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Hls811
Dec 8, 2012, 02:50 PM
Has anyone come across a real leather case/cover for the iPad mini?? I want something slip, similar to this style (http://www.amazon.com/Kensington-K39718AM-Protective-Marble-Leather/dp/B009IKC3J4/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1354999608&sr=8-8&keywords=ipad+mini+leather+brown) where the ipad clips in without any extra bulk. Theres a few on ebay and amazon but they are all leatherette or have some blatant label (http://www.amazon.com/Poetic-SLIMLINE-Portfolio-Automatically-Manufacturer/dp/B00A3KKL56/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1354999728&sr=1-9&keywords=ipad+mini+case) on the front which kills it for me. (I don't mind a subtle mark but not too obvious much.

I'm looking for a medium to dark brown leather, and as slim as possible.

THANKS!



ixodes
Dec 8, 2012, 02:53 PM
This sena case is simply outstanding.

I have them for my iPhone's and Androids. Made of very high quality supple leather that is very scratch resistant, they hold up well and are very nice looking.

Far better than they appear on the web site. The fit is perfect and since I carry my phones in my pocket, the screen has total protection.

Here's a link to the iPad Ultraslim

http://www.senacases.com/apple/ipad-mini/ultraslim/

SamR123
Dec 8, 2012, 03:06 PM
I think the one jisoncase sells is very good. I'm mobile now and can't post a translate URL but here's a link to my review in Dutch.

http://www.tabletsmagazine.nl/2012/12/review-jisoncase-cases-voor-de-ipad-mini/

You can see pictures and a video review, but sadly also in Dutch. Let me know if you have any questions.

Hls811
Dec 8, 2012, 05:56 PM
Ixodes- thanks for the link, I like Sean cases too but dont like the slip-in style of the mini cases they have now...

SamR123 - Thanks for the link, that looks almost exactly like what I want!! I'm not thrilled with the logo on front but compared to others that one isn't bad at all. The Premium Vintage cover might be just what I end up buying, unless others pop up!

Thanks for your recommendations!!

entatlrg
Dec 8, 2012, 06:06 PM
Yoobao

Hls811
Dec 8, 2012, 06:30 PM
Yoobao

They do the slip in style too... I checked them out, I've seen a lot of good feedback in them but just don't like the style.

abstern
Dec 8, 2012, 10:02 PM
Saddleback announced their iPad mini case in this newsletter (http://www.saddlebackleather.com/Newsletter-2012-November-2). I bought their iPad case, and while it was very nice leather and protected the iPad, mine came with an awful smell, and I felt it was too bulky. Their customer service said they would send me a new one due to the smell, but I decided to go a different route. The mini case looks as though it is not as bulky, so that might be worth looking at if you want a fantastic leather feel.

268chelsea
Dec 8, 2012, 10:50 PM
i think we could try the fabric cases for iPad & iPad mini . in the market we can buy many styles of fabric case ,it is soft and same function for ipad, and provide many patterns to choose . I love the fabric case. today i find one style is the Colorful Star Fabric Case for iPad mini in Amazon store, it is very good,maybe we can try. :)

Hls811
Dec 10, 2012, 07:06 AM
I went with the Jison, I'm not 100% sure it'll be 'perfect' but for now it seems like the best bet.. Its on order and either coming from overseas or California so it'll be a few days before it gets here, but I'll post a quick review and some pics when it gets here.

cman-uk
Dec 10, 2012, 02:59 PM
I went with the Jison, I'm not 100% sure it'll be 'perfect' but for now it seems like the best bet.. Its on order and either coming from overseas or California so it'll be a few days before it gets here, but I'll post a quick review and some pics when it gets here.

Nice...

Look forward to your review and pics if possible please? I was looking at the JISON just yesterday but keep getting drawn to the KAVAJ Berlin. Did you consider that one and if so what made you rule it out ?

SamR123
Dec 10, 2012, 04:00 PM
Nice...

Look forward to your review and pics if possible please? I was looking at the JISON just yesterday but keep getting drawn to the KAVAJ Berlin. Did you consider that one and if so what made you rule it out ?

