Mini review of Macally Bookstand2 case

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Chupa Chupa, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

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    To this point I have not be a fan of the Smart Cover b/c of 1) price and 2) no back protection. Looking for alternatives I came upon the Macally Bookstand2 which looks a lot like the Smart Cover but w/ a back. I ordered on on eBay and received it yesterday.

    It was $29 shipped, $10 less than the Smart Cover. It is a folio style case w/ hard back and tri-fold cover exactly like the Smart Cover. The iPad2 slides into a hard form fitted backing. Two plastic pockets hold it in place. There are two hidden magnets in these pockets which secure the cover when closed but it does not have the auto sleep feature of the Smart Cover b/c there are no magnets in the center edge of the case. I though it was odd they'd design it that way but guessing Apple had not disclosed that feature to partners when they when into production.

    The case itself if feather light, yet, oddly, the iPad2 feels heavier (like an iPad 1) when installed. I immediately hated this b/c the naked iPad2 has such a great heft. That was strike one for me.

    The inside of the cover, which really doesn't touch the iPad2 screen is lined w/ microfiber. Great package selling point b/c everyone knows microfiber doesn't scratch. Problem is this "inside" becomes the outside when folded into the stand. It then attracts dust balls and debris like they were giggling schoolgirls at a Justin Bieber concert. Yuck. Strike Twooooo.

    Then there is the look and feel. It has a cheap pleather feel to it, which I don't mind per se, it's just that it's trying too hard to be cheap leather, you know the stiff rubbery kind. I also don't like the feel when I hold it with the cover folded all the way back. Steeerike Three. Ouuuuuuut.

    What I've learned is whereas the iPad was so blocky shaped a back case didn't really detract from the natural feel or weight. The iPad2 is completely different. I love the feel of it's naked body. So my game plan now is to go naked and use the Bookstand2 case only to transport and travel. It might be exactly what some are looking for but it's not for me, but I think I've learned I don't think any iPad2 case is right now.
     
  2. deeddawg macrumors 604

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  3. silverstonett macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the review.

    May I ask where you purchased the case? I ordered mine from Macally as soon as they started accepting orders and haven't received any updates about the status since then.

    I had the original Bookstand case for the iPad 1 and really liked it. Sure, it wasn't as high quality as some of the more expensive cases, but it held up surprisingly well, looked good (I alwasy got compliments about the case), and offered reasonable protection without adding too much bulk....so I'm optimistic this update will be comparable. I'm sure other manufacturers are reworking their cases to take advantage of the smart cover technology, but I use a passcode on my iPad so that isn't that important to me.

    Anyways, is there any chance you could post some pictures when you get a chance?
     
  4. diacritic macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the review.

    You make a very good point about how much weight these cases add to the ipad. I use the ipad primarily as a reading device (ebooks, NYTimes, academic articles, etc) and even when I use my Kindle, which is significantly lighter than the ipad 2, I take it out of its case because even an ounce can make a difference after extended reading.

    I've found, in the end, at least with my kindle, that the pleasure of reading is more important than protecting against what are ultimately superficial scratches on the back.

    I am ordering a skin for my ipad but the weight that adds is really nothing when compared to a case. The beauty of the ipad 2 is its user experience and I'm not going to take that away by covering it with a plastic covering that will make it heavier than an ipad1.

    Apple's smart cover is brilliant if only because of the ease with which it comes off and on. For now, otherwise, until I get my skin for just the back, I'm using my ipad 2 naked.
     
  5. silverstonett macrumors newbie

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    Nevermind: I see another thread has some pictures. They changed the materials, but overall it looks like a slightly higher quality update to the original.
     
  6. Chupa Chupa thread starter macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

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    Ordered it on eBay on Monday. There is a seller there that sells them under two different names -- one w/ "free shipping" the other w/ $4 shipping. Total comes out the same so really doesn't matter. It ships USPS 1st from S.F.

    As for build and material quality, for $30, and I suspect the street price will drop to $20-23 once more competition is out, it's pretty good for the money. I don't think it will fall apart prematurely.
     
  7. hcho3 macrumors 68030

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    It doesn't have magnet, so no sleep and wake function like smart cover. Without that function, I will not buy any case.
     
  8. wfj5444 macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the review. I was considering it but a couple of things caused me to hold off.

    I didn't like the magnet/holding pieces at the top protruding on the corners. Your review hammered the final nail in the coffin, the feel. I don't want anything to keep me from the superb feel of the iPad 2.

    So its Smart Cover + Lucky Labs Skin for me.
     
  9. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

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    Hey guys. I purchased this case as well on eBay for $28 included shipping. I made a little video of it to give you guys a look. Sorry for the complete amateur quality and presentation, but I just wanted to get something up so you guys can see.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dZ8dyExgTo

    Overall, I think it's just ok. The rollup for height adjustment isn't as good without magnets so that's a downer. It offers good protection though and the iPad snaps in so it's secure in the case. I'll probably keep it until something better arrives. I'd say it's decent, 6.5/10.
     
  10. Liberal, Mar 19, 2011
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    Liberal macrumors member

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    Thanks for the video! My case has the same problem of not staying up in the viewing angle in the way that the box suggests it should, but I have found a way to make it stay up and it has withstood the forces of gravity and hard taps to the screen to stay upright. I posted a pic.

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