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Customer Review

on April 20, 2011
I waited 3.5 hours in line to get my ipad at launch and have been looking and searching for a top quality case. I opted not to purchase the smart cover because it lacked backside protection. I was impressed with the auto on when the cover opened so I knew I needed a case that had this option. To bide my time I purchased a TPU case from eBay that offered rear protection but is lacked a cover. Daily i would check TUAW, MacWorld, and the other Apple blogs to see their case roundups and what was in the pipe from the case manufactures. What I saw were cases that did not showcase the look and feel of the new iPad. The cases I saw were too thin, (ZAGG) or were so bulky and protective, (Hard Candy) that it hid the beauty of the iPad. I wanted a blend of good protection, top quality materials and most of all a front cover/kickstand. Now to the point. The Yooboa top grain leather case has all of the features I needed, Thin, Front cover (magnets), and good looking, with out adding bulk to the thin profile. This case is well made, the headphone, dock and camera holes line up, they are not exact but they are close. I like the fact that the speaker access is not a cutout, but are tiny holes punched in the leather offering good protection to that corner area. The cover lines up nice, it is set slightly back from the bottom edge of about and 1/8''. when you flip the cover open the iPad turns on, when you flip the cove to the back and press it hard so it is flat it will turn off the iPad again. This is a minor issue for me since I hold the iPad with my index finger between the iPad and the cover. I hold my nook the same way. When you lock the cover into the rear retainer it holds the cover in position so you can type or watch a movie in the horizontal position. During my Search for a case I read on this site and other case review sites that the case came with a heavy chemical smell. This worried me but i went a head and ordered it any way. I will say there is a slight leather/glue smell. Very slight I have to touch my nose to the case to smell it. It sort of reminds me of the new car smell you get with a new car, and then fades after a week. The case is very tight fitting, and helps retain the svelte look and feel of the second generation iPad. The only places the ipad is exposed when the cover is closed are, the Dock area, the volume area, the off/on switch, the headphone and camera areas. the holes are shaped nice and leave enough room to access the controls and ports, while still protecting the iPad. I purchased a black ipad so I was torn between the brown or black leather. I went for the black leather. the black leather case is accented with white stitching. It is not a bright white, and goes well with the black leather. It has the same contrast you would find in high end sports car leather seats, it holds the leather together while adding a distinct level of style. The case is made from top gain leather so it is thiner than full grain leather. This adds to the softness of the case. In my opinion this type of leather ages well and will develop a patina, with minor scratches that will add to the classic look of this case. I wish Yooboa would make this style case for the nook, I'm hooked.
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