I personally don't like how it covers the bezels, in my experience this gets in the way with things like the safari back button. Really loved the jison case.

Hls811
Dec 10, 2012, 10:19 PM
Nice...

Look forward to your review and pics if possible please? I was looking at the JISON just yesterday but keep getting drawn to the KAVAJ Berlin. Did you consider that one and if so what made you rule it out ?

I looked at this one, but its the slip-in style and I dont like that - even though the Kavaj is much more subtle since the border is so much smaller than alot of others. I also don't like the cases with the cutout/stand on the back. I rarely use my case as a stand and prefer a flat back.

I'm not as picky with cheap cases, I have 2 cheap cases I got from Amazon already but if I'm gong to spend $50 or up on a case I want to try and find the right one.. The Jison seems to be 'it' so far, the only think I"m leery about is the corner cuts, in the pics it doesn't look like it completely covers the iPad but that could be just the pictures they posted.. We'll see soon enough!

cman-uk
Dec 11, 2012, 07:32 AM
I looked at this one, but its the slip-in style and I dont like that - even though the Kavaj is much more subtle since the border is so much smaller than alot of others. I also don't like the cases with the cutout/stand on the back. I rarely use my case as a stand and prefer a flat back.

I'm not as picky with cheap cases, I have 2 cheap cases I got from Amazon already but if I'm gong to spend $50 or up on a case I want to try and find the right one.. The Jison seems to be 'it' so far, the only think I"m leery about is the corner cuts, in the pics it doesn't look like it completely covers the iPad but that could be just the pictures they posted.. We'll see soon enough!

Cheers - will keep an eye out for your feedback :)

Hls811
Dec 17, 2012, 01:03 PM
Well, I finally got the case today! My initial feedback when I took it out of the box was "WOW! This is perfect"... The leather quality is awesome, it has a nice solid feel to inside and out. I'm not thrilled with the little logo on the front but its small compared to most that I've seen and I'd rather have a little icon like that instead of some company name stamped on like others do.

I've added a few pictures showing the "faults" I see with it, but I'll preface this with me saying 2 things.. 1) I'm being picky and I know that, it really is a great case and 2) I think what I consider a 'fault' would be explained by the manufacturer as a requirements of using leather and the shape it has to be. I have a cheap $10 Amazon case which covers the corner better, but molded plastic is probably easier to fit to an exact size and doesn't need to be hand lined with good, quality leather. I'm sure it has to be cut a certain way to keep the leather smooth around the corners and so the iPad would fit in the case, so I understand it.

I'd also like to say the case does match the pics they posted on their website (http://www.jisoncase.com/product/Vintage-Smart-Cover-for-iPad-mini.html), I sort of knew how it would be when I ordered and was on the fence, but still went ahead with it.

Now, a few positives - the few cutouts it has are very good and line up nicely. The indented/invisible power and volume buttons are awesome. They aren't imprinted like the picture on the website, but they are slightly raised so you can feel where they are and you hit the button you want to. Its a flawless implementation.

Anyway, here are the pictures...

The first one is just to show the inside color, they dont really show that on the site, I think my picture maybe makes it look a little too yellow, its a tan color, almost a skin-tone shade (if your a lightly tanned caucasian) :)

The second picture is probably my biggest gripe - it seems like the front cover is a TINY bit shorter than the back of the case, so when its closer you can see the back and in the right corner it exposes a little bit of the iPad. Its not a HUGE deal, but something they should fix.. if they made the case 1/8 of an inch bigger it would cover the top and bottom perfectly.

The 3rd and 4th pictures show what I was talking about above - how the corners just don't seem fully covered.. Now, keep in mind, if you drop this thing and it hits a corner I don't think them being exposes they way they are will be any less protected if it wrapped it entirely, its purely cosmetic, but again, like in picture 2 I think just making the front of the case 1/8" bigger helps eliminate some of this - or make it less visible.

All that being said, I'm unsure if I'm keeping it or not. I WANT to love it, the shade of leather, the feel of it, the quality are superb. It feels like such a nice, well made case. I've bought my share of cheap cases from Amazon and eBay and this feels so much better - but the physical gripes I have bother me and make me wonder if its worth the cost.

