Kujali case for iPad mini Review

In an effort to easily sell their products, many companies are trying their best to create something that will capture your attention. In most cases, these are going to be aggressive marketing campaigns that usually target a specific group of potential users. I don’t need to tell you how much money companies like Apple and Microsoft are aiming towards marketing of their newly released products, but only a few worldwide known companies are able of doing this. Smaller companies, especially start-ups, are left with creative measures to make their products stand out. For example, the company named Kujali is charity-oriented and offers something in return for every product you buy. Even though this surely isn’t one of those marketing gimmicks, this is still a very clever and noble way for people to recognize this brand.

In this article we’ll review Kujali’s iPad mini case, priced at around $50. Simply by looking at it you’ll see that this is high-quality protective cover with good craftsmanship and great design. Continue reading to learn more about this case and its good and bad sides.

 

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Kujali’s case brings very quality and nicely textured leather on the outside, and very gentle red suede over its interior. There are two elastic ribbons for tilt adjustment when you decide to use this case as a stand, and there’s one large hand strap on the inner right side which can be used when you need to hold the case in your hand and work on your iPad mini at the same time. There’s also an elastic strap that holds it all together, even though embedded magnets are there for support and automatic sleep/wake function.

In order to place the iPad mini into this case, you’ll first need to place it into provided silicon skin, which is there for extra protection. Once placed inside the silicone skin, you can place it into the black plastic case which is firmly attached to the case. I really liked this system, which seems cleverly designed, attractive, and very protective as well. What’s also interesting to note is that the sleep and volume buttons are covered with silicone, but this doesn’t impact their functionality. There are also silicone flaps around ports, preventing dust and other small particles from getting into them.

As I said earlier, Kujali is charity-oriented company which means that for every iPad mini case you buy, they will give a mosquito net to a child in Africa. Actually, the word “Kujali” stands for “to care for” in Swahili.

Just like other reviewers and users noticed, the only downside to this case is that it comes in only one color combination. This means that you’ll get to buy the black and red combination, which seems fine enough but I am sure that there are potential users who will pass this product because they prefer some other colors. However, this is the first product designed by Kujali, so I am very interested in keeping track of this company and their upcoming product lineup.

 

360° Rotating Case Review

Apple’s own Smart Case for the iPad Air received a lot of positive critiques and I believe it can be said that it also managed to achieve big success on the market. This is the main reason why there are a lot of companies who are trying to compete against Apple’s own solution, and perhaps to provide even better product in terms of higher grade materials or better protection. In this article we’ll be taking a look at one of those products, and this one comes from the UK’s Everythingtablet.

The case we’re about to review is called the 360° Rotating Case. You can find it at various online resellers priced at around $50, which means that it’s trying to offer more affordable option than Apple’s Smart Case. It also offers somewhat more stable and versatile stand function, which are all the reasons why we decided to try out this case.

The first thing that needs to be said is that the Rotating Case isn’t made of natural leather, which is something you can assume since it brings somewhat lower price. However, this product brings something that’s called “PU leather” which actually is a leather (a lower grade one) covered with polyurethane. If you think about it for a second, this is not actually a downside if we compare it to the Smart Case. Of course, it doesn’t really bring all those textures and smell of the real leather, but this one is much easier to keep clean and doesn’t look bad at all. There’s very quality stitching all around the edges which gives that “handmade feeling”, so in terms of design and build quality I can assure you that you won’t have to worry about those things if you decide to purchase this iPad case.

In order to actually use it, you’ll need to place the iPad Air into the plastic cradle, which is very snuggly and seems protective enough. The plastic case is nicely designed and brings great dimensions which means that that it’s easy to place the tablet into it, but it won’t fall out in case you accidentally drop it. The case’s interior is lined with a microfiber which is gentle to the screen and slightly wipes it when closed. Also, this case brings support for iPad’s magnets, which means that the iPad will sleep once the case is shut, however you’ll need to use an elastic strap to keep this whole system secured.

As you can see from the pictures, you can use the Rotating Case as a stand as well. There’s the rotating hinge on the back of the case, so you can place it in landscape or portrait orientation and secure it by placing the bottom edge into one of the three available slots. While this works great in landscape orientation, the tablet can become somewhat unstable if you use the highest slot and if you plan on typing or swiping.

Everythingtalet’s Rotating Case is a nicely designed and very protective iPad case that comes with great price. There’s a lot to like about this product and I am sure that it’ll find its users. What’s the most important is that it’s highly usable and very versatile, which are all great traits.

