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KylePowers
Apr 3, 2011, 01:32 PM
Hey everyone,

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations or if anyone wanted to get a list started for iPad 2 cases that don't cover the bezel.

Currently, I'm using the Griffin case from launch day... And while it's done me well, I've consistently been looking for a case of better quality and functionality (like the sleep/wake function). And the way this case slightly covers the bezel makes it annoying and uncomfortable for me when I'm taking notes (Nataal stylus + UPAD).

My preferences:

Sleep/wake function
Leather
Stand functionality (landscape mainly, but portrait is also welcome)
Typing position (aka wedge-like)
Note taking position (ability to go flat)
Back-camera hole
Slim, sleek, professional


Just off the top of my head (for non-covered-bezel cases), I can think of:

Portenzo (http://shop.portenzo.com/) (they're pretty backordered right now though)
Treegloo (http://treegloo.com/)
Pad and Quill's Octavo (http://padandquill.com/)
Dodocase (http://www.dodocase.com/collections/all) (no back-camera or sleep/wake)
Targus Versavu (http://www.protectwhatsinside.com/product.aspx?sku=THZ045US&nav1=10&name=iPad%202&regionId=7) (No sleep/wake)
Targus VuScape (http://www.protectwhatsinside.com/product.aspx?sku=THZ044US&regionid=7&nav1=10&name=iPad%202&nav2=7) (No sleep/wake)
Scosche FoldIO (http://www.scosche.com/consumer-tech/product/2118) (No sleep/wake, don't like interior color)
Grove (http://www.grovemade.com/products/ipad-2-case-pre-order) (a little too much wood for my taste though)
Vaja Libretto (http://www.vajacases.com/home.html) (seems perfect, but too expensive)
Marware MicroShell Folio (http://www.marware.com/ipad-cases-and-covers/ipad-2-cases/microshell-folio-ipad-2-case) (not leather)
Marware C.E.O. Hybrid (http://www.marware.com/ipad-cases-and-covers/ipad-2-cases/c-e-o-hybrid-ipad-2-case) (not leather)
STM Skinny (http://www.radtech.us/Products/stm-skinny-ipad-case-with-stand.aspx) (not leather)
Noreve (http://www.noreve.com/category/Ebook_Apple/product/Housse_cuir_Apple_iPad_2_Tradition_B.html) (too expensive)
Incase Magazine Jacket (http://www.goincase.com/products/detail/magazine-jacket-cl57925) (not leather, no sleep/wake)
Macally Bookstand2 (http://www.macally.com/EN/Product/ArticleShow.asp?ArticleID=388) (no sleep/wake)
Macally Shellstand2 (http://www.macally.com/EN/Product/ArticleShow.asp?ArticleID=378) (no sleep/wake)
Joy Folio360 II (http://www.thejoyfactory.com/page/ipad2/folio360-ii.html)
Speck FitFolio (http://www.speckproducts.com/tablet-ipad-cases/ipad-2-cases/ipad-2-cases-fitfolio-red.html) (only in red)
SwitchEasy Canvas (http://www.switcheasy.com/products/CANVAS_iPad2/) (not leather)
Toblino 2: Napa Leather (http://www.amazon.com/Toblino-Leather-Folio-Convertable-Multi-angle/dp/B004TM1JBE/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top)


Any others? Opinions? Pictures? My iPad 2 is black and I'm a college student, in case those factor in. Thanks!

Cheers,
KP

EDIT: List updated 4/9/11



sotie
Apr 3, 2011, 02:30 PM
I was told that Chinao will be releasing a Vaja clone in a few weeks. From what I hear it will meet most if not all of the preferences you listed. No pictures yet that I know of.

skids929
Apr 3, 2011, 03:16 PM
Marware CEO 2 shipping end of this week direct from Marware. Otherwise you can save a buck on amazon and wait a little longer. Pound for pound this is the best folio case available in terms of value and functionality. I ordered the libretto and the Marware CEO 2 to do a side by side comparison, will probably regret the vaja in the end but had to get my hands on one. :).

skids929
Apr 3, 2011, 03:18 PM
Pile frama just came out with a nice leather cover for just the back and it works with the smart cover too, check that out too.
Problem there is by the time ur done With buy the PF and smart cover it's the same price as the vaja and not as sexy. Just a thought for you.

chrsb
Apr 3, 2011, 03:23 PM
The STM Skinny seen here http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1127178 is almost what you want except for the leather.
http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=278666&stc=1&d=1301375584

eagleglen
Apr 3, 2011, 06:08 PM
Marware CEO 2 shipping end of this week direct from Marware. Otherwise you can save a buck on amazon and wait a little longer. Pound for pound this is the best folio case available in terms of value and functionality. I ordered the libretto and the Marware CEO 2 to do a side by side comparison, will probably regret the vaja in the end but had to get my hands on one. :).

+1

I'll second this endorsement for the Marware CEO case. The version for the original iPad was like wrapping the iPad in armor without adding excess bulk. The fact the the case doesn't cover the bezel was what made me first take notice of it. It also looks as if the iPad 2 version will have magnets for the on/off functionality of the Smart Cover. Definitely looking forward to getting one.

KylePowers
Apr 3, 2011, 08:00 PM
I was told that Chinao will be releasing a Vaja clone in a few weeks. From what I hear it will meet most if not all of the preferences you listed. No pictures yet that I know of.
Never heard of Chinao, but I'll keep an eye out. Thanks!

