I was recently contacted by Acase asking if I'd like to review the Acase Leather Case Folio for the iPad. Looking at the information, I decided that'd be a fun thing to review, as all the cases I've tried to date have pros and cons that kept me looking for that "perfect case". I also was at a bit of a disadvantage, as I was still using an original iPad, and many of the nicer offerings these days are for iPad 2 and beyond. Since this one would fit my original iPad, it was a no-brainer to at least try it out.
In short, I like it a lot. The black leather case feels great to the touch, and is cushioned to provide a level of protection should something drop on the iPad. The strap snap to hold the case shut is the correct length to allow the case to be secure without having to struggle to make the snap ends meet. The strap on the back allows you to loop it over something like a headrest in a car so that the iPad could be used as a video screen by someone in the back seat. I'm not sure it's tight enough to hold it securely in that position, but that's not a big thing for me... I'm the driver, not the passenger. :) You could also slip your hand between the strap and the case to provide a bit more security when you're carrying it, but that's up to you.
When opened, the case flap has four raised tabs that allow you to prop up the iPad in various viewing angles. The side that holds the iPad is hinged, so you can flip the bottom half out to rest against the tabs, while the top half stays rigid. The inside material is a soft suede leather, so there's no chance of it scratching the iPad. The tabs allow enough angle options to get one that should work given the lighting, so that shouldn't be an issue.
The iPad is secured inside using two corner straps on the open side of the case, and a top-to-bottom side strap for the closed end. The straps are positioned perfectly to be able to get to all the switches and ports, so there's no real reason to have to remove the iPad from the case for any type of use.
In my personal situation, there were a couple more things that I appreciated about this case. For one, I just upgraded to an iPad 4, but I was wondering if my brief infatuation with this case would come to an end. I know it fit my original iPad well, but how would it do with the new one? Turns out, just fine... The iPad 4 fits perfectly, and is now nestled away in the case. I also recently got a thin rigid Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad, and I wondered if there was any way I could slip that in the case so that I could carry them both around. The answer to that is also yes. I can slip it behind the fold-out base side of the case, and the strap is long enough to still close the case without crushing the keyboard. Again, for my use, it's perfect.
I know there are many case options out there, and you may want one that has a built-in keyboard or other features. But if you're looking for something that offers good protection, a built-in viewing stand, and a classy look (all at a pretty inexpensive price), you'd be hard-pressed to find a better option than the Acase Leather Case Folio.
Thomas Duff, aka "Duffbert", is a long-time member of the Lotus community. He's primarily focused on the development side of the Notes/Domino environment, currently working for a large insurance … more
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