always a trade-off between profile and protection. Like Apple's Smart Cover, magnets in the iPad 2 and in the case allow it to turn your iPad 2 on when you open the cover, and off when you close it again.

Also like Apple's Smart Cover, you can fold the Choiix Wake Up Folio's cover up to work as a stand in either flat mode for typing or stand-up mode for watching videos and movies. It's perhaps not quite as bendable as Apple's, but it's close enough not to matter. The cover is polyurethane with a soft, plush inside to protect against scratches. It comes in just about every color you'd expect -- white, gray, blue, green, orange, pink, and black.

Cutouts provide access to all the usual ports and while most won't cause a problem, they are cut close enough that some of the chunkier media cables or automotive chargers might have a tough time squeezing in. There's also a grid over the back speaker and while minor, the more sound sensitive among you might notice the difference.

Choiix Wake Up FolioReviewed by iMore

Choiix Wake Folio for iPad 2


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The Good

  • Adds a back case to the Smart Cover concept
  • Easy to put on and take off
  • Still has an orange version, unlike Apple

The Bad

  • Bulkier than the cover-only Smart Cover
  • Port cutouts are cut a little close

The Conclusion

If you like the Smart Cover but don't like its propensity to fall off or the lack of protection it provides the back plate, you'll love the Choiix Wake Up Folio for iPad 2.

Source: Cooler Master

The giveaway

Leave a comment below and you'll be entered to win a Choiix Wake Up Folio of you very own!

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Choiix Wake Up Folio for iPad 2 review


This would be nice... I've been wanting to get my mom a smart case for her iPad but I saw this one in Mac life magazine and I've been very interested in how it compared. Sounds good to me!

I don't have a problem with a little bulk... I am the rare animal that admits the iPad is too light and thin. I always feel like I am going to drop it, so slippery. I've been looking for a case that has something to hold on to and looks great, like this Choiix folio. If I don't win, I might consider buying it myself.

I have an Orange Smart Cover that I love because it doesn't add to bulk of the device, but it does come off some times which is a massive pain. This looks good.

Hmmm, the first iPad 2 case that might be worth the trade off in weight and bulk and that keeps all the nice features from the smart cover. I likey.

I have had the Grey version of this case for about two months now - it really is awesome. Very protective, yet still easy to use one-handed. Cant recommend it enough!

Heh heh... That's funny... I just did my research on what cover to get and this is one of the 3!!! I'd love one of these.
(The other 2 were the SwitchEasy Canvas and the Speck PixelSkin HD Wrap.)

That's exactly the case I've been looking for...Smart Cover + back protection + as close to Apple's design as possible. That's a great price point too compared to other non-Smart Cover cases and Apple's own Smart Cover. Nice write up Georgia. Thanks for bringing these great options to our attention and providing informative reviews. They're extremely helpful.

The existing cover/keyboard combo I have is good but adds too much bulk to my iPad. I've looked at normal smart covers and find that they just don't do it for me. This gives me the smart cover feature plus protection for the back of the unit.

Nice cover, the bulk and two toned back are a little off putting the extra protection is a plus. And possible the two toned looks better in person. I wish Georgia had addressed her thoughts on that.

This is great, I would love to have one. Better then having 2 separate kinds of cases on my iPad.

That looks like a more High quality version of the case(incase version) I was using, until the corners all broke off and it frayed... Looks

Although my beautiful iPad2 is an exhibitionist and loves to show off it's aluminum and slim physique, I would LOVE to wrap it in this sexy attire that will also protect and keeps it's beauty!!!!
PLEASE Pick me!!!!!!

Finally got an iPad yesterday for school & I've been looking for the perfect case. Now I think I've finally found it...that case looks great!

That is the most beautiful thing that I have ever seen oh and the Smart cover thing is nice too. Whether I win a date with Georgia or the Smart cover I will be happy PICK ME!!!

I'd love to win this...sign me up...been looking for a good form fitting case that will not add much bulk or size but still provide some protection.

Ok...Yes.... I want it! Seems like a must have case that does it all. If I don't win it I'll buy it!!!

Perfect give away. This would really compliment the iPad2 I will be getting my wife for Valentines Day! Thanks Georgia :-)

When I saw your article about this cover, I thought right away of my wife who is always complaining about the cover of her iPad falling off

I just got an iPad 2 and was wondering what case to get, well looks like i found one. I hope i get it.

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This case appears to be exactly what all of us wishing Apple's smart cover was. Thank you for making such a wonderful product. I love the colors and design of the case.

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