I've already emailed them and mentioned my concerns and requested an RMA but I doubt I'd actually send it back to them, they are in Hong Kong and the hassle and shipping costs would make it not worth it.. If I don't keep it i'd ebay or marketplace it here.. (That said, if anyone wants it - Here it is.. (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=16509962#post16509962))

Hope this helps some people who are on the fence!

SamR123
Dec 17, 2012, 01:19 PM
Here's another leather alternative I looked at this week. Black one is even better quality leather in my opinion. And it doesn't have the logo, but does have a small Dutch flag. But we're really cool so that shouldn't be a big deal ;)

Review: Decoded Leather Slim Cover voor de iPad mini via McTube for iPhone/iPad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCe5juFOj1c (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCe5juFOj1c)

Hls811
Dec 17, 2012, 01:36 PM
Here's another leather alternative I looked at this week. Black one is even better quality leather in my opinion. And it doesn't have the logo, but does have a small Dutch flag. But we're really cool so that shouldn't be a big deal ;)

Review: Decoded Leather Slim Cover voor de iPad mini via McTube for iPhone/iPad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCe5juFOj1c (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCe5juFOj1c)

I dont know what they guy in the review is saying but I think he likes it. :) Thats a tempting case too - I saw it before, the thing I don't like is that the whole top edge is exposed - its just one big cutout.. I like it better when they do individual cutouts around the headphone jack, mic and power button. (Did I saw I was picky??)

Right now I'm waiting on this one: http://amzn.com/B009RXXW4W
Its not real leather, or a worn, vintage leather which I'd prefer but I'm going to give it a try. That may hold me over until another company comes out with something.

SamR123
Dec 17, 2012, 01:38 PM
I'm the guy in that video :) trying to help you out figuring your options for your list of demands/wishes.

That leatherette one looks kinda cool

ThaDog
Dec 17, 2012, 05:16 PM
wrong thread.. sorry

Hls811
Dec 18, 2012, 10:56 AM
Hi again.. I'm looking for some feedback - I went back and forth in emails with the vendor last night regarding the Jison case I received for my iPad Mini. I've posted some more pictures below - these are the same pictures I sent to them at thier request. I put the comments on the pics to share it with them. Their response to me was "After our QC check your pics and confirm that the pics we show on the website as same as we sent to you."..
I've already admitted here that I'm picky but I'm looking for some clarification or a second (and more) opinions from others out there to see if its just being picky or misleading. (and based on the amount of views on this thread so far theres a ton of people interested in a similiar case and if I'm not being picky at least they'll have some fair warning on what to expect if they order this one).

I'll also thought I would mention that they have allowed me to send it back for a refund, less a 15% restocking fee (roughly $9) and shipping it back to China at my expense (just under $20) - so after I send it back I'd be losing about a third of what it cost me.

So, now for the pictures...

nehope
Dec 18, 2012, 01:08 PM
I don't know - I have the red one for my mini and I'm pretty happy with it. Think the fit is pretty similar to what your pictures show, BUT (and this way the big deal for me) the cover lays completely flat. Nothing up until this one would do that - went through Smart covers and several other brands from Amazon and none of them would lay completely flat. I have since ordered the red Jison case for my iPad 3.

Hls811
Dec 21, 2012, 08:30 PM
Well, after going back and forth for a week, this is the latest response I received:

Dear Howard,

Thanks for your email,

After confirm with our QC, the case is correct but the pics we show on our site are edited. It is our mistake and very sorry. Plz send the case back to us and we will return with shipping charge to you.

Regards,

Tonny

This is so frustrating, the PICTURES of this case are exactly what I was looking for, its sad that the actual case doesn't match up..

nehope
Dec 22, 2012, 06:01 AM
They were probably showing pics of case for full size ipad. Got that one the other day and it's perfect. Still happy with my mini case.

ZipZap
Dec 22, 2012, 12:04 PM
This sena case is simply outstanding.

I have them for my iPhone's and Androids. Made of very high quality supple leather that is very scratch resistant, they hold up well and are very nice looking.