Marware CEO 2 shipping end of this week direct from Marware. Otherwise you can save a buck on amazon and wait a little longer. Pound for pound this is the best folio case available in terms of value and functionality. I ordered the libretto and the Marware CEO 2 to do a side by side comparison, will probably regret the vaja in the end but had to get my hands on one. :).
Do you mean the Marware CEO Hybrid case? I like the style of it, but I'm not a fan of the carbon fiber look. The MicroShell Folio is kinda neat, but doesn't suit my leather preference.

The STM Skinny seen here http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1127178 is almost what you want except for the leather.
http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=278666&stc=1&d=1301375584
Oh yeahh, I've seen that before. If only it was leather =\

Anywho, I've updated the list to reflect the 2 Marwares and STM Skinny. Thanks everyone, keep 'em comin' =D

sotie
Apr 3, 2011, 09:47 PM
Never heard of Chinao, but I'll keep an eye out. Thanks!

Check this out. It's a review of Chinao's Vaja Agenda clone for the iPad 1. I actually sold my $280 Vaja and replaced it with this $40 case when I handed my iPad 1 down to my daughter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-RY3inof6A&sns=em

jessejskinner
Apr 4, 2011, 01:49 PM
I just talked to a lady at STM and she said that the magnets shouldn't put the ipad to sleep when you fold the cover around to the back like other slim cases do. The back is a piece of plastic and should prevent the magnets from putting the ipad to sleep.

She also mentioned that when they took the case over to apple to have them take a look at it they all loved it and thought it was one of the best cases they've seen. obviously this is from the manufacturer of the case so there is that...

I ordered mine through ebags and got free shipping by signing up for some shop-runner service. I plan to cancel my free trial to shop runner before it expires and I have to pay.

2 cents.

skids929
Apr 4, 2011, 07:35 PM
Nice case, love the minimalist style. Not crazy about the belt loop and the corner holders overlapping covering the bezel. Not that it's a huge deal, but they just look odd. Maybe they would hide nicely with a complimentary color, like black on black.

Great case for the money though.

theman510
Apr 4, 2011, 07:53 PM
Check this out. It's a review of Chinao's Vaja Agenda clone for the iPad 1. I actually sold my $280 Vaja and replaced it with this $40 case when I handed my iPad 1 down to my daughter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-RY3inof6A&sns=em

I LOVE this case. Any word on one coming out for the iPad 2? I really like how it doesn't cover the bezel

sotie
Apr 4, 2011, 08:51 PM
I LOVE this case. Any word on one coming out for the iPad 2? I really like how it doesn't cover the bezel

Supposedly within the month. A dealer is going to contact me when they're available and I'll be posting here if someone else doesn't.

Mr. Biggles
Apr 4, 2011, 09:33 PM
Hey everyone,

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations or if anyone wanted to get a list started for iPad 2 cases that don't cover the bezel.



I have an STM skinny on the way, but I'm real interested in the Piel Frama iMagnum. It works in conjunction with the Apple smart cover, so cost between the two is up there, but I like the look.
(click on each image for larger version)

http://www.pielframa.net/modelos/ipad2/ampliadas/imagnum/gris/img1.jpg

http://www.pielframa.net/modelos/ipad2/ampliadas/imagnum/gris/img2.jpg

http://www.pielframa.net/modelos/ipad2/ampliadas/imagnum/gris/img3.jpg

http://www.pielframa.net/modelos/ipad2/ampliadas/imagnum/gris/img4.jpg

theman510
Apr 4, 2011, 09:45 PM
Supposedly within the month. A dealer is going to contact me when they're available and I'll be posting here if someone else doesn't.

Awesome. Please keep us updated!

Blorzoga
Apr 4, 2011, 10:02 PM
The STM Skinny seen here http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1127178 is almost what you want except for the leather.
http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=278666&stc=1&d=1301375584

I just received my shipping notice. Psyched!

dcmetro
Apr 4, 2011, 11:24 PM
Supposedly within the month. A dealer is going to contact me when they're available and I'll be posting here if someone else doesn't.

Keep us posted. Chinao case looks great.

gospel9
Apr 5, 2011, 12:09 AM
Incase Magazine Jacket perhaps?

279710

279709

279711

GadgetAddicted
Apr 5, 2011, 12:13 AM
Incase Magazine Jacket perhaps?

279710

279709

279711

Wow this might be EXACTLY what i'm looking for. Any more like these???

KylePowers
Apr 5, 2011, 12:20 AM
Incase Magazine Jacket perhaps?

Yeah, that's on the list, and I like how it looks... But I'm not sure what it's made of (don't think it fits my leather preference), nor do I believe it has the sleep/wake function. *sigh*

GadgetAddicted
Apr 5, 2011, 12:32 AM
Yeah, that's on the list, and I like how it looks... But I'm not sure what it's made of (don't think it fits my leather preference), nor do I believe it has the sleep/wake function. *sigh*

You're right..no leather and no sleep/wake.

GadgetAddicted
Apr 5, 2011, 12:49 AM
Here's another case that might be an option: http://www.targus.com/ca/product_details.asp?sku=THZ044CA

KylePowers
Apr 5, 2011, 12:52 AM
Here's another case that might be an option: http://www.targus.com/ca/product_details.asp?sku=THZ044CA

Yup, that's on the list too (original post)... No sleep/wake lol

KylePowers
Apr 5, 2011, 01:09 AM
I was told that Chinao will be releasing a Vaja clone in a few weeks. From what I hear it will meet most if not all of the preferences you listed. No pictures yet that I know of.

