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orschinger
May 12, 2011, 11:46 AM
I'm so looking forward to reading / watching the first reviews! I'm slightly disappointed by the yoobao executive leather case, so I really hope this one is a worthy follow up to the original Apple iPad 1 case. Pictures look great!

Whoever has information: this is the place to put it.



sotie
May 12, 2011, 12:02 PM
I'm so looking forward to reading / watching the first reviews! I'm slightly disappointed by the yoobao executive leather case, so I really hope this one is a worthy follow up to the original Apple iPad 1 case. Pictures look great!

http://yoobao.com/list.asp?id=1144

Whoever has information: this is the place to put it.

Yeah, I'd like to see more on this one.

French
May 12, 2011, 12:17 PM
AYL is their authorized US resaler and they are on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Premium-Genuine-Leather-Version-Generation/dp/B004WHI9L4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1305220576&sr=8-1

I just bought one but it hasn't arrived yet. I'm optimistic...I love that it has the sleep functionality without the multi fold style that the Apple cover has. That thing is always flipping everywhere when I have it open...can't wait to return it.

sotie
May 12, 2011, 02:05 PM
I was able to locate this case for $17 and change from a chinese website.

orschinger
May 13, 2011, 08:21 AM
I'm counting on Mr Metagamers - best reviewer out there :-)

orschinger
May 17, 2011, 01:15 AM
Is there anybody out there? Got a Yoobao Lively? Seen a review? Let me know :-)

French
May 17, 2011, 06:54 AM
Mine arrived on Friday and been sporting it since then. I left a review on Amazon but I'm afraid my review has taken a slight step down.

Bottom line...this is a GREAT caser if you are looking for low profile, good quality and well fitted (mostly). All of the controls are accessible, the cut outs are smooth and conforming and all ports work as expected.

BUT (you saw that coming didn't you?)...I went back and read some reviews that came in around the same time as mine and at least 2 (maybe 3) posters commented about the magnets not being strong enough. This is apparently the 2nd revision of this product. The first revision the magnets were too strong and would put the iPad in sleep mode when the cover was folded back over itself. So I guess to fix that they used weaker magnets. Problem is, now the sleep function isn't as reliable. I might not have even noticed it except one of the reviewers posted a hit to the battery and this is a BIG deal to me. I'm ALL about the battery. So yesterday I was keeping an eye on it and I'm afraid the posters are right. The magnet connection is slight enough that even a small shift in the cover back towards the spine can cause the disconnect and reconnect. It doesn't "stick" well enough to withstand slight pressure. I'm not sure if this is making sense.

With the iPad just laying on a desk closed it's fine. But if you are putting this in a large bag, briefcase, purse, etc., you are going to have issues with the smart function turning on and off.

Then last night I charged it up. I had the iPad propped against the wall (on the floor) and this morning when I picked it up the screen was already on (dimmed), and while it was charged at 100% I was not greeted by my lock screen which is set to turn on after one hour of inactivity. This means (I believe) my iPad stayed turned on all night long which does not make me a happy camper.

So I don't know what to say about this cover. It's almost perfect save for this magnet issue. If the smart function isn't critical to you then you can always turn the functionality off in the system settings but the smart sleep functionality is WHY I bought this case over some others. So for me that's not really an answer.

From what I can tell the Amazon front company (distributor I guess) has been responsive so I plan to contact them to see what they have to say about it. I don't know what the answer is. I guess this case would need stronger magnets to function thought the leather, but then stronger magnets mean when folded back while in use it could put the iPad to sleep.

ETA: I wanted to clarify about the (mostly) conforming fit. I believe the tight fit may be partially why the magnet issue exists. I can see where my iPad, if a smidgen tighter to the right in the case, might work better with the sleep functionality. I've been trying to be patient and break the case in so all is not necessarily lost with this case. However my gut says stronger magnets really are needed, yet if they are used then you have sleep issues while the case is open.

orschinger
May 17, 2011, 07:02 AM
@French: I guess you are mixing up the Yoobao Executive Leather Case with the one that I mean. The LIVELY is a different case than the one AYL is selling (see link in my first post).