Far better than they appear on the web site. The fit is perfect and since I carry my phones in my pocket, the screen has total protection.

Here's a link to the iPad Ultraslim

http://www.senacases.com/apple/ipad-mini/ultraslim/

Since you dont have the ipad mini case, you cant say its outstanding.

shenan1982
Dec 22, 2012, 03:45 PM
Since you dont have the ipad mini case, you cant say its outstanding.

You're a bit over the top with your response, I think he was implying the Sena UltraSlim cases are great, they're always a perfect fit. Stop trying to nit pick just for the sake of nit-picking. Sena has made the Ultraslim for just about every product Apple has made, and they're always outstanding. They come with a hefty price, but you get what you pay for.

The only issue I have is that they don't have a stand. I have the US case by Sena on order for my iPad Mini, but I speculate I'll have to carry my portable kickstand for airplane use.

ZipZap
Dec 23, 2012, 04:57 AM
You're a bit over the top with your response, I think he was implying the Sena UltraSlim cases are great, they're always a perfect fit. Stop trying to nit pick just for the sake of nit-picking. Sena has made the Ultraslim for just about every product Apple has made, and they're always outstanding. They come with a hefty price, but you get what you pay for.

The only issue I have is that they don't have a stand. I have the US case by Sena on order for my iPad Mini, but I speculate I'll have to carry my portable kickstand for airplane use.

Not in my experience the fit is not alway good. Also they are overpriced and provide little impact protection.

its not a nit pick when the op praises a specific product that is not available.

shenan1982
Dec 23, 2012, 12:22 PM
Not in my experience the fit is not alway good. Also they are overpriced and provide little impact protection.

its not a nit pick when the op praises a specific product that is not available.

It's not overpriced. Show me another case made of genuine leather for cheaper that's of the same precision fit. It's always a perfect fit, you have no clue what you're talking about.

The case is available, just not for the mini yet. And I think you have your threads confused with the OP

cjtmac
Dec 23, 2012, 02:12 PM
I can't remember what size you were looking for, but here are 2 slim leather cases to start with.
--> http://oberondesign.com/
--> http://www.ipadmates.com/en/22-thinnest-ipad-mini-premium-leather-cover-case.html
Hope they help...

class77
Dec 23, 2012, 03:46 PM
I can't remember what size you were looking for, but here are 2 slim leather cases to start with.
--> http://oberondesign.com/
--> http://www.ipadmates.com/en/22-thinnest-ipad-mini-premium-leather-cover-case.html
Hope they help...

Oberon's cases are VERY heavy from very thick leather

I'm very fond of the Piel Frama cases. They are very well done and wear like iron

Piel Frama (http://www.pielframa.com/ipad-mini-cases-color-red-1217-7.htm)

SnowLeopard OSX
Dec 23, 2012, 03:57 PM
Incase Book Jacket Case (faux leather):

http://goincase.com/products/images/CL60297/detail/ipadminibookjacketblack03.jpg

http://goincase.com/products/category/iPad+mini

Hls811
Dec 23, 2012, 07:19 PM
I can't remember what size you were looking for, but here are 2 slim leather cases to start with.
--> http://oberondesign.com/
--> http://www.ipadmates.com/en/22-thinnest-ipad-mini-premium-leather-cover-case.html
Hope they help...

the iPadmates case is nice.. I hadn't seen that one yet.. Anyone have any experience with it?

The Oberon looks nice but isn't my style.. I appreciate the link though.

Incase Book Jacket Case (faux leather):

Image (http://goincase.com/products/images/CL60297/detail/ipadminibookjacketblack03.jpg)

http://goincase.com/products/category/iPad+mini

I've seen this one, but I don't like the slide-in style. I want something that has the front exposed and shows off the iPad not covers it.

I purchased and returned the Invellop slim case from Amazon, I didn't like the feel of it and it was bulkier than I expected. I was tempted to go for a Devicewear case but I'm not thrilled w/ the 3 color options and I really am turned off by the logo embossed on the front. I'm also thinking about the Switcheasy Pelle.. I used to have a Canvas and liked it but it just adds too much bulk to the Mini.. If I can't find what I want in leather I'm going to go for something as slim as possible.

