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xStatiCa
May 26, 2011, 04:59 PM
Melkco Leather case Slimme (Vintage Black) for iPad 2

I wasn't going to take a chance at first because the only place I found these were from international sites but it finally showed up on Amazon from a US distributor so I took a chance. I thought I found the perfect solution with my existing Belkin Snap Shield and Apple Smart Cover combo (with back cover magnetic mod) and wouldn't want anything else but I kept getting that feeling that I wanted to find the slimmest and best looking real leather snap shield for a more professional look.

I ordered from amazon (they only had one in stock) and received it 2 days later (today) via USPS in a big brown envelope which doesn't fit in a mail box. There is no noticeable smell at all to it until you get your nose right up to it and then it is just a leather smell which is nice compared to AYL brand leather case that I had which had very bad glue smell that did eventually fade away.

This is easily the best looking case I have seen so far. I have seen the SGP Griff, Acase 3in1 (like original ipad case), Belkin Snap Shield (with apple smart cover), AYL leather 3in1 (fixed second version), and a few others. This is much slimmer than the SGP Griff and all the sides are even with the ipad top so nothing sticks up except on the corners a little where it snaps. You don't notice it though. The SGP Griff leather case you could feel that it was there on the sides but not with this case.

Likes:
- Slimmest real leather snap case I have found
- Soft feel
- Good grip
- Hand made
- Leather looks very high quality and the vintage look is very nice. The Vintage leather looks much better than the apple black leather.
- Has magnets in it to hold it to the front screen so that it doesn't flap down when held upside down. It doesn't flap open when carrying it. The cover stays in position even when trying to push it out of position so the sleep/wake functionality is perfect on it. I don't have to worry about the ipad turning on and off even if I throw it around a bit or put it in a travel bag.
- Good quality felt on the inside with Melko branding on it.
- Stitching is perfect.
- Nice and solid in the triangle folded position.
- You can hold the ipad up in portrait mode with your left had wrapped around the cover folded into the triangle position so that the ipad feels like it has a handle. If you do this with the apple smart cover it can come off and drop the ipad.

Could be better:
- When the cover has been unfolded closed for awhile and you fold the cover into a triangle it holds if you fold it all the way into a triangle and hold it for 1 or 2 seconds in that form before releasing. It stays in that triangle form after that. If you immediately take it from flat closed position when it has been that way for a long time to triangle shape and immediately release it after putting into a triangle it will unfold. I think this is just because the leather is so new and stiff and wants to unfold. If i fold and unfold the cover into a triangle a few times and then put it into triangle shape it holds immediately. I am hopeful that it will hold better as the leather wears from bending it into the triangle position. Even if it stays as is it is not really a problem for me but I figured it was worth noting for others. Holding it for a second or two is really not an inconvenience for me. They could have made the magnets a little stronger for the triangle position though I think. Only time will tell if the case becomes not as stiff after folding it up a bunch of times. It will be interesting if someone else gets one and experiences the same thing or not.
- Unlike the apple smart cover you can only fold the cover into a triangle one way and have the magnets in the cover hold it into the triangle shape (felt outside is the only way the magnets in the cover hold it into a triangle). It would be nice to fold it into a triangle the other way so that the felt does not touch the desk and get dirty.
- Could protect the very top near the 3g antennae more but at least the corners will protect it from most falls in that area.

Dislikes:
- Expensive but close enough in price to the Belkin snap shield with a leather apple smart cover
- Adds a little more weight than the Belkin snap shield and apple smart case combo. iPad 2 with Melkco slimme is about 1 lb 14 ounces and iPad 2 with belkin snap shield and apple leather smart case is about 1 lb 12.5 ounces (weight measurements obtained with a cheap scale). I wanted to put this in the Could Be Better area because it is not so heavy that it is a problem to me but I don't think they could get this any thinner than it is and still be as good as it is so I don't think it could get any better.

More features to make it even better:
- Metal strip on the back of the case (between leather and felt maybe) so that the cover will hold against the back when opened up all the way flat against the back. I will probably mod it to have this ability at some point.

Even though it is a little heavier and the triangle holds a little loose from folded flat position at first, the feel, design, and professional look of the Vintage leather case really makes it hard for me to decide between the Belkin snap shield with apple smart cover combo or this. I would say they both are about equal to me. It really just boils down to how often I might want to remove the cover but the whole case detaches easy enough that it might not be a big factor for the few times I might want the cover off. I could just remove the entire thing.

