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.
Germanmade G.2 Apple iPad 2 / 3 / 4 Leather Book Case in Black
If you like the Germanmade G.1 book case , then you will love the more functional G.2. Like its predecessor, the G.2 is a custom case that is made to order through an easy 5-step online procedure. The difference here is that the design also includes a built-in organizer compartment for storing extra items underneath the Apple iPad 2 and iPad 3.
- Customizable design
- Built-in organizer compartment
- Integrated tablet stand
- Sublime handmade quality
- Bulky design
- No cutout for rear-facing camera
- Can't access stored accessories quickly
Like us, Germanmade's motto is "best case scenario". But, while we offer you hundreds of reviews for pre-designed/built tablet cases from a variety of manufacturers, Germanmade allows you to create your own individually stylized case design. The company does all the hard work first, producing a well-constructed handmade tablet case that has the look of Moleskine notebook. From there, they let you simply determine the case’s material and exterior/interior colors for complimenting your own unique sense of style.
Compared to designs by DODOCase and Portenzo, and the G.2 is a bit more than a 1/2 inch larger all around, and feels a tad clunky at approximately 14 ounces. The frame design is also noticeably different. Rather than glue, GermanMade strengthens the rubber corners into the frame with screws for more durability. It is precisely cut to provide clear access to all buttons and ports, and to flow the speaker sound outward. However, potential buyers need to pay an extra $13 for a rear-camera port. Germanmade has also cut a distinct slot into the bottom left-hand corner of the frame which works as a tablet stand that supports the iPad upright in both portrait and landscape formats. The cover can be also be folded all the back to create a support for typing modes, which did feel most comfortable while resting in the lap. Though not discreetly hidden inside the cover, there is an embedded magnet for providing automatic sleep/wake function when closing and opening.
- Works with Apple iPad 2 and iPad 3
- Classic notebook journal looks and feel
- Customized design: choose exterior material and color
- Optional monogramming
- Elastic cover strap
- Auto sleep/wake function
- Solid multiplex-birch wood frame
- Choose frame surface color to match Apple iPad 2/iPad 3 bezel
- Frame has cutouts for buttons, audio-jack, microphone, speaker and charger
- Optional rear-camera port for an extra charge
- Integrated tablet stand feature for 75° portrait/landscape display
- Built-in organizer compartment for accessory storage
- Includes a small GermanMade branded notepad
- Provides good protection against everyday wear and tear
- Net weight: 485g / 17 oz
The G.2 provides auto sleep/wake function and clear access to all buttons and input/output ports. Need to pay an extra $13 for an included rear-camera port. The simple slot in the frame does a good job of steadily holding the tablet upright in both landscape or portrait formats. Though the organizer compartment is certainly useful, the embedded design make it difficult to retrieve items quickly. We are also not sure why anyone would want to keep their iPhone stashed underneath the iPad during travel.
No matter your choice of material, the G.2 will protect the iPad against common everyday harms like bumps, dings and scratches. There is also a strong possibility that it will absorb the impact of some minor accidental drops.
Of course Germans are world-renown for their excellence in product design and engineering. No surprise that the G.2 lives up to the reputation that precedes it. An expertly crafted case that gives this handler the sense it can certainly withstand the test of time.
If you can afford a Mercedes-Benz with custom leather interior, then the cost of the leather G.2 model should not be a concern. But even for high-quality design like this one, a starting price of $155 translates to just an okay value for the average budget.
Though priced higher than some of its main competitors, the Germanmade G.2 is a best case scenario for the iPad user who seeks more function in a quality customized book tablet case.