Custom iPad Case From DODOcase – Review

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.

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.The links in this post may contain affiliate links where The iMums will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on our link, this helps to support the costs of running this site and we appreciate your support.

 

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).
Griffin Survivor for iPad Mini – Review

Griffin Survivor for iPad Mini – Review

What we love…

protective case  to ensure your iPad is safe no matter if it is dropped or falls accidentally

What we’d love to see…

the case being waterproof, a way to turn up the sound as it does get a bit muffled

Summary

Overall. very protective case and good value for the money.  I like knowing that my iPad Mini is protected no matter what the situation or potential drop hazard.. Kid friendly and approved by Mom!

Our Rating

 

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When I decided to get an iPad Mini – I knew that I wanted a protective case for it even though it was “mine” versus being a family iPad.  I didn’t want to take a chance of my son grabbing my iPad and accidentally dropping it onto the floor.  The Griffin Survivor Mini meets or exceeds Department of Defense Standards for durability and our iPad 2 which has a Survivor on it has survived many drops and falls!  The Survivor features a poly carbonate frame with shock absorbing silicone and a build in screen protector to ensure your screen doesn’t get scratched, fingerprints or worst case cracked in a fall. There are hinged plugs which seal the dock connector, camera lens, headphone port, volume controls and also a bonus stand for ease of viewing your iPad on a flat surface. You can view videos and test results online at www.griffintechnology.com/armored.  To read our review of the original – check it out  here.   

I really love the durability that this case provides for my iPad Mini which I frequently slip into my bag to take places with me since it is small and portable.  I don’t have to worry about the screen getting scratched since the case features a protective covering.  I also loved all the color choices (including my favorite pink!) as well as the nice form factor for the case.  The case was easy to install and is easy to clean using Clorox wipes to prevent from spreading germs around when using the iPad Mini.

In terms of improvements – it does “muffle” the sound a little bit making it a tiny bit more difficult for Siri to understand me compared to not having a case, but honestly the protection is worth it in my book!  I haven’t taken it off my Mini since I got it – and it’s stood up to a few drops, bumps and a little bit of abuse in the meantime.  Our original Griffin Survivor case on our iPad 2 survived an accidental  fall of 8+ feet so I know for a fact that the case is durable!  I would love it if this case was waterproof, and to be honest I’ve never tested it in the rain.  I would also like to buy a separate protective covering for the screen in case of accidents.  Griffin should also include a link to a video demo of the case – as the instructions are inside the case instead of being readily accessible which can make it frustrating to install if you are not familiar with it.

Overall. very protective case and good value for the money.  I like knowing that my iPad Mini is protected no matter what the situation or potential drop hazard.  Available for purchase at Griffin Technology .

Technical Specifications

  • Product Height 8.01″
  • Product Width 5.38″
  • Product Weight 7.75 oz.
  • Product Depth 1.12″

 

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.

 

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
The Water Sherpa iPad Case by Sherpa Carry – Review

The Water Sherpa iPad Case by Sherpa Carry – Review

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The Water Sherpa is one of a line of iPad case with carrying straps from  South Carolina based Sherpa Carry LLC. The case is designed for the iPad 2 and 3, and is water-resistant, not waterproof.

The main part of the case is made from an Olive Green water-resistant waxed cotton and it has a brown faux-leather trim and soft black lining. When I first saw the Water Sherpa my immediate thought was “it’s a Barbour jacket for an iPad.” (If you aren’t familiar with them Barbour is a very old British company famous for it’s waxed cotton jackets, even the Queen has been known to wear them, the classic color combination is dark green with brown trim). After using it for a while I still think of it that way- it has a classic style that is practical rather than high fashion, but still retains an air of class. The style is definitely masculine enough for a man to use it, but not so overwhelmingly masculine that a woman wouldn’t use it too.

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The case is easy to fit – you just lift a flap and slide the iPad into place, and close the flap with Velcro.  The case covers the back of the iPad  and the front is also covered when the case is shut. The cover has a snap to keep it firmly closed when the iPad is not in use. It has a magnetic on/ off that is activated when the cover is closed, I found this worked well if I used the snap (as it helps to line up the magnets), but could be a bit temperamental if I didn’t. There are three brown strips running across the inside of the front case cover, and the iPad rests on these to give three different viewing angles. The most upright position is good for movie viewing but not very stable if you are tapping the screen a lot, the two lower ones are quite stable even with typing.

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The strap is adjustable in length and is detachable, it is attached to metal D-rings by hooks with swivels so they turn easily to keep the strap comfortably flat on your shoulder.

This is a case I would recommend for use by an adult or older child, it is protective enough for ordinary wear and tear, but not for a child likely to throw or mis-use the case. The Water Sherpa is a good option for an adult who uses their iPad on the go a lot; it looks professional, provides an easy way to carry the iPad with easy access, and gives a choice of three viewing angles. The cases retails for $39.99 and is available from sherpacarry.com, Amazon and other retailers.

 

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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.

 

Giveaway

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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).
Speck iGuy Case and Stand for iPad supplied by GearZap – Review

Speck iGuy Case and Stand for iPad supplied by GearZap – Review

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What we love…

skishy yet flexible case adds personality to your device while protecting it against drops

What we’d love to see…

a bit hard to charge because of the placement of where the charging port is; some way to remove the smell of the case which when it arrives is pretty harsh

Summary

Provides your iPad with a protective case that is fun and funky while standing up on his own.

Our Rating

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I recently had a chance to test out the Speck iGuy Case and Stand from GearZap.  This squishy yet flexible case adds funky personality to your iPad 2/3/4 while providing protection against drops  and easy to hold handles.  We previously looked at Speck iGuy in an listing of Awesome iDevice accessories for kids and are now completing a full review.

iGuy is a freestanding case for your iPad 2/3/4 which brings a whole new level of personality to your device.  I loved that you could stand him on the coffee table with your iPad and watch a video, hold him on your lap to play with an app and even have the tactile touches of the case.  The case also worked well for Skype with family as he would stand on the table during the call instead of you having to hold the iPad steady for the camera.  The case is sturdy and easy to balance on your lap while using the iPad.  My son enjoyed carrying around the case using the arms of iGuy – something that made me a little bit nervous but the iPad seemed well protected.

I did drop test the case – each time I dropped it – I found that the iGuy landed on his back rather than the front which protected the iPad.  I dropped it a grand total of three times from a height of about four feet  and had no damage to my iPad 2.   While I do not suggest  dropping your iPad on purpose, it was good to know that when dropped from a child’s height that our iPad was safe.  I have heard from others that depending on the size of your iPad depends on the fit of this case – at times others felt that the case was too large for their device and it rattled, but I did not have this experience with my iPad 2.

In terms of enhancements, I found that it was hard to charge my iPad 2 while it was in the case since you had to charge via the “arm” and you had to look for the place to put in your cord.  In addition, I also found that the smell of Speck when he arrived was a bit harsh – this did eventually abate and he is made of non-toxic materials so I suspect it was just part of the manufacturing process as once I had him out of the box to air out his smell abated within 48 hours.    Another comment – and this is from a usability standpoint, many apps are available in portrait mode only versus landscape.  When using the iPad in this case you may find that there are limits to the apps you can use because of this.  There is no integrated screen protector – something I personally like to see because of sticky hands but I suspect this would be hard to include due to the design of the case.

Overall, this is a fun and funky case for your iPad that appeals to both parents, children and adults.  iGuy gives your device personality, provides protection and stands on his own.    The Speck iGuy case retails between $25 – 35  and can be purchased from a variety of retailers including: Gear Zap, Amazon and more!

 

 

 

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