Brown Chinao (http://cgi.ebay.com/CHINAO-Textured-Brown-Leather-Slim-Case-4-Apple-iPad-2-/320679625960?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aa9fec4e8) | Black Chinao (http://cgi.ebay.com/CHINAO-Textured-Black-Leather-Slim-Case-4-Apple-iPad-2-/220763425996?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3366868ccc) ?? Doesn't look like they have sleep/wake. Nor do they look like a very good Vaja clone lol

These cases by Macally (http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-MACALLY-GRAY-WHITE-BOOKSTAND-CASE-STAND-iPAD-2-/350451485789?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5198894c5d#ht_4079wt_943) look pretty decent... don't think they have the sleep/wake function either though =( ... but then again, the description does say the cover snaps shut with "hidden magnet closure"

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/$(KGrHqMOKjEE17SS4ZU+BNkdp7O,ug~~0_3.JPG

They have this pretty neat Targus-360-like case (http://www.macally.com/EN/Product/ArticleShow.asp?ArticleID=378) on their website
http://www.macally.com/UploadFiles/SHELLSTAND2_03.jpg

GadgetAddicted
Apr 5, 2011, 09:28 AM
Op,
The Macally case does shut with the magnet, however it does NOT put the iPad to sleep :(. Keep the suggestions coming folks! I'm in the same shoes as the Op. Haha.

sotie
Apr 5, 2011, 11:19 AM
Brown Chinao (http://cgi.ebay.com/CHINAO-Textured-Brown-Leather-Slim-Case-4-Apple-iPad-2-/320679625960?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aa9fec4e8) | Black Chinao (http://cgi.ebay.com/CHINAO-Textured-Black-Leather-Slim-Case-4-Apple-iPad-2-/220763425996?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3366868ccc) ?? Doesn't look like they have sleep/wake. Nor do they look like a very good Vaja clone lol

No, that is not it. Chinao's Vaja clone for iPad 2 hasn't been released yet and there are no pictures available anywhere of it.

Here are some pictures I just took of their Vaja Agenda clone for iPad 1 which I purchased recently. I really like it and I'm hoping the Vaja clone (w/ sleep/wake) they produce for iPad 2 will be just as good.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v653/sotie/IMG_3944-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v653/sotie/IMG_3945-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v653/sotie/IMG_3947-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v653/sotie/IMG_3948-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v653/sotie/IMG_3950-1.jpg

GadgetAddicted
Apr 5, 2011, 12:51 PM
The vaja clone looks nice but I don't know why I'm not so attracted to it. I think it's the overly round front cover. I dont know..

KylePowers
Apr 5, 2011, 03:15 PM
No, that is not it. Chinao's Vaja clone for iPad 2 hasn't been released yet and there are no pictures available anywhere of it.

Here are some pictures I just took of their Vaja Agenda clone for iPad 1 which I purchased recently. I really like it and I'm hoping the Vaja clone (w/ sleep/wake) they produce for iPad 2 will be just as good.

Ah, I see. Very nice. Can't wait to see it!

celo48
Apr 5, 2011, 03:49 PM
It looks like I am going with this unless something comes really nice before they have it in stock which is about two weeks from now.

http://www.trexta.com/Default.aspx?pageID=18&PID=531&CatID=251

PanAm-L1011
Apr 5, 2011, 07:15 PM
Just got my brown. Love the look and fit but WOW that smell. I thought you all we exaggerating.

icecrystal23
Apr 5, 2011, 08:14 PM
I doubt this has the sleep/wake function but I just bought one of these:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Flip-Leather-Case-Protector-Holder-Skin-F-iPad-2G-EA391-/200594569965?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb45e3aed#ht_8538wt_902

I figure it's worth a shot for $16! So far all the cases I've tried like this were either $40 cases worth $16 or they were bulky.

GadgetAddicted
Apr 6, 2011, 09:21 AM
I doubt this has the sleep/wake function but I just bought one of these:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Flip-Leather-Case-Protector-Holder-Skin-F-iPad-2G-EA391-/200594569965?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb45e3aed#ht_8538wt_902

I figure it's worth a shot for $16! So far all the cases I've tried like this were either $40 cases worth $16 or they were bulky.

This is actually really nice...

dcmetro
Apr 6, 2011, 11:29 AM
It looks like I am going with this unless something comes really nice before they have it in stock which is about two weeks from now.

http://www.trexta.com/Default.aspx?pageID=18&PID=531&CatID=251

This looks pretty good case. Don't like the flap in front. Button would've been better but overall it looks good. Does not have the magnet for auto on/off right?

celo48
Apr 6, 2011, 11:33 AM
Does not have the magnet for auto on/off right?

Not sure but highly doubt it does.

KylePowers
Apr 7, 2011, 12:25 AM
Updated the original post with links =)

Anyone have any luck yet? I'll probably end up going with Treegloo once they finalize their new magnet/latch closures (which is supposedly due by the end of the week). Or maybe Pad and Quill's Octavo if they put out more color options. But maybe I'll pick up a nice leather folio in the future... who knows.

Cheers,
KP

kayjay
Apr 7, 2011, 12:42 AM
No luck here. Thanks for starting this thread, though-- I'm looking for exactly the same thing (with the added requirement that it be available in colors other than black!), so it's been really useful.

I'm currently using the yoobao case, which has finally after six days of airing out become just about stench-free, but I'd really like better quality leather and the bezel even less covered. Waiting now to see what the Chinao case will be like, and hoping someone will make a case like the Vaja Libretto for closer to $100. If not, my birthday is next month, and I may just treat myself. Thinking about the Treegloo or Portenzo, too.

