iPad First case to try on my new iPad Air 2

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by howieho, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. howieho macrumors newbie

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    Whenever I get a new device, I generally end of having bought 5 or 6 cases before I find the one that works just right for what I need. I've been trying to reduce that number so that I don't have to spend quite so much money. I thought I would give my feedback on the first of hopefully not too many cases I end up trying on my new iPad Air 2

    In terms of tablets, I’ve used everything from the 5.5” Note 2 Phablet to various 10.1 Android tablets in terms of size and many more in between. While I find screen covers optional on smaller devices because I tend to use screen protectors instead, I do find them preferable on larger devices. One feature that I always find convenient, regardless of the devices size, is a stand option.

    When it comes to the iPad line, the iPad Air 2 being my second iPad after my old and weathered iPad 2, I find my preference leans to a nice stand case with a thin front cover and a shell type case backing with the ability to protect the corners from drops. I’ve had to replace a screen on the iPad 2 because of poor corner protection. Of course smart cover magnets to automatically turn the iPad on and off are a must as well. I think the Roocase Origami case checks off all my must haves nicely.

    Roocase Origami Case

    To start, the iPad Air 2 fits into the rubberized back case perfectly. All the cut outs line up perfectly dead center.

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    I’ve found leather cases have the greatest degree of error when it comes to alignment. Alignment is not an issue with this case. But even before snapping the iPad in, there are a lot of nice details to the design of this case.

    The corners are obviously well reinforced.

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    The back has a molded, contoured shape. I think this will make it easier to hold for longer sessions, but I’m also guessing that the grooves and patterns are there to help absorb impact. It sort of reminds me of those fat zippered EVA cases that thrown off of roofs. Now, I don’t think that this case will protect the iPad from that type of drop but of course his case is a lot slimmer and you don’t have to take the device out of the case, leaving it unprotected, to use it.

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    Once installed, I’m pleased to report that the smart cover, sleep/wake function works perfectly. And the whole thing is quite slim and looks great.

    The part that makes the Origami case unique is its cover. It’s sort of like Apples Smart Cover but it has some extra lines on it so that it can be folded in different ways. You can still fold it like a Smart Cover which lets it stand in landscape mode or in the flat elevated typing position. But, folded a different way, it can stand in both landscape and portrait positions. That’s something that Apple’s cover can’t do. Granted, I’ll probably use landscape mode more when I’m browsing the web, but portrait is preferred when I’m reading a book at my dining room table.

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    The construction of the case is also really, really good. The front of the cover has a nice rubbery, matte finish. The inside also has a rubbery finish but it has a pattern that reminds me of the surface of a ping pong paddle.

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    It’s really soft and I don’t see how it would ever scratch the screen. I think I like it better than the gray micro-cloth liners I usually see. It adds a real nice splash of color and I don’t think you have to worry about it getting stained or staining anything else. I once had a cloth lined pouch that actually caused the plastic screen protector I was using to turn yellow.

    The cover is well attached to the case and I don’t see any weak points that would cause me to be concerned that one part would separate from the other over time. But we’ll have to see how it holds up in the long run. So far, it looks like it will probably last quite a while but even if it doesn’t, at least there’s a lifetime warranty according to the packaging.

    This case is definitely a keeper and it’ll probably stay on my iPad Air 2 for a while. At least, until I come across another case design that I haven’t tried before that starts begging me to give it a try.
     
  2. JTravers macrumors 6502a

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    First case to try on my new iPad Air 2

    Loved the RooCase Origami for my iPad Air. Only cost $10 when released, though. Looks like these are much more. I guess I'll have to wait for the Chinese knockoffs

    Definitely a great case. Looks pretty good, too.
     
  3. JTravers macrumors 6502a

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  4. pinktank macrumors 6502

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    I was wondering if the little dots on the cover lining leave an imprint on the screen. I don't mean a permanent one but one that is visible until you wipe it.
     
  5. mstein88 macrumors newbie

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    Nope. I've never seen this happen at all with mine.
     
  6. pinktank macrumors 6502

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    A couple more questions while I have you :)

    Is the magnet strong enough to hold cover when you hold it face down?
    Is there a magnet on the back that holds the cover back when you fold it open?
    Does it add much weight?
     
  7. mstein88 macrumors newbie

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    Yes -- the magnet is strong enough to hold the cover closed while face down.

    No -- I don't believe there's a magnet on the back that holds it back when folded open. It stays open by resting in folds.

    I didn't find that it added a ton of weight, but that's relative.
     
  8. pinktank macrumors 6502

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    I meant when you fold it open like a book while holding in your hand, etc, not as a stand. Like the moshi versacover, when you open it all the way and around, it sort of snaps on to the back, just like the magnet snaps it shot on the front
     
  9. mstein88 macrumors newbie

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    I think so. I seem to remember it doing that. I don't have it with me at the moment though. Sorry I can't tell you for certain.
     

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