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).

The Kazoo iPad Mini Case from Griffin Technology – Review

 

Kazoo Case for iPad Mini

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).

Otterbox Defender iPad Mini Case-Review

What we love…

Tough, rugged protective, Built-in screen protector and stand.

What we’d love to see…

More viewing angles for the stand.

Summary

Highly recommended when using the iPad Mini with children or in any situation where you want a tough protective case that also looks good and has the added benefits of a built-in stand and screen protector.

Our Rating

The Otterbox Defender cases are tough protective cases built to withstand drops, bumps and shocks. They are available for a variety of smartphones and tablets and I am reviewing the iPad Mini version. The  is available in 3 colors: black, Crevasse (grey) and Blushed (pink), I tested the pink version.

To install the case you first need to take it apart, it comes with step-by-step instructions, so this is pretty straightforward. The case has 3 separate layers:

Inner hard plastic layer.

This comes in 2 parts which click firmly together. The front section has a built-in clear plastic screen protector and there are cutouts over the cameras, speaker, buttons and ports.

Silicone Layer

The silicone outer layer slips on over the hard plastic layer. There is a groove around the edge of hard plastic layer that the edge of the silicone layer fits into, so it stays securely in place. The silicone also extends over the home button and there are silicone covers for the headphone jack, charging port and mute button.

Shield 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 can be used in portrait or landscape orientation.

Front Cover: when the iPad Mini is not in use it covers the front of the iPad and prevents scratches on the screen protector.

Extra Back Cover: when it is in use it can be clipped to the back of the iPad to provide an extra layer of protection.

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The multiple layers of the case do a great job of protecting the mini.  It feels rugged enough to protect against bumps and falls and I feel comfortable with my children using the mini in this case. It is not waterproof, there are cutouts over speakers. headphone jacks etc, but otherwise feels like it can take pretty much whatever else your child is likely to throw at it. The outer layer has a slight texture to it that makes it feel nice and “grippy” in your hands, and unlike cases with a smoother cover it doesn’t feel likely to slip out of your hands.

I like that is has a built-in screen cover to protect the screen from scratches, the touchscreen works very well with it when using your fingers, although like most screen protectors styluses don’t work well with it.

Having a built-in stand is very useful, especially for watching movies or videos. I would like to see the stand have more choice of viewing angles, the very similar stand that comes with the Seidio Active case that we reviewed recently is better in this respect.

This is a very well-made case it is finished very well and everything goes together beautifully. It does add some weight (just under 110oz) and bulk to the mini, so if you are looking for a very slim lightweight case this may not be your first choice, however, if you are looking for a protective case for your iPad Mini I think it is an excellent choice.

Highly recommended when using the iPad Mini with children or in any situation where you want a tough protective case that also looks good and has the added benefits of a built-in stand and screen protector. The Otterbox Defender for iPad Mini  has an RRP of $69.99  and is available from Weight: 10.7 oz / 303.9g

  • Dimensions (with shield/stand): 8.61 in x 6.04 in x 1.05 in / 218.6 mm x 153.5 mm x 26.6mm
  • Dimensions (w/o shield/stand): 8.23 in x 5.65in x 0.63in / 209.1 mm x 143.6 mm x 16.00 mm
  • Durable two-piece polycarbonate inner layer.
  • Built-in screen protector
  • Rugged textured slipcover wraps around the polycarbonate shell
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    MobileFun provided us with the Otterbox Defender for iPad Mini for review purposes, all opinions offered are strictly my own.

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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).

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