Good luck in your search!

mr.wiggles
Apr 7, 2011, 04:44 AM
I don't know why they just can't change the specs on this one (http://www.amazon.com/Yoobao-Leather-Protective-Cover-Kickstand/dp/tags-on-product/B0042J6AC2) to fit the iPad 2. For me (and my original iPad) it was perfect.

I have faith, though. This thread seems to be showing that there is a quickly expanding list of cases that don't hide the iPad bezel. Thanks.

RobertK81
Apr 7, 2011, 04:49 AM
You could add this:

http://www.thejoyfactory.com/page/ipad2/folio360-ii.html

Want to see some reviews of it! But ships 30th.. :(

And new Speck:

http://www.speckproducts.com/tablet-ipad-cases/ipad-2-cases/ipad-2-cases-fitfolio-red.html

GadgetAddicted
Apr 7, 2011, 12:16 PM
You could add this:

http://www.thejoyfactory.com/page/ipad2/folio360-ii.html

Want to see some reviews of it! But ships 30th.. :(

And new Speck:

http://www.speckproducts.com/tablet-ipad-cases/ipad-2-cases/ipad-2-cases-fitfolio-red.html

Wish they had that speck in black!

dcmetro
Apr 7, 2011, 10:31 PM
You could add this:

http://www.thejoyfactory.com/page/ipad2/folio360-ii.html

Want to see some reviews of it! But ships 30th.. :(

And new Speck:

http://www.speckproducts.com/tablet-ipad-cases/ipad-2-cases/ipad-2-cases-fitfolio-red.html

Both look pretty good. Want one in black too and something that does not add bulk. Hope they're thin in person.

icecrystal23
Apr 7, 2011, 11:29 PM
I tried the non-leather version of this, the Premium Kickstand, but it was a bit bulky for me:
Incipio Executive Premium Kickstand: http://www.myincipio.com/iPad-2-Cases-Accessories/Incipio-iPad-2-Executive-Premium-Kickstand-Leather-Case.asp

Other people like it, though. No sleep/wake functionality.

icecrystal23
Apr 8, 2011, 12:33 AM
This looks nice, too: SwitchEasy CANVAS

http://www.switcheasy.com/products/CANVAS_iPad2/

RobertK81
Apr 8, 2011, 06:55 AM
This looks nice, too: SwitchEasy CANVAS

http://www.switcheasy.com/products/CANVAS_iPad2/

This looks NICE. And instant shipping..hope so see a video review soon. I always wonder how the angles hold up in the notches..

celo48
Apr 8, 2011, 07:51 AM
this looks nice, too: Switcheasy canvas

http://www.switcheasy.com/products/canvas_ipad2/

nice!

UnstrungHarp
Apr 8, 2011, 10:57 AM
This looks nice, too: SwitchEasy CANVAS

http://www.switcheasy.com/products/CANVAS_iPad2/

Oh man, this is my first taste of regret since I pre-ordered the Powis iCase. Still over a month before that one is supposed to ship. :(

celo48
Apr 8, 2011, 01:00 PM
Ordered this today.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004TM1JBE

Complete protection for the iPad from all sides
Black Napa leather exterior
Soft gray microfiber interior
iPad is put to sleep or awakened when case is opened or closed
Unique design allows case to double as a stand

Boldman
Apr 8, 2011, 01:03 PM
SGP Stores make a nice Ipad case and I understand that the case for the Ipad2 is expected in the next couple of weeks.

www.sgpstore.com

errorunknown
Apr 8, 2011, 04:57 PM
Did you buy it from that seller? Can you post up the link, looks really nice!

No, that is not it. Chinao's Vaja clone for iPad 2 hasn't been released yet and there are no pictures available anywhere of it.

Here are some pictures I just took of their Vaja Agenda clone for iPad 1 which I purchased recently. I really like it and I'm hoping the Vaja clone (w/ sleep/wake) they produce for iPad 2 will be just as good.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v653/sotie/IMG_3944-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v653/sotie/IMG_3945-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v653/sotie/IMG_3947-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v653/sotie/IMG_3948-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v653/sotie/IMG_3950-1.jpg

KylePowers
Apr 8, 2011, 05:08 PM
This looks nice, too: SwitchEasy CANVAS

http://www.switcheasy.com/products/CANVAS_iPad2/
Yup, debating between this and a Portenzo/Treegloo/Octavo... maybe I'll get both lol

List updated by the way! Lots of choices out there for non-bezel-covering cases apparently :p

GadgetAddicted
Apr 8, 2011, 06:33 PM
Ordered this today.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004TM1JBE

Complete protection for the iPad from all sides
Black Napa leather exterior
Soft gray microfiber interior
iPad is put to sleep or awakened when case is opened or closed
Unique design allows case to double as a stand

Wow this is so similar to the vuscape!! I wish I could buy this; not available in Canada :(

dcmetro
Apr 8, 2011, 07:36 PM
Wow, it's getting together to make a choice now. Lots of good options. Only if thess cases start shipping so that we can get some review. :)

Sixtafoua
Apr 8, 2011, 07:53 PM
I got the Pad and Quill octavo, and I love it! The build quality is incredible, the smart cover functionality is great, the typing position could be better, but I really love this case overall. It looks and feels like a real book. This case is quite bulky, but it offers great protection. I wouldn't be scared to drop my iPad at least 4 feet with this case on it. If you want a cool look and great protection, this is the case for you. :)

ninerfan
Apr 8, 2011, 08:41 PM
You might want to add the Enki Genius to your list. It works with the Smart Cover and looks great as well.