French
May 17, 2011, 07:07 AM
@French: I guess you are mixing up the Yoobao Executive Leather Case with the one that I mean. The LIVELY is a different case than the one AYL is selling (see link in my first post).

I guess I am confused as the case in your first post looks identical to the one I got from AYL online. The way I understand it AYL is the authorized US reseller for Yoobao.

Are you sure we aren't talking about the same case? What is the difference between them? A quick Google search for Yoobao Lively comes up with pictures that are identical to what I have including the description of leather and sleep functionality.

Donka
May 17, 2011, 09:37 AM
I guess I am confused as the case in your first post looks identical to the one I got from AYL online. The way I understand it AYL is the authorized US reseller for Yoobao.

Are you sure we aren't talking about the same case? What is the difference between them? A quick Google search for Yoobao Lively comes up with pictures that are identical to what I have including the description of leather and sleep functionality.

The cases look similar and are a similar concept but the Lively case is fabricated with PU (polyurethane) as opposed to leather and I think has moulded/glued seams instead of stitching.

3goldens
May 17, 2011, 09:52 AM
I'm not seeing any difference and did not find anything kn their English site called a Lively case, so perhaps alink on the English site might help?

I'm also very surprised to read here for the first time their are still magnet issues with this product. But it makes sense if the cover is not secure and can open slightly the unit will go on and begin draining the battery.

Thanks for making me aware of that!

I hope they resolve this soon, seem like they need a magnet closure system as well.

orschinger
May 17, 2011, 10:56 AM
For the "Yoobao Lively" see the link I posted in the first post. Here are some of the pictures. It is clearly different from the "Yoobao Executive Leather Case" - it's got no stitching, is of different material and comes in black or white only (whereas the "Executive Leather Case" comes in brown, red and black).

Material- and productionwise this one seems to be even more like the original Apple Ipad1 Case - which I for one still think is the best case out there.

http://www.yoobao.com/shoppic/201142116185459168.jpg
http://www.yoobao.com/shoppic/201142115385760453.jpg
http://www.yoobao.com/shoppic/201142116312219089.jpg

Donka
May 17, 2011, 11:01 AM
I'm not seeing any difference and did not find anything kn their English site called a Lively case, so perhaps alink on the English site might help?

I'm also very surprised to read here for the first time their are still magnet issues with this product. But it makes sense if the cover is not secure and can open slightly the unit will go on and begin draining the battery.

Thanks for making me aware of that!

I hope they resolve this soon, seem like they need a magnet closure system as well.

I can't find it on their English site but if you look at images between the first and second link you will noticed the differences i.e. surface texture and white on black stitching on the Amazon leather link....

3goldens
May 17, 2011, 11:29 AM
yea I see that now

sotie
where did you find it for 17 bucks?

I was able to locate this case for $17 and change from a chinese website.

orschinger
May 18, 2011, 03:59 AM
The "Yoobao Lively" is all over ebay now - I just ordered the black one and I'll post my impressions as soon as it arrives :-)

3goldens
May 18, 2011, 07:50 PM
sold from hong kong.
hope you like it!

sotie
May 18, 2011, 10:17 PM
yea I see that now

sotie
where did you find it for 17 bucks?

I was able to locate this case for $17 and change from a chinese website.



taobao.com

3goldens
May 18, 2011, 11:34 PM
taobao.com

What was the shipping charge
Did you use google translator?
Share how you did this so others can try!
Actually the ones on eBay with their shipping are about the same price with shipping.
Thanks!

sotie
May 19, 2011, 02:09 AM
What was the shipping charge
Did you use google translator?
Share how you did this so others can try!
Actually the ones on eBay with their shipping are about the same price with shipping.
Thanks!

Yes, google translate. I just took a peek at ebay using "yoobao lively" as a search term and current prices with shipping are about $33-35 so I think taobao.com is cheaper.

swishbrade
May 21, 2011, 11:05 AM
Hi all. Ayone received their case yet? Keen to hear some feedback on the quality of the leather used. Thanks.

