A couple of days ago we received a beautifully handmade Aligata Perfect Black iPad case for review. I’ve used it since it arrived and love it. This case should be a good fit for either the iPad or iPad 2.
The case is handmade by Tom from Aligata, and the personal touch is really nice, you experience it from the moment the case arrives. After opening the FedEx Box I found a stiff cardboard envelope inside with an informative tag from Tom. Inside the cardboard protection was the leather case, carefully wrapped inside a soft, raw cotton pouch.
The Aligata Perfect Black is made of very thick, 2 – 3 mm genuine bovine leather. You can feel it and smell it! I mean, both in you hand – it is quite heavy, almost 450 grams – and in your nose – the smell of such a mass of thick, sturdy leather is great.
Perfect Black has been made of top corrected grain leather. The surface is very nice, and along with the black stitching makes this case very elegant, just perfect for business use.
Despite the sturdy construction and very thick leather used, the case fits the iPad pretty well. There is also a small disc made of soft plastic attached to the case just beneath the iPad. This extremely simple solution (patent pending according to Aligata) works amazingly well – the iPad sits firmly in the case and does not slip off of it through the open edge.
The edges of Perfect Black are designed to protect the device against the impact of falls. I did not dare to test it on my iPad, but the construction is very sensible – the letter C shaped leather edge acts as a “trampoline” which should absorb much of any impact.
The case allows convenient access to all the iPad ports and buttons – the cut-outs in the leather are the right size. The OK button is easily accessible and the ambient light sensor is exposed. The functionality of the iPad is in no way reduced by this beautiful case.
Should I say the device looks great and classy in the case? Just take a look at the pictures (Click to Zoom!). If you are in the market for a beautifully constructed leather iPad case then this could be the one for you. You can order yours from Tom at Aligata.
Comfort, protection and style are only three attributes of the MacCase Leather iPad Flight Jacket. If you’re after iPad cases or bags with pockets for accessories and small personal items, this case might be exactly what you want. Sleek, compact and very well organized, this premium leather iPad case enables easy access to anything inside. The main compartment is designed to accommodate the iPad exclusively. It’s padded, lined and custom designed for the iPad, therefore it offers excellent protection. The two interior pockets are placed just in front of the main compartment and they are perfect for a mobile phone and for a small, flat accessory. The front pouch is a bit wider, allowing the storage of something a bit bulkier such as a charger or an external battery. The really cool thing about this pouch is that it’s removable. Finally, the small zippered pocket on the top flap and the rear flat pocket are perfect for keeping cards or small documents you may need quick access to.
iPad Flight Jacket - vintage leather
This iPad case can be carried as a handbag using the top handle or as a shoulder bag by using the detachable shoulder strap. For a few extra dollars you can buy the case with removable backpack straps. We found it convenient that MacCase decided to make this feature a separate option, because in case it’s useless to you, you don’t have to pay for the straps, then find a place to store them before finally deciding you’d better throw them away.
The MacCase Leather iPad Flight Jacket is available in brown vintage or black full grain leather, both showing the same top notch quality and attention to detail. One almost feels like buying one of each, then match them with various outfits. If we think that the iBook case launched by MacCase in their earlier years is now a collectible, we see that we can’t go wrong when buying best quality accessories, be it for the iPad or for anything else.
The Premium Leather iPad Flight Jacket comes with free shipping and a lifetime warranty. You can find it here.
The beautiful MacCase Vintage Leather iPad Sleeve is made from premium weathered leather which makes it look and feel vintage. It seems to have been designed this way intentionally for people who want to protect their iPad in style, while still maintaining a wintage wor look. The stitching is very nicely done and overall the case is beautifully constructed, we also thought the “Dual Texture” design was very elegant, as can be see pictured. The MacCase logo is discreetly embossed just below the top flap, on the thin vertical strap.
The sleeve is fully padded and lined with a super soft interior for maximum protection against bumps and scratches. We liked this very much because leather cases padded as nicely as the MacCase Leather Vertical iPad sleeve are rare.
Another cool feature of this iPad cover is the hidden dual magnetic closure, silent and easy opening. The sleeve fits the iPad either naked or in a thin shell case. This makes it easy to have your iPad protected 100% of the time, while you use it or while you commute.
MacCase has been designing cases and other accessories for Apple products for more than 10 years. Their experience shows in this latest creations in terms of both style and functionality. Another great product.
MacCase Vertical Leather iPad sleeve specs and features:
Sleeve size: 11″ x 8.5″ x 0.5″.
Weight: 12 oz.
Material: premium weathered leather (vintage brown) or full grain (black)
Premium leather hides
Complete padding for maximum protection
Top flap with hidden magnetic closure
MacCase iPad sleeve - brown weathered leather
MacCase iPad sleeve - full grain black leather
Although our team preferred the vintage case with its beautifully aged brown leather, the MacCase Leather iPad sleeve is also available in a full grain black leather version. If you hurry you can catch the currently ongoing sale: 20% off plus free shipping. This means you can have one of these premium leather iPad cases for only $111.99, including a lifetime warranty against workmanship or defects in material.