According to their email, it will be available for pre-order on 4/15.

http://www.enkigear.com/

sotie
Apr 8, 2011, 10:40 PM
Ordered this today.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004TM1JBE

Complete protection for the iPad from all sides
Black Napa leather exterior
Soft gray microfiber interior
iPad is put to sleep or awakened when case is opened or closed
Unique design allows case to double as a stand

From the pictures it looks like they didn't include an angle to type with.

celo48
Apr 8, 2011, 10:46 PM
From the pictures it looks like they didn't include an angle to type with.

I believe the clasp (or whatever you want to call it) will hold the iPad when you slide down for typing.

mr.wiggles
Apr 9, 2011, 05:50 AM
Just though I'd throw a link to a quick Youtube review that I found for the Switcheasy Canvas. Looks pretty nice. Seems like it adds a little more bulk than I expected, though. What do you think?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RshOoKf8j2A

KylePowers
Apr 9, 2011, 02:01 PM
Just though I'd throw a link to a quick Youtube review that I found for the Switcheasy Canvas. Looks pretty nice. Seems like it adds a little more bulk than I expected, though. What do you think?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RshOoKf8j2A
Yeah, that's pretty darn thick. Bleh. Plus, I don't really like the fact that it has velcro.

Back to the drawing board =\

DaGrandMastah
Apr 9, 2011, 02:03 PM
Yeah, that's pretty darn thick. Bleh. Plus, I don't really like the fact that it has velcro.

Back to the drawing board =\

How about this one? I just found it yesterday somewhere on these forums by chance and I was thinking about ordering one too. The reviews for the ipad 1 version were great. Seems to have everything you (and I) are looking for.

http://www.amazon.com/Toblino-Leather-Folio-Convertable-Multi-angle/dp/B004TM1JBE/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

KylePowers
Apr 9, 2011, 02:12 PM
How about this one? I just found it yesterday somewhere on these forums by chance and I was thinking about ordering one too. The reviews for the ipad 1 version were great. Seems to have everything you (and I) are looking for.

http://www.amazon.com/Toblino-Leather-Folio-Convertable-Multi-angle/dp/B004TM1JBE/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Yeah, seen that before (and your thread about it). It's certainly one of the better options... but hmm.. I'd have to see some video/macrumors reviews first. Not sure if I'm too crazy about how the case holds the iPad, but meh, we'll see.

DaGrandMastah
Apr 9, 2011, 02:21 PM
Yeah, seen that before (and your thread about it). It's certainly one of the better options... but hmm.. I'd have to see some video/macrumors reviews first. Not sure if I'm too crazy about how the case holds the iPad, but meh, we'll see.

I found a video review for the ipad 1 that shows it's pretty good. Works the same way as the Marware CEO Folio does for the ipad 1. I just wish Marware would get off their asses and finally release that case so I can go on living my life. lol

mr.wiggles
Apr 9, 2011, 04:10 PM
How about this one? I just found it yesterday somewhere on these forums by chance and I was thinking about ordering one too. The reviews for the ipad 1 version were great. Seems to have everything you (and I) are looking for.

http://www.amazon.com/Toblino-Leather-Folio-Convertable-Multi-angle/dp/B004TM1JBE/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

The thing I don't like about this style case is two-fold:

1) I really don't like the lip closure tab thingy. If I want to fold the cover back and lay the iPad down on the table to write (say in Noteshelf with a stylus), that lip closure tab thingy will hinder the iPad from lying flat.

2) This case (and those like it), to me, looks kind of silly with the corner pieces on two of the corners and a couple of tabs in the center. I'm not hugely concerned with having several viewing angles. A couple will work, which is why, for me, Sotie's original iPad case (by Chinao - the awesome brown one on the first page in this thread) is PERFECT. I'd buy it in a heartbeat, if they made it for the iPad 2. The iPad is surrounded almost 80% by a lip and I love that. No tabs - just a surround that you pop the iPad into. Love it.

Man, why am I being so picky with this case thing this time???

celo48
Apr 10, 2011, 07:52 AM
The thing I don't like about this style case is two-fold:

1) I really don't like the lip closure tab thingy. If I want to fold the cover back and lay the iPad down on the table to write (say in Noteshelf with a stylus), that lip closure tab thingy will hinder the iPad from lying flat.

2) This case (and those like it), to me, looks kind of silly with the corner pieces on two of the corners and a couple of tabs in the center. I'm not hugely concerned with having several viewing angles. A couple will work, which is why, for me, Sotie's original iPad case (by Chinao - the awesome brown one on the first page in this thread) is PERFECT. I'd buy it in a heartbeat, if they made it for the iPad 2. The iPad is surrounded almost 80% by a lip and I love that. No tabs - just a surround that you pop the iPad into. Love it.

Man, why am I being so picky with this case thing this time???

Do you have a pic of that Chinao case? Does it cover the bezel? I bought my case, I am just curious.

DaGrandMastah
Apr 10, 2011, 08:25 AM
The thing I don't like about this style case is two-fold:

1) I really don't like the lip closure tab thingy. If I want to fold the cover back and lay the iPad down on the table to write (say in Noteshelf with a stylus), that lip closure tab thingy will hinder the iPad from lying flat.

