Review: Sturdy, but Slim & Stylish iPad Case from Solo

Solo sent me the Active Vector Slim iPad Case ($44.99) and it fit my 9.7-inch iPad from 2018 quite well. It is available in two color choices, all black or a gunmetal blue with black accents. I found both to be quite stylish, with a rubbery textured geometric pattern that also helps with grip.

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Speaking of grip, a non-slip silicone base lets you prop the iPad in almost infinite choice of angles. This is a nice touch and will be great for watching movies on an airplane. The case covers the front and back but doesn't cover 100 percent of the bottom, where the speakers and Lightning port are. Still, I found it to be quite robust, yet slim enough to not add much bulk. The magnetic flap keeps it closed, better than some competing cases that don't have such a flap.


  • Slim but with decent protection
  • Nice use of grippy materials
  • Magnetic closure
  • Two color choices


  • Doesn't protect 100 percent of the bottom

Final Verdict

If you want to keep your iPad in a case, but want to improve appearances rather than detract, check out the Active Vector Slim iPad Case from Solo.

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