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MajorTCS
May 26, 2010, 11:12 AM
What ever happened? I am so glad I decided not to wait. I have the Belkin Grip Vue and a Hard Candy Case for travel.



w4rmk
May 26, 2010, 11:19 AM
What ever happened? I am so glad I decided not to wait. I have the Belkin Grip Vue and a Hard Candy Case for travel.

Not sure what your question is, the Cloak is still showing that it'll be available at the end of May, that status has held pretty consistent for the past month.

http://www.quirky.com/products/30-Cloak-iPad-Case

antiprotest
May 26, 2010, 11:41 AM
Yeah, nothing happened. It's not supposed to be out yet.

mcdj
May 26, 2010, 12:47 PM
still, if it's supposed to ship within a week, why are all the images still just 3D renders? surely they'd have a physical final prototype by now...?

jedolley
May 26, 2010, 12:54 PM
Yeah, it's becoming evident that this is not going to be the product it was hyped up to be. The communication appears to have gotten better over the last couple weeks, but the 2nd product video has yet to appear and no real questions are being answered. For a product that is supposed to be available in 5 days (and this is after a delay), you would think we would be able to see a finished product by now.

arcangel6
May 26, 2010, 01:04 PM
Yeah, it's becoming evident that this is not going to be the product it was hyped up to be. The communication appears to have gotten better over the last couple weeks, but the 2nd product video has yet to appear and no real questions are being answered. For a product that is supposed to be available in 5 days (and this is after a delay), you would think we would be able to see a finished product by now.

Yeah, I agree. You can view the one and only video of the prototype at

http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=US#/watch?client=mv-google&tspv=1&AdsControl2=AdsControl2&v=dPzB4etR4a8

However, the video does more harm than good in my opinion.

w4rmk
May 26, 2010, 01:37 PM
Quirky just sent out an email this afternoon with this info on the Cloak:

"Cloak will be available in four colors: black, blue, green, and pink. The crew is now overseeing the final stages of manufacturing to ensure a top quality product. Keep your eye on the milestones for updates."

Macdicted
May 26, 2010, 02:25 PM
However, the video does more harm than good in my opinion.


Agreed ..... That video just took the Quirky down a few notches for me :rolleyes:

Lenow
May 26, 2010, 02:48 PM
I don't know why you guys think the video does harm. If the final product comes out anything like the video, I will be very happy. Clearly, everyone has their own sense of what the perfect case would be. For me, it still isn't out there and the Cloak will only be one step. While I prefer leather, I don't like any of the leather portfolios because none have the slim fit of the Apple case or particularly effective horizontal or vertical stands. None have a pouch for a MiFi card and neither will the Cloak. I am using the Waterfield Exo case with the Apple Folio for now and will substitute the Apple case for the Cloak and hope that it fits in the Waterfield Exo case. But, from what I can tell on the video and the pictures, the Cloak will retain a very slim profile and will have a more effective solution for acting as a stand. Mine is pre-ordered.

sracer
May 26, 2010, 02:59 PM
I don't know why you guys think the video does harm.
Because it is the last exhibit of the case. If they released a video after that one that showed progress then that video does no harm. But that is the one and only impression. The fact that it is only a few days from the target release date and there is no evidence that the case is any closer than that prototype.


If the final product comes out anything like the video, I will be very happy. But, from what I can tell on the video and the pictures, the Cloak will retain a very slim profile and will have a more effective solution for acting as a stand. Mine is pre-ordered.
If you believe that the Cloak will retain a very slim profile based on that video, then you either didn't see the same video as the rest of us, or you have a different definition of what slim profile is.

If you pre-ordered then you didn't exercise good judgment.... giving credit card information to a company that may not even deliver a product is not wise.

DKatri
May 26, 2010, 03:01 PM
I think this could be really good. I do have faith in quirky, that said, I wont be placing an order until they are shipping them out and have pictures instead of renders on the product page.

sracer
May 26, 2010, 03:02 PM
I think this could be really good. I do have faith in quirky, that said, I wont be placing an order until they are shipping them out and have pictures instead of renders on the product page.
If you really did have faith in Quirky then you would've preordered. ;) It takes no faith to wait until there is a shipping product that has been reviewed. :p

Macdicted
May 26, 2010, 04:22 PM
If you believe that the Cloak will retain a very slim profile based on that video, then you either didn't see the same video as the rest of us, or you have a different definition of what slim profile is..

