Macally BOOKSTAND Protective Case and Stand for iPad
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- Functions both as a protective travel case as well as viewing stand to improve typing and viewing comfort
- Form fitting protective case for maximum protection
- Durable lightweight construction
- Open to all connections and controls
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After only a few weeks this case has started to fall apart after normal use (by normal use, I mean that I baby the iPad)! The glue that holds the microfiber cover onto the plastic shell started to come loose. At first it looked like little bubbles under the microfiber but now nearly the whole back cover is separated from the shell. This makes me worried that it will slip and cause me to drop the iPad. Suspecting that I may just have a defective product, I searched online and to my surprise there are others with this problem. Amazon doesn't allow links but it's easy to find the discussion boards I found.
I will once again revisit this review if I receive a replacement BOOKSTAND case that doesn't exhibit these same problems. Otherwise, check my reviews to see if I have found decent a folio case for my iPad.
This is the second problem I have had with Macally in purchasing this case. I originally ordered it from the Macally website because it was "In Stock" only to find out a week later that it wasn't in stock and my order was automatically canceled. It was frustrating at the time but it would have saved me a lot of trouble if I had moved on to another case!
- Previous Four Star Review -
I originally purchased Apple's cover but was very dissatisfied with it. Unfortunately, there haven't been many other covers that replace the utilitarian functionality of that case. Then, I spotted the Bookstand case on Macally's website. The only problem was that it wasn't in production yet. Well, the wait is finally over and this case is wonderful. The typing angle is better and sharper than the Apple case.Read more ›
When closed, it's like a notebook, the case covers the iPad except for the aluminum edges. You can open it and fold the cover back on itself so that it's flat. The little leathetette flap sticks out but I haven't found this to be in the way. You can also fold the cover in the middle where it is scored and tuck the flap into it's matching holder. That way, you have a secure, slanted stand that it is comfortable for typing. Folded that way also allows you to stand it up on edge for displaying slideshows.
I bought the gray version as the black one was not yet available at the time. Since it is fabric (or similar), it looks like it might get dirty over time as the iPad is something that is in very frequent use, but so far, I really, really like this case/stand.
However you can't really see what garbage the materials are until you actually have it in your hands. It's made out of practically the same materials as a cat toy - felt (actually microfiber) on flimsy cheap plastic - which I guarantee will crack and the spine will break after being open and closed often.
The cover is actually microfiber covered cardboard.
Since I work in manufacturing and deal with Chinese merchandise everyday, this didn't cost more than $3 to make. So if you're paying more than $15 for this, then you should feel ripped off every time you handle your iPad.
Fortunately I bought this at Fry's and I can return it when I get a decent folio.
Until this happened, I'd been reasonably happy with the case. The fabric feels like suede, and so grips well in the hand for carrying, and the case protects the iPad well.
The other problem with this case is the brown plastic closure strap. It fits in the closure loop (see photo) fine for the closed-book position. But, it it began bubbling after a week and is too wide to fit into the loop for the angled viewing position without using two hands and a lot of forcing (see photo).
This could be a great product, but I feel it was rushed to market.
A caution about all of the various cases with this style (mimicking the Apple case) is that when open, you place the surface that protects the screen onto the table, grass, or whatever you are resting the iPad on .. and so any dirt or liquids on that surface will be transferred to the screen when you close the case. So, brush it off before closing. ;-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent value for the money. Works great as a stand or with the strap it makes holding the pad much easier.Published 18 months ago by alan hamel
Still using it 3 years later, still love it! Sturdy, versatile and useful - what more can I ask from a case?Published on April 2, 2014 by Mariapec
I like the case over all though it's easily made dirty. the only thing that I don't like is that the strap on the back gets stretched over time and now I pretty much can't stand... Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Dewayne Mcdaniels Jr.
This is my wife's favorite cover for her iPad. She refuses to remove it and use another that fits her new ipad. Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by Louis Schwab
It does the job I bought it for and looks great, and for less than $10, how can you beat that.Published on May 30, 2013 by Karen desantis
cheap cheap cheap. I think I bought this on sale for a dollar just to use as temporary case until I could find the perfect one. I'm disappointed I paid for shipping on this. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Claymation
It wasn't made right. To flimsy. I'm not using it. It does't cover the I-pad firm enough, so it doesn't turn off.Published on April 19, 2013 by Nancy Rainey