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aphexii
Oct 3, 2010, 09:03 AM
Just came across these on booq's site and didn't see them mentioned here.

LINK TO BOOQ (http://www.booqbags.com/iPad-cases/boa-folio-iPad-folio/Boa-folio-black-red-iPad-folio) - Prices range from $49.99 - $89.99 (depending on the material/color)

Not sure how I feel about the iPod/iPhone pocket in the front (almost wish they sold a version without it), but overall I really like the design. I had a booq case in the past and was very impressed with the build quality, so I hope these are as good. Anyway, just curious if anyone has come across these yet.

http://www.booqbags.com/c.579293/site/BFL-BLR/BFL-BLR1l.jpg
http://www.booqbags.com/c.579293/site/BFL-BLR/BFL-BLR2l.jpg
http://www.booqbags.com/c.579293/site/BFL-BLR/BFL-BLR3l.jpg
http://www.booqbags.com/c.579293/site/BFL-BLR/BFL-BLR4l.jpg
http://www.booqbags.com/c.579293/site/BFL-BLR/BFL-BLR5l.jpg
http://www.booqbags.com/c.579293/site/BFL-BLR/BFL-BLR6l.jpg
http://www.booqbags.com/c.579293/site/BFL-BLR/BFL-BLR7l.jpg
http://www.booqbags.com/c.579293/site/BFL-BLR/BFL-BLR8l.jpg



chiefroastbeef
Oct 3, 2010, 09:27 AM
This has got to be the nicest looking case I've seen yet, besides the SGP Vintage Argos. I will consider this one since it does the keyboard and movie view angle. Thanks for the link! I too wish they'd offer the case without the iPhone holder, it completely ruins the beauty of it. It'll look so much better without the pocket, instead with just an elegant logo.

Beau10
Oct 3, 2010, 12:16 PM
The Big plastic bezel covering holder is fairly ungainly, as is the iPhone pocket. It does keep with their general aesthetic though. Much more a fan of their new messenger bag.

SdPunk
Oct 3, 2010, 03:14 PM
Thanks for sharing this. I have had a hard time looking for something to replace my Apple case. Now I can get a new bag too!!! Now I know what I am getting for Christmas.

aphexii
Oct 3, 2010, 06:40 PM
The Big plastic bezel covering holder is fairly ungainly, as is the iPhone pocket. It does keep with their general aesthetic though. Much more a fan of their new messenger bag.

Really? I kinda prefer the plastic bezel as opposed to the corner only holder designs. I guess to each his own.

prot0type
Oct 3, 2010, 07:14 PM
I like it.

Personally, the outer pocket would be useful as I would be able to store my hotspot in there.

I wonder how well the case holds the ipad up in landscape mode though.

aphexii
Oct 3, 2010, 08:05 PM
I like it.

Personally, the outer pocket would be useful as I would be able to store my hotspot in there.

I wonder how well the case holds the ipad up in landscape mode though.

I assume its snug enough to keep it tightly in there. I'll be ordering it tonight, so i'll keep ya posted once it arrives.

jparris1
Oct 3, 2010, 08:25 PM
I'm concerned too about the iPad sliding out in the upright stand position. But Booq stuff is generally top notch so I ordered one. I'll update as well once mine arrives.

PacMookBro
Oct 3, 2010, 08:51 PM
Looks awesome like other versatile high-quality products from booq. Only gripe about the case is the pocket... but at least it's functional (maybe the pocket is there for the sake of the "booq" emblem in the front). I prefer to carry iPad in a sleeve but the ballistic folio case is very tempting...

prot0type
Oct 4, 2010, 12:13 PM
I assume its snug enough to keep it tightly in there. I'll be ordering it tonight, so i'll keep ya posted once it arrives.

yeah, an update would be appreciated.

I doubt the ipad would fall out so easily as Im sure more than enough testing has been done, though my concern would be the tolerances of the plastic. It may be snug, but what if it's too snug, especially if you're using a back protector and screen protector. That's a problem I encountered when using the Otterbox Commuter. May not be an issue for those just using a screen protector, but I am curious.

