With the release of the third-generation iPad, case manufacturers had to decide between coming out with completely new cases, or reissuing models that they had previously introduced for the similarly-shaped iPad 2; some chose to do both. Today we’re looking at a number of options that are rereleases of cases we’ve previously reviewed. Some are almost identical to their predecessors, while others have undergone changes but maintain the same name. These are all folio-style cases, with either a reinforced shell or frame structure to hold the tablet in place, and a front lid that offers protection and stand functionality. This review is focused on Simplism’s Leather Flip Note Case ($60), designed for the new iPad as well as the iPad 2; see our First Look of the original here for in-depth details.
Most of the cases we’ve seen form Simplism since the launch of the new iPad have been almost identical to their predecessors; this one is no different. Although the word “leather” appears in the title, the material is actually faux leather, which is an important distinction that the company should be more transparent about; most companies wouldn’t market a fake leather case as “leather.” That aside, the design’s nice—the frame on this one actually lines up better than the previous version, and magnets in the lid successfully lock and unlock the tablet. On the other hand, the company still uses a tab to hold the case shut, and to turn the case into a stand, a non-elegant solution that works, albeit not as well as a fully magnetic lid. The only substantial changes are new loops at the top and bottom of the case’s spine that are used as connection points for the included nylon shoulder strap; only a stylus-ready loop was included before. Although there are questions as to the appeal of carrying a folio-style case with a strap like this, the design may work for some people. For $60, you get a reasonable case that has exactly the level of functionality we’ve come to expect, with materials that are only a modest let-down, and then mostly because of the Leather name. It’s good, but not great, earning it our general recommendation.
Company and Price
Model: Leather Flip Note Case
Compatible: iPad 2/iPad (3rd-Gen)