Ever since I discovered how much I like the Apple Smart Cover for the iPad 2, but also how much I dislike its lack of full protection and inability to play nicely when folded back in use, I’ve been searching for a case that offers the best of both worlds. An iPad 2 case that offers full protection and also full support for smart cover features.
One of the first I spotted that claimed to fit the bill is the Yoobao Executive Leather Case for iPad 2. At $39.95 – ordering via XenGadget – it’s nearly 50% off the price of the Apple Smart Cover for iPad 2. So I ordered one, and yesterday it arrived.
The short story here is this case will never again be going on my iPad 2. It’s back in its box and will either be returned to the vendor or just thrown away. For details on why, hit the jump …
Here is part of the description offered for the Yoobao Executive Leather for iPad 2 at the XenGadget site:
Stylish and luxurious, and made of high quality genuine leather. The case is tailored just right and fit your iPad 2 perfectly, and allows easy access to the ports, switches, speakers and sensors, etc. The built-in stand allows you to use your iPad 2horizontally and vertically, and to view movies or type on the iPad 2 comfortably
- Design and made specifically for Apple iPad 2, ultra light weight (6.3 oz)
- The case supports the hibernation function just as the Apple smart case.
- 100% genuine leather – top quality first layer of natural cow leather
- Perfect fit – full screen touchable and precise cutouts allowing easy access to charging port, speakers, microphone, headphones jack, Volume control, etc.
- Built-in kickstand allows you to operate your iPad 2 with ease
- Innovative design allows you to install and remove iPad asily
- Provides perfect protection to your iPad 2 against shock, damage, dust and scratch
As you’ll see below, this is far from the reality that I encountered on the case shipped to me.
None. This case was on my iPad 2 for all of 10 minutes – and most of that was only for the sake of taking photos of how bad it is.
— The case STINKS, literally. It does not smell of leather at all – it reeks of chemicals. Even just holding it and getting the iPad 2 in it, the chemical stink gets all over your hands as well. I’m far from the only one finding this – see this MacRumors forum thread for lots of other buyers who experienced the same.
— The cutouts for buttons and ports on the case are ludicrously bad. Way off where they should be for the Power button, the back camera, the screen lock and volume buttons, and the headphone jack. They’re not off by a little, they’re far enough off that it makes using the iPad challenging.
— The smart cover features are all messed up. The iPad 2 is almost constantly sleeping and waking when in this case. The merest touch on the case – even on the back of the case! – has the iPad 2 waking up or going to sleep.
As I mentioned above, this case is already back in its box. It is flat-out unusable. Between the stench, the comically bad button cutouts, and the completely screwed up sleep/wake tech, it is just completely unusable.
Needless to say, I would suggest avoiding this one in your search for an iPad 2 case.
UPDATE: After this review was published I was contacted by someone from Xeniti, the reseller of the case. He said that the case I received was one of one only a dozen or so cases out of thousands shipped that had issues like I had seen, and he wanted to send me a replacement case to show me that these are generally better quality cases than the one I received.
I got the replacement case and had a chance to try it out. Sadly, it is not much better than the first one. See my post on it HERE for details.
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