2) This case (and those like it), to me, looks kind of silly with the corner pieces on two of the corners and a couple of tabs in the center. I'm not hugely concerned with having several viewing angles. A couple will work, which is why, for me, Sotie's original iPad case (by Chinao - the awesome brown one on the first page in this thread) is PERFECT. I'd buy it in a heartbeat, if they made it for the iPad 2. The iPad is surrounded almost 80% by a lip and I love that. No tabs - just a surround that you pop the iPad into. Love it.

Man, why am I being so picky with this case thing this time???

Cause it's such an awesome device and the cases have been rather lackluster so far since everyone is waiting for the best versions of the ipad 1 cases to finall release.

I'm gonna hold off on this case until Marware's CEO and Folio come out. This is a fall back option though. I'd also like to see the Vaja Agenda clone from Yoobao if and when they release it.

sotie
Apr 10, 2011, 09:23 AM
Cause it's such an awesome device and the cases have been rather lackluster so far since everyone is waiting for the best versions of the ipad 1 cases to finall release.

I'm gonna hold off on this case until Marware's CEO and Folio come out. This is a fall back option though. I'd also like to see the Vaja Agenda clone from Yoobao if and when they release it.

Chinao is making the Vaja clone, not Yoobao.

sotie
Apr 10, 2011, 09:26 AM
Do you have a pic of that Chinao case? Does it cover the bezel? I bought my case, I am just curious.

Pics are in post #25 of this thread. Remember, these pictures that I posted are Chinao's Vaja clone for the IPAD 1! There are no pictures available yet for their upcoming Vaja clone case for iPad 2. I just wanted to give everyone an idea what it will probably look like.

celo48
Apr 10, 2011, 09:37 AM
Pics are in post #25 of this thread. Remember, these pictures that I posted are Chinao's Vaja clone for the IPAD 1! There are no pictures available yet for their upcoming Vaja clone case for iPad 2. I just wanted to give everyone an idea what it will probably look like.

Ohh ok. I hope they will make the stiches same color as the case and add sleep/wake feature. It sits perfect covering almost all edges.

jeff_siler
Apr 10, 2011, 09:50 AM
Pics are in post #25 of this thread. Remember, these pictures that I posted are Chinao's Vaja clone for the IPAD 1! There are no pictures available yet for their upcoming Vaja clone case for iPad 2. I just wanted to give everyone an idea what it will probably look like.

Thanks. I was going to see pics of the Chinao Slim for iPad 2. I like this case as it resembles the apple official iPad 1 case.

sotie
Apr 10, 2011, 10:00 AM
Thanks. I was going to see pics of the Chinao Slim for iPad 2. I like this case as it resembles the apple official iPad 1 case.

In my opinion it more resembles the Vaja Agenda case for iPad 1 than the official iPad 1 case. I had this case and sold it just before the iPad 2 was released.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v653/sotie/3a.jpg

skids929
Apr 10, 2011, 12:11 PM
In my opinion it more resembles the Vaja Agenda case for iPad 1 than the official iPad 1 case. I had this case and sold it just before the iPad 2 was released.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v653/sotie/3a.jpg

Agenda case is up on Vaja's site for the iPad 2. It nice, but the Libretto is cheaper..I felt $160 was way too much but splurged anyway, $220 is just over the top.

celo48
Apr 10, 2011, 12:31 PM
Agenda case is up on Vaja's site for the iPad 2. It nice, but the Libretto is cheaper..I felt $160 was way too much but splurged anyway, $220 is just over the top.

That is way too expensive!

DaGrandMastah
Apr 10, 2011, 12:32 PM
Does anyone know when Chinao is supposed to release this case? Are there rumors?

celo48
Apr 10, 2011, 12:33 PM
Does anyone know when Chinao is supposed to release this case? Are there rumors?

www.ChinaoRumors.com

just kidding :D

sotie
Apr 10, 2011, 01:56 PM
That is way too expensive!

The Vaja Agenda in Mamut that you see pictured above cost me $280 plus shipping!

DaGrandMastah
Apr 10, 2011, 02:01 PM
www.ChinaoRumors.com

just kidding :D

Hah! Well played.

Damn that Vaja is the perfect case IMO for me....but definitely not for that price. Sheesh.

mr.wiggles
Apr 10, 2011, 02:18 PM
Hah! Well played.

Damn that Vaja is the perfect case IMO for me....but definitely not for that price. Sheesh.

I couldn't agree more! It's just perfect! If there weren't a 35 day turn-around, I'd just put this case thing to rest and splurge! Come on Chinao!

celo48
Apr 10, 2011, 02:30 PM
Hah! Well played.

Damn that Vaja is the perfect case IMO for me....but definitely not for that price. Sheesh.

I am sure most/some of us can afford that case BUT most of us see it as "why". We sometimes go overboard with our little gadgets but buying this would be going WAY overboard, imo.

DaGrandMastah
Apr 10, 2011, 06:54 PM
I am sure most/some of us can afford that case BUT most of us see it as "why". We sometimes go overboard with our little gadgets but buying this would be going WAY overboard, imo.

Yeah there's definitely a difference between being able to afford the case and just throwing away money. That's just too much. I mean, if you spend something like that on the case then I'm gonna need another case just to carry it around cause I'll be scared to mess it up.

Adexis
Apr 12, 2011, 10:05 AM
I seem to be reading more about cases then anything else at the moment.

I seem to be narrowing my choices down based on looks, weight (very important the case is slim and lightweight) and functionality.

That leaves me looking at the Scosche Foldio 2, STM Skinny and Toblino 2. Does anybody have any opinions on the relative merits of those three?

