Custom iPad Case From DODOcase – Review

Custom Made iPad or iPhone case from Dodo Cases

Custom Made iPad or iPhone case from Dodo Cases

 

Summary

DODOcase is a San Francisco-based company that uses traditional book binding techniques to create iPad and iPhone cases. Their custom iPad cases are a great way to keep book binding skills alive whilst creating a unique product- the cases look good, work well and can be customized to create a one of a kind case.

Our Rating

 

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I love my iPad Air 2, especially how slim and light it is compared to older iPad models. I think every tablet or smartphone deserves a case to protect it, but at the same time using a heavy or bulky case removes some of the features I love about the Air 2.  I recently had the opportunity to test out the custom iPad case service from DODOcase – which proved to be just what I was looking for in a case- slim, light and personalized to suit my tastes!

DODOcase is a San Francisco-based company that uses traditional book binding techniques to create iPad and iPhone cases. They make cases for  iPad 2,3 & 4; iPad Air & Air 2; iPad Mini 1, 2, 3 & 4; iPad Pro 9.7 and a variety of iPhones from the iPhone 5 on. You can choose from a variety of standard case designs, or use their custom case making service to design your own. I chose to create my own, I wanted a classic look on the outside with a fun interior.

The designing process is really quick and easy. First you select your iPad model, then you are taken through the design process step-by-step.

Exterior

You can choose a single or two-tone exterior.  There are 17 different solid colored fabrics, 13 patterned fabrics and 4 colors of leather to choose from. I chose to make the exterior like a classically bound book and picked the red leather with black fabric spine.

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Interior

There are even more fabric choices available for the interior – 18 solid colors, and 18 patterns plus 12 map prints. The map prints are from Stamen Design and are available in or watercolor or toner (black and white). There are 6 different cities to choose from: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris or Tokyo. I really liked the idea of using a map interior as I could chose a map that really had a personal meaning to me, though I was torn between the city of my birth or my current home. I eventually decided on the watercolor version of the London map.

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Finishing Touches

The case is held shut when not in use by an elastic strap and you can choose from 14 different colors of elastic to co-ordinate with the interior or exterior of your case. For the ultimate personalization you can even have a name or message embossed on the front on gold or black letters.

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In Use

When case arrived I was surprised just how much it looks like a quality leather bound book, it even has a bookplate inside for you to write your name on. The case has a polycarbonate tray to hold the iPad, which is attached to the half of the back cover of the “book.” The back cover bends in the center acting as a stand, providing a stable support in landscape mode for movie watching  or playing games. Although obviously designed more for landscape viewing the iPad case is also stable in portrait mode.  If you want to use the iPad completely flat just open the cover like a book or a gentle slope for typing can be created by folding the book cover on top of itself with the liner out.

I really like this case for everyday use, it looks professional on the outside, but makes me smile whenever I open it and see the map inside reminding me of home. The case protects my iPad Air 2 when it is in my bag but is slim and light enough that it complements the Air’s design. The case is cleverly designed to work as it’s own built-in stand and which is stable and secure.

I love that DODOcase is keeping traditional book binding skills alive whilst creating products for the 21st century and with all the options available you can create a truly personalized case for yourself or as a truly one-of-a-kind gift.

DODOcase is a San Francisco-based company that uses traditional book binding techniques to create iPad and iPhone cases. Their custom iPad cases are a great way to keep book binding skills alive whilst creating a unique product- the cases look good, work well and can be customized to create a one of a kind case.

Ordering

Available from DODOcases.com custom iPad cases from $79.95, with additional fees for leather, 2-tone binding and embossing.

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3™ for iPad Air™ 2 Review

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Pros…

Thin and light for a keyboard case, feels sturdy, keyboard works well, long battery life and works as phone backup battery.

