iPad mini **Review** Belkin Dot Cover with Stand for iPad mini

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  1. MR1324, Nov 3, 2012
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    macrumors 6502

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    I just received my iPad mini and wanted to get a folio-style case for overall protection and multiple viewing/typing angles. after going through all the current options, i decided to go with Belkin:

    http://www.belkin.com/us/F7N034-Belkin/p/P-F7N034?q=::devicePath:/Device/IPAD/APPLOTHAIPADMINI

    Amazon has a great chart on the differences between the various Belkin iPad mini folio covers. Based on that, I decided to go with the "Dot Cover with Stand" for $39.99 + tax:

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    I wanted the case quickly and saw it on the Best Buy website, so I decided to head down to my local store and pick one up. The outside of the case is a soft material and the inside feels like suede fabric. There is a metallic latch that holds the cover shut or open. *NOTE* The sleep/wake function does not get activated when opening/closing this case

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    The iPad mini is held into the cover by four protective corners. They are soft, so I don't expect them to scratch the iPad when installing/removing it:

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    With the case installed, the overall package looks like a small book:

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    What I like the most about this case is the many different viewing/typing orientations you can put it in:

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    **Overall, I highly recommend this case for those looking for a folio-style case for their new iPad minis. $39.99 is on the pricier side, but the case is extremely high quality and functions well. Feel free to ask any questions you may have!
     
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    Thank you for the detailed review! But 40 dollar case without major sleep/wake function. I personally think it is not a deal.
     
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    yah i know the sleep/wake function is important to a lot of people. for me, it's never been a consideration when buying cases. i just use the lock screen button.
     
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    For me , it is a must function. haha. maybe just me. Good review though
     
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    Did you try to take a picture with the case on yet to see if they cut the hole on the back out correctly?
     
  7. MR1324, Nov 3, 2012
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    yup the cutout for the camera is dead center:

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    taken from the iPad mini camera:

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    I bought this case from Amazon and I'm not happy with it. It's way way too thick.
     
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    this case is definitely not for those who are looking to keep a thin profile. it does resemble a small novel, but i think this style of case does need some bulk in order to be sturdy enough to stand strong in the various reading/watching positions and provide the complete coverage that it was designed for.
     
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    I also bought the Belkin Folio case last night. I'm a huge fan, great build quality, though I feel its a bit bulky, and takes away from how thin/light the iPad mini is.

    I purchased this on Amazon last night -- for how cheap it is, I'm not expecting great things, but maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised:

    Bear Motion Premium Folio Case

    MR1234: A tip for you, since i noticed from your pictures... When you have the case open, you can fold back the magnetic flap and it clicks into place, so it isn't in your way (see attached).
     

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    thanks for the tip! i discovered that as well after having already taken all the pictures hah. it's actually really nice that the magnetic flap is able to do that.
     

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