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).

Review and Giveaway for The Otterbox Agility System for iPad

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Pros…

Good drop protection, variety of case options and accessories available, you can pick and choose which accessories to buy

Cons…

Quite bulky and heavy, no screen protector, not spill proof, buying the whole system can be expensive

Summary

The Agility Tablet system from Otterbox combines good drop protection with a very flexible system of cases and accessories.

Our Rating

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Otterbox are known for their rugged protective cases for Smartphones and Tablets and they have recently introduced a modular line – the Agility Tablet System. It is available for iPad Mini, iPad 2/3/4, iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Tablets. I tested the iPad 2/3/4 system. In my household, like many others the kids get to use the older iPads and we still have iPad 2 and 3 that are used daily. Any time kids are using iPads having them in a protective case is a high priority, so I am always interested to test out any new protective cases on the market.

The Shell

The Shell is the heart of the Agility system, none of the other accessories work without it. The Shell is a hard plastic case, it has a cutout on the back of the case that connects with all the other parts of the Agility system. The Shell gives the iPad drop protection, it is made of a thick layer of plastic and is very solid. It has a raised edge that sticks out past the edges of the iPad in all directions adding extra protection of dropped on an edge or corner. There are cutouts over the speaker, buttons and ports, there is not a screen protector. The Shell can be used on its own as a case, and my children will usually use the Shell without a cover when playing games on the iPad. The Shell comes in Charcoal Grey, and retails for $39.95.

All of the accessories for the Agility system have a strong magnet in the shape of a circle with 4 tabs on them. This magnet fits perfectly into the cutout on the back of the Shell, so that the accessory connects to the iPad. The circular shape allows the iPad to be rotated, and the tabs make sure it stops perfectly in landscape or portrait position and keep the iPad securely in this position.

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The Folio and Portfolio Covers.

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The Folio is the more slimline of the case options and comes in Apple Grey, it retails for $49.95. The Folio is similar to the Apple Smart Cover but with the addition of the magnet for connecting to the Shell. The front has a vinyl type covering and inside is a micro-fibre lining. It has automatic wake/sleep for the iPad when the cover is opened or closed. The Folio can be folded to create a stand for the iPad but I didn’t find this very stable – it was easy to accidentally collapse the Folio when touching the screen.

The Portfolio is the more luxurious outer case option, it comes in black leather  with a grey micro-fibre lining and retails for $69.95. The Portfolio has a magnetic clasp and automatic sleep/ wake when the cover is closed or opened. There are 2 flaps inside the Portfolio which create a 2 position stand for the iPad, I found that this worked much better than the Folio stand and was quite stable in both positions. The Portfolio is larger and heavier than the Folio but I thought it was a much nicer case option.

Wall Mount

The Wall Mount is a 2 piece mount that allows you to securely mount your iPad on a wall or other flat surface. The back plate can be attached to the wall with 3M Command Strips (which come attached to the plate) or with 2 screws. Once the back plate is in position the front plate slides onto it via 2 grooves on the sides, the 2 parts attach very firmly together. The front plate has the magnetic mount and includes an even stronger magnet than the cases have so the iPad is very securely mounted. The Agility mount system lets you easily change the iPad from landscape to portrait mode. This is a great idea if you like cooking using your iPad and want to keep it off the counter, clean and protected from spills and could also be used in a bathroom or on the wall by a treadmill or exercise bike. It comes in a choice or Charcoal or White and retails for $29.95.

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Dock

The Dock is a great multi-position stand for the iPad, it retails for $49.95 and comes in Charcoal. It has a weighted base which makes it very stable. The iPad connects to the Dock (via the Shell) with the standard Agility magnetic mount which is Part of the upper section of the Dock. The viewing angle can be adjusted to any angle from lying flat to just under 90° (it will not go completely to 90°  to prevent it toppling over.) The dock needs to be on a flat surface such as a table or countertop and works really well as a stand for movie viewing or working on the iPad. It can also be used on a desk when using the iPad as a second screen for your computer.

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Power Base

We did not test the Power Base, but it is designed to be used underneath the Dock creating a powered docking station. It has 3 USB ports allowing it to charge 3 iOS or Android devices at once. It comes in Charcoal and retails for $49.95

Summary

I love the flexibilty of the Agility system, it gives great drop protection but also allows for a variety of different covers, mounting and charging options. One downside of the system is that it is, like most protective case options, quite bulky and heavy. The Shell on its own is similar in weight to other protective cases so when you add the Folio or Portfolio it is heavier still. It does not have a screen protector, which for some people may be a problem, but I actually like it without – the screen is more responsive than with a screen protector and it is protected from scratches in transit if it has the Folio or Portfolio cover on. The magnetic mount system works very well and I love the idea of being able to add the Power Base to the Dock so that it can be a charging system as well as stand.

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Giveaway

Otterbox have kindly offered to give an Agility System Package to one lucky iMums Reader – the Package consists of one Shell + Portfolio +Dock + Wall Mount, total value of the package is over $170. The winner can choose a package for iPad 2/3/4, or iPad Mini or iPad Air.   Winner must have valid US shipping address. Enter via Rafflecopter below, winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize.

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NOTE: Products were 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).

The Kazoo iPad Mini Case from Griffin Technology – Review

 

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Kazoo Case for iPad Mini

 

Pros…

Adorable! Very stable in both movie viewing and playing/typing modes well for both

Cons…

No screen protector,  not spill proof, only works in landscape not portrait mode.

Summary

A fun and practical iPad mini case available in Giraffe, Panda and Fox versions

Our Rating

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The Kazoo iPad Mini Case from Griffin Technology is the cutest iPad case I have come across but it is both adorable and practical. The Kazoo line from Griffin Technology are a series of animal themed iOS accessories aimed at children. We have previously reviewed the Kazoo MyPhones and Auxillary Cable and the MyPhones are still a firm favorite with my son and still work perfectly even after over 18 months of regular use.

The Kazoo iPad Mini Case is available in Giraffe, Panda and Fox versions, I tested the Panda version. It is an animal-shaped, silicon case and is quite easy to install. There is no screen protector and the silicone stretches easily so you can slip the iPad mini in through the large front opening. The Panda’s feet provide a very stable base for upright movie viewing and I was impressed by how stable it is in this mode. If you want to type or play on the iPad if you place the iPad on its back with the feet at the top and ears at the bottom it creates a nice stable play surface at a slight angle (better for typing than a truly flat surface.) It is really designed to be used in landscape mode, so it does feel a little odd on the occasion when an app is designed to be played in portrait mode only.

There is a silicone button cover over the volume control and power buttons which work well but does have a slight time lag, so I sometimes had problems taking screenshots using the “press the home and power buttons simultaneously” method. The camera, microphone, mute switch and speakers have cutouts over them for easy access.

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The case doesn’t come with a screen protector so if you have a child who is likely to scratch the iPad screen you may wish to use the separate screen protector with it. It  does feel like it would give some protection in an accidental fall but is not waterproof or spill proof and I wouldn’t recommend it for kids who are really rough with an iPad, but if you have kids who are reasonably careful it is a great choice. My kids have used a lot of different iPad cases over the last few years but I must say this one really made an impact with them – all 3 of them love the case and request the mini to be kept in it.

Overall, if you are looking for a really tough case I would recommend checking out the Survivor instead but if you are looking for a fun, practical case for the iPad Mini for reasonably careful children this is a great choice and a favorite in my household !

The case is available from GriffinTechnology.com and other retailers, RRP $39.99

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).

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