3goldens
May 21, 2011, 05:18 PM
It is not worth the effort to figure out the translation thing, maybe if you were ordering more than one it would make sense. I just don't have the energy to sift through it and then order it and hope that I got it right.

There are Ebay guys selling it for around the same price.

I'm going to wait this one out, see how yours turns out and then decide!

sotie
May 21, 2011, 10:20 PM
It is not worth the effort to figure out the translation thing, maybe if you were ordering more than one it would make sense. I just don't have the energy to sift through it and then order it and hope that I got it right.

There are Ebay guys selling it for around the same price.

I'm going to wait this one out, see how yours turns out and then decide!

I'm not buying it... I was just passing the information along. I have a Vaja Libretto.

3goldens
May 22, 2011, 10:34 AM
I'm not buying it... I was just passing the information along. I have a Vaja Libretto.

fancy pants;)!

orschinger
May 23, 2011, 08:46 AM
I'm still waiting for mine. I'll let you guys know :-)

orschinger
May 31, 2011, 12:23 PM
As I was reading about the new, smartcover-style Yoobao: Isn't there anybody out there, who has this thread's case? I mean the Yoobao Lively? I'm actually still waiting for mine to arrive. I'd love to hear from you guys what your experiences are!

Donka
May 31, 2011, 06:18 PM
As I was reading about the new, smartcover-style Yoobao: Isn't there anybody out there, who has this thread's case? I mean the Yoobao Lively? I'm actually still waiting for mine to arrive. I'd love to hear from you guys what your experiences are!

I have it and its my favourite case to date with just one single flaw - the bottom iPod xommecter is rendered useless due to the front of the case blocking anything with a plug that is bigger than the port itself. For me this is pretty much every cable. Let me know if you have any specific questions and I will answer them.

orschinger
Jun 1, 2011, 05:27 PM
Okay mine finally arrived today and I gotta say: it really is the closest thing to the original apple ipdad case yet. and to me it's the best ipad 2 case so far - the switcheasy canvas being fantastic as well and providing more protection, but doing so at the cost of added weight and bulkiness.

The Yoobao Lively is very well produced and puts its sibbling the Yoobao Executive Leather case (as sold by AYL) to shame, even though the latter is real leather, whereas the Lively is fake leather.

Sleep/wake works like a charm.

The connector cutout really is the only little flaw, being kind of a "tight fit" - but nevertheless, for me, the cable connection still works just fine.

I'll post a video review as soon as possible (which - unfortunately for most of you guys - will be in German then).

swishbrade
Jun 2, 2011, 10:07 AM
The Yoobao Lively is very well produced and puts its sibbling the Yoobao Executive Leather case (as sold by AYL) to shame, even though the latter is real leather, whereas the Lively is fake leather.

fake leather is a deal breaker for me :(

madat42
Jun 2, 2011, 10:44 AM
Okay mine finally arrived today and I gotta say: it really is the closest thing to the original apple ipdad case yet. and to me it's the best ipad 2 case so far - the switcheasy canvas being fantastic as well and providing more protection, but doing so at the cost of added weight and bulkiness.

The Yoobao Lively is very well produced and puts its sibbling the Yoobao Executive Leather case (as sold by AYL) to shame, even though the latter is real leather, whereas the Lively is fake leather.

Sleep/wake works like a charm.

The connector cutout really is the only little flaw, being kind of a "tight fit" - but nevertheless, for me, the cable connection still works just fine.

I'll post a video review as soon as possible (which - unfortunately for most of you guys - will be in German then).

Thanks! Along with the video, mind posting some close up shots here?

Donka
Jun 2, 2011, 10:55 AM
I'll try and post some close up shots tomorrow evening - I won't get a chance today.

3goldens
Jun 3, 2011, 08:57 AM
fake leather is a deal breaker for me :(
you should really reconsider that statement considering the quality of leather Yoobao usually uses is the lowest grade known to man, and then to make matters worse dowses with them with some kind of highly toxic chemicals that no doubt are cancer causing and produce an odor worse than a decomposing body!