I agree , that thing doesn't look thin at all. The pictures make it look much slimmer , and his presentation of the case as a stand in landscape mode was a joke. He continually had to use his fingers to keep it from sliding out. However on their website it clearly mentions that it locks into several positions. If it locked like they stated he wouldn't need to keep propping it up with his fingers. So much for the "clicking into position" ......

What a joke :

vynn
May 26, 2010, 06:07 PM
I've been keeping an eye on this case since it was first announced and I've gone from excited to underwhelmed to disappointed to irritated. I don't like the design changes and the questions that went unanswered for so long. They also said there'd be a 2nd video which never appeared. Only recently have they started to actively respond to comments but for me it's too late, I already found a better case for me.

MajorTCS
May 27, 2010, 10:46 AM
Thanks Vynn. That is exactly why I revisited this thread. The original concept was "too good to be true".

Moyank24
May 27, 2010, 10:51 AM
I've been keeping an eye on this case since it was first announced and I've gone from excited to underwhelmed to disappointed to irritated. I don't like the design changes and the questions that went unanswered for so long. They also said there'd be a 2nd video which never appeared. Only recently have they started to actively respond to comments but for me it's too late, I already found a better case for me.


I was trying to hold out for this case as well, but I've given up on it. What case are you using?

vynn
May 27, 2010, 11:17 AM
I was trying to hold out for this case as well, but I've given up on it. What case are you using?

I haven't received it yet but it should be shipping by next week, I'll post details and a bunch of pics when I have it in my hands.

http://www.noreve.com/product/Housse_cuir_Apple_iPad_Tradition.html

Moyank24
May 27, 2010, 11:55 AM
I haven't received it yet but it should be shipping by next week, I'll post details and a bunch of pics when I have it in my hands.

http://www.noreve.com/product/Housse_cuir_Apple_iPad_Tradition.html

Sweet! Thanks

MajorTCS
May 27, 2010, 02:18 PM
Agreed, Looks like a really nice case!

TheLee
May 27, 2010, 05:38 PM
For people hating on the prototype video, personally I'm impressed it looked that good at all. The damn thing was printed on a **3d printer**, which is not known for high quality materials but rather prototyping speed.

That being said, I started a thread earlier despairing that this thing looks like vaporware. The fact that less than a week remains on ship, but no second video and shoddy customer responses? Worrisome. Still, it looked like the only folio-like thing that would satisfy my needs (DodoCase looks nice, but i'm worried about the binding adding too much bulk when i'm holding it in portrait). That is until....

I saw that noreve case linked here. Looks nice, and wish someone puts up a review for it soon!

vynn
May 27, 2010, 06:11 PM
For people hating on the prototype video, personally I'm impressed it looked that good at all. The damn thing was printed on a **3d printer**, which is not known for high quality materials but rather prototyping speed.

The big disappointment from the prototype video was the hinge which was originally going to be a ratcheting hinge that could click into place at various positions, making for a sturdy stand. In the prototype, the hinge design was horrible, sloppy and looked like there was nothing to keep it in place to prevent it from sliding around, collapsing or even tipping over on a slick surface.

Instead, Quirky reps decided it was best to spend their time educating potential buyers (prototyping wiki article etc.) rather than properly addressing the concerns.

TheLee
May 27, 2010, 06:16 PM
The big disappointment from the prototype video was the hinge which was originally going to be a ratcheting hinge that could click into place at various positions, making for a sturdy stand. In the prototype, the hinge design was horrible, sloppy and looked like there was nothing to keep it in place to prevent it from sliding around, collapsing or even tipping over on a slick surface.

Instead, Quirky reps decided it was best to spend their time educating potential buyers (prototyping wiki article etc.) rather than properly addressing the concerns.

i agree that quirky reps have been mismanaging the thing, but i was trying to point out that the hinge mechanism might be better improved by a non-prototype material. that being said, lacking an actual ratcheting mechanism kills the best part about the initial design.

vynn
May 31, 2010, 05:16 PM
ya.. looking more and more like this thing is going to be garbage.

http://aquirkyblog.com/2010/05/cloak-the-road-to-completion/

w4rmk
May 31, 2010, 06:37 PM
Looks like they are experiencing typical delays in tooling, at least they are paying attention to the small details, a 2 week delay is a bummer.

Lenow
May 31, 2010, 07:04 PM
I love the blog update and I like what I see in the latest video. I think this will be a great case. I hope it fits in my sf waterfield exo case.

arcangel6
May 31, 2010, 07:58 PM
I love the blog update and I like what I see in the latest video. I think this will be a great case. I hope it fits in my sf waterfield exo case.

