I am a huge fan of Sena’s gorgeous leather cases and have used them on pretty much every device I have owned going back many years. The reason for this is quite simple. Sena consistently uses the best materials, consistently constructs them with the greatest of care and consistently brings new designs to market that are visually interesting but also take into account that most of us actually USE the devices we want to protect. In other words, time and again, Sena seems to be able to strike the right balance between interesting style and practical use. Add in the fact that their catalogue is quite extensive and includes a wide range of devices and they are one of the first companies you should check when getting a new device you want to protect.
I was excited to see what the company would release for the iPad 2 and they did not disappoint. They are currently showing ten different cases for Apple’s latest creation. Some, such as the Folio, are updated designs of cases that existed for the original iPad and some, such as the Florence, are brand new designs. I’ve been using one of the Florence cases for the last week or so and wanted to show you around this stylish, and functional, case for the iPad 2.
The Florence is a great companion to your iPad 2 for those who enjoy creative versatility. It is made to work with comfortable angles while you watch movies, play games, type a out a novel or even create art like an Italian artist. This foldable genuine leather skin design is comprised of premium leather providing a soft layer to gently protect your iPad 2. The integrated 2 position folding cover provides the versatility you need. Offered in classic genuine leather, the Florence is perfect for any creative or elegant setting. The secure cover with simple corner tucking closure provides a snug fit to your iPad 2. It is individually handcrafted from the finest genuine Napa leather with Sena’s well-known quality and strong attention to detail. The Florence allows you the versatility you need for you to enjoy seamless function with your iPad 2.
Hand-crafted from the finest quality full grain, genuine leather
Slim leather book style design
Integrated 2 position folding cover
Use iPad 2 while in case
Watch videos while in case
Type while in case
Simple corner tucking closure
Soft velvet lining with light protective layer
Cutouts for play-thru functionality
Charge/sync port opening
Easy device access
Sena craftsmanship and quality
The leather on the Florence is gorgeous. I always love getting a new case from Sena because the smooth feel of brand new leather is truly something to enjoy. At the same time I love when the leather gets a bit marked up, starts to wear in and becomes softer and softer.
The Florence features a truly unusual system for keeping the cover closed when the iPad is not being used. The lower right hand corner has a small leather pocket into which the notched corner of the cover fits. It brings some visual appeal to the case while serving a truly functional purpose.
It took me a while to get used to using this particular closure method but once I got the hang of it worked pretty well. Precision is important with this case because it has the same sleep/awake function as the Apple Smart Covers and therefore turns off the screen when put in position but I found that I had to be careful how I closed the cover in order to make it shut off. This is definitely a case of “practice makes perfect” and I do wish the tolerances for this functionality were a bit more forgiving.
The back of the case shows the clean lines that Sena built into it and the precise cutouts that make the case fit like a glove. Because the iPad 2’s back is tapered the case needs to hug it lest it turn the refined lines of the device into a boxy iPad 1 copy. The Florence manages to do that quite well. The cutouts are all as precise as can be and yield a case that, from the back, looks like a second skin to the iPad. This will only become moreso as the leather breaks in.
The tab in the center of the back has the Sena name/logo and serves to allow the case to function as a two-position stand.
This is a folio-style case so the iPad has to slip into it behind the leather “frame” that holds it in place. It does so with just enough resistance that the iPad, once inside, is going to stay put.
The extra tab of leather and velcro don’t hurt either.
Once the iPad is in place and the tab secured behind it the whole thing makes for a nice, clean package.
Of course the leather “dips” just enough to expose the home button.
Once the iPad is in the case you can get a better sense of what I mean with regard to the case fitting like a second skin. They just look, and feel, like they belong together.
Everything is exactly where is needs to be.
And if you fold the cover back on itself and slip it into the extra tab of material on the back it created a triangle and keeps the iPad at a nice angle for desktop use.
Here’s a look from the back.
And if you flip the case up on itself and let the whole thing rest on the small side of the triangle you get a far steeper angle.
This way it is perfect stand for viewing a movie, Facetime or whatever else you want to watch on your iPad.
And all because of this simple, but effective, extra tab of leather.
When it comes to a Sena product it is unusual for me to have a complaint but I do with this case. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Sena Florence and think it is a beautiful, elegant and useful case but… The leather that rings the iPad’s screen is rather thick and, as a result, not as flexible as the leather used on the back. The result is that the leather “frame” rises off the iPad’s screen. I don’t love the way it looks and I have found that it can get in the way of tapping the upper-most part of the screen unless I am conscious of it. Personally I think I would have preferred if they had used the same thinner, more flexible leather as the back on the front since, were that the case, I suspect the leather would hug the screen instead of rise off of it.
Still, in the scheme of things this is a relatively small complaint with regard to an otherwise awesome case that is well worth the $79.99 Sena is charging for it! The Florence looks great, protects the iPad well and enhances its usability in a variety of ways.
The Sena Florence for iPad 2 is available in Black, Tan, Red and Brown and can be ordered directly form the company website.
What I Like: Sena style, quality and construction; Includes smart Sleep/Awake functionality; doubles as a two-position stand; gorgeous
What Needs Improvement: Sleep/Awake function requires a fair bit of precision in order to activate; leather frame around the screen rises off the screen