I will post a video of it later tonight.



qoo77
May 28, 2011, 09:09 AM
Thanks for the review!

I had a feel of this case and the leather is the nicest of the cases out there I've seen so far. wishes there was more of a colour selection though.

Looking forward to your video review :) wanna see how easily the cover folds out compared to Smart Cover.

swishbrade
May 28, 2011, 09:30 AM
Any updates on it's weight? Thanks for the great review.

xStatiCa
May 28, 2011, 11:54 AM
Weight is about 1 lb 14 ounces with the iPad 2. You can see my previous thread about the SGP Griff to compare to the other weight measurements I took with the cheap scale I use (non digital). I am sure the scale i use is not very accurate but figure it is close enoigh to at least compare relative weight. The weight is close to the SGP Griff case but this one is not as bulky. It looks slimmer and wraps around the iPad closer along the edges than the SGP griff case. This case is more form fitting. I do like the grill on the SGP griff though as that really gives that back only case a nice look too.

I stll plan to post a video of the case in action hopefully today.

My SGP griff post:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1155470&highlight=sgp+griff

yOyOYoo
May 28, 2011, 12:58 PM
Looks very nice, but wow $98!

I just checked looks like the vaja is $160+, this case isn't looking too expensive now.

swishbrade
May 28, 2011, 10:29 PM
1lb 14 oz = 850g is extremely heavy.
With the iPad2 inside maybe?

yOyOYoo
May 30, 2011, 12:14 PM
Is there a product like this made of soft touch material, one piece instead of leather?

Xultar
May 30, 2011, 12:22 PM
Beautiful. I love this case, but that price is prohibitive for me. But it is priced right. It is quite beautiful and doesn't cover up the front of the device.

batman75
May 30, 2011, 03:57 PM
1lb 14 oz = 850g is extremely heavy.
With the iPad2 inside maybe?

Yes that is with the iPad 2 inside. If you look at his other post he has an explanation of the weight and some comparisons to other cases.

swishbrade
Jun 1, 2011, 08:09 AM
Yes that is with the iPad 2 inside. If you look at his other post he has an explanation of the weight and some comparisons to other cases.

Yes I see that he added that info with an edit to his post after my query. Still, the fact doesn't disqualify my question as a silly one :D:D:D

Big D 51
Jun 1, 2011, 08:56 AM
Not for me, but nice review. Thanks for sharing.

xStatiCa
Jun 1, 2011, 10:31 PM
Well now that I have had it for awhile it is time to reevaluate it.

Short story is that I found a flaw that might be a big deal for some... Even with it though I am still having a hard time deciding if I want to keep it or stick with the belkin snap shield with apple smart cover.

Longer story...

The flaw I found is in the cover when opened flat against the back of the case and pushed up it triggers the iPad to turn off :(. I didn't notice it until yesterday when I started to use it on my lap when my leg is elevated to tilt the screen more towed me ( cross one leg over the other for example). I guess i never thought to twist the cover all the way up at an angle. I placed it down on my lap (home button down) with the cover opened flat against the back and the crossed one leg over the other. When I put the iPad on my lap the ipad slides down a little but the cover on the back just skews at an angle because it doesn't slide on my pants. This puts the cover at an angle to the iPad in the only position that incorrectly triggers the iPad to turn off. This problem does not trigger if I put it on my lap with the home button up.

If the cover is only slightly at an angle or angled down then it does not trigger the problem. It is only when the cover opened flat against the back and the cover is tilted up ( antennae side) from the iPad.

I just can't decide yet if I want to live with that on such an expensive case. It looks so good and functions well otherwise so I just don't know yet.

I posted a YouTube video showing the problem around the 2:22 time in the video.

The only other thing to note is that after using it for a few days the folding of it is not as stiff so it does stay in the triangle fold immediately now for me. Because of that though the magnets do not hold it to the screen if you close the covr and turn the iPad upside down. Not really a big deal to me as it still holds enough to keep it from flapping around when I carry it. It just doesn't hold if upside down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UJklyUDneU
4UJklyUDneU

zhoulana
Jun 2, 2011, 09:47 AM
Good review,But It is a little expensive. $98 :o:o:o:o

Hellokittyutah
Jun 2, 2011, 10:03 AM
I am curious to know where did you buy this? Was it Amazon? I am concerned about the specific return policy of the seller listed. Can you return just because you dont like it?

laurenr
Jun 2, 2011, 11:46 AM
Well now that I have had it for awhile it is time to reevaluate it.