Temple bags are not like any other bags. They are bags with a story, bags manufactured with love, bags that are “prepared for whatever may come when attached to a life filled with passion and adventure”, as their creator says. Indeed, these are bags with a purpose, and we are going to show you one of these bags which has the purpose of protecting your beautiful and not-so-cheap iPad: the Temple All Leather iPad case. Keep in mind this is a beautiful and finely crafted product that currently retails for $189. We think it’s worth every penny, however if you are after something in leather for a more modest budget then check out all our leather iPad case reviews.
The Temple All Leather iPad case is made from oiled leather and canvas, materials which age beautifully, just like wine. We found it great that the leather looks already aged. It gives the bag that special and very appealing feel of aged leather from day one.
internal pocket sized to snugly accommodate the iPad
padded shoulder strap with adjustable length
free access to all iPad ports and commands when open
portrait and landscape viewing options when used as stand
secure closing system with four leather straps and metal stubs
Like all other Temple bags, the All Leather iPad case is thoughtfully crafted in Los Angeles, California. We were impressed not only by the quality of this bag, but also by the passion behind all Temple bags. You can read their story and get your All Leather iPad case on the Temple website.
In our search for the perfect Leather iPad Case we’ve looked at a number of stylish and affordable options, and this one is no exception, The Targus Hughes is a very nice iPad slipcase, and it has certainly grabbed our attention.
Key features we love about this iPad case:
It’s very elegant, and lets you transport your iPad in style, no matter whether you are heading to a business meeting, or for a weekend away.
It’s made of very high quality, natural leather (we know it’s natural because it has that wonderful leathery smell) and the color is close to, but does not exactly match the retailers pictures. This is to be expected with fine, natural leather products, color and texture will vary with each item. It’s part of the case’s uniqueness, and we love this about it.
It has a decent amount of padding, so we felt our precious iPad was quite safe when it was stored inside.
A nifty magnetic catch that lets you open and close the case with ease – not fiddly to use. The iPad is easy to access.
It should be noted that this case is like a protective envelope, and you must remove the iPad from it to use it, so your iPad will be “naked” while in use. The case provides a near perfect fit for the iPad, we like this because it’s snug and can’t rattle around. But it also means you cannot have any sort of bulky second case over your iPad, unless it is very thin. Some people like to put a silicone style case, such as a Gelli skin, over their iPad so it is still protected while in use. If you want to use a second protective case then make sure it is very slimline.
Targus Leather iPad Slipcase - Open for Business
The Targus Hughes is a really nice case and one of my personal favorites. It is sophisticated, yet also understated. It protects with style and feels like it will last the distance. In fact, I’m pretty sure this case will be holding my next iPad when the current one is old technology.
If you love it as much as we do, and want to get your hands on it now, then you can grab one from Amazon. If you are not sold yet then carry on reading.
If you are planning to buy a folio style case for business meetings then we think the Targus Hughes is one of the best solutions to protect your favorite gadget, and at the same time help you create a good first impression with your audience. Choosing a fine leather iPad case can definitely help, as leather is widely recognized as a symbol of elegance and sophistication. This is one of those accessories that we fell in love with at first sight. The excellent quality oil-tanned premium leather, the rounded edges and the decorative stitches recommend this portfolio case for all situations that call for elegance and refinement. The Targus logo is discretely embossed in the leather and is placed in the center of the front side, creating a very nice visual effect. The interior of the case is made from soft twill lining which effectively protects the iPad against scratches when you slip it inside or when you take it out. The lining comes in a darker shade of brown than the exterior leather, thus creating a pleasant contrast.
Most folio cases would also feature a few additional pockets for storing business cards or a few paper notes. The Targus Hughes Leather iPad case is no exception. It has three slim interior pockets, two of them resulting from the leather fold itself and the third one cut into the lining. The case is specifically designed for the iPad and it features a secure magnetic closure, so your iPad will be safe throughout your travels. As there are no openings for any of the ports, this slipcase is also a good barrier against dust and other small particles that might damage your iPad.
The Targus iPad leather case is available on Amazon for a bit over $50 and is eligible for free shipping with the Super Saving Shipping program. Gift-wrap is also available on demand.
UPDATE: This case is currently sold out in brown, but is available in red at Amazon.
If you, or your partner, already has a collection of bags, then you probably don’t want to buy another one for your iPad. Perhaps instead you would rather invest in an exquisite case. Well now you can have both! Take a closer look at this beautiful iPad bag and case in one, from Simplism Leather Collection.
The case features a detachable strap that allows you to also wear it as a shoulder bag. It offers the protection and functionality of a case, combined with the convenience of a shoulder bag, and all this with an exquisite elegance that really stands out in the crowd.
The high quality, luxurious Chocolate black leather is stitched around the edges with a feature thread that adds a touch of elegance. The removable shoulder strap attaches to the case with beautifully finished, silver coated hardware. The length of the strap can be adjusted between 71cm and 138cm, so you can wear the case on your shoulder or around your neck, depending on preference.
