Anyone else disappointed in the iPad folio keyboard case?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Klae17, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. Klae17 macrumors 65816

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    This thing is sharp, the magnets fall off easily, no smart/function keys, no Apple Pencil security, or edge protection. Paid $179 for this thing. When do third parties usually start releasing their new keyboard cases?
     
  2. ValO macrumors 68000

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    Edge or corner protection would have been nice. But perhaps they should have released a 2 way solution.

    1. A separate case with a kickstand(for the back and sites)
    2. A choice between a keyboard or Smart Cover to cover the screen when necessary.

    Just more like ms did with the surface pro
     
  3. mattshup macrumors newbie

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    You know, I never had an issue with the magnets falling off. But I for one am not a fan of the heavy weight of it, and not being able to tuck the keyboard behind when having the iPad in viewing mode.
     
  4. zhenya macrumors 603

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    Nope. Easy to use. Good compromise between adequate protection, minimal bulk, and easy to remove design. Very stable on most surfaces. Any time I think the Apple version has issues, I just go and lay hands on some of the most popular alternatives and see how abysmal they really are (flimsy construction, incredibly bulky, plastic materials, dropped keystrokes, etc).
     
  5. hogsdill macrumors member

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    I'm definitely disappointed in the corner and edge protection. The iPads are so expensive and now the Folio case won't provide that peace of mind protection.
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    Has anyone seen a solution where you pair a thin plastic or TPU case for the back and sides with the Smart Folio case? This would protect the corners and edges, and still maintain the functionality of the smart keyboard.
     
  6. itcrashed macrumors regular

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    I ordered edge skins (as well as a back skin) from iCarbons. No magnet issues or charging issues with the pencil or ASK.
     
  7. hogsdill macrumors member

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    I ordered something similar from BestSkinsEver, but still concerned about the drop or bump that a skin wouldn't protect against.
     
  8. Rory76 macrumors member

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    I ordered these same skins. They arrive tomorrow. Just curious, how difficult was it to install the skins, especially the side/edge skin?
     
  9. Klae17 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Can’t get the iPad to stay and I can’t figure out how to use
    Dictation with the keyboard on.
     
  10. itcrashed macrumors regular

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    Back skin took a few tries to get perfectly straight. When correcting, try not to pull too hard. They are precision cut so if you stretch it when correcting, you may get some extra slack at the edges. Use the peel back underneath to make it easier to pull the sticker off if you need to correct alignment. Start from the logo and try to line things up without tacking it down until you are certain it's lined up properly.

    The edge stickers are actually quite easy. Again, work from the middle to the edges. They provide about 2-3mm play for stretch. I didn't stretch them at all so I have 2-3mm gaps between the 4 pieces. I didn't want to pull them off and stretch them.
     
  11. MDePew24 macrumors regular

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    Been really happy with my folio case actually. Provides what I need in a case but I am not really too active with it.
     
  12. Ctg44 macrumors member

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    My work gave me $200 to use for accessories. I started with the Otterbox Symmetry and an Apple Pencil. I wasn’t getting any use out of the pencil other than browsing, so I traded the Pencil and Symmetry for the keyboard case. So far I’m regretting the decision a little bit. Obviously having a keyboard is nice, but I like the angles that the Symmetry case props up the iPad better. I guess I’ll just have to get used to it.
     
  13. eclipse01 macrumors 68020

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    I hate the price but the case actually feels and works great, the thing that really annoyed me on the bluetooth keyboards from Logitech/Belkin is it seemed like it needed a key press or a moment to "wake up" the keyboard. With ASK its just connected instantly.
     
  14. hogsdill macrumors member

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    I think those keyboards add too much bulk to the device. They make it feel more like a laptop. If I wanted that feel, I'd just carry around my MacBook Pro. I want the iPad to feel light and not bulky. The ASK keyboard also feels better to type on than the MacBook keyboards, IMO.
     
  15. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    I have the keyboard folio case for the 9.7” iPad Pro and although I used it for a bit when I first got it I stopped after a while as I just could not get use to the feel. It was pretty slow typing on it too. I’m not sure if I want to get the one for the 11” Pro as it feels the same.
     
  16. richpjr macrumors 68040

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    I like the case, just not the price - but what is new from Apple.
     
  17. Rck1984, Dec 10, 2018
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    I like the functionality and portability of the keyboard folio, pretty satisfied.

    What I truly dislike is the exterior and how greasy it becomes. I place the iPad carefully and clean it daily with a damp microfiber cloth, but the staines keep appearing and visible. I guess you can’t completely avoid this, as the front is face down on a desk when using the keyboard, but perhaps they could have chosen a different kind of material. Something that is easier to clean...
     
  18. eclipse01 macrumors 68020

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    That is a very good point with the exterior. I actually 100% agree with your post!
     
  19. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000

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    That’s a really smart and simple solution. Wish apple would have done that ☹️
     
  20. A.R.E.A.M. macrumors 6502

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    Ive had all 3 pros 12.9 LTE versions and Ive always had the Logitech cases. This is my first time using the apple folio since Logitech is late to the party.

    I’m just not impressed with this keyboard and have been spoiled by the Logitech’s over the years. I just read a review on the k780 with a user who has the 12.9 2018 model as I do, and I’m going to return this folio for that. I was about to purchase the Smart Keyboard but its not worth the cost. This is my only apple device and typing is majorly important because i use it as my laptop replacement.
     
  21. leebroath macrumors 6502a

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    I’m waiting for an actual mechanical key keyboard which gives the 11” complete security apart from the Apple Pencil area

    A bit like the 10.5 slim combo Logitech case

    Loved the keys, the way it was built and it had a kickstand

    Hurry up Logitech :(
     
  22. RedlegsFan macrumors 6502

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    Actually pretty happy with Keyboard Folio so far for the 11 inch. I use the keyboard a lot while lying in bed and this version is MUCH better for bed use than the 10.5 Smart Keyboard. It’s much more sturdy and doesn’t flop over at all due to the strong magnets on the back.
     
  23. hogsdill macrumors member

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    I'm happy with the Keyboard Folio except for the protection. I just wish it had some protection for the sides and corners of this very expensive iPad.
     
  24. highertechnology macrumors 6502a

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    I loved it on my 10.5 pro. Waiting on my 11 to come next week.

    If anyone is unhappy and wants to sell an 11” keyboard case let me know.
     
  25. seajewel macrumors 6502

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    I like the functionality of it: fairly stable for lap use, easy to take on and off (I like the iPad by itself when not using the keyboard). But the material is awful. For $179, I expect it to feel more premium instead of completely plastic with no character. The Surface Go/Pro Alcantra keyboards feel way nicer and I like that they have a wrist rest. The typing experience isn't great either on the ASKF but it's the fact that it's so expensive but feels so cheap that is so disappointing.
     

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