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!


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 118 comments. Add yours.

Bshums says:

I have been looking for something to give protection to the back of my iPad!

Ginbill says:

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!

mgorman85 says:

Like the case. Still keeps things minimal.

rsaint67 says:

Looking pretty good. If I were to get it I'd prefer the black one over any other.

bn100 says:

Thanks for the giveaway.

Sean says:

That looks pretty bad ass!!!!!!!!!!!!
I want one!!!!!

Max says:

Wow, that looks nice!I want one!!!!!

Hunoosh says:

Love it! Pink Please! Guess I will have to buy and iPad NOW!

brischloss says:

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.

Minnzy says:

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.

jeroenb42 says:

Very nice. This will help protect the iPad even more. Thanks for the giveaway

Henry says:

Those look really neat!!

Phyllis says:

Looks like the best combination if you're looking for a Smart Cover style design.

mady53 says:

this looks great, seems to give iPad more protection.
i'd love to win one. thanks

John says:

Nice. Will it be in stores for a try before you buy?

Michael B says:

Looks sexy! Would love to have this for my iPad :)

PeterC says:

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.

techmom#IM says:

Beautiful! The smart cover is great but not enough protection. I would love one of these.

Vaman49 says:

I'd love to win that case.

Vishal says:

perfect one looks very impressive !

Aatrek says:

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!

dmt316 says:

Love all the giveaways!!!!!!

Laelipoo says:

This would be perfect for me. My dream case. You guys are so generous.

Nick says:

That's a great looking case!! says:

Oh yeah my wife would love this case..

Kristy_Lyn says:

That's awesome!! Great idea!!

Tallon says:

looks cool... I would give it a try...

tditty says:

I need a cover for my iPad please!!!???

KLieu says:

Oh please count me in, would love to win this awesome product

lisa says:

I need this! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

mrhygienist says:

I wanna throw my smart cover out the window ugh!!!

Kyle says:

That is super nice, would love to use it.

jrodri8820 says:

Looks Good a black one for me please

iCat3GS says:

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.)

bnpdp says:

My pad needs full protection.

schuckys.keith says:

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.

David Calvert says:

Ooo very cool I need one please!

lm1022 says:

I really need this. Pick me, please!

rmenaar says:

Looks nice. I would love one. Thanks!

RevJar says:

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.

soNburst says:

yeah def want something that doesn't fall off so easy. thanks

DoubleAron says:

My wife would love this case as it addresses her complaints about the smart cover.

Cheddar says:

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.

Jrres says:

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

mgmiller68 says:

Like the extra protection this case provides to the back of the iPad. Hope I win! :)

rkbrown81 says:

I've been looking into just that type of case. This would be great!

Alex says:

Looks cool. I'm assuming it won't work with ghost armor on the back though ...

Jeff says:

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

JP S says:

I would give this a try

Matt C says:

I'd love one, my case at the moment is terrible.

Alex says:

That's like exactly what I need!

pnut78 says:

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!!!!!!

TumnusMr says:

My wife would love this!

gonzotwins says:

Looks really cool. I'm in!

Andrea says:

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!

mrscorpio says:

Very good idea. I paid 30 bucks for a case that only protects the back.

Hailey says:

These look super cool! I would love to have one so my iPad 2 doesn't have to be naked!

Jay Mobile says:

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!!!

wamphryi says:

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.

iNitvizn says:

looks good - I'd love to win one to try it out!

Rod Urand says:

I have wanted one of these for a very long time. Perfect.

Alan says:

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!!!

Wade C. says:

How much does this cover weigh? Also, will other colors be available?

Sean says:

That's pretty cool!!!!

dev2nsu says:

Wow this is very nice. I would enjoy this good luck everyone

Prudence says:

This is exactly what Apple should have offered.

Ermina says:

This would be very useful.

Shawn says:

Just what the doctor ordered.

Mei Ling says:

The goods out weight the bads for me.

Douse says:

My iPad needs a back cover.

Lisa L says:

I would really love this!

Christopher L says:

This would be so great to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

Melvin says:

I shall remain positive even though I'm at the bottom.

Shawna says:

Duh, isn't this the case Apple should be selling?!
Thanks for the giveaway.

Kristina says:

Still looking for the perfect case....

thebrownswin says:

All around protection with Smart Cover would be great.

Joe says:

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

Enzo83 says:

definitely could use one of these babies!!! perfect idea for what I can look for. thanks!!!

Enzo83 says:

This is a great case. Thanks for the idea!

anthonyrt says:

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

Victor says:

I was thinking about getting a smart cover style case and this would be perfect! I hope I win!

Jacki says:

I haven't found a great cover for my iPad2 yet -- this looks like it! Please?

Latonya R says:

I love the cool blue color!

K Oglesby says:

Thanks for the giveaway! Smart cover= not so smart!

maxrogr says:

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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