If you carry an iPad Pro around with you, a case that provides at least some basic protection is almost a requirement. Even if you prefer to use it au natural, you are risking your investment if you aren’t at least transporting it from place to place inside of something.
This is one reason why sleeve cases have always been popular with iPad users, back to the earliest days of the device. Even though I prefer to keep my iPad Pro in some kind of case, I still like to carry the pair in something that provides more drop protection when I’m out and about.
Practical protection with an eco-friendly ethos
I’ve seen advertising for tech accessories made from recycled materials before, but I have to admit that they’ve never really interested me. I have demanding needs at work and it always seemed like the trade offs in quality and durability were too big to justify.
However, I was intrigued when I got a press release from Solo New York about their new Re:cycled Collection of bags a few weeks ago. I reviewed their Everyday Max Backpack in December of 2018 and liked it so much that I used it as my daily computer bag at work for a year. Based on that experience, I figured if anyone could make a durable, good-looking bag from eco-friendly materials, it would be Solo NY.
A few weeks ago I posted about a $6.95 iPad mini case, and said it was one I just had to see. That case is the Poetic Covermate iPad mini Case. I ordered one on the same day I wrote that post and I’ve been using it for a couple weeks now, and of course I’ve now got some review thoughts to share on it.
The Covermate iPad mini Case is a folio style case with a polyurethane front cover and a hard poly-carbonate back cover. There are 5 different design options to choose for the cover – Rock, Urban Paint, Butterfly, Love in Paris, and Tree. The one I spotted on Amazon was the Tree pattern and I wasn’t aware of the other choices – so that’s the one I have.
The case supports the iPad mini’s automatic sleep/wake feature.
At the Poetic site it is priced at $39.95, but as of this writing you can find it at Amazon for $12.95.
As some of you may recall, last year I did a review of the Moko Slim Fit Case for the iPad 3 – and was quite impressed with the low-priced folio case.
Because of that good impression I ordered a Moko Slim Fit Case for iPad mini as soon as I noticed they were available – hoping it would be just as good as its big brother. I’ve had the case for several weeks now, used it a lot, and can now share some thoughts on it.
The Moko Slim Fit for the iPad mini is a folio style case, similar to the Marware C.E.O. Hybrid for iPad mini – but with a few notable differences which I’ll mention below.
The case is made of PU leather on its exterior, with a microfiber interior. Here are some of its notable features:
- Automatically wake/put to sleep Your iPad Mini. Acess to all feature and control (speakers not blocked).
- Premium PU leather exterior and microfiber interior. Built-in stand with multiple angles for typing and viewing.
- Built-in hand strap improves one-handed reading/viewing. Rubber band to hold the front cover open.
- Padded front cover and plastic hardback offer enhanced protection, at front, back, and all CORNERS.
It comes in a range of colors: black, blue, green, magenta, orange, purple, red, white, carbon fiber black, and genuine leather black. Oddly, the standard black case goes for $9.99 – while all the others colors are priced between $17.99 and $24.99. I didn’t actually notice that until I was writing this post – I ordered the standard black one just because I like that color choice best for this case.
ZooGue’s iPad Case Prodigy is a case and magnetic stand that’s billed as ‘insanely convenient’. I’ve been using one for several weeks now and finding that there’s a lot to recommend about this case. So I’ll dive straight into the review.
The iPad Case Prodigy features a magnetic kickstand that adjusts to 6 angles – from low for typing to straight up for viewing movies and several in between. Here are some of its other notable features:
– Microfiber Interior
– Automatic Sleep/Wake Function
– Secure Magnetic Closure & Cover
– Access to All Cameras, Ports & Buttons
The iPad slots into a frame inside the case and the front cover is closed with a magnetic clasp – which you can see in the photo above.
This case is compatible with the iPad 2, and the 3rd and 4th gen iPads.
The case comes in black and is priced at $59.99.
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.