Seemingly, Cooper has created the Elementary case to meet the practical demands of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 owners. This rudimentary folio case design provides everyday function and protection all in one sturdily-built, low-cost package.
Powis iCase iPad 2 / 3 / 4 Laminated Book Case
So many choices! If sifting through this market’s plethora of book journal-style cases is starting to become just as old as the traditional bookbinding techniques they incorporate, then your search should end here. Never mind all the choices you have for customizing its design - you’ve seen this before. What makes the Powis Parker iCase particularly special is outstanding functionality, featuring, amongst other things, a built-in tablet stand that offers so many choices to display your iPad 2/iPad 3 for browsing, typing, viewing and presentation.
- Clear access to all device controls/features
- Magnet for automatic sleep/wake function
- 9 different tablet display positions
- Stylus and business card holder
- Flexible hand strap for secure closure/carry
- Micro-fiber wipe cloth w/ secret storage
- Kickstand can collapse in some positions
- Pattern designs prone to fading and wearing
- Plastic components may break/crack if dropped
As an inventor of the revolutionary Fastback bookbinding machine, and with over 25 years of industry experience, Powis knows a thing or two on how to create a quality book tablet case for your iPad 2 & New iPad 3. The iCase incorporates 100% recycled board that is covered with laminated book cloth cover material (also available in premium leather). It ships within a few days, so perhaps the most time-consuming part of the process is deciding exactly how you want it designed. You can choose a pattern from a wide-variety of themes, including animal skin, sporty, floral, fun, polka dots, and vintage books.
Being an avid golfer, I chose the ‘Golf ball’ pattern from the ‘sporty’ collection, and I couldn’t be happier with the fit for my personality, or more importantly, my tablet! Unlike some clubs in my golf bag, as well as many other book tablet cases, this design does not incorporate any wood materials (okay, technically board is made with paper, and paper comes from trees, but I think you catch my drift). Rather, a snap-in plastic frame holds the iPad secure, and the release tab on the left will even hold a Stylus.
Although I do fancy the look of wooden frame designs, I prefer this one that ensures all controls and features, including the rear-facing camera, are clearly accessible while the tablet is encased. Built into the plastic frame is a dual-collapsible kickstand release, which appears on the back of the case through a tilted oval cutout. Not only does this off-center design have a cool retro-modern look, it allows for proper weight distribution of the iPad during tablet stand mode. By flipping the case between landscape and portrait formats, the device can be displayed in 9 different positions, which coincidentally, is the same number of irons in my golf bag. Although the objective in golf is to score low, the iCase crushes its competition in the functionality category to emerge, in my opinion, as the Tiger Woods of book-style cases!
- Sturdy designer stand offers 9 viewing positions
- Protection that maintains the sleek weight and size of youriPad
- Premium book cloth covers constructed with 100% recycled board
- Easy device access, special cutouts expose the camera
- Wipe cloth with secret storage
- Movable hand strap for secure closure and carry
- Magnetic/Automatic Sleep/Wake mode
The rubberized strip on the inside cover will hold a few business cards or sheets of notepad paper, and also features a sleep/wake magnet underneath. Much like the customized design potential, tablet stand capabilities are near limitless! Front/back right sides are lined with anti-slip rubber, so even without the kickstand feature, you can display the iPad in a number of viewing angles. The kickstand can collapse in a couple positions, but considering the array of options the user has, this doesn't really takes away from the iCase's overall performance.
The flexible journal strap allows for secure closure and hold of the case. If accidentally dropped, the rubberized sides/corners may offer some bounce and forgiveness. The iCase is primarily trusted as a protector against everyday wear and tear. Powis has even included a micro-fiber wipe cloth, which fits discreetly underneath the device.
When compared to other traditional book-bound hard cover cases (like DODOCase, Portenzo and German Made), the laminated iCase seems more like a paperback version. Some iCase users have reported their case was quick to show signs of scuffs and wearing. Though this may be a legitimate issue, we found no construction defects to suggest the case can't withstand typical handling and applied use.
At $59.95, the iCase is right at the average cost. Factor in its above-average functionality and this is certainly one of the more amazing book tablet case deals to be had.
A customizable book-journal style case is certainly not a revolutionary concept. But for a design that is equally masterful in terms of functional performance, the Powis iCase is a break-through solution at a very competitive price.