For now I ordered a clear Cover Buddy from Switcheasy and will pick up a Smart Cover, Its not ideal unless someone comes out with the locking back covers, but it'll do. Maybe in a few more weeks there'll be some more leather options.

By the time I figure it out I'll be selling it to get a Retina iPad mini. :) At least whoever buys it will have a bunch of case options!!

ZipZap
Dec 24, 2012, 01:22 PM
It's not overpriced. Show me another case made of genuine leather for cheaper that's of the same precision fit. It's always a perfect fit, you have no clue what you're talking about.

The case is available, just not for the mini yet. And I think you have your threads confused with the OP

Thin leather, that has no drop protection. Bought a sarach case for iphone 5 which was crooked when the phone was inserted.

BTW...its NOT available for mini (this is a mini thread).

Owned a few SENA cases but never for long.

Bottom line here....don't recommend a case for a specific device if you have not used/owned it on that device.

ljmjag
Dec 24, 2012, 02:47 PM
I picked up the Macally Reversible Case - which has a very small profile, covers all the corners and will hold the mini up without a problem. I like it quite a bit.

http://www.macally.com/EN/?page_id=6768

alb99
Dec 26, 2012, 02:41 AM
Damn. I just purchased a iPad mini case-black from their website. Have you got the refund yet?

Hls811
Dec 26, 2012, 06:15 AM
Damn. I just purchased a iPad mini case-black from their website. Have you got the refund yet?

I didn't get my refund yet, but Im not worried about it. Yet. Post pics when you get it, I'd love to see whether it was just mine or all the cases look like that. What really annoys me is not only did they admit to using fake pictures they raised their prices on their website! The Vintage case is now $97.00-It was $58.99 when I ordered. The non-vintage version was $38 now its 57! (Through Amazon they can be found at the old prices though.)

Marcellus
Dec 26, 2012, 08:43 AM
Bear Motion: Genuine Brazilian leather. The reviews are excellent and all report outstanding customer service.

http://www.amazon.com/Bear-Motion-Brazilian-Buffalo-Leather/dp/B009LVRB0Q/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=13Z71QVEV89X0&coliid=I24SYCM8RDCDRW

Hls811
Dec 26, 2012, 09:20 AM
Bear Motion: Genuine Brazilian leather. The reviews are excellent and all report outstanding customer service.

http://www.amazon.com/Bear-Motion-Brazilian-Buffalo-Leather/dp/B009LVRB0Q/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=13Z71QVEV89X0&coliid=I24SYCM8RDCDRW

I saw this one, almost pulled the trigger on it. I'm not sure I like the extra thickness of it since it has the plastic shell and then the layer of leather around that, but I still may take a chance on it. Right now it looks like they are having issues w/ the magnets, the vendor is sending out a 2nd case once the issue has been fixed but I was waiting to see when they put the updated model online I might jump on it then.

Marcellus
Dec 26, 2012, 11:00 AM
I just purchased this one at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009JRMBVG/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
I figured it is always good to have a second case on hand that is less expensive than some of the models discussed on this thread. I like the look of genuine leather on this one, and all its other features. It also receives excellent reviews at Amazon and was also reviewed on YouTube with rave reviews.

Hls811
Dec 26, 2012, 11:46 AM
I just purchased this one at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009JRMBVG/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
I figured it is always good to have a second case on hand that is less expensive than some of the models discussed on this thread. I like the look of genuine leather on this one, and all its other features. It also receives excellent reviews at Amazon and was also reviewed on YouTube with rave reviews.

I gave this one a shot and returned it... I ordered the brown one and it just wasn't the brown I was hoping for - I wanted something more worn in or 'vintage' - (I loved the brown on the Jison that I posted pix of). If it was real leather and I knew it would have broken in or aged I would have kept it but I know PU or leatherette pretty much stays the same/ The case itself was nice, and would have been a keeper otherwise - espeially for under $20, If I decided to go with black it would have been great I'm sure.

ThaDog
Dec 26, 2012, 03:26 PM
Why don't you try a Vaja Case?
I Love this case a lot on my iPad Mini.
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1509684
You can pick up any color-combination you want.