They're manufacturing and production process has no oversight what so ever, so who really knows what's coming out of the factories, certainly not made with any environmentally friendly elements. All the complaints for the different cases they make, should be a huge red flag for any one considering a purchase.

It may be cheap case for folks to get in the short run and look like a good value, but I wouldn't let any of your children touch these products.

Why someone has not had one of them analyzed is amazing to me.

orschinger
Jun 3, 2011, 09:07 AM
you should really reconsider that statement considering the quality of leather Yoobao usually uses and then dowses with them with some kind of highly toxic chemicals that no doubt are cancer causing and produce an odor worse than a decomposing body!


Having both, the Exececutive Leather Case AND the Lively Case, I gotta say: the latter with the fake leather is WAYWAY nicer to touch and use than the real leather one. It's very well produced and sturdy - whereas the Executive Leather is floppy as hell. Is hell floppy?

Donka
Jun 3, 2011, 09:13 AM
Having both, the Exececutive Leather Case AND the Lively Case, I gotta say: the latter with the fake leather is WAYWAY nicer to touch and use than the real leather one. It's very well produced and sturdy - whereas the Executive Leather is floppy as hell. Is hell floppy?

Completely agree.

3goldens
Jun 3, 2011, 09:35 AM
Just make sure y'all wash your hand throughly after use!

Donka
Jun 3, 2011, 09:50 AM
Just make sure y'all wash your hand throughly after use!

The Lively doesn't have that issue. I've had leather rev1, rev 2 and Liveley. rev 2 was way better than rev 1. Lively is the best yet - no smells or residue left on the hands.

orschinger
Jun 3, 2011, 10:44 AM
The Lively doesn't have that issue. I've had leather rev1, rev 2 and Liveley. rev 2 was way better than rev 1. Lively is the best yet - no smells or residue left on the hands.

Same here. That greasy, oily feeling leather rev1 and rev2 left on the fingertips was really kind of scary...
None of that with the Lively.

swishbrade
Jun 3, 2011, 11:44 AM
you should really reconsider that statement considering the quality of leather Yoobao usually uses is the lowest grade known to man,

That actually makes sense ;) ok I will stay away from their stuff.

Any other case with the same form factor and with better quality of leather used?

Thanks in advance.

xStatiCa
Jun 3, 2011, 02:48 PM
Same here. That greasy, oily feeling leather rev1 and rev2 left on the fingertips was really kind of scary...
None of that with the Lively.
I did have the slightly greasy feel on my Yoobao rev1 Executive leather case but not the rev2. The rev2 smells like just leather to me now too(been using it off and on and lending it to others for about a month or so). I think the leather is very nice on it. I don't see why someone wouldn't like it. It has a very nice texture and soft feel which I really like. The vintage leather of the Melkco slimme case has a much better look but I still like softer leather of the Yoobao Executive leather rev2 case too.

How tight does the lively case fit the ipad 2? With the flap tucked in all the way can you move the ipad 2 right and left in portrait orientation without moving the flap that tucks in? I notice some of the other cases made of similar PU material seemed to fit a little loose. You could also tell that the most on the right side in portrait mode where the other case made to look like the original ipad 1 that I tried (Acase) bowed in a little.

cz9h3d
Jun 4, 2011, 08:36 AM
My Yoobao executive leather case is nice, but the iPad just doesn't stay put inside. Is this better on the Lively? The flap to secure the iPad still looks short. I'm about to tape or Velcro mine to try to keep it in the case correctly.

xStatiCa
Jun 4, 2011, 09:55 AM
You can fix the short tab on the yoobao executive leather case by cutting an extended tab out of cardboard and taping it to the end of the existing leather tab. I used the white cardboard that was part of the packaging of the case. Just crinkle it back and forth for about an inch or two right next to the tab so that the cardboard folds in easily without making the tape come off. I will take a pic of mine when I get home. You can not tell that it was done unless you take the iPad out. It hasn't moved since I did that.