I think the video is much better than the last one, the product too.

GoCubsGo
May 31, 2010, 08:09 PM
ya.. looking more and more like this thing is going to be garbage.

http://aquirkyblog.com/2010/05/cloak-the-road-to-completion/

You kind of take me as a troll. My guess is you're a case maker yourself ******** on this case that no one has really gotten their hands on, am I right? I bet I am.

The case is looking promising. Wish it had been available sooner before I ordered a Dodo case and received the Apple case.

vynn
May 31, 2010, 08:30 PM
You kind of take me as a troll. My guess is you're a case maker yourself ******** on this case that no one has really gotten their hands on, am I right? I bet I am.

The case is looking promising. Wish it had been available sooner before I ordered a Dodo case and received the Apple case.

lol no, the Cloak is simply nowhere near as impressive looking as the original design mockups. The materials are cheap, the hinge is sloppy and clumsy, there just aren't any redeeming factors that set it apart as a must have product. Nothing truly innovative and unique.

arcangel6
May 31, 2010, 10:23 PM
lol no, the Cloak is simply nowhere near as impressive looking as the original design mockups. The materials are cheap, the hinge is sloppy and clumsy, there just aren't any redeeming factors that set it apart as a must have product. Nothing truly innovative and unique.

Hmmmm, that sounds like a ZooGue commercial, 'truly innovative and uniquely'! Hehe

RHatton
May 31, 2010, 10:39 PM
Yep, still glad I bought the Incase Convertible Jacket instead...

vynn
May 31, 2010, 10:45 PM
Hmmmm, that sounds like a ZooGue commercial, 'truly innovative and uniquely'! Hehe

um, ya.. because that's such an uncommon thing to say. From the small tidbits of information that have been revealed about the zoogue case, particularly the oversized, tacky looking logo (which I think he scaled back), I doubt it'll be a case for me. I'm curious to see what he came up with but would be surprised if it's a design that hasn't already been done by another manufacturer, and done better.

Macdicted
May 31, 2010, 10:55 PM
Do they think that new video helps ?

What a joke , great hinge mechanism. :rolleyes:

jedolley
May 31, 2010, 11:12 PM
Thanks for posting the video.

IMO, the case has improved since the first prototype video. However, I still think it's far from meeting original expectations or being a solid contender in what's becoming a more crowded accessories market.

Not counting the issues they are still working on (i.e molding, and thickness), I have two concerns after watching the latest video.

1. The front cover/flap seemed to have a "bow" or warp to it.

2. Not sure how I feel about the silicone-like wrap as being the back or method to insert the iPad. I don't have much user experience with the TPE stuff they say they are using, but if its similar to silicone (which they said they would have preferred to use), then I think that's a big mistake right there. Silicone cases for the iPad so far have been pretty much disappointing. They either tend to be loose or will stretch out over time, and if this TPE stuff is even remote similar, then this case will fail.

The only other thing I wanted to mention from watching the video is that he sort of blew right through the portrait stand. The first prototype video showed that stand being shoddy and falling apart. He at least showed in the new video that it works, but it would have been nice to see the hinge up close to show us that they improved the quality.

All in all, I'm still not overly impressed. I give credit that they look to improving the design (maybe listening to comments?), but this product is still far from the original design mock ups and isn't looking overly interesting compared to the cases that are available now.

couzo
Jun 1, 2010, 04:41 AM
I am torn whether I should cancel my order. I really liked the concept overal but see the soft silicon used to hold the back and I really hate silicon cases that attract dust and lint. I would have preferred that they use a tpu type of material that was not a dust magnet.

I just hope we start seeing more cases that do not just look like a purse all these leather cases going around are horrible.

mkzamora
Jun 1, 2010, 10:56 AM
This is nowhere close to how sexy and sleek the original mockups looked. So glad I canceled my order. Nice try Quirky.

stringbeanie
Jun 1, 2010, 11:36 AM
How do you cancel your order online? Does it require a phone call. I am definitely going with a different case (Yoobao - Apple Case Knock-off in leather).

calderone
Jun 1, 2010, 11:45 AM
How do you cancel your order online? Does it require a phone call. I am definitely going with a different case (Yoobao - Apple Case Knock-off in leather).

Send an email to questions@quirky.com with your order number and a cancellation request.