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galeo
Nov 27, 2012, 09:20 PM
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The iPad Mini could easily be considered the most case worthy iPad Apple has ever made. Since its so portable with its smaller size you are going to be wanting to take it with you everywhere you go. That being said a case for this tech perfection is all but mandatory if you plan on keeping it safe from the elements.

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While the iPad Mini is still new especially in the case world there are several different options available from Poetic right now. One of their most popular and "Slim" cases is the SlimLine hence the name. The overall design is a tried and true front smart cover with a polycarbonate back attached at the hinge.

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The inside of the back polycarbonate piece is also lined in a soft suede material that is key to ensuring your iPad stays safe even after a bump and never gets damaged by the actual case itself which is all to common with other cases. That same suede material makes it way to the inside of the front cover as well so your well taken care of both on the front and back of this case.

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The outside of the SlimLine is wrapped in a nice faux leather material that feels very nice to the touch and you can tell will hold up well to and beating you throw its way. It also gives the iPad a good grip in your hand thanks to the leathers nice texture.

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The SlimLine case could not fit any better no matter where you look on the iPad Mini. Each corner snaps in place perfectly and there are no gaps or areas on the case where you would regret purchasing the SlimLine.

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Looking at the bottom of the SlimLine you can see you have one nice large cutout for the Lightning Dock and speaker grille. You wont have to worry about a small cutout around the dock connector which sometimes is the case with other options out there.

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Moving to the volume/mute switch things are perfectly aligned as well. There is just enough room for all three buttons and accessing all of them are a breeze in the park. The back case is also not too deep where you have trouble getting your finger in there and pressing the buttons so thumbs up for that as well. Up top you have three individual cutouts for your lock button, mic and headphone jack. Everything follows suit here as well with no issues of any sort.

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Lastly you have a generous cutout for the camera on the iPad Mini which doesn't interfere with taking shots on the iPad at all. I would like to maybe see the camera cutout be a tad bit smaller just to ensure there are no marks that could arise on the back part of the iPad around the camera itself.

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The front Smart Cover esque feature works flawlessly and holds extremely well even when held upside down. They definitely included enough magnets around the edge of the case to ensure you will have a great holding front cover on the case.

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You also have your normal stand view options with the front cover by rolling it up and under the iPad. Once broken in the front cover folds well and gives you both a nice typing angle and also a perfect angle for watching movies and whatnot.

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Using the case for the last few days I have to say its really hard to pick apart any area of the SlimLine especially considering the price you can get one of these at. There are many other cases out there that offer much less but still cost more than the SlimLine and thats really hard to come by in todays market. Usually when you see something affordable or cheaper than the competition you have to second guess yourself because of fear the product suffers in return. Not the case with the SlimLine though and i can highly recommend it to any iPad Mini user looking for a case that gives you just enough front and back protection while still being remarkably thin and useable on a day to day basis.



stringbeanie
Nov 27, 2012, 09:49 PM
Agree with the review. This is a great case. I ordered it in 4 colors. :D

justinf77
Nov 28, 2012, 10:47 AM
How does this case sit when folded back against the ipad? Does it stay put or flap around? This is one thing that frustrated me about the smart cover for the mini.

I actually just ordered the Invellop case because it has magnets that make it stay put when folded back.

galeo
Nov 28, 2012, 11:22 AM
As there are no magnets on the back of the hard case it does not hold unfortunately. ultimately its hard to nitpick and complain about that though considering the price point of this case and everything you DO get.

Highboy90
Nov 28, 2012, 11:24 AM
Nicely done review. Thanks!

justinf77
Nov 28, 2012, 11:32 AM
As there are no magnets on the back of the hard case it does not hold unfortunately. ultimately its hard to nitpick and complain about that though considering the price point of this case and everything you DO get.

Thanks for the info. And great job on the review btw, very helpful!

burnside
Nov 28, 2012, 03:01 PM
I was going to get the Incipio Lexington until I saw this for $5. I thought I would buy the Poetic Slimline to protect the Mini until the Lexington came out. After using it for a week, I have decided to just keep the Slimline and forget about the Lexington.

Only faults are 1) The silver logo on the case is kind of obtrusive, 2) folding the cover into typing mode doesn't work too well. As soon as I apply some pressure to the screen the stand falls and lays flat. For $5 though, I can live with a couple faults. :)

davideotape
Nov 28, 2012, 06:36 PM
This this isn't bad for the price but MAN does it smell bad. I dumped coffee grinds on it ala used car salesman but jeez it just smells like coffee and fish now. Trying febreeze next. And yeah the folds in the cover are useless and the logo's too bright.

Ayemerica
Nov 28, 2012, 06:40 PM
Nice review, I just ordered the white and the reddish for my white mini.

shenan1982
Nov 28, 2012, 07:30 PM
MAN does it smell bad. I dumped coffee grinds on it ala used car salesman but jeez it just smells like coffee and fish now.

Nothing like dumping coffee on something to get rid of the smell of coffee... :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:

Ayemerica
Nov 28, 2012, 07:31 PM
Nothing like dumping coffee on something to get rid of the smell of coffee... :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:

Lol right. That confused me too.

shenan1982
Nov 28, 2012, 07:35 PM
I ordered 2 of the Poetic SlimLine and 2 of the MoKo Slim Lightweight SmartShell cases.

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The MoKo is FAR superior. The issue with the Poetic case is that the magnets aren't strong enough for my liking, whereas with the MoKo, they simply are.

I do have 2 of both, so I can say with certainty the MoKo case is built better, works better, is higher quality, and overall a better value. Yeah it doesn't come in as many colors, but I'll take function over style in this case.

The Poetic is almost identical design\styling, the MoKo is just a better fit overall. The MoKo does NOT arrive smelling like fish tho :-)

davideotape
Nov 28, 2012, 09:59 PM
Nothing like dumping coffee on something to get rid of the smell of coffee... :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:


I like the smell of coffee, I was trying to get rid of the fish smell. It didnt work. It just added coffee smell on top.

shenan1982
Nov 28, 2012, 10:00 PM
I like the smell of coffee, I was trying to get rid of the fish smell. It didnt work. It just added coffee smell on top.

Fish coffee? That's the next big thing!

rmastbro
Nov 28, 2012, 11:32 PM
I had the fish like smell also. I tried Febreze but it didn't quite remove the smell completely.

Try using a Bounce dryer sheet. I rubbed it on the inside felt and it pretty much got rid of the fish like smell. :):):)