When it comes to protecting your tablets and smartphones, there are several types of cases out there. We have silicone, jelly, plastic, leather, cloth, and even stickers/skins. Today, we would like to focus on leather cases for your iPad.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a leather iPad case? Which are the best for your iPad? Read on to find out.
Advantages of leather
The following are the benefits of having a genuine leather case:
Luxurious look and feel – Though it may boil down to personal preference, one cannot deny that the soft, smooth feel of a leather case is a go-to and cannot be surpassed by any other material.
Easy to clean – A leather case does not catch dust or linen easily as compared to other types of cases. Most of the time, you can just wipe the dust off. No need for a cleaning cloth.
Minimal maintenance – Genuine leather cases are hard to scratch, and retain their soft, smooth, shiny look over several years. They are hard to tear, too.
Durability/Flexibility – Leather is a very flexible material, and is very durable. The material’s flexibility also makes a leather case very easy to install without hurting your device.
Disadvantages of leather
Having a leather case does not come without a trade-off, some of them are the following:
Leather cases are prone to cuts and scrapes when in contact with sharp objects.
If unused, leather cases can attract molds and will lead to degradation. Once this happens, it may be very difficult to restore the case.
Quality leather cases are expensive.
Leather is not eco-friendly.
Prerequisites to be in this list
Though there are not many options to choose from when it comes to genuine leather cases, as most of them are only synthetic, we must mention our prerequisites for a case to be included in this list. The following may not only apply to a leather case, but to all cases in general. In other words, aside from the case’s fit and durability, these are the “must-haves” to make a good iPad case.
We think an iPad case must be a smart case. A smart case is one that automatically puts your iPad to sleep when you close the cover, and automatically wakes your iPad up once you open the case. These smart cases are equipped with magnets in locations that match the location of the hall effect sensors (to detect the magnet) in your iPad. It simply is just hassle-free to not have to press the power button before you close the case, then have to press the home/power button when opening the case. Having a smart case eliminates all this hassle.
A good iPad case should also act as an iPad stand, and offer several different angles, if possible. This makes it easier to watch movies, show presentations, and the like. Furthermore, the case must be able to retain the position of your iPad without any difficulty. I recently had an iPad case that could not do so. My case kept the iPad upright for a while, but would slide after a few minutes. Quite painfully annoying, to be honest.
As this article is all about leather cases, all leather cases in this list must be of genuine leather and not synthetic leather. Without any further ado, let’s get on with it.
Bear Motion gives you two main reasons to choose their product: Quality and material. In terms of quality, Bear Motion boasts of relentless and rigorous quality control that no other case is on par with. This may not be the most stylish case around (though you do have a lot of color options), but its quality is definitely a bang for your buck.
Material-wise, this smart case is made of 100% high quality genuine leather for elegance and durability. No wonder this case is one of the highest rated options on Amazon.
Elegance – the first word to mind when looking at this case. JETech puts emphasis on the design with an elegant looking genuine leather case. JETech does not stop there, however, as it does not only look premium, but also feels so with this slim, light-weight case. It also has a magnetic lock without having to use flaps to keep the lid locked in place when closed, which is a very welcomed bonus.
JETech also provides its buyers with a lifetime warranty, providing you a risk-free purchase. It is without a doubt, a case worth considering.
The Kavaj case brings with it quite a hefty price tag, but boy does it also bring the “wow factor.” One glance at this case promises you a genuine and durable leather experience. The Berlin provides two angles: laying down for interaction and typing, and standing nearly upright for watching movies. All buttons and ports are also easily accessible and unobstructed.
Tuff-Luv, the maker of the case originally nominated by MacWorld for their 2010 “best iPad Accessory”, brings you yet another high-quality, rugged leather case in this product. Tuff-Luv also redefines versatility in this product as it boasts a total of eight viewing angles that strongly support your device.
What makes this leather case unique is having an NFC tag. One practical use of this (as Tuff-Luv suggests) is being able to send a business card with just a tap from an NFC-enable device, which is a huge plus for those that do this often. We do not know if this is an upcoming trend for cases to come, but this case stands out for incorporating this feature.
Yes, it comes with quite a price tag, but Tuff-Luv is very confident in this product’s materials and workmanship as this qualifies for their lifetime guarantee. That just puts the cherry on top of what already is a very durable, premium and even quite stylish leather case.
We would be remiss to miss out on the original leather iPad case from Apple themselves. This case, for your iPad Air or iPad Mini, is leather on the outside with a soft inner lining to protect your device. As the name implies, it is a smart case, and it has been designed with very flexible sections that allow the cover to fold up into a stand for your iPad.
As is true with most genuine accessories, you will end up spending a little bit more to get Apple’s leather iPad case. We cannot say if that is worth it or not to you, but if you are just looking for a guaranteed fit without having to search through the reviews, buying a case from the same folks that made the product you are protecting is usually a safe bet.
So there you have it, everything you need to know about leather cases, and the best ones for your iPad. Do you have a leather case? If not, are you planning to buy one? Share your experiences in the comments below!
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