As the only one of M-Edge’s iPad cases that we actively disliked, Flip Jacket ($50) is a canvas and leather notebook-like cover with a vertically-opening front cover and microfiber interior. Though the materials used in the case aren’t bad, the proportions are topsy-turvy, with only the slightest quantity of leather as a top flap connector, a ton of comparatively cheap-looking canvas, and barely designed, reinforced panels to hold and shield the iPad. A goofy elastic strap holds it closed, and a taut elastic strap on the inner flap provides a passive holder for a cable or something of the sort. It doesn’t look or feel worthy of the price; thankfully the company has lots of other options.
On May 13, 2010, iLounge published The Complete Guide to iPad Cases and Protection, a multi-page comparison of over 70 different iPad cases and film protectors, sorted by genre. The following details were added to this piece by that comparison article; please click on the link above for additional comparative discussion of similar protective options.
Unlike Sleeves, which keep an iPad inside for slip-out use, this collection of iPad cases has been designed to split open and reveal the device—generally for use while still in the case. There are such similarities between these cases that we’ve put them into groups solely for the purpose of indicating which we think are standouts, and which basically blur into each other.
Flip Jacket is a Weak Pick. Poor side protection and a weak use of poor-looking materials make this case barely worthy of $10, let alone $50. If it wasn’t padded on the outside, it would be one of the worst cases we’ve seen across any Apple device; thankfully M-Edge makes some much nicer options.
Company and Price
Model: Flip Jacket
Compatible: iPad (2010)