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Monster iPad Case Test: Folios

Wallet keep my tablet protected?

By Tony Smith

Posted in Hardware, 29th November 2010 07:06 GMT

Product Round-up According to manufacturers, folios are the most popular iPad cases in Europe. With their book-like looks, the ability of many of them to double-up a stands and the extra drop protection they offer - all that extra padding at the corners - it's not hard to see why.

Apple iPad Case

Apple's offering has cover that folds back to stand the iPad upright for video viewing or flat for typing. It's reasonbably solid too, but, thanks to well inset seams around the side, isn't particularly comfortable to hold.

Apple iPad Case

Reg Rating 65%
Price RRP: £30 Online: £30
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Belkin Leather Folio

This case has a flip-over elastic strap to keep it shut, which is nice, but doesn't double-up as a stand, which isn't. I don't like the way the back of the folio is small than the front. Coupled that with the slapdash cutting of the cloth band that runs around the side of the iPad, and the Belkin folio loses its initial sheen.

Belkin Leather Folio

Reg Rating 65%
Price RRP: £50 Online: £30
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Contour Design Nylon Canvas Folio

Contour Canvas Folio

This nicely designed folio's canvas exterior gives it a sober but stylish air that separates its out from its executive-look. The bit that holds the iPad is solid and secure, holding the tablet in place with a couple of small velcro straps. It also packs in a six credit card and two document pockets. Best of all, you can still dock your iPad while it's in this case.

Reg Rating 85%
Price RRP: TBC
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Cygnett Lavish

A bog-standard mock leather folio that holds the iPad snuggly, but disappoints by a poor alignment of the tablet's screen and home button, and the spaces in the casing through which they're reached. And on the sample case, one half of the magnetic clasp was positioned to easily latch to the other.

Cygnett Lavish

Reg Rating 60%
Price RRP: £35 Online: £20
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Cygnett Glam

Cygnett's vampish alternative to the Lavish, this simple folio is clad in patent red vinyl, but offers a better fit and - get this - space in the case for the iPad 2's front-facing camera!

Cygnett Glam

Reg Rating 65%
Price RRP: £40 Online: £35
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Exspect Executive Wallet

Comprising a rigid skin with a plastic cover, this folio doesn't really deliver what the word 'executive' suggests, but it is inexpensive. Unlike some similarly designed folios, it holds the iPad tightly, but there's no clip to keep the cover closed, and it isn't designed to be a stand too.

Exspect Executive Wallet

Reg Rating 75%
Price RRP: £30 Online: £15
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Exspect Leather Flip Case

If you want your folio to open vertically like a notepad rather than book-fashion, this one's for you. It's nicely made, and extra points to Exspect for ensuring you can still use earphones with your iPad when the case's cover is closed - which latches magnetically, by the way. The open case stands up.

Exspect Leather Flip Case

Reg Rating 80%
Price RRP: £30 Online: £18
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Griffin Elan Passport

Clad in hide, the Elan Passport is a simple stand-less folio with the addition of a pocket for (small) documents and four credit-card slots which you almost certainly won't use. What, whip your iPad out to pay for that latte? I think not. Still, it's a solid-feeling case that'll take the rough and tumble, holding the tablet securely and keeping stitching away from wear-attracting edges. And it will, at a pinch, work as a stand, even though that's not part of the design.

Griffin Elan Passport

Reg Rating 80%
Price RRP: £35 Online: £18
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Jivo Executive Case and Stand

Clad in "Brazilian Buffalo Hide", Jivo's folio is clearly pitched at the luxury end of the market, but it has some points that commend it. Unlike the usual, one-angle-only folio stand, this one can incline the iPad at four angles. It also holds the iPad in place with a pair of elasticated straps, and the case is kept closed with a large brass press-stud. But its Florentine luxury leathergoods looks don't come cheap.

Jivo Executive Case and Stand

Reg Rating 80%
Price RRP: £70 Online: £70
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Macally BookStand

A folio with a difference, the BookStand is essentially a harcover skin with a wraparound grey suede cover. A brown leather strap not only keeps it closed but also holds the cover when folded backwards to form a stand. It's a nice design, and only the relatively weak corner clips that hold the iPad in place stop it scoring more highly.

Macally BookStand

Reg Rating 80%
Price RRP: £45 Online: £30
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Orbyx Leather Case

RH Editor's Choice

With black leather on the outside and pea-green suede within, this folio should appeal as to the executive with fashionista leanings. Colour scheme aside, the Orbyx is a nice case. The iPad slides in from the outside - there's a snug fit and a magnetically clasped flap to keep it there - so it's easy to remove. There's plenty of space between the screen and the leather frame around it. The cover folds back to tuck into a fold-out catch for upright or laid back screen angles.

Orbyx Leather Folder Case

Reg Rating 85%
Price RRP: £40 Online: £40
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Proporta Leather Style Case

Plastic it may be, but this faux-hide case doesn't feel as bulky as many of the other folios I tested, a lot of which seem to bulge out when you put the iPad in. The Proporta's proportions are kept in check by a flat spine - there's a press-stud held catch to keep it closed. There's a small document pocket inside. Comes in red or black.

Proporta Leather Style Case

Reg Rating 80%
Price RRP: £30 Online: £29
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Proporta Recycled Leather Case

RH Recommended Medal

The name says it all: here's a folio for your inner treehugger. Even the wraparound cardboard packaging can be recycled (again) as a cut-out desk stand. The case itself has a neat hardback book look, coming over a something very different from the usual array of 'executive' leather folios. It hold the iPad well, has a flat spine, there's a gap for the iPad 2's webcam, a document pocket and a pen holder.

Proporta Recycled Leather Case

Reg Rating 85%
Price RRP: £35 Online: £25
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Proporta Shine Case

The Shine Case's purple patent leather - you can get it in a (slightly) more sober black, too - won't be to everyone's taste, but its real problem, I found, is that it's a tad too easy to scratch. Like other Proporta folios, it has a small document pocket on the inside, plus a pen holder.

Proporta Shine Case

Reg Rating 65%
Price RRP: £25 Online: £25
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Scosche FoldIO

Scosche's case is the slimmest folio here, and has a neat gimmick. The iPad clips onto the one side of the FoldIO as it might into a hard case. The two left-most clips are loose enough to allow the left edge of iPad to flip out of them and be slotted into one of the notches on back of the case's cover. It makes for a good stand. Unfortunately, the cover latch, a solid, curved strip of leather-covered plastic, attaches to the iPad so tightly, it can push the tablet out of the clips holding it to the case. And the cover of the folio doesn't fold flat against the back of the case so it's not very comfortable to hold when reading.

Scosche FolIO

Reg Rating 65%
Price RRP: £39 Online: £30
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Twelve South BookBook

BookBook
BookBook

A truly bonkers zip-closed iPad case that packs your tablet in what appears to be an ancient leather-bound tome. If you live in a stately home, you can tuck it away in your library and no one will know where your iPad is hidden. If you're a Steampunk, this is the case for you. For the rest of us, it's cute, yes, but ultimately impractical since it's not the most comfortable folio to hold open, and you'll need to remove the iPad to sync it.

Reg Rating 65%
Price RRP: £70
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