Update: added photos

orschinger
Jun 7, 2011, 01:07 PM
My Yoobao executive leather case is nice, but the iPad just doesn't stay put inside. Is this better on the Lively? The flap to secure the iPad still looks short. I'm about to tape or Velcro mine to try to keep it in the case correctly.


Ipad2 stays put inside, yes. Not at all like Yoobao Leather Case. And the flap is longer also.

ddk121
Jun 9, 2011, 04:56 AM
I just got this case this morning, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It does an awesome job protecting the iPad. If your looking for an iPad 2 case which fits in an almost identical way to the original iPad Apple case, this is the case your looking for!

Donka
Jun 9, 2011, 05:27 AM
I took some snaps of the various holes in the case. They all line up perfectly - some photo angles don't illustrate this however the front section around the dock connector does inhibit the use of some cables in my opinion such as the Digital AV connector. You can plug it in but the case is pressing up hard against it and most likely putting strain on the connection. I think the front section of the case around this port needs cut away a little to make it perfect.

http://img864.imageshack.us/img864/5154/yoob7.th.jpg (http://img864.imageshack.us/i/yoob7.jpg/)

http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/8350/yoob1.th.jpg (http://img843.imageshack.us/i/yoob1.jpg/)

http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/5152/yoob2.th.jpg (http://img828.imageshack.us/i/yoob2.jpg/)

http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/9506/yoob3.th.jpg (http://img856.imageshack.us/i/yoob3.jpg/)

http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/4593/yoob4.th.jpg (http://img694.imageshack.us/i/yoob4.jpg/)

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/7547/yoob5.th.jpg (http://img163.imageshack.us/i/yoob5.jpg/)

http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/1270/yoob6.th.jpg (http://img844.imageshack.us/i/yoob6.jpg/)

xStatiCa
Jun 9, 2011, 06:56 AM
Does the cover have the other magnets in it to help hold it to the front of the ipad 2 or does it only have the sleep/wake magnets?

Donka
Jun 9, 2011, 08:03 AM
Does the cover have the other magnets in it to help hold it to the front of the ipad 2 or does it only have the sleep/wake magnets?

Not sure, it has the smart feature but the cover also stays closed on its own - most likely due to the whole cover being much firmer than the other Yoobao cases. If you hold it upside down and pull the cover open while grasping it on the left side and let the cover go it goes straight back to the closed position but it doesn't seem to click in place as if magnets were pulling it shut.

orschinger
Jun 9, 2011, 10:40 AM
I think the front section of the case around this port needs cut away a little to make it perfect.



Have you tried cutting it yourself? I think I might give it a shot...
Other than that minor issue:

Best case out there (for original apple ipad1-case-lovers, that is).

Donka
Jun 9, 2011, 11:27 AM
Have you tried cutting it yourself? I think I might give it a shot...
Other than that minor issue:

Best case out there (for original apple ipad1-case-lovers, that is).

I'm very close to doing just that. I have a few similar types of case to try out but this is definitely the best alrounder.

waylay00
Jun 24, 2011, 02:12 AM
Just pulled the trigger on a Lively. Don't see why it isn't more popular, just judging by its features. It's clean, slim, and covers most of the edges. Isn't that what a case is for? I don't see why people complain about it covering the bezel if they are wanting a case to begin with...

Hopefully, it will live up to my expectations.

tofubean
Jun 24, 2011, 04:43 AM
I'd been using my lively case for a month or so. I have the white one and it's been useful so far. It's very light which is very good compared to certain cases. Its sleep and wake function also works well. But unfortunately when placed in a bag, it tends to wake the ipad upon the slightest movement because the lid will shift as well. It's that light...

Another annoying thing is after i place the ipad in standing position for many times, I get the black stains in the below picture.
http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/9546/img0314ks.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/840/img0314ks.jpg/)

Probably the best to get the black case instead...

waylay00
Jun 25, 2011, 01:35 PM
Yeah, anything white is likely to show scuffing and marks much more easily.