“Bites on Bytes” is too trite, but Words on the Word does have a growing tech focus. I’ve reviewed software before, and have moved into iOS and its apps, and now gear. Here I’ll review a classy case for the iPad mini, with another case review to follow, some iOS app reviews on the way, and a forthcoming review of a Sony bluetooth wireless speaker. Stay tuned.
Here is the lengthily-titled 100% Genuine Brazilian Buffalo Hide Leather Dual Protection Folio Stand/Cover/Case for iPad Mini with Built-in Stand and Detachable Inner Silicon Cover (Black), by Bear Motion:
This is really two cases in one. On the right in the photo below there is the silicon stand-alone backing, which I’d recommend just for home (but not travel) use. On the left is the folio with a hard back plastic shell that is attached to the leather case that wraps around and closes over the iPad mini. It’s got a sleep/wake feature that functions perfectly.
There is actually a third casing option, since the Bear Motion Dual Protection case comes also with a protective velvet sleeve. So your iPad would be well-protected here.
Let me break it down into pros and cons:
- The construction quality is high
- The stitching is careful and tight
- The holes (to access camera, earbuds, etc.) are cut out just right; you can still access everything
- The leather smells amazing (I am a notorious smeller of books… and of this case)
- I can hold the iPad, while in this case, in one hand (results may vary according to hand size)
- The price is currently $19.99, which is a good deal
- I haven’t test-dropped the iPad while in this case, but my money is on a safe landing, were some sort of accident to happen
- There are three notches for standing it up (in landscape mode only) for viewing; these are sturdier than the typical origami-style construction in other cases… as here:
- It’s not the slimmest option
- It is heavier than some mini cases
- It is bulkier than some
- This cuts two ways:
- On the one hand, it is sturdy and classy, a case you’d definitely take to your business meeting
- On the other hand, the “package weight” Bear Motion lists is 0.7 pounds, which is just a touch more than the iPad mini itself. So you double your weight if you use this case
- It is difficult to maneuver the case in order to take photo or video (it doesn’t just fold back)
- There is no place to hold a stylus, which would be a nice feature in a case like this
All told, the pros significantly outweigh the cons. I’ve looked at a number of cases for the iPad mini (and have used four now, with another review to follow), and this is among the best you can get–if the weight is not a problem for you.