It’s all the time refreshing to see iOS accent makers doing one thing completely different and Pad & Quill leads the pack on this space. With handmade circumstances crafted from linen, leather-based, and wooden, it’s exhausting to go incorrect with this simplistically elegant spin on circumstances.
Recently I’ve been utilizing Pad & Quill’s Contega Linen case for iPad Air 2 and it’s modified my thoughts about “premium” circumstances. There’s one thing fantastically completely different in regards to the craftsmanship and it’s created from supplies which are designed to final, however not with out a steep entry worth for some…
The Contega Linen case might not be the most affordable method to shield and showcase your iPad Air 2, but it surely’s undoubtedly up there as among the finest in my view. In brief, the Contega collection (and others from Pad & Quill) are designed to appear like books. The Linen model is roofed in a buckram material and makes use of a satin-finished birch wooden because the iPad’s cradle. It’s very uncommon that wooden and iOS equipment make a very good combine, however Pad & Quill has the proper stability with this case. The design could also be quite simple, but it surely was completed proper.
Try our Contega Linen for iPad Air 2 review video beneath:
Whereas it could not appear to be as sturdy as an OtterBox or LifeProof case, there’s nothing weak and fragile about this answer. I by no means received the impression that the supplies and construction had been compromised and in each scenario, the Contega case supplied confidence that my iPad Air 2 was fully secure. Its elastic strap holds the quilt shut and from the sure backbone or entrance view of the “e-book,” you’d by no means know there was an iPad inside.
Putting in the case is fairly easy as you’d anticipate. On the within, you’ll discover rubber bumpers in every nook (or “Positive-Lock system grips” as P&Q calls them) which are designed to assist cradle the iPad and safe it. The entire iPad Air 2’s ports and buttons are fully accessible whereas inside and there’s even a cutout on the bottom to make approach for the digicam and rear microphone. The Lightning port cutout did appear just a little tight and if something, you’ll have points with some third-party Lightning cables which have wider ends, however Apple’s cable appeared to suit with out a problem. I additionally seen that some headphone jacks had been just a little too massive to suit throughout the devoted cutout. Not a deal breaker for myself, but it surely’s one thing to bear in mind.
The Contega Linen additionally has “Multi-channel positioning” that are mainly notches on the within cowl of the case that permit for a number of view angles (solely two although). There didn’t appear to be any safety to maintain the iPad propped at an angle apart from these notches, however because of the materials used on the within, it could get just a little slippery. So long as you’ve secured an fringe of the birch body inside one of many “notches,” there needs to be a problem, however there’s no magnets to maintain it in place.
Talking of magnets, this case additionally gives sleep/wake performance with the iPad Air 2. Additionally, because of the measurement of the body, the iPad’s buttons and ports are recessed to maintain them out of hurt’s approach. The Contega does block the speaker on the underside of the iPad, however fortunately there are particular grooves (sound mirror channels) that may redirect the sound in direction of the show when in use.
There’s robust consideration to element in Pad & Quill’s design, however due to the supplies and manufacturing course of, every case has its personal character and can age to perfection over time. I’m probably not an enormous fan of “investing” right into a case, however when you’re going to spend your cash wherever, this is likely one of the high options to cowl an iPad.
Pad & Quill’s Contega Linen case for iPad Air 2 retails for $99.99 and whereas which will appear a bit excessive (belief me I received the identical feeling), in my view it is a much better case than Apple’s $79 leather Smart Case. You’re getting a lot extra for the cash with the Contega Linen case. Every little thing from the “unboxing” (or un-packaging when you’d wish to name it that) to the execution and safety is miles higher than a flap of skinny leather-based and cardboard from Apple.
It’s undoubtedly going to be a private desire, but when I had to decide on between the 2, I’m undoubtedly going with Pad & Quill. Make sure to check out the video review above for an in depth look or see the gallery beneath. If you happen to’d like to seek out out extra in regards to the Contega Linen case for iPad Air 2, visit Pad & Quill’s website for pricing and availability. The corporate additionally produces different circumstances/equipment for a wide variety of iOS devices.
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