Short story is that I found a flaw that might be a big deal for some... Even with it though I am still having a hard time deciding if I want to keep it or stick with the belkin snap shield with apple smart cover.

Longer story...

The flaw I found is in the cover when opened flat against the back of the case and pushed up it triggers the iPad to turn off :(. I didn't notice it until yesterday when I started to use it on my lap when my leg is elevated to tilt the screen more towed me ( cross one leg over the other for example). I guess i never thought to twist the cover all the way up at an angle. I placed it down on my lap (home button down) with the cover opened flat against the back and the crossed one leg over the other. When I put the iPad on my lap the ipad slides down a little but the cover on the back just skews at an angle because it doesn't slide on my pants. This puts the cover at an angle to the iPad in the only position that incorrectly triggers the iPad to turn off. This problem does not trigger if I put it on my lap with the home button up.

If the cover is only slightly at an angle or angled down then it does not trigger the problem. It is only when the cover opened flat against the back and the cover is tilted up ( antennae side) from the iPad.
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That has to be the absolute best looking iPad 2 case I have seen! Unfortunately, this "sleep trigger" issue has happened in quite a few of the first revision cases. Check out the Yoobao thread; this is a far cheaper case, but when it first came out, it exhibited that same behavior.
http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12404434&postcount=20

They corrected the problem in the next revision. I'm afraid this might be the case with the Melkco as well. I would definitely let them know about this, so they can work on the problem.

xStatiCa
Jun 2, 2011, 11:56 AM
I purchased this through Amazon. They only have a pink one available now. I got the only black one they had. They are probably testing the waters before stocking a lot of them. I have already notified them of the problem.

It is surprising that so many companies don't think to test for it. I had the first revision Yoobao leather 3 in 1 case that had the sleep trigger problem. That was a very big problem indeed. Every time I put the case back it would trigger the sleep almost every time. The problem with this case is not a very big one depending on how you use it. Just flipping the case back doesn't trigger the problem. The cover has to shift at an angle one direction for it to happen. It should get fixed for sure but it is nowhere near the huge problem that the revision 1 Yoobao case had. Yoobao (AYL actually) turned out to be a great company though and let many keep the flawed rev 1 case and then they shipped the new revision 2 case for free.

laurenr
Jun 2, 2011, 02:09 PM
I purchased this through Amazon. They only have a pink one available now. I got the only black one they had. They are probably testing the waters before stocking a lot of them. I have already notified them of the problem.

It is surprising that so many companies don't think to test for it. I had the first revision Yoobao leather 3 in 1 case that had the sleep trigger problem. That was a very big problem indeed. Every time I put the case back it would trigger the sleep almost every time. The problem with this case is not a very big one depending on how you use it. Just flipping the case back doesn't trigger the problem. The cover has to shift at an angle one direction for it to happen. It should get fixed for sure but it is nowhere near the huge problem that the revision 1 Yoobao case had. Yoobao (AYL actually) turned out to be a great company though and let many keep the flawed rev 1 case and then they shipped the new revision 2 case for free.

Yep, I also have the Yoobao first gen iPad 2 case, but I was lucky - mine had none of the sleep/wake trigger issues. However, I am still on the lookout for a really high quality case that has a very slim profile. The whole "thing" for me, is that this new iPad has this skinny form factor, and I do not want to add any bulk to its silhouette.

I think I will wait a while, see what develops with the Melkco case, because it is definitely my favorite I have seen so far. Are you returning yours?

batman75
Jun 2, 2011, 05:46 PM
The Vaja case has this issue too.

laurenr
Jun 2, 2011, 10:56 PM
I bought the pink one and got it 2 days ago. Fast shipping and I like it. Real leather and good protection. I tested what the video shows, it does have such drawback but I don't think it's a big issue to me.

I like it because I don't think I could find better quality case than this one in the current market at the same price.