I'm also interested in any info on UK retailers stocking any of those (I appreciate that the Foldio hasn't been released yet).

skids929
Apr 12, 2011, 07:41 PM
I seem to be reading more about cases then anything else at the moment.

I seem to be narrowing my choices down based on looks, weight (very important the case is slim and lightweight) and functionality.

That leaves me looking at the Scosche Foldio 2, STM Skinny and Toblino 2. Does anybody have any opinions on the relative merits of those three?

I'm also interested in any info on UK retailers stocking any of those (I appreciate that the Foldio hasn't been released yet).

The Toblino 2 is really the best case out that bunch I think. I am fairly certain the Scosche doesn't have sleep wake magnets, and the STM case has that silly strap to close. Toblino 2 is sweet, much like the Marware Hybrid 2 case but leather. Go with that one.

The ultimate in no bezel coverage is the Vaja Libretto. Comes at a hefty price though.

gquiring
Apr 13, 2011, 06:10 AM
I just got one on ebay for around $16. I missed this thread earlier or I would have posted here.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1135724

errorunknown
Apr 13, 2011, 04:38 PM
Just received the Chinao Brown faux leather case for the iPad 1 (vaja agenda clone) that was posted earlier. PIECE OF CRAP. Smelled like paint out of the box and had an uneven finish. Looks and feels like it was spray painted. For $50 I was expecting it would be soft to touch but it's very rough. It doesn't even stay up in the movie viewing position. Very disappointed, I will be returning this ASAP. I'll have pictures up soon. DO NOT BUY THIS. All of the review videos on youtube must be shills.

sotie
Apr 16, 2011, 09:33 PM
Just received the Chinao Brown faux leather case for the iPad 1 (vaja agenda clone) that was posted earlier. PIECE OF CRAP. Smelled like paint out of the box and had an uneven finish. Looks and feels like it was spray painted. For $50 I was expecting it would be soft to touch but it's very rough. It doesn't even stay up in the movie viewing position. Very disappointed, I will be returning this ASAP. I'll have pictures up soon. DO NOT BUY THIS. All of the review videos on youtube must be shills.

I purchased mine about 5 weeks ago and there was no smell. Also, I believe the finish is supposed to look uneven. The product pictures on the website where I purchased it from are exactly the same as what I received. I think that is the design. Mine stands up fine in the movie position. Also, I only paid $40. I won't post where I purchased because I don't want to be accused of being a shill:)

pbateman.as
Apr 16, 2011, 10:44 PM
The Toblino 2 is really the best case out that bunch I think. I am fairly certain the Scosche doesn't have sleep wake magnets, and the STM case has that silly strap to close. Toblino 2 is sweet, much like the Marware Hybrid 2 case but leather. Go with that one.

The ultimate in no bezel coverage is the Vaja Libretto. Comes at a hefty price though.

Toblino 2 is excellent. Been using it since early last week and highly recommend.

mutantblack
Apr 17, 2011, 12:02 AM
I interest in stm skinny and toblino. Just don't like the way it doesn't cover completely. OP link actually is good for people who's looking for case since all the links are there to check out cases.

chrsb
Apr 17, 2011, 07:46 AM
Need to add this one to the list http://www.noreve.com/index.html?manufacturers_id=5 a little pricey but looks nice.

emgoodman
Apr 17, 2011, 08:20 AM
Toblino 2 is excellent. Been using it since early last week and highly recommend.

+1 for the Toblino 2. Link to my review:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjZwXMjq4vY&sns=em

amazonpam
Apr 17, 2011, 11:10 PM
Cyber Acoustics has the new iPad 2 case listed on their website (http://www.cyberacoustics.com/app.cfm?fa=products.list&categoryID=5). Also a similar case to CA's but more colorful can be found at Maroo.com (http://www.maroo.com/)

icecrystal23
Apr 18, 2011, 12:13 AM
I doubt this has the sleep/wake function but I just bought one of these:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Flip-Leather-Case-Protector-Holder-Skin-F-iPad-2G-EA391-/200594569965?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb45e3aed#ht_8538wt_902

I figure it's worth a shot for $16! So far all the cases I've tried like this were either $40 cases worth $16 or they were bulky.

Got this today. See my comments here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=12411678

macimby
Apr 18, 2011, 07:43 PM
Cyber Acoustics has the new iPad 2 case listed on their website (http://www.cyberacoustics.com/app.cfm?fa=products.list&categoryID=5). Also a similar case to CA's but more colorful can be found at Maroo.com (http://www.maroo.com/)+1 on those -- look pretty nice.

Also I'll suggest this AYL case which looks and feels like leather but is tougher, lean & minimalist. I've been very happy with mine. No autopower-on-open, though, if that's really important to you.
http://www.amazon.com/Scratch-Quality-Premium-Carbon-Generation/dp/B004TJC4PW

I like the way the CA can stand without any protrusion sticking out front and its dressy styling, but I also like the lean/minimalist style of the AYL.

amazonpam
Apr 18, 2011, 11:42 PM
Saw this great case, Bluetrek LostDog Slim Case Stand for iPad 1. Love the dog and am crushing on this case. Can't wait til I need a new case. It's available at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Bluetrek-Stand-Brown-Microfiber-Finishing/dp/B004ISL7AW)

sotie
Apr 19, 2011, 02:06 AM
Saw this great case, Bluetrek LostDog Slim Case Stand for iPad 1. Love the dog and am crushing on this case. Can't wait til I need a new case. It's available at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Bluetrek-Stand-Brown-Microfiber-Finishing/dp/B004ISL7AW)