Greetings from Switzerland

mcdj
Dec 26, 2012, 03:55 PM
Bear Motion: Genuine Brazilian leather. The reviews are excellent and all report outstanding customer service.

http://www.amazon.com/Bear-Motion-Brazilian-Buffalo-Leather/dp/B009LVRB0Q/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=13Z71QVEV89X0&coliid=I24SYCM8RDCDRW

All those reviews reek hard of shills.

Hls811
Dec 26, 2012, 06:14 PM
Why don't you try a Vaja Case?
I Love this case a lot on my iPad Mini.
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1509684
You can pick up any color-combination you want.

Greetings from Switzerland


I'd like to.. thats a beautiful case, but even though I'm OK spending a little more than normal for a case I can't really go for $180 (and as beautiful as the case is I don't like how the top panel near the power/headphones and the bottom by the speakers/dock is so open). If it was cheaper i might take a chance on it, but for that price I can't get myself to take the jump.

Sand Man
Dec 26, 2012, 07:54 PM
Well it is not a slip in case, but www.portenzo.com has the Alano case for the Mini and you can pretty much design it for yourself. This is is what I will probably get when the wife lets me get my Mini. First I have wear her down by holding her I-Pad hostage.

alb99
Dec 27, 2012, 02:23 AM
:D Got my iPad mini case today. Yes. i have the same feeling when I took it out of the box was "it's perfect...". and then i find out this is really a good case. I am quite satisfy with this case. ...so luky that get it at $58.99. I checked out the pics on their website. It's almost the same with my case.

chellyc
Dec 27, 2012, 02:18 PM
I have a question for Libretto owners and Jisoncase owners. The same question for both. How does the case look and feel when the front cover is folded completely behind the back cover? Does the front cover lie flat? Does it overlap the back cover? Does it stay in place? Do you have a picture? Many thanks.

That70sGAdawg
Dec 28, 2012, 12:10 AM
I'm real happy with the price, fit and finish of this case I got on Monday:http://www.amazon.com/KAVAJ-leather-Berlin-Apple-cognac/dp/B009VK276K

ValO
Dec 28, 2012, 10:30 AM
Hoe about one of these cases?

http://www.noreve.com/advanced_search_result.html?keywords=Ipad+mini&x=0&y=0

Or


http://www.pielframa.com/ipad-mini-cases-pf.htm

Real quality, but more expensive than amazon, cheaper than vaja

Hls811
Dec 28, 2012, 10:46 AM
Hoe about one of these cases?

http://www.noreve.com/advanced_search_result.html?keywords=Ipad+mini&x=0&y=0

Or


http://www.pielframa.com/ipad-mini-cases-pf.htm

Real quality, but more expensive than amazon, cheaper than vaja

The Noreve is pretty sweet.. I'm not thrilled w/ the snap closure but still I like it, the Sable Vintage leather is sweet. That may be the one I go with - I'm gonna look around for a few more pictures but that one looks pretty good! Thanks!

(I dont like the pielframa cases, those are slide-in's... )

riseboi
Dec 29, 2012, 09:01 AM
Saw this case while browsing thru Flipboard and just ordered it in vintage brown. Other than some residual odor, the reviews have been very good.

http://www.amazon.com/Acase-Genuine-Leather-Tablet-Built-/dp/B009VQ313M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356792892&sr=8-1&keywords=acase+arachne

http://wpcdn1.padgadget.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Arachne-Vintage-550x550.jpg

Tion
Jan 8, 2014, 08:58 AM
I'm hoping to resurrect this thread as I'm about to purchase one of those Vintage Smart Cases for my ipad mini retina.

I am confident with the build quality and design after seeing your reviews and others on the web, but what I'm wondering about is the overall bulk and weight. Is it kinda chunky? According to an email I received from jison, the total thickness with ipad is 15 mm, which basically doubles the thickness of the ipad. How about eh weight?

I am considering the official Apple Smart Case because it is fairly light weight and low bulk. Has anyone seen these two beside one another? I do prefer the look of the jison case though.