Oooh! The pink sounds gorgeous - please post pictures of it!:p Does it add a lot of bulk to the ipad?

xStatiCa
Jun 3, 2011, 04:06 PM
Oooooh, I just found out that they have the black case available again. I'm going to buy one for my iPad 2. The pink one is for my wife's. :-)
Note that the one on Amazon as of now is the Black LC leather and not the Vintage black leather that I bought.

laurenr
Jun 3, 2011, 05:34 PM
Nope, I don't think the case is bulky. It fits the iPad2 well without loose space. I think the best pictures you could find is from the Amazon site. I tried to take 2 pictures but they look so dim.

OMG! The pink is just soooooo stunning! Thank you for posting the pics!:D

batman75
Jun 30, 2011, 03:57 PM
Some of you may be still interested and I'd like to share what I found today from the Melkco slimme case. I found the seller has more color choices now and the back snap cover for Smart Cover as well.

The seller also offers 10% discount now until 7/10. I think it's July 4th promotion.

Hope the info could help you searching the iPad 2 cases.

Which seller? The amazon one or carrymobile?

xStatiCa
Jun 30, 2011, 03:58 PM
Which seller? The amazon one or carrymobile?
I am sure he is talking about Amazon because they now have a bigger selection.

Zandian
Jul 1, 2011, 01:52 PM
I love mine. Very happy with the purchase!

Z

batman75
Jul 1, 2011, 02:34 PM
Has anyone used this case on an airplane tray table?

I am wondering if the Ipad is stable enough to get through a flight without the iPad falling down while you're watching the movie (e.g. if you have some mild turbulence or gently knock the tray table).

I want to switch from my Maroo to something slimmer. but it has to be stable in stand position.

batman75
Jul 12, 2011, 08:13 PM
Does anyone one know if this case is slim enough with the iPad 2 to work with one of the iPad 1 charging stands?

batman75
Jul 22, 2011, 09:41 AM
I've bought and tried several cases for the iPad 2. Now my search is done and I have a favorite. The Melkco Slimme Matte LC cases are superb. I prefer this to the other cases I bought (Vaja Libretto, Maroo Kumara II, STM Stehen, Rivet Folio, and Toblino 2).

What I like:

1) Very slim. The case really maintains the slim profile of the iPad 2. It feels like you are reading a magazine as opposed to a book. It is substantially slimmer than the Maroo case and the Vaja Libretto.

2) Very light. My briefcase feels a lot lighter. This is the second lightest of the cases I tried.

3) High quality leather. The matte black LC leather looks and feels excellent. It has a nice grain, contrast stitching, and a soft feel. Not as good as the Vaja leather, but definitely much better than 95% of other leather cases. Also I tried the Melkco Vintage leather cases, and found the smooth glossy finish of the vintage leather to look and feel cheap compared with the matte leather cases - so I recommend these. You can see if you compare my photos with the original poster.

4) Stable in stand position. Unlike the Apple smartcover, this one is pretty stable in the stand position. I have no worries about using it on a plane in turbulence. I was originally concerned about this, but they have got the angle right. It is very stable.

5) Good seller on Amazon. I returned the vintage blue leather case and got the matte black case, and the seller was very supportive and helpful. They also have a fair return policy as far as I can tell.

What could be better:

1) Interior lining is not as good as the Vaja or Maroo linings. The lining is a little short of what I would expect on a $100 case. The lining is soft and more plush than the cheap felt linings on most $40 cases, but it is not suede like. I also don't like the orange color.
2) More color choices on Amazon. I really wanted the matte dark blue leather but he doesn't stock it.
3) Occasional magnet issue. If the cover is folded back and wiggled around it can switch off the screen. This is not an issue if you fold it back and hold it firm, only if you move the cover around. Vaja has the same issue. I find it tolerable.

Pictures
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6145/5964189478_031459c5a8_z.jpg
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6008/5964250218_49abcfefc6_z.jpg
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6022/5963686305_a10bca5968_z.jpg
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6027/5964245088_5ce88cca62_z.jpg
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6006/5964252034_59fd6abfee_z.jpg

galaxygrrl
Aug 12, 2011, 02:58 AM
just wondering how the pink color is holding up it seems kinda like a stain magnet, but it;s so pretty would live some feedback

sparkomatic
Aug 13, 2011, 12:26 AM
That is a very nice looking case. I finally decided on a invisible shield on the back and am using a smart cover on the front. Just ordered a Grove smart cover in brown so we'll see how it works out.

stiwi
Mar 16, 2012, 12:17 PM
Does anyone know if this case fits iPad 3 properly?

xStatiCa
Mar 16, 2012, 04:02 PM
The one that I owned for the iPad 2 I doubt it. It was pretty tight. I don't own it anymore to test though.

lindend
Mar 19, 2012, 10:37 PM
The one that I owned for the iPad 2 I doubt it. It was pretty tight. I don't own it anymore to test though.