 

 

Pi Dock-it Pro Review

As someone who has reviewed a number of iPad keyboard cases, I believe I can successfully follow the current trends and evolution of this iOS accessories category. One of the latest changes that we all witnessed is tendency to slim down keyboard cases and make them as thin and elegant as possible. This is something that users and customers responded well to, even though this sometimes means that functionality needed to be sacrificed. There are several well-known accessory makers who joined this race, and they produced some amazingly designed cases by now. In terms of design, my personal opinion is that Logitech’s products are able of delivering Apple-like aesthetics, but theyhttp://macreview.com/wp-admin/post-new.php usually demand some adjustment time in order to adapt to their functionality.

In today’s article we’ll take a look at yet another iPad keyboard case, but which is trying to go in a completely different direction than some similar today’s products. We’ll review the Pi Dock-it Pro, made by Parle Innovation. This product can be purchased for $160, even though you can find it currently priced at around $130.

From the moment I first saw the Pi Dock-it Pro I was very surprised by its appearance. It’s seems unusually large and heavy, but I was very interested in seeing how this system is going to work in everyday situations. The main idea behind this case is to allow you to transform your iPad into a laptop which could be still used as a tablet by rotating the lid to the opposite side. As you’ll see if you continue reading this article, this case brings just about that but with many undesirable compromises.

In order to install the iPad into the cover part of the laptop you’ll need to push it until it properly clicks. There are plastic brackets which are preventing any movement, and they can be pulled when you decide to remove the tablet. Now you’ll be able to use the iPad as a typical laptop, but once you decide to return to its primary role you’ll need to rotate the lid around 180 degrees and place it on top of the keyboard. This will give you a device that very closely resembles one of those early tries to produce a working touchscreen computer. This whole construction is just too much bulky and heavy to be used on a daily basis. The Pi Dock-it Pro really does transform your tablet into a laptop, which sometimes isn’t really a good idea.

On the other hand, I need to praise the keyboard that you’ll be able to use with this product. It brings full sized keys and very comfortable layout, where you’ll even get to use a lot of iPad-specific function keys in the top row. The keyboard is very comfortable for use and seems reliable enough.

Even though I really liked its keyboard, the Pi Dock-it Pro seems like a prototype in some ways. It’s very large and somewhat heavy, and it failed to persuade me that this should be my primary keyboard case. Also, its price of $130 is certainly far from competitive.

DODOcase Folio for iPad mini Review

Every time I get a premium-grade case for a review, I always get very excited. I personally believe that, if you really care about your tablet and want to keep it perfectly protected, it’s completely justifiable to spend extra for a premium-grade case. Of course, not every case is the same and each product has its upsides and downsides, but most of these cases are hand-made and provide pristine looks and great build quality.

A while back we brought you two interesting articles about products made by DODOcase. This company is known for a very nicely designed and hand-made iPad and iPhone cases, which are usually made of natural materials. Today we’ll be taking a look at one of their newest products which is the case named DODOcase Folio, compatible with the iPad mini. This one is priced at $125, and it’s available for purchase right now.

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I believe that most of us will agree, even by looking at this folio case, that this is one beautifully designed product. I am a big fan of iPad-compatible folio cases which also provide additional functionality like pockets and pen holders. This way you can protect your tablet from all sides and keep it inside a product that’s truly useful on a daily basis. The same could be said for this folio, which cleverly combines traditional notebook with the iPad mini.

The first interesting thing that you’ll notice is that the case opens from the left side, which is where the tablet needs to be placed. If we take a look at its front side, once the case is closed, you’ll get to see a leather binding spine on the left and an elastic strap on the right side. There’s also a cutout for the back-positioned camera. Once we open the case, you’ll see two nicely designed and organized areas. On the left side there’s the bamboo tray which holds the tablet in its place. There are also several adhesive straps which are there to truly secure the tablet, which is yet another proof that DODOcase thinks even about the smallest details. On the left side there’s one large pocket where you can place a notebook, while there are also two pockets where you can keep smaller items like business cards or receipts. In the middle there’s the leather binding section which also holds a little pocket, perfect for a pen or even a stylus.

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What’s interesting to highlight is that you can use this case as a stand. If you flip over one of the sides and secure it using an elastic strap, you’ll get a stand that’s perfect for watching movies. If you completely fold one side over and place the case on a desk you’ll get a fully functioning typing support. These small details are what sets apart DODOcase from the rest, and this is where the real value can be seen.

Even though it’s priced at $125, which seems a lot on a first thought, I strongly recommend this case. You’ll hardly find a better solution, since DODOcase Folio is very quality made, amazingly functional, and nicely designed as well. There’s nothing more you can expect from an iPad case.

