Top critical review
29 of 31 people found this helpful
Good functionality, better design.
on November 11, 2013
The Logitech Folio Protective Case is a beautiful, well built case with a minimalist, modern design matching the iPad Air perfectly.
Materials used in this case are of excellent quality and the case feels sturdy. The outside is made of a hard woven textured material. Not exactly sure what it is, but it looks and feels classy. The front and back of the iPad feel well protected. The sides, although not covered by the case (its a folio style case as the name suggests), also feel well protected due to the case sticking out further than the actual iPad (refer to image gallery). It was nice to see the power button covered up since I've had an iDevice in the past where that button gave out and was expensive to fix. The other buttons and ports, although not covered, are accessible. Overall, as far as the build quality and design are concerned, this case is top notch.
(Note: This review is for the black case. All cases have the same material on the outside except for the purple one (soft touch material outside).
This case is meant for using your iPad primarily in landscape orientation. When in this mode, you can adjust the viewing angle from anywhere between 90 to 45/50 degrees. Thankfully, you are not stuck with grooves on the case which give you a predefined angle to view your iPad in. In fact, I don't think there is a better case out there, for viewing your iPad in landscape orientation, than this Logitech Protective Folio.
The only way to view your iPad in portrait orientation is to fold the case back completely and hold it in your hand since laying it flat would result in the iPad raised a little on the side the case folds. Not exactly ideal! Laying the case flat, as mentioned above, in landscape mode will result in that raised edge being on top, a little better but more on that later. Also, when you hold the case in your hand in portrait mode while laying down or at a similar angle, one end of the iPad will tend to move towards you, so you will have to hold it down. Simply put, the case is NOT comfortable for viewing your iPad in portrait mode.
Unfortunately, for those who type a lot, the case offers absolutely NO typing angle whatsoever. Logitech does claim that the case holds the iPad at the right angle for typing (among other things). I have used this case for over a week now and have yet to find that typing angle. When used in portrait or landscape mode the angle is either too extreme or just not raised enough to type comfortably. Bottom line, if you type a lot on your iPad, this case in NOT for you.
It seems like 6 small magnets in the flap hold the case shut and automatically wake/sleep the iPad. This is one my favorite features and one that sadly a lot of other manufacturers are omitting. Although a clasp in addition to the magnets might have held the case shut more securely, it would take away from the modern, minimalist design.
The only problem with the auto wake/sleep is that, when closed, if the flap containing the magnets is moved a certain way, you will hear the clicking sound the iPad makes when it sleeps. It seems to me that if those magnets move a certain way with the case closed, they end up waking the iPad and then putting it back to sleep once they return to their original position, hence the clicking sound. Not a deal breaker but a little annoying.
In conclusion, this Logitech case leans just a bit more towards design than functionality. But in an industry filled with fake leather and cheap plastics this "Logitech FOLIO PROTECTIVE CASE" is like a breath of fresh Air!