Just curious, what case(s) are you using now and why did you switch from the Melkco Slimme? Was it the power issue?

xStatiCa
Mar 20, 2012, 09:04 AM
The biggest decision in switching to a different case for my ipad 2 was the cover causing the ipad to go to sleep under a certain position explained in post 12 here. Depending on how you use the case it might not be an issue:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12668425&postcount=12

The only other thing that really bothered me with the case was that when the cover was flipped back the edges dug into my hands a little and sometimes made my hands uncomfortable because of it. Not a big issue but something that made it easier for me to switch cases because of the bigger issue for me with the sleep above. The official smartcover can do the same thing but the official smartcover is softer.

Even today I still wish I had the case though. It was a beautiful and relatively slim real leather case. It is a very impressive case to look at. I now have an ipad 3 though and they don't make that specific case for the ipad 3. Their newer cases have an addition layer of leather on the back which I don't really like. I want it slim like the version I had for the ipad 2. I was disappointed to not see the same case for the ipad 3.

If they were to make a new case for the ipad 3 just like the one that I reviewed with a magnet fix I would buy one again for sure.

They do make one case for the ipad 3 that I would be interested in though. The extra leather on the back serves a purpose as a pouch to put things in but no resellers carry it yet and retail is way outside what I would spend for a case at $240 !
http://www.melkco.com/scripts/main/viewitem-APNIPALCSC4BNTV-NIPA.html

stiwi
Mar 20, 2012, 09:12 AM
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They do make one case for the ipad 3 that I would be interested in though. The extra leather on the back serves a purpose as a pouch to put things in but no resellers carry it yet and retail is way outside what I would spend for a case at $240 !
http://www.melkco.com/scripts/main/viewitem-APNIPALCSC4BNTV-NIPA.html

I don't like this extra leather either, I wish they would make the slimme version like the one for iPad 2 which is really cool. As for the prices on their website, don't bother. I noticed they publish some odd prices there but in retail they are much cheaper.

DaGrandMastah
Mar 20, 2012, 09:13 AM
Love these cases but way too expensive for my taste. I would have bit at between 40-50 but I don't think i'll go higher for a case.

Thanks for posting though. Great review. Nice pics.

stiwi
Mar 20, 2012, 09:26 AM
Love these cases but way too expensive for my taste. I would have bit at between 40-50 but I don't think i'll go higher for a case.

Thanks for posting though. Great review. Nice pics.

It is discounted here in Singapore from approx. US$80 to US$40, so I am sure you should find similar prices on your local market. Just keep in mind it is for iPad 2 and no one tested it on iPad 3.

DaGrandMastah
Mar 20, 2012, 09:33 AM
It is discounted here in Singapore from approx. US$80 to US$40, so I am sure you should find similar prices on your local market. Just keep in mind it is for iPad 2 and no one tested it on iPad 3.

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The cheapest I found the first case for was 95 on amazon.com. I'll keep a look out for it though. Thanks.

lindend
Mar 20, 2012, 09:33 AM
I now have an ipad 3 though and they don't make that specific case for the ipad 3. Their newer cases have an addition layer of leather on the back which I don't really like. I want it slim like the version I had for the ipad 2. I was disappointed to not see the same case for the ipad 3.

If they were to make a new case for the ipad 3 just like the one that I reviewed with a magnet fix I would buy one again for sure.


I'm looking for an iPad 3 case too. Since your preferences seem similar to mine, what case(s) do you have for your iPad3 and/or what cases are you considering looking at. I'm lost at the moment trying to settle on something that is slim yet protective.

stiwi
Mar 20, 2012, 10:06 AM
I'm looking for an iPad 3 case too. Since your preferences seem similar to mine, what case(s) do you have for your iPad3 and/or what cases are you considering looking at. I'm lost at the moment trying to settle on something that is slim yet protective.

I think you need to wait a bit for thin iPad 3 protection options.
For now the best solution I see is Joy Smartsuit3 transparent back cover + apple smart cover and in case of moving the iPad around, protective sleeve.