Griffin are one of the big names in iOS accessories. They seem to have just about every sort of accessory possible for iDevices, and they were one of the first companies to send me a promo email about their line of cases for the iPad mini – just a few days after the mini’s launch.
I chose to take them up on their offer to try out a Griffin Slim Folio for iPad mini. I cant say I had super high expectations for this case; in fact I didn’t have much of any sort of expectation (good or bad) as I’ve only ever used one other Griffin case, way back in the early days of the original iPad. So at least I can’t say that this case was a huge disappointment – but I can say it’s a pretty terrible case.
Here’s a little of the promo text for the Griffin Slim Folio for iPad mini:
Dress iPad mini up with style and functionality using Slim Folio – a one-piece case lined with microsuede that flips open for quick access to the touchscreen and closes like a book. Flip the cover around and lock it back to turn the folio into a two-position workstand. Custom cutouts give easy access to camera lens, controls and connectors.
The case is available in black, chocolate and pebble/black. My review unit is a chocolate model.
It’s priced at $39.99 at Griffin’s store, and you can find it for a little less on Amazon.
Sadly, almost none to speak of.
– The case can be used as a fairly decent stand for the iPad mini in viewing mode.
– I’d say the case would be better described as flimsy rather than slim. It feels like very poor quality material and is not very nice to hold.
– The interior frane that holds the iPad mini covers the side bezels completely when in portrait mode. This interferes with multitouch gestures and even with typing at times.
– It also gets in the way of seeing the very top and bottom elements on the screen in landscape mode. The folder icon shown below at the top left of the iA Writer app is very difficult to tap while in this case. This case actually makes it considerably harder to use the iPad mini while it’s in it.
– And even prevents you from tapping top corner buttons at times. Maybe the best quick example of this is that I can only see just the ’ad’ in the word ‘iPad’ in the status bar in portrait mode:
— The fit of the iPad mini in the case doesn’t feel right either. It feels too tight, like it’s about to bust out of the seams.
– The cutouts for iPad mini buttons and ports are not done precisely. The camera cutout is noticeably askew.
– The case doesn’t support the iPad’s automatic sleep/wake feature.
The Griffin Slim Folio is not a high quality case for the iPad. It looks rushed out or just badly made. The way the interior frame interferes with using the iPad mini is a dealbreaker right away. If this were a $10 case I’d still it’s not worth the money. At $40 it’s a bit of a joke. Not recommended.
Disclosure: Griffin provided the post author with a review unit for this case. For information on our review policies please see our About page.