Review: CaseCrown Bold Standby Case for iPad mini

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CaseCrown Bold Standby Case for iPad mini

The CaseCrown Bold Standby Case for iPad mini was the first 3rd party cases I bought for my new iPad mini. I’ve used and done a review of the CaseCrown Bold Standby for iPad 3 / iPad 2 and found it to be a solid folio case – so their new one for the iPad mini caught my eye right away.

Over the last couple of weeks  I’ve been using the CaseCrown Bold Standby Case for iPad mini (which from here on I’ll just call Bold Standby) on and off and while at work, when out and about, and during the evening.

Notes

This version  of the Bold Standby for the iPad mini is also a folio style case, with a good amount of protection for the screen, back and sides of the iPad. The case is made of synthetic leather and the front cover has a soft color-matched interior.

It supports the iPad’s automatic sleep/wake feature, and doubles up as a stand as just about all folio stands do.

The case comes in a range of 7 colors: black, blue, green, brown, pink, purple, and red. I got the blue model. It’s currently priced at $24.95 at CaseCrown, but can also be purchased at Amazon, where it’s listed at $14.19 today.

CaseCrown Bold Standby Case for iPad mini

Highlights

– The iPad is easy to put into and take out of the frame that holds it in the Bold Standby. It fits in snugly, and is secured nicely with a Velcro flap that tucks underneath it.

– It’s a good looking case. Though it’s not real premium leather it looks attractive and professional. It feels good and solid as well.

– The cutouts give access to all of the iPad mini’s buttons and ports, and the automatic sleep/wake function works as expected.

– The front cover folds over the back neatly enough to use the iPad mini relatively comfortably while it’s in the case.

– In stand mode it offers a decent angle for viewing content on the iPad mini.

CaseCrown Bold Standby Case for iPad mini

Lowlights

– The interior frame is a bit too wide at top and bottom (in portrait mode) – so it gets in the way of multi-touch gestures at times. I can do swipe gestures up from the bottom, but not gestures from the side bezels in portrait mode. It also interferes with tapping on screen buttons in some places.

– It doesn’t offer a good stand position for typing on the iPad mini. The best you can do is leave the front cover folded over the back and prop it up against a nearby surface.

– The metal CaseCrown logo at the bottom right of the front cover sticks up off the surface of the case and is just a little too much for my taste. I’d rather see a more subtle application of it, as it was done on the Bold Standby for the iPad 3 / iPad 2.

CaseCrown Bold Standby Case for iPad mini

Overall

The CaseCrown Bold Standby is quite a nice case for the iPad mini, but with one pretty big flaw – that issue with the interior frame covering too much of the bezel area. Other than that it’s a handsome folio case that offers good all-round protection for the iPad mini. It’s priced well too, especially at Amazon.

You can see more details on the case at the CaseCrown product page for it.

Disclosure: This case was independently purchased by the post author. For information on our review policies please see the About page.

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Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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