A little over a week ago I did a review of the Yoobao Executive Leather iPad 2 Case. It was a pretty scathing review as the case was a major disappointment in three main areas:
— It smelled terrible, even my hands reeked of a strong chemical smell after handling it for just a short time.
— The cutouts for the iPad 2’s ports and buttons were all done extremely badly – making it difficult to use the iPad 2 while in the case.
— This case is listed as having support for the iPad 2 smart cover tech, so it can automatically sleep/wake the device. This feature did not work properly at all: The iPad 2 was 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.
Shortly after posting my review I was contacted by someone from Xeniti, the resellers 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.
Of course I agreed to get a replacement and give it a look. I received the replacement case this morning and I’ve had a chance to give it a look and a tryout with my iPad 2. Sadly, the results are not that much better than with the first unit.
Here’s why this is still a case that will spend no time with my iPad 2:
— This second case did not smell as bad or as strong as the first one; but it does still smell a little odd. Also, it feels very greasy, as if polish or cleaning fluid has been applied to it quite recently. Not a pleasant feeling.
— The cutouts on the case are better than on the first one, but still not nearly as sharp and precise as on several high-quality iPad 2 cases I’ve used. See the image at the top of the post for an example of this, the headphone jack cutout.
— The smart cover sleep/wake function does not work AT ALL. Close the lid – nothing. Open the front cover – nothing. My iPad 2 works perfectly on the automatic sleep/wake function with my Apple smart cover and three other cases I have for it; but not all with the Yoobao case.
So I have to say I’ll stick with my initial review of this case. It’s not well executed and is not one I would recommend at all for the iPad 2. Getting one case that had three major problems was bad enough, but getting a second one, sent by the reseller knowing I was a reviewer and still having big issues, seems an even clearer sign that this is just not a quality case.