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.1 Apple iPad 2 / 3 / 4 Linen Book Case in Red
Do you like the timeless, sophisticated look of a classic notebook journal? Then the G.1 book case for Apple iPad 2 and New iPad 3/4 should be right up your alley. Through an easy 5-step online procedure, you can create your own made to order allows you to create your own made to order custom case that is shipped within 4-7 days. Definitely a quick response for a high quality Germanmade design that is built to last!
- Customizable design
- Integrated tablet stand
- Sublime handmade quality
- Bulky design
- No cutout for rear-facing camera
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 similar designs by DODOCase and Portenzo, and the G.1 is a 1/2 inch larger all around, and feels a tad clunky at approximately 13 ounces. The frame design is also noticeably different. Rather than glue, Germanmade strengthens the rubber corners into the frame with screws for more durability. 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.
- With the look and feel of classical notebooks, the functionality of the iPad 2 is fully given and even an integrated stand is added
- Classic book cover and solid Multiplex-birch frame
- All versions can be fully individualized concerning outer material and color
- Also choose between different colors of the frame surface for iPad 2/iPad 3 version
- The frame of massive Multiplex-birch gives full access to all functions of the iPad 2/New iPad 3
- Integrated stand fixes iPad 2/iPad 3 for watching slideshows or movies in portrait or landscape mode.
The G.1 provides auto sleep/wake function and clear access to buttons, ports and speaker. Need to pay an extra $13 for an included rear-camera port. The stand feature is unique, and the simple slot cutout does a good job of steadily holding the tablet upright in both landscape or portrait formats.
No matter your choice of material, the G.1 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.1 lives up to the reputation that precedes it. An expertly crafted case that gives this handler the sense it can certainly stand the test of time.
The price starts at $90, and dependent on various upgrades can max out at a rather significant high level. The G.1 is one quality book tablet case, but just a mediocre value for the basic function you get in return.
Though priced higher than some of its main competitors, the Germanmade G.1 is a best case scenario for the iPad user who seeks one of the very best in customized book tablet case craftsmanship.
"Expensive, but worth it"
The quality of the G.1 is exceptional, just as they advertise and can be seen in every little detail. The case is a bit on the heavy side, but that’s not a problem for me: I rarely take the tablet out of my living room. However, other qualities of the book case are exactly right for me: the wooden frame shields my iPad 2 from harm, while the built-in stand is just perfect when I want to video chat or watch movies.
I would certainly recommend this case to anyone who isn’t afraid to pay the price. Remember one thing: quality doesn’t come cheap.