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OrionGadgets Leather Book Case for iPad Review & Giveaway

by on July 16th, 2010

Before I get into the review – I wanted to let you guys know about the super-inexpensive but awesome Travel/Wall Charger that OrionGadgets has. First off, its only $10 with free shipping to Canada. This is going to cost you less than actually going to the Futureshop down the street. I’ve been using this charger as my non-computer charger (it’s perfect for the living room, or bedside) – and love it. It’s specifically built for the iPad’s power needs. Home/Travel iPad Charger on OrionGadgets Site.

Ever since I got my iPad about a month ago I’ve been on the prowl for the perfect case. Seeing as how I write for an iPad blog, and have reviewed lots of iPhone cases over the years, I know what I like and what I’m looking for. Or do I?

There’s an entirely new class of cases that have been introduced with the iPad – that weren’t really popular for the iPad. The Notebook-style case. Apple’s own iPad case is this style, so its no wonder than lots of companies are coming out with their own versions. I honestly think that Orion Gadgets has got one that could definitely rival Apple’s own – and maybe even surpass it.

To start, its from Genuine Leather, so you won’t have the smudge and dust problem that lots do with the fabric that the Apple case is made from. Here’s some stock photography:


The iPad fits in perfectly and all of the buttons remain easily excessive. At first, the edges around the front of the iPad didn’t stay flat, but that quickly worked itself out after a day or so of use. I guess you need to work it in, not unlike shoes. The structure of the case is solid, the front and back panels are very sturdy – and I really prefer this to the fold-up panel on the Apple Case, which seems to degrade its own structural integrity.

It’s sort of funny how quickly one gets used to having a new case, you touch, carry, toss, and feel something every day it quickly becomes yours. As I’ve been testing quite a few cases and skins in the last couple weeks (stay tuned for more reviews, of course), I’ve almost started to forget what my iPad actually looks like – which is one reason why some people don’t like full-cases.

I honestly didn’t mind not using my iPad ‘Naked’, for the most part having a full-on case of this size didn’t hinder my use in any way. In fact, having the ability to prop-up the iPad horizontally greatly increased my surfing and watching videos in bed.

Now for the drawbacks, and there are a couple. One, weight. I was honestly going to tell you that this case doubles the weight of the iPad, but before I went making bold claims like that, I actually weighed it (lucky I have a digital kitchen scale) and as it turns out it only actually increases by 50%. Still, that’s quite an increase, taking the iPad from 1.5lbs to just over 2lbs. Something I actually got used to pretty quick. The only other downside to this case is the prop-arm. It works great for when you’re using it, but it’s almost always in the way, flapping around, when you’re not. I’m not even 100% sure why they didn’t’ just reinforce the spine a bit and use the outer panel to prop the case up. *shrug*

Overall I’d give this 4/5 stars, or apples, or iPads or whatever form of measurement you like. It’s very nearly great, but a little bulky and awkward with the prop-flap being mildly annoying. However I think the quality of this product exceeds its cost – a value for sure. At $20.00 with Free Shipping, it’s absolutely worth buying.

Check out the iPad Leather Book Case on OrionGadgets site. And here are a couple low-quality cell phone pictures of my review unit (my real camera is AWOL):


Win this Case
Comment here and you could win this Case! Just let me know where you use your iPad most? Contest Open until 11:59pm ET (8:59pm ET) on Sunday July 18, 2010!

[UPDATE]
Congrats Shopping_Jim for winning this Case! By both Commenting & Following me on Twitter!

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I’ll give you another chance to win, if you follow me on Twitter!
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