Meison Morgan Handmade Case Review

If you really care about keeping your iPhone fully protected you’ll mostly use one of a folio-style cases. Even though you can find all kinds of cases, and there are even some very interesting subcategories inside a group of folio-cases alone, I believe these can offer the most rounded protection. If you’re willing to spend a bit more, you can also choose from wood and leather cases as well.

We recently reviewed several interesting cases made for various iPad models. What was in common for all of them is that they were made of a leather/wood combination, so they were premium priced. I think there are a lot of people who are willing to spend some extra money on a quality made case mostly because your tablet and smartphone should serve you for a long time so it’s important to keep them protected. Today we’ll be taking a look at a folio case made for the iPhone 5/5S. This one is made by a Greek company named Meison Morgan, and it’s priced at around $45.

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This iPhone case looks like a typical folio-style case, made of wood and leather. While the wood is real, this is not a genuine leather, but a faux one. Inside you’ll find the wooden frame into which you can place the phone. As you can see from the pictures in this article, this frame is quite thick which isn’t really a downside. During the last couple of months I’ve tested several very elegant wooden cases, which tells me that even though this frame looks decent and strong enough, it could have been a bit more elegant. The good news is that it’s designed to perfectly fit around the phone, and there are three large cutouts for all the buttons and ports. The cover is also very hard and I believe that it’s also made of wood covered by some kind of textile protection. There’s also an elastic strap that keeps the case shut.

Even though I was somewhat impressed by this case the first time I tried it, it took several days to show its negative sides. The first thing I noticed was that the build quality isn’t as good as it looked in the beginning. Some edges started to peel off, which means that you could possibly fix this with some glue, but this isn’t something that should happen to a case priced at $45. Also, there’s one error in design which resulted in not as pleasing appearance. On the back side there’s the camera cutout that’s bigger in the case than in the wooden frame. This simply looks very unpleasing and this is a clear sign that details were taken care of properly, which directly corresponds to its poor build quality.

For around $50 you can buy some excellent premium-grade iPhone cases, made of natural materials and even hand finished. I thought this was going to be the case with the Meison Morgan’s product, but my experience proved me wrong.

Anker’s TC930 Keyboard Case Review

During the last couple of months we’ve seen some of the most stylishly designed iPad-compatible keyboards. This specific category of iOS accessories has become one of the toughest to succeed in, so manufacturers are employing some well-known designers to create unique and appealing products. Perhaps the best known company that recently unveiled some interestingly designed keyboards is Logitech, and we already brought you a review of Ultrathin Keyboard Cover. In this article you’ll get to learn more about a product that comes from not as known company, but which is trying hard to compete against Logitech’s products.

Anker has recently released its TC930 keyboard, which already received some positive feedback. We decided to take it for a test, and to bring you our observations. This keyboard case is priced at $80, but you can also find it more affordably priced at some online resellers.

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Just by looking at it, it’s clear that TC930 is trying to compete with Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover. It’s also interesting to note that some aspects of this product were influenced by Apple’s Smart Cover, which creates a very interesting and unusual combination. Still, this product is not just a copy of some bestsellers, since it also comes with its own identity. Continue reading to find more details.

Anker’s TC930 is basically a cover for your iPad Air that’s also containing a keyboard inside. You can connect the tablet via strong magnets and very reliable connection placed on of the longer sides. This way you can close the lid and transform the tablet into a small notebook-looking device. The lid is fully made of aluminum and feels very sturdy and firm. Also, the lid is as thick as the iPad itself, which means that it will double its size. However, this is not an issue and it actually feels nice in hand. My overall impression is that this product is very quality made, and I hope you’ll be able to use it for a long time.

Once you decide to use the keyboard, you’ll need to unlatch the tablet and place it into the built-in support on the keyboard itself. This will make a plastic support pop up behind the iPad, holding it firmly at 60 degrees angle. When it comes to typing, I was very pleasantly surprised by how functional this keyboard is. There are five rows of keys, where the iOS-specific function keys are combined with the numbers in the top row. The layout is also very functional and feels natural, which means that there’s almost no adjustment period needed. All the keys are fully sized, except for the top row, which has become the standard for iPad-compatible cases.

The only thing that I mind when it comes to TC930 is that you won’t be able to use any iPad cases. In other words, this means that the tablet will be always exposed to damages and scratches, at least from its back side.

In overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this product. For an iPad keyboard, it’s very quality made and fully functional. I am sure many will enjoy using this keyboard case.