Kobra
Oct 4, 2010, 01:51 PM
According to the booq website, that bezel is made of soft rubber (silicone?). I think it looks good, it will probably offer better protection than the Apple, Chinao and similar. I guess it'll also be much easier to remove the iPad to use "naked" while at home. me like! me wants. :)

prot0type
Oct 4, 2010, 03:13 PM
Searched around and found a promo code for 10% off, KMG10

mac jones
Oct 4, 2010, 04:05 PM
I assume its snug enough to keep it tightly in there. I'll be ordering it tonight, so i'll keep ya posted once it arrives.




If it holds like that, then it isn't going to be easy to get in or out.

it's an obvious deception.

Nothing is holding it there, unless it is too tight.

My name is Alex
Oct 4, 2010, 04:45 PM
Any pics??

Kacey3
Oct 6, 2010, 03:19 PM
I'm concerned too about the iPad sliding out in the upright stand position. But Booq stuff is generally top notch so I ordered one. I'll update as well once mine arrives.

I have the same concern. Be sure to let us know the verdict as soon as yours comes in. I have the InCase PadFolio and the iPad is constantly sliding down out of the case when it's in a stand-up position.

jparris1
Oct 7, 2010, 09:09 AM
Well, the case has multiple problems for me. It does slide out when in the Landscape vertical stand position. Not all the way out, but enough so that I am constantly pushing it back in so the cut outs line up. Additionally, that position is not very stable. Perhaps with use it will get better, but right now it is very easy to tip over. Finally, the elastic strap immediately got stretched out and now hangs loosely behind the case when not used to secure the cover.

The material of the case is top notch, and it looks beautiful. but I won't be using it.

Kacey3
Oct 7, 2010, 09:37 AM
The material of the case is top notch, and it looks beautiful. but I won't be using it.

Oh man, that's such depressing news! It looked like the best bet in the new case market. I'm so ready to ditch my InCase PadFolio, but it looks like I'm still stuck for now.

PacMookBro
Oct 7, 2010, 12:55 PM
Well, the case has multiple problems for me. It does slide out when in the Landscape vertical stand position. Not all the way out, but enough so that I am constantly pushing it back in so the cut outs line up. Additionally, that position is not very stable. Perhaps with use it will get better, but right now it is very easy to tip over. Finally, the elastic strap immediately got stretched out and now hangs loosely behind the case when not used to secure the cover.

The material of the case is top notch, and it looks beautiful. but I won't be using it.

Thank you for the review. I hope booq solves this problem for the next version of the iPad folio... How disappointing... :(

prot0type
Oct 7, 2010, 01:06 PM
Disappointing to hear and I was hoping to be wrong about the observation.

Jparris1, are you going to contact booq? Obviously if you return it but to also inform them about what you discovered? Maybe they can address these issues sooner than later.

Beau10
Oct 7, 2010, 01:54 PM
Oh man, that's such depressing news! It looked like the best bet in the new case market. I'm so ready to ditch my InCase PadFolio, but it looks like I'm still stuck for now.

Seriously take a look at Yoobao slim. The thing is amazing. My only gripe is it is near impossible to remove, but I guess that's a plus too if your worried about it slipping out of the case.

jparris1
Oct 7, 2010, 03:15 PM
Disappointing to hear and I was hoping to be wrong about the observation.

Jparris1, are you going to contact booq? Obviously if you return it but to also inform them about what you discovered? Maybe they can address these issues sooner than later.

I don't typically return cases, but I suppose I should at least let them know about my experiences. I'll drop them a line.

aphexii
Oct 7, 2010, 10:36 PM
Mine is scheduled for arrival tomorrow. I'll let you know if i have the same issues, hopefully not but we'll see.

aphexii
Oct 8, 2010, 01:40 PM
The booq just arrived 30 minutes ago. No issues here with it sliding out (as of yet), i just tested it out and i cant get it to fall out even by shaking it up and down while flipped back, but i can move it out on my own by pulling on it.

I haven't used it much yet but the fit and finish looks great and i like how the ipad feels in it. So far, i'm pretty happy with it. When you flip it up in mode i have it in the pictures below, you need to rock it back a little bit to become stable, but once its stable its great and doesnt seem like it would fall over unless i really tried to tip it over.

