As soon as I got my Apple iPad from PC World on release day, I knew much like any new shiny, beautifully designed portable product from Steve Jobs’ company, I was going to need a case to prevent scratches and general wear and tear that occur even if you’re the most careful of people — I’ve owned a shiny backed iPod Classic!
This particular iPad leather flip case doesn’t weigh much so it doesn’t make the overall weight of the iPad really noticeably heavier when you’re using it, equally the case is quite compact in terms of thickness of the leather-style exterior, therefore the overall bulk of carrying/using your iPad isn’t increased, while offering a fairly secure form of protection from bumps and scratches.
The edges that surround the iPad keep it quite secure in the case while also providing some “cut-outs” for easy access to all the connections and buttons on your Apple tablet device. Curiously it also has the corners of the iPad case cut out, I’m not entirely sure that there’s a reason for this, it looks a little strange, but I suppose it allows you to still appreciate some part of the clean-cut metal exterior of the iPad design.
The case flips open from the top of the iPad (while holding in portrait aspect) and the case covers up the entire bezel and with the exception of an indent for access to the home button, it fully surrounds the touchscreen of the iPad — personally I prefer this to cases that might only cover some of the bezel.
This case features a magnetic button fastener as a method of securing your iPad closed, it works pretty well, as it’s magnetic, it quite slimline, so doesn’t stick out from the case too much. The only thing I wondered is whether it would be possible for the button to flap onto the screen and scratch it when the case is open? It’s an unlikely position for it to be in to be honest and I’ve purposefully positioned it to test this theory out, I don’t think this would happen at all, especially when I found myself folding it behind the screen as a matter of course.
When you open up the case, you find the inside of the cover has an elasticated band in which you can store business cards, a cleaning cloth etc. You can also slide your hand under to securely hold it similarly to how you would a clipboard.
The only thing that I wish that this case had that it doesn’t is a little stand to provide an angled display/typing surface when needed, but I’m sure you’ll find something else to prop it against instead.
Overall, I would say that this iPad leather flip case is definitely worth considering if you’re looking at ways of protecting your Apple tablet device in general day-to-day usage without adding a lot of extra weight and bulk when carrying it, especially given that it’s currently priced at around £15, I personally much prefer it to the silicone iPad case I also recently tested both on price and design – many cases will cost over £20 or £30, therefore I would certainly suggest you take a look at this cheaper option before paying over the odds for other cases.