Grovemade Bamboo Case Review

If you’re willing to spend a bit more money on an iPad case, you’ll be able to find yourself choosing from premium grade cases which are usually made of natural materials like leather and wood. Also, they are usually handmade, which increases their build quality so you’ll surely use it for a long time. In discussion with those who say that they would never spend around $100 on a case, I usually say that this should be seen as an investment. After all, an iPad can be very expensive digital assistant that’s needed in our everyday life. This means that it’s justifiable to spend a bit more on its protection, which can be also transformed in a stand as well.

Today we’ll be taking a look at the Bamboo iPad Mini Case, made by Grovemade. This company is known for very interesting iPhone and iPad accessories, usually completely made of wood. This case is priced at $89, and it’s available for purchase right now.

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As you can see from the pictures in this article, this is the folio-style case for the iPad mini. This one is completely made of wood, and it will add about 0.2” to the total thickness, which seems fair enough. Just by looking at its design, it’s evident that designers took care of the smallest details, which can be seen on nicely rounded corners and very strong connections. Even though individual pieces aren’t made by hand, their connections are as well as the finishing coat. This means that not only this case is nicely designed and a pleasure to look at, it comes with amazing build quality.

In order to place the tablet inside the Bamboo Case, you’ll need to slide it from the left side of the shell-style case. As you can imagine by now, there are some interesting details which are taking care of your tablet. These are a soft lining on the inside, as well as full edge protection. This means that even though this case is made of wood, the tablet will be safe at all times and you’ll avoid accidental scratches. Also, the case comes with cutouts for all the buttons and ports. What’s important to say here is that the headphone and Lightning port cutouts are large enough to support almost any 3rd party cables, which I believe is always important to users.

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Another interesting side of this case is that it can be used as a stand, even though this might not be obvious on a first sight. The lid is made of bamboo, but which is sectioned in eight narrow pieces. You can curl these pieces until they form a very strong support on the back side of the tablet. This also means that you can get typing and viewing positions as well.

Even though it’s not as affordable as most iPad cases, I strongly believe that Grovemade created a product that is worth the price tag of $89. If you’re willing to afford yourself a premium-grade iPad mini case, I strongly advise you take this case in consideration.

  

Belkin QODE Ultimate Review

A few months back we had an opportunity to test the newest Belkin’s keyboard, named QODE Keyboard Case. If you take a look at that review you’ll see that we were impressed by its design, but some functionality limitations prevented me from giving it my full recommendation. Today we’ll be taking a look at the newest QODE product, named QODE Ultimate, which promises to bring superior design and better functionality than before.

The first thing that I noticed about the Ultimate version is that it comes with a higher build quality. The keyboard is made of aircraft grade aluminum, so it’s very light and feels nice in hand. You can purchase it in black or silver. On the back side you’ll see a mechanism that operates as a stand. You’ll get to use two viewing angles, and both of them offer magnetic attachment which is very strong and firm.

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The QODE Ultimate is compatible with the iPad Air. In order to install it, you’ll need to place your tablet into provided case. You’ll simply need to push your tablet into it, so the process of installation is very simple and effortless. Luckily, all the buttons and ports are left fully exposed so you can easily use them. What I need to pinpoint is the generous opening on the bottom side of your tablet, where the Lightning port is located. Thanks to this large opening you’ll be able to use 3rd party cables, which is something that many potential users are going to love. As I said earlier, the tablet is connected to the keyboard via somewhat strong faux leather hinge. Even though this will enable very strong connection and it will keep your tablet firmly in its place, I not sure if this hinge will serve you for a long time. After all, you’ll constantly fold it over and open/close it multiple times, so I am not sure if this material is strong enough to support that. This is still a brand new product, so only time will tell.

When it comes to the keyboard, it’s very nicely designed. My first impression was how cramped it was, even though this is something you can expect from majority of iPad keyboards. The biggest issue that I’ve had was somewhat complicated layout, and this is something that Belkin has done in the past. For example, you’ll get to use the colon/semi-colon key combined and displaced. Even after some time, I was unable to adapt to this situation, and this is something that made me frustrated after a while. The main goal of a keyboard layout is to create enjoyable and effortless typing, and this is where the QODE Ultimate failed.

Even though it was priced at $130 a few weeks back, you can find the QODE Ultimate at some resellers now at only $99. Perhaps this shows that many users were unable to adjust to its unusual layout, which is something that I fully understand. Even though Belkin has managed to create beautifully designed keyboard case, this company needs to put more work in enabling better functionality as well.