Cons…

Can only use stand in landscape mode, only 2 screen positions- flat or typing mode

Summary

I would highly recommend the Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3™  Keyboard Case. It is relatively light and thin for a keyboard case, works well for typing and I love the extra functionality as a smartphone backup battery. The case looks professional and has a textured surface making it easy to carry without dropping.

Our Rating

 

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One of the features I really love about my iPad Air™ 2 is how light and thin it is, so I want light, slim accessories to go with it. I find a good keyboard case is essential when using the iPad Air™ 2 to work on the go, but they can often add significant weight and bulk.

I recently tested out the Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3™  Keyboard Case with my iPad Air 2 and found  that it is a great option. It weighs approximately 15 oz and not only is it a case and keyboard, but it also acts as a backup charger for my iPhone!

 

The case is easy to put on and remove and feels secure when in place. The iPad and keyboard are covered by hard shells, a second layer with a textured vinyl surface is firmly attached over the keyboard shell, this continues over the iPad shell, where it is firmly attached over one half of the shell and loosely covers the other half. This creates a hinge holding the Keyboard and iPad together.

When opened the iPad can be placed in a groove on the keyboard, holding it in a good viewing position. One feature I love is the keyboard automatically switches on when the iPad is in the magnetic stand, and switches it off when it is taken out, saving the battery.

When you are not using the keyboard the Quikfold design lets the keyboard fold under the iPad so it can lay flat for playing games or reading. Strong magnets hold the case firmly shut when it is closed as well as automatically activating the iPad’s sleep/ wake modes.

I found it easy to type on, the scissor keys were responsive, and there is a caps lock light, which is missing on many bluetooth keyboards. It has iPad shortcut keys including volume control, track control, copy, paste, spotlight search and Siri.

The keyboard has a 1650mAH built-in battery which gives a long life in normal use (after several months use I have not yet needed to charge it.) A really useful extra feature is that you can use that battery power to recharge your iPhone. I think this is a great idea, so you don’t need to carry a separate phone backup battery. You do need to use an adapter cable (included) to connect your phone.  I’d love to see a way to store the cable in the case as I have gone to use it on occasion and discovered I left the cable at home!

Overall, I would highly recommend the Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3™  Keyboard Case. It is relatively light and thin for a keyboard case, works well for typing and I love the extra functionality as a smartphone backup battery. The case looks professional and has a textured surface making it easy to carry without dropping. I like this case enough that it is my current everyday case for my iPad Air 2 – I can use it for working and leisure without feeling like it has turned my thin light iPad Air into a brick!

 

Available from Kensington, Amazon and other suppliers for US$$99.99

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Review of the Slim Book Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 by Zagg

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Pros…

Very flexible design, keyboard has a  a long battery life, is detachable, has backlit keys and a caps lock light. Lighter than many clamshell cases and better quality keyboarding experience than most folio cases.

Cons…

Shell doesn’t give much drop protection, weak spots by ports

Summary

I really like the flexibility of the Slim Book Keyboard Case, how easily you can change between modes, its slim profile and the keyboard experience. I really love having a keyboard case for my iPad Air 2 that doesn’t detract from the its slim, light profile and that gives me the option to easily remove the keyboard when I am not using it, my only reservation is the durability and protection of the shell portion of the case.

Our Rating

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The Slim Book Keyboard Case from Zagg  is a very lightweight keyboard case that can be used in a number of different configurations. The case comes in 2 parts: – a black polycarbonate shell and a detachable keyboard, it is available for all models of the iPad Mini, the iPad Air and the iPad Air 2, I tested the iPad Air 2 version.

The keyboard is brushed aluminum on the top surface, with black keys and a black polycarbonate base. A black magnetic hinge is used to connect the two parts of the case. The magnetic hinge works well and makes it easy to attach and detach the keyboard from the Shell. The keyboarding experience on the Slim Book is great, the keys are backlit, responsive and comfortable to type on. The keyboard boasts a really long battery life- Zagg claim 2 years between charges on normal use, I have been using it for a month and have not yet needed to charge it.