This thread relates to iPad 2.

amazonpam
Apr 19, 2011, 11:46 PM
Another iPad 2 cover - Ion CarbonCover (http://www.ion-factory.com/carboncover.php?gclid=CP-YivWgqqgCFYFM5QodPVd1Hg#) for iPad 2

jbrady3324
Apr 22, 2011, 12:23 PM
Another iPad 2 cover - Ion CarbonCover (http://www.ion-factory.com/carboncover.php?gclid=CP-YivWgqqgCFYFM5QodPVd1Hg#) for iPad 2

That one looks great, any reviews?

theman510
Apr 22, 2011, 01:33 PM
Another iPad 2 cover - Ion CarbonCover (http://www.ion-factory.com/carboncover.php?gclid=CP-YivWgqqgCFYFM5QodPVd1Hg#) for iPad 2

I wonder how heavy this one is. Looks real nice though

Raven45
Apr 22, 2011, 04:01 PM
Cyber Acoustics has the new iPad 2 case listed on their website (http://www.cyberacoustics.com/app.cfm?fa=products.list&categoryID=5). Also a similar case to CA's but more colorful can be found at Maroo.com (http://www.maroo.com/)

I ordered the Maroo Moko II the other day. Will report back when I get it.

skids929
Apr 23, 2011, 08:20 AM
Toblino 2 is excellent. Been using it since early last week and highly recommend.

Full retraction on the Toblino, after thorough review this case has some major flaws. For the money it's just ok. I returned mine for several reasons mentioned in another thread. There are mixed reviews on it from owners, some like some don't.

All of it comes down to what you expect and iPad case to be.

icecrystal23
Apr 25, 2011, 01:03 PM
I picked up a Speck FitFolio at Target this morning. It doesn't fit very well with my PhantomSkinz back protector, but I think this might be the case I'm going to stick with. I really like the look of it and (surprisingly) the red color. I may end up removing my PhantomSkinz after a few days if I decide to keep this case.

sotie
Apr 25, 2011, 11:37 PM
Does anyone know when Chinao is supposed to release this case? Are there rumors?

I just posted some sneak-peek pictures I received of the forthcoming Vaja Agenda clone from Chinao.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=12461876#post12461876

ivada
Apr 26, 2011, 08:08 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ZENUS-Leather-case-bag-iPad2-PRESTIGE-CAMEL-BROWN-/260774470635?pt=US_Tablet_Accessories&hash=item3cb75ea3eb#ht_5767wt_907

stiwi
Apr 28, 2011, 04:56 PM
Does someone use Zenus prestige carbon (http://www.zenuscase.net/product-29793.html)?
I am struggling to find any reviews.

sotie
Apr 30, 2011, 09:43 PM
Does anyone here have the SGP Griff for iPad 2 yet? I'm thinking of picking one up for my wife's iPad. It's a leather back (like the Belkin Snap Shield) and works in conjunction with the smart cover.

http://www.sgpstore.com/tablets/apple/ipad-2/sgp-ipad-2-leather-case-griff-series.html

Here's a quick youtube demo they posted of it...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn17HILFpOo

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v653/sotie/sgpgriff2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v653/sotie/sgpgriff1.jpg

jedolley
Apr 30, 2011, 10:03 PM
Does anyone here have the SGP Griff for iPad 2 yet? I'm thinking of picking one up for my wife's iPad. It's a leather back (like the Belkin Snap Shield) and works in conjunction with the smart cover.

http://www.sgpstore.com/tablets/apple/ipad-2/sgp-ipad-2-leather-case-griff-series.html

Here's a quick youtube demo they posted of it...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn17HILFpOo

Image (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v653/sotie/sgpgriff2.jpg)

Image (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v653/sotie/sgpgriff1.jpg)

Looks good, had not seen this yet. I'll add it to the smart case compatible list.

Vanessa17
Sep 6, 2011, 04:38 AM
Has anyone tried Zenus cases?

http://www.zenuscase.net/ipad/ipad2.html#1

unyil
Sep 6, 2011, 10:47 AM
i just found about ozaki notebook II. it's not leather but it has sleep feature, slim, professional and doesn't cover the bezel.
too bad i can't really find any review about this case. there's a video but it's in spanish :(


http://ozakiverse.com/products/ipad2/icoat-notebook-ii

http://ozakiverse.com/assets/images/IC892-4.jpg

http://ozakiverse.com/assets/images/IC892-5.jpg

http://ozakiverse.com/assets/images/IC892-6.jpg

sexytabitha
Sep 7, 2011, 03:33 PM
just got this today so far so good the clasp is better than it was on the Magic case for the iPad 1 it holds great even loose in a bag since it doesn't rely on magnets to hold it closed so it won't flop open. The only negative so far is that the last slot is not that sturdy the iPad will slip sometimes no biggie for me since i only use the upright and typing position but just a heads up its fine for veiwing but will slide if pressure is applied.

King Julian
Sep 7, 2011, 04:31 PM
i just found about ozaki notebook II. it's not leather but it has sleep feature, slim, professional and doesn't cover the bezel.
too bad i can't really find any review about this case. there's a video but it's in spanish :(


http://ozakiverse.com/products/ipad2/icoat-notebook-ii

Image (http://ozakiverse.com/assets/images/IC892-4.jpg)

Image (http://ozakiverse.com/assets/images/IC892-5.jpg)

Image (http://ozakiverse.com/assets/images/IC892-6.jpg)

There look to be nice cases, especially the grain affect, strange site though.