The folks at Cooper Cases are apparently quite proud of this tablet folio case: After all, it’s described as both “Infinite” and “Universal” in its lofty name. And in a few aspects, Cooper’s pride may be justified. Unfortunately, too many generic features (including the look) detract from the overall product.
AP Gear Companion iPad Sailcloth Sleeve in Black
Some tablet tablet sleeves quirky designs to make you laugh, and if they don’t, there are others that can make you cry by failing to deliver on their promise for protection. The AP Gear Companion sleeve for iPad is a durable design that won’t play with your emotions.
- Fits any iPad
- Smart cover compatible
- Magnetic closure
- Water resistant
- Single-purpose use
- Tight squeeze with the Smart Cover
- A bit pricey
The Companion sleeve is like that shy, quiet friend who has your back, but mostly prefers to stay out of the way so you can be the center of attention. The first thing worth noting here is that the design will only fit the distinctive shape of an iPad, iPad 2, or New iPad 3, so it is not recommended for use with any other 10” brand tablet. Once inserted, there is no wiggle room for the iPad, which in turn, but it still fits well with a smart cover attached. There is no need to worry about this case bursting apart at the seams - its side edges are stiff and reinforced with dual-stitching.
- Hidden magnetic closure system.
- Strong Polyester outer shell.
- Protection is provided by open-celled, medium density, breathable polyurethane foam.
- Laminated to a soft polyester inside liner.
- Fits all iPad.
Bonus points for the incorporated magnets here - really, who likes the sound of tearing Velcro? Or the trouble of snagging zippers? It’s a tight squeeze, but still possible to fit an iPad with Smart Cover attachment. Or an ear phone cable can run out from underneath the magnetic flap.
This design is a trustworthy protector against bumps, dirt, and scratches, and gets two extra thumbs up for shielding against rain, sleet and snow. The padding can also absorb the impact of most accidental waist high drops.
AP Gear solutions are handmade, but surely they must use a sewing machine, because the stitch work here is executed to perfection. The Companion sleeve is just as much about self-preservation as it is about preserving the tablet - the two will be buddies for life.
$49 is rather pricey, but the high-performance materials and top notch durable construction will be worth every dollar spent.
In the end, this single-purpose design does nothing to discredit the AP Gear brand name that stands for “all-purpose”. The Companion iPad sleeve can blend in most anywhere and its material construction can perform in most types of weather.