The Shell is a hard black polycarbonate and covers the back and sides of the iPad with cutouts over the camera, speakers, buttons and ports. It protects the back and sides of the iPad from scratches, but I’m not sure that the Shell would give a lot of protection in a fall.

Keyboard Mode

The most obvious way to use the Slim Book is as a traditional keyboard case. The screen can be used at a variety of viewing angles up to 135°, and when closed the case protects the iPad from all angles.

Video Mode

The iPad in its Shell can be disconnected from the keyboard and reconnected with the screen facing away from the keyboard, you can then set it to whatever angle works best for you viewing a movie.

Case Mode

To travel light you can remove the keyboard entirely and just use the Shell, the screen is not protected but the rest of the iPad is.

Book Mode

If you want to use your iPad for reading or playing apps but want to keep the keyboard handy this is the best mode to use. First set it up in video mode, then close it so the iPad is laying flat on top of the keyboard.

Weight/ Thickness

The iPad Air 2 on its own weighs about 15 1/2oz and the iPad Air 2 in the Slim Book with keyboard weighs approximately 2lb 1oz. Although the case is doubling the weight of the iPad Air 2, is it lighter than many other “clamshell” type keyboard cases, and because you can remove and reposition the keyboard it is more flexible than a regular clamshell type case, but has better quality keys than most folio style cases. When you use the Shell on its own it is a very lightweight option as the Shell only weighs about about 2 1/2oz.

In Use

I really like using the Slim Book as a keyboard case for my iPad Air 2, the keys are backlit, responsive and comfortable to type on. The on/off button is clearly marked and glows green when you switch it on and red when you switch it off. With some other keyboard cases I have to remember combinations of key sequences to pair, here there is a single button marked with a Bluetooth symbol. I also like that there is a light to tell you when caps lock is on, this is a feature missing in many keyboard cases. It is really simple to switch between modes – the iPad is held in the hinge by a strong magnet, so to remove it you just pull on the iPad and when you position it back in the hinge to replace it the magnet snaps it into place easily. One area of concern with the case is I’m not sure how well the shell part will stand up to prolonged use- the hard polycarbonate is very thin near the ports which makes for weak spots.

Overall, I really like the flexibility of this design, how easily you can change between modes, its slim profile and the keyboarding experience. I really love having a keyboard case for my iPad that doesn’t detract from the iPad Air 2’s slim, light profile and that gives me the option to easily remove the keyboard when I am not using it, my only reservation is the durability and protection of the shell portion of the case.

Available from Zagg.com, Amazon and other retailers RRP $129.99

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Review and Giveaway for a Great Protective iPad Case- the Otterbox Defender for iPad Air 2


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Pros…

Rugged protection against drops and knocks, built-in screen protector and removeable screen cover with 2 position stand

Cons..

With the stand it does double the weight of the iPad Air 2, not waterproof.

Summary

The Otterbox Defender is a very well-made, rugged protective case for the iPad Air 2. It is a great option for protecting your iPad Air 2 when using it with children or in any situation where you want good drop protection.

Our Rating

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If you have just bought an iPad Air 2 and are looking for a tough case to protect your investment, the Otterbox Defender is a great choice. The Defender is a rugged multi-layer case with built-in screen protector and a removable front cover that doubles as a 2 position stand. It is currently available in 2 color choices: Black, and Glacier (grey with white highlights), a third color choice Damson (purple with pink highlights) is due to be released soon.

The case has 3 distinct layers:

Inner Polycarbonate Shell with Built-in Screen Protector

The Polycarbonate shell comes in 2 parts that click together. The front part has an integrated clear plastic screen protector, the home button is covered with a different softer clear plastic that allows the fingerprint detection to work through it. The back part of the shell has an attached foam liner to give extra shock protection, and there is a cutout over the rear Apple Logo with a clear plastic cover.

