Chinao Case - First Impressions

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Darth Maniac, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. raull1 macrumors newbie

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    wow, this thread went the wrong way very quickly. I just ordered mine yesterday. The point of these threads is to discuss the product. I don't earn much money, so even when I'm spending $40 on a case, it's money I want to have it be well spent.

    It's funny, I purchased the chinao case, but that was after looking at every corner of the internet for every other case available, for pictures, reviews, anything I could find. I wasn't even a member of this forum, but out of all the ipad related ones, it had the most information. I probably scanned through over 60 pages of threads here in about 5 hours. for one case!!!

    I see that the discussion has turned into something else.

    From my brief stay here, I was able to get to kevikev's store because of his posts, but more because other users showed that they had dealt with him and he had given them the product. I also saw that this "bilcook" user, is advertising an ebay store that he links more than once on the posts I browsed through. I would have bought from him because he was mentioning himself in recent posts, but i reade through older ones and found the other guys store which was cheaper, and in the us, where I reside.!

    can y'all talk about your impressions of the case! and forget the rest? for all my research, the best deals for what I was looking for were the yobaoo case, i liked this one because it was all the good things of the apple case without the bad ones!
     
  2. Built macrumors 68020

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    The bottom line is that NOT all people...if any...who have tried out a number of cases, and offered opinions, are "shills" or "receiving perks."

    Everybody is entitled to an opinion, and, if, for example, I prefer my Yoobao Magic Case, then it is based on experience, pure and simple.
     
  3. batman75 macrumors 6502

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    Excellent, objective, and balanced review. Thanks for that.

    Its always nice to see a newbie bringing real value to the forum. Don't know why some of the oldies are engaged in childish squabbles unrelated to the thread!
     
  4. iTouch.lover22 macrumors regular

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    Can someone with the case please tell me whether the rim that goes around the iPad is rigid? I tried out my friend's Apple case yesterday, and the part covering the iPad's bezel had something reinforcing it. I think as long as this part isn't just some floppy material and atleast has a little bit of rigidness, I'll go ahead and buy this. And if anyone with the case could be kind enough, can you please show us a picture of the home button to show how much it gets covered by the case? If it covers the button no more than the Apple case, I'll be able to put up with it, but any more and it'll be a deal breaker. Thanks!
     
  5. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    ^ Is is not floppy at all. Just like the Apple iPad Case.

    Man I got a headache from this thread lol. I reviewed it (can be found via Google). I know that a lot of members here told the guy that they want this case made from real leather, so guess what the guy did? He went and ordered a few real leather cases and he said he will have them up by Monday. I guess the price will be up as well.
     
  6. iTouch.lover22 macrumors regular

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    Ok thanks. I'll most likely buy the case sometime within the next week, unless I find anything else that appeals as much as this one. I'd love a real leather one, but can't really afford it right now :p
     
  7. batman75 macrumors 6502

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    Interesting.

    Are you planning to review the leather version too?

    I'm hoping it addressed all the feedback I gave him since I was one of those who expressed interest in a premium leather case. The other elements of the request were no logo, no dirt magnet interior material, no holes, and stable in the horizontal upright position.
     
  8. billbusy macrumors newbie

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    Really nice review.

    Just got one from ebay.

     
  9. Darth Maniac thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah - further to my original review at the beginning of the thread, the interior material really does collect dirt. Still less than the Apple case but its a real bummer. Just make the case out of a nice soft leather - Inside and out!!
     
  10. bilbo--baggins macrumors 6502a

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    I'm interested in this case. At first I assumed pu leather was real leather with some coating, then I read that it wasn't leather at all. Now my wife tells me that one of our childrens toys is made with PU leather and is very good quality and durable. I've also read comments be some people with real leather cases where the leather has stretched and the iPad has become loose. I starting to look on the pu leather as being and advantage.

    Just a shame postage to the UK is so expensive, not sure why it's so much more than the yoobao for posting to the UK...
     
  11. bilbo--baggins macrumors 6502a

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    By the way, does anyone know what the "MacForum Special" is that's mentioned on the ebay listing?
     
  12. jedolley macrumors 68000

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    I could be wrong, but I believe this is in regards to the holes/no holes preference.
     
  13. tanster macrumors regular

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    Yes, that's what I think it is, too. That's the version I bought.
     
  14. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    It's a happy ending :D
     
  15. batman75 macrumors 6502

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    Price is dropped to 28 dollars. This is a bargain for a case of this quality.
     
  16. DarkAether macrumors regular

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    MartyrKevikev,

    You continue to suck as a salesman. LOL!

    -A
     
  17. tallyho macrumors 6502a

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    Hey hey Kev is back!

    I think people are being a little harsh--I would gladly buy one of the Chinao cases but delivery to the UK costs more than the case itself. If he does manage to get the same design (without the weird holes perhaps) but made in leather then I would definitely pay the cost and the delivery to the UK. I really can't understand why no case manufacturer has released such a case:
    1) same folding front-cover design as the Apple case (NOT the "Magic" design of the latest Yoobao)
    2) protects the edges and the corners of the ipad when the case is closed (unlike the Yoobao Magic and Slim, which protect the corners but leave the edges exposed)
    3) made from leather
    How hard can it be?
     
  18. Built macrumors 68020

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    Definitely NOT true. I have purchased three cases from him...I do not know him, nor have I ever met him personally...His service was TOP-NOTCH. He shipped the items quickly, communicated well, was responsive...What more could you want from a seller? He's also VERY honest, too. When the price of one of the cases went down right after I purchased, he, without asking, refunded the difference.

    I have dealt with MANY Ebay sellers over the years. He is definitely at the top of my recommendation list. Why is everybody so harsh on him?
     
  19. batman75 macrumors 6502

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    Yoobao and Chinao are what I call cheapo brands. I would rather have generic than have Chinao written on the case. It's only good to have a brand name printed on something if it stands for quality - like Apple.

    I bought the Chinao case for $28. For that price it's pretty good. But I will chuck it in the bin once the Powersupport Premium Leather Folio is out.
     
  20. stringbeanie macrumors 6502

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    I second all the above. Kevikev has sold me 2 cases with excellent service and the quality of the cases were excellent. Same day shipping and great communication! I even purchased a case before I was getting ready to go on an extended trip. I received notice that it would possibly arrive after I left and he was kind enough to refund my money and left me a decent feedback to boot. Find another understanding eBay seller who will treat you that well! Thanks Kevikev for having awesome cases at decent prices and excellent customer service.
    BTW, I also have never met Kevikev, nor do I owe him anything. I am just a satisfied repeat customer.
     
  21. dannyar macrumors 6502

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    Wish I could contact kevikev

    Ordered a magic case from him and since I refuse to sign up for ebay I can't message him. My magic case is faulty. The material where the case locks under that little flap has been peeling slowly. It's almost half way off and leaves residue on the side of my iPad and makes it harder to close with the loose fabric. Great case and great seller just wish there was a way to contact him and get an exchange or refund.
     
  22. batman75 macrumors 6502

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    If you won't sign up for ebay what do you expect. The rest of us have embraced the internet commerce age.
     
  23. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    How the hell did you order from him and you don't have his email address? I bet he would fix your issue though.
     
  24. yuanmoons macrumors 6502

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    Im thinking of buying one of these shortly and i was looking at the ebay page where it says "MacForum Menbers please note your request in notes at check out, you should know what that is..." - what does this mean?

    Can someone explain the options available and save me the time of going through all the posts to find out what he is referring too?

    Thanks.
     
  25. Seamaster macrumors 65816

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    Impossible, apparently.
     

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