Bamboo Bookcase for iPad Mini Review

Even though most iPhone cases are very affordable and they offer a lot for their price, if you’re willing to spend some extra money you might be surprised by how interestingly designed cases you can find. Most of those premium grade iPhone cases are made of natural materials, and they mostly offer manually finished contacts and surfaces, which increases their build quality. On many occasions you’ll get to choose from cases made of wood, which provides interesting looks and very tactile textures.

In today’s article we’ll be taking a look at a case made of wood, but this one is compatible with the iPad Mini. This case is named the Bamboo Bookcase, and it’s made by Primovisto. You can purchase it for $50, but you can also find stylized Bamboo Bookcases with engraved shapes on the front side, priced at $60. I was very interested in reviewing this case since you can’t actually find very often a folio-style case made of wood. Continue reading to learn more about its design and functionality.

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Bamboo Bookcase is designed to resemble a book with hard covers. Because of used materials, this case will double the height of your tablet, rising it up to about 0.8”. The front and the back plate are completely made of wood, and so is the frame that holds the tablet firmly in its place. The wood doesn’t provide any noticeable texture since it is very smooth, but it feels nice in hand. The spine is made of hardened cloth, which could be found inside the case as well. As you can see from the pictures, this is a traditional folio-style case which brings very strong and sturdy materials, without trying to be too thin, elegant, or unique.

What’s also important to mention are port and button openings. These can be found in the frame surrounding the tablet, and you’ll get to use openings for the sleep/wake button, volume and side switch, and there’s also a generous opening along the right edge which is used to lift the tablet. There are also openings for the headphone and Lightning port, but since these are deeply recessed I am sure you won’t be able to use any angled or non-standard 3rd party cables.

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You’ll be able to place the tablet into the frame without any problems, since the frame is designed to tightly surround your tablet. Once you close the front cover you can use provided elastic band to keep this case shut. When it comes to everyday use, it takes some time to adjust to using the tablet placed inside a thick frame, but this is nothing to be concerned about. Still, there are some things that I would’ve liked to see changed. First, it would be nice to have an option to create a stand, with multiple viewing angles optionally. It would be great if Bamboo Bookcase provided some button protection, since the current design provides access to dirt so you’ll need to occasionally clean these openings and your tablet as well.

Roadster Write Review

During the last couple of months we’ve seen some excellent folio-style keyboard cases for the newest iPad, which is something that previous iPad generation lacked. Some of these keyboard cases are high quality ones and they can transform your tablet into a notebook that can be used to edit documents, browse the web, manipulate 3D and CAD models and files, edit photos and videos, and much more.

In this article we’ll tell you more about Logiix’s Roadster Writer keyboard case, compatible with the iPad Air. This folio-style case can be purchased for $100 right from the Logiix’s online store.

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Just like many similar folio-style cases, Roadster Writer comes with a plastic shell case which holds your tablet. Even though I usually don’t expect much from these plastic internal cases, I was a bit disappointed with this one. You’ll need to push the tablet very hard into the case since it seems a little bit too large for it. The case also leaves all ports and buttons fully exposed so dirt can easily accumulate in these openings. The one good thing is that the case can be rotated, so you can use it in a portrait orientation while typing. This can be combined with numerous viewing angles, so I was pleasantly surprised to see this kind of functionality.

When it comes to design, Roadster Writer offers very traditional design and faux leather on the outside layer. Not every faux leather is the same, and there are clearly different levels of quality and aesthetics, so I need to say that this case in somewhere in the lower end. I expected more for this price.

The best thing about this case is the keyboard. It’s fully made of plastic and it’s also detachable. This means that you can get several viewing angles, which is always a good thing. Even though it offers somewhat smaller keys, it’s very enjoyable to work with and comfortable for everyday use. As you can expect, the iPad-specific keys are placed in the top row, but they are combined with the numbers. Along the edges you can find the standard set of main controls like a power switch and Bluetooth pairing button. This keyboard can be charged via micro-USB port.

The biggest selling point of Logiix’s Roadster Writer is detachable keyboard and use of tablet in its portrait orientation. These are two things that you can’t find in every iPad keyboard case model. On the other hand, there are several things to be concerned about. Roadster Writer doesn’t bring great build quality, so I am not sure if you’ll be able to count on using it for a long time. It’s also very surprising to see this kind of faux leather, which can be usually seen on lower-end products. For $100 you actually get a very large choice of available keyboard cases, so you’re entitled to expect great build quality and high functionality. Logiix’s newest keyboard case only partially manages to fulfill these tasks.