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Soft Rubber Outer Layer

A soft, synthetic rubber slipcover goes on over the polycarbonate shell. This has cutouts over the speakers, camera and rear Apple logo. There are covers over the ports and buttons. There is a groove around the edge of the shell that the edge of the slipcover fits into, plus cutouts in the slipcover over corner anchor points on the shell. Between them these keep the slipcover securely in place. The surface of the slipcover is lightly textured so it doesn’t slip in your hands.

Screen Cover / Stand

This can be used in three ways:

As a stand: there is a built-in stand that pulls up and can be used at two different angles- for typing or watching movies. It is designed to be used in landscape orientation only, and it is not very stable in portrait orientation.

Front Cover: when the iPad is not in use it covers the front of the iPad and provides additional protection for the screen.

Extra Back Cover: when the iPad is in use, but the stand isn’t needed, it can be clipped to the back of the iPad to provide an extra layer of protection.

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The Case in Use:

When you open the box the Otterbox Defender comes ready assembled, and taking it apart for the first time so you can put it on your iPad can be a bit of a challenge! The good news is this also means it is hard for children to remove the cover – an important factor when using it with kids.

You first have to remove the slipcover – I found the easiest way to do this is to start by the port covers as there is more “give” in this area. Next you need to separate the 2 halves of the shell – there are 13 connection points where the 2 halves snap together, each marked with an arrow. Using your fingernail in each of the spots is the easiest way to separate them.

By comparison, putting the cover back on is very simple – place the iPad in the back half of the shell, cover with the front half, snap in place, then pull on the slipcover making sure to seat the edge of the slipcover in the groove on the shell all the way around.

I found the Otterbox Defender a great everyday protective case – it gives a lot of peace of mind that the iPad Air 2 is well protected against bumps, knocks and falls. All the port and button covers work well, and it is easy to use the buttons through the cover. The slightly textured surface of the case makes it feel nice and secure when you are holding it.

The screen protector works well, I did not find a problem with touch sensitivity when using it, and the fingerprint recognition works fine through the cover too. When I first installed the case I felt a slight air gap between screen protector and screen, but pushing gently on the screen with the port covers open eliminated this and I have not felt any noticeable gap since.

The screen cover/ stand gives 2 different viewing angles for typing or watching movies. The iPad feels secure in both positions and it feels very stable in landscape mode using either position.

Obviously to get the protection of a rugged case you are going to have to compromise on the weight and size of the case vs protection offered. The iPad Air 2 weighs approximately 15 1/2 oz, the Defender case without screen cover/stand weighs approximately 10.5oz, with the stand it is approximately 17.2oz, so the full package approximately doubles the weight of the iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 is 1/4″ deep, in the Defender it is approximately 1/2″ deep and with the stand approximately 1″ deep. I am willing to sacrifice some of the lightness/ slimness of the Air 2 for good protection. I use the stand at home, but when I want to travel relatively light I will take the iPad Air 2 in the Defender case leaving the screen cover/ stand at home.

Overall, the Otterbox Defender is a very well-made, rugged protective case for the iPad Air 2. It is a great option for protecting your iPad Air 2 when using it with children or in any situation where you want good drop protection. The case is not waterproof as it does have cutouts e.g. over the speakers and camera, so should not be used around water. The removable screen cover/ stand is a useful extra but does add some extra weight to the case, so you may want to leave it behind if traveling light.

The OtterBox Defender is available for a variety of iPad models from Otterbox.com and other retailers. The OtterBox Defender for iPad Air 2 has an RRP of $89.95 OtterBox.com: FREE standard shipping on all domestic orders! Or choose two-day shipping for only $5.

Giveaway

Otterbox has kindly offered to give The iMums readers a chance to win their own Otterbox Defender case for iPad. The giveaway is open to USA only and one lucky reader can choose an Otterbox Defender for iPad 2/3/4, or for iPad Air or for iPad Air 2. Please enter via the widget below. Winners will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to the USA only and a valid mailing address is required to claim the prize. Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!

 

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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