You've finally gotten your hands on one of the most prestigious status symbols of our time: an iPad. It's sleek, it's functional, it's beautiful---even better than the hype. But now you're wondering about the "extras." That is, the cases, the iPad docks, the speakers, everything to personalize your iPad experience. Since I've already put my soul on the line and put down some cold hard cash for my iPad case, I figured I would write a review to help you make an informed decision. I've been using the Origami iPad Case by Incase (for my iPad One, I should note) for about a year now, and I'm pretty satisfied. Here are my thoughts:
- Empty dimensions (w x h x d) = 8 3/4" x 10 1/2" x 1/2"
- Full dimensions = same width and height as Empty Dimenions, just under 3/4" deep
- Only comes in black color (to my knowledge)
- Microfiber liner on the inside keeps the screen clean (though I still have to do a little manual cleaning on my own
- The coolest part, of course, is that it folds to make a stand (pictured below)
- The stand has a slightly higher angle than the Apple iPad One case, which I like
- The stand can hold the iPad in portrait or landscape view
- Made for iPad One (which is all I have) but probably works for iPad 2 as well (but don't hold me to that. It might be too thick of a case and thus may not hold the iPad 2 very tightly).
- Costs around $35 bucks from a quick look at Amazon.com
What I Like About It
I usually use my iPad to take notes in class, and the angle of the Incase Origami iPad Case is perfect for writing with my stylus. (I use an app called NoteTaker HD, which I would recommend, and there's also Penultimate and the always popular Evernote if you're looking for a notes app). The microfiber liner inside is definitely nice for keeping the screen clean. I'm kind of a neat freak about my technology, though, so I usually keep a microfiber cloth handy anyway to keep the screen squeaky clean. On the same vein, I like that this case doesn't trap dirt the way that the Apple case and other similar tight-fitting cases do.
I chose a sleeve like this (as opposed to a rubber or leather jacket case) because I like to hold my bare technology and feel the metal of my gadgets. I think it makes them feel more like the expensive computer that I paid for and less like a toy in a plastic case :) Also, this case keeps the whole iPad ensemble in a form factor not much bigger than the iPad itself. Some cases make the iPad nearly 1.5 times as thick, making the iPad lose a little bit of that sleekness factor. And from my experience, this case is very durable. I could see some plastic or leather cases showing signs of wear after a few months, but this case is fabric so it doesn't show.
I should note that I've only ever used the standard Apple iPad One case and this Origami case. I would definitely choose the Origami case out of those two.
What I Don't Like About It
The cover holds the iPad well, but it's a little cumbersome to pop it in and out of the case. The top flap of the case fits very snuggly against the iPad. Also, while this case does have a better viewing angle in the tabletop position (i.e. the position in the picture above) than the Apple case does, it doesn't provide any other viewing positions. The Apple case, for example, allows for the tabletop position and a completely vertical portrait viewing position, which could make reading a book easier. I don't use this very often anyway, but it's just something that I thought was worth mentioning.
And as I use my iPad more (especially as I get more into writing online), I'm thinking it would be nice to have a real bluetooth keyboard, which some other cases have. Those cases with keyboards are also significantly more expensive, but again, just something to consider when making your decision.
All in all, I really like this case. It is completely worth the price, especially if you're like me and want to have direct contact with your technology. If you're looking for a nice meat-and-potatoes case for your iPad, this is a good choice. Plus, there's the added benefit of impressing your friends when they see you fold your case into a stand ;) Happy shopping!