I'll post back again after a few days of usage.

2 quick pics;
http://cl.ly/4b1d5536f2c71362cc9b/content
http://cl.ly/022383d02d8c1834159f/content

JohnsonVision
Oct 8, 2010, 01:45 PM
The booq just arrived 30 minutes ago. No issues here with it sliding out (as of yet), i just tested it out and i cant get it to fall out even by shaking it up and down while flipped back, but i can move it out on my own by pulling on it.

I haven't used it much yet but the fit and finish looks great and i like how the ipad feels in it. So far, i'm pretty happy with it.

I'll post back again after a few days of usage.

Thanks for the first impressions...looking forward to a more in-depth review. Which one did you end up getting, the cheaper nylon looking one or the more expensive leather one?* And has the elastic strap stretched out like another user pointed out? Thanks!

*I guess I should have looked at your pics first.

prot0type
Oct 8, 2010, 02:17 PM
Glad to hear it's working out so far.

Any chance you can measure the pocket? It looks like it's slightly bigger than an iPhone.

SdPunk
Oct 9, 2010, 04:38 PM
Thanks for the update. Please keep us posted. I am thinking of asking for one for Christmas. :D

prot0type
Oct 15, 2010, 08:04 AM
So I received the case earlier in the week, tried it out for 2 days and I'm sending it back today.

As mentioned earlier in this thread, as far as viewing it in landscape mode, not happening. The ipad definitely stays snug and doesnt slide out, however I'm also using a back protector so maybe that attributes to the snugginess. Main issue though is it doesnt stay propped up and keeps falling back. I've tried manipulating the case in various ways just to keep it stable but no go. If anything, it stayed vertical once.

A minor gripe, for my case anyway, was that the right bezel cover was slightly elevated compared to the left. This doesnt affect anything, but knowing that its there is an annoyance.

Personally, I dont mind having the pocket. As I stated earlier, it would be great to have to store my hotspot. Unfortunately for me, its a little too tight for my Sprint Overdrive. Should be fine for the Mifi or even your iPhone if you really want to store it in there.

The material is great and I love the look, that's pretty much it.

magic168
Oct 20, 2010, 06:12 PM
Got mine today...also returning it. The case itself is nicely made of decent materials...but it is CLUMSY. It's still fairly thick (it is definitely not as sleek as the promo materials make it out to be) and the dealbreaker for me -- folding back the flap to get it in the typing mode is extremely cheap feeling. It feels like folding a piece of cardboard encased in fabric into a position it wasn't meant to be folded in. Unlike the Apple case and a lot of the Chinao and Yoobao case, where there is a clear line on where to fold, this thing just feels like you're randomly folding back cheap cardboard...it's a complete disappointment for me, because the design of how the flap latches onto the back is really nice!

prot0type
Oct 25, 2010, 05:15 PM
Got mine today...also returning it. The case itself is nicely made of decent materials...but it is CLUMSY. It's still fairly thick (it is definitely not as sleek as the promo materials make it out to be) and the dealbreaker for me -- folding back the flap to get it in the typing mode is extremely cheap feeling. It feels like folding a piece of cardboard encased in fabric into a position it wasn't meant to be folded in. Unlike the Apple case and a lot of the Chinao and Yoobao case, where there is a clear line on where to fold, this thing just feels like you're randomly folding back cheap cardboard...it's a complete disappointment for me, because the design of how the flap latches onto the back is really nice!

Those were two other gripes I forgot to mention. It was bulky, probably bulkier than my TwelveSouth BookBook. I hope they do a redesign, maybe kill the pocket on the front flap and inside. Get rid of the elastic and instead use a button snap latch. The button could even be their logo.

Additionally, in typing mode, it had a mushy feel. It's not like I'm putting excess pressure on it while I type, but it just feels that way.

tag86
Nov 13, 2010, 04:55 AM
I was looking forward to this case, seems like I should hold off.

Could some with this case please post a video review of the case including how the iPad stays in it in landscape mode. The only video on youtube is a german unboxing video.

Thanks