Detail View - Simplism Leather Bag/Case
Although it looks very slim and stylish, the Simplism iPad Shoulder Case provides solid protection; thanks to its back cushioning, and to its hidden plates that act as shock absorbers, keeping the iPad securely protected. The plates are cleverly designed to be bigger than the iPad, providing protection even to the corners of your iPad, which are the most sensitive parts in the event of an accidental drop.
Also available in red
All ports on the iPad are accessible without needing to remove it from the case. The speaker is also uncovered, a very nice feature if you enjoy listening to music on your iPad. The comfort goes even further, with the flap that opens 180 degree wide, thus allowing you to use the iPad while it is still safe inside the case.
If you want to be among the first lucky owners of an iPad Shoulder Case from the Simplism Leather Collection, you can pre-order it on Amazon for $59.99. It ships for free with the Super Saver Shipping program, and is also available in beautiful, deep >red leather.
This review is from our series on Leather iPad Cases. Click the link to see a list of all reviews.
If premium gadgets call for premium accessories, then the new Apple iPad surely deserves the best. I hate to compromise, and personally refuse to buy average quality cases, sleeves or bags. When I go looking for a premium case I look for the ultimate material that has style and durability: leather. So I set out to find a smooth, genuine leather case that would make my iPad proud to be owned by me, and preferably one that would not hurt the wallet! At least no too much, leather is never cheap.
So I was very pleased then when I found The Walkabout. This top-opening, leather iPad folio case has been carefully designed to offer your iPad smooth, elegant and hard wearing protection. One thing people sometimes forget is that a roughly made case can actually scratch and damage a device. However, the premium genuine tan leather used in The Walkabout construction is so soft that it’s really hard to stop wanting to touch it again and again. Although the case offers a snug fit, I also found it very easy to slide the iPad in and out without any risk of scratching, thanks to the softness of the leather.
The Walkabout - Leather iPad Case - Open
The Walkabout is a folio style case, designed only for storing your iPad while in transit. It doesn’t have any openings corresponding with the ports on your device. However, taking the iPad out of its case is easy, thanks to the ingenious magnetic fastening system. In order to not impinge on the simple beauty of this case, the magnets are embedded in the top flap, thus keeping the case tightly secured but easy to unfold. For the price of $79.99 you can call one of these cases yours. It’s not cheap, but we found it reasonable taking into consideration the high quality leather The Walkabout is made from, and the very good experience we’ve had with Case-Mate products being made to last.
Like all other iPad cases from Case-Mate, The Walkabout comes with a 90 day limited warranty. For a limited time, Case-Mate offers free standard shipping, so check it out now to see if it applies for your area of residence.
Remember, it’s always a good idea to get screen protection. The Walkabout, like many iPad cases, is designed to protect your iPad when you are not using it. However, the moment you take it out, there is always a chance you could get a scratch. Our recommendation for truly invisible, yet powerful screen protection is either the InvisibleSHIELD iPad screen protector by ZAGG, or Case Armor by Case-Mate. Either of these two protective films does a great job keeping your iPad scratch free.
One of the most appealing features of the iPad is its portability. If you are using your iPad while traveling, either for business meetings or to showcase your creative portfolio, then you will need a case that allows you to not only keep your iPad protected, but will also let you present it in style while keeping essential items at hand such as business cards, pens and good old-fashioned paper documents.
The Traveler from Case-Mate is a high quality iPad case made from real felt and leather. It’s a great looking folio style case, featuring storage pockets and a magnetic strip closure to keep your iPad secure.
Unlike other travel cases, The Traveler firmly secures your iPad, but leaves the screen uncovered. This is very convenient as you don’t need to take the iPad out of the folio case to present your ideas. The iPad pocket is carefully designed to offer a snug and secure fit, without damaging or scratching the iPad’s surface. The Traveler is made by Case-Mate, already well-known for the quality of their products, and like all Case-Mate cases, the iPad folio comes with a 90 day warranty. Overall we were impressed with the quality of the case construction and the materials used – very good value for money.
Folio iPad Case
We think The Traveler is great design, and protects almost every aspect of your iPad in style! We would only recommend people purchasing this smart folio case also consider the additional protection and peace of mind of a thin film screen protector, such as the Invisible Shield from ZAGG, or Case-Mate’s own Clear Armor protection. Both are quality products, and an essential accessory in our opinion if you want to care for, and extend the life of your iPad. It’s important when selecting a screen protector to purchase one made of quality protective film – don’t skimp and buy one of the cheapies, get the best screen protection money can buy. You, and your iPad, will appreciate it in the long run.
One small inconvenience is that your iPad will still need to be removed from the case to be docked. However, even the original case from Apple doesn’t permit docking. We don’t think this is a big deal, and it’s reasonably easy to slide the iPad out of the snug pocket when you want to dock it.
In summary, people who need to take their iPad into meetings will find a portfolio-style case a lot more convenient than a sleeve case, the latter being more suitable for transportation, and lacking the great support The Traveler provides, while allowing you to present in a professional manner. In our opinion The Traveler is one of the best solutions if you need to combine professional presentation with functional style. It’s a sleek yet elegant, premium business folio case. This case is manufactured and sold by Case Mate.
Check out this video to see The Traveler in action: