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This Week In Accessories: A Case Of Mini Fever

This Week In Accessories: A Case Of Mini Fever

November 2, 2012
What a fall it has been for fans of Apple hardware. Just a little more than a month after the iPhone 5 hit shelves, the long-awaited iPad mini is making its official debut today. Here are some case choices to protect the smaller tablet:


SmartStyle: Highlighted by a unique, puff-printed cover that wraps around the tablet, the pictured SmartStyle definitely looks nice. Along with adding extra grip, the case can convert into a two-position stand for typing or media viewing. Retailing for $39.99, buyers can choose from four different styles. SleeveStand: The SleeveStand adds an extra layer of usefulness to the average sleeve case. Along with the padded exterior that protects the iPad mini, it converts into a display stand to watch videos. A wrist strap can be hidden while not in use, and the built-in storage pouch holds cords and more. Available in four color combinations, the sleeve retails for $29.99. SmartJacket: Composed of two parts, the SmartJacket looks like an interesting choice. A polycarbonate shell with a raised-mound pattern protects the back of the tablet from impacts and scratches. The front cover, taking a dose of inspiration from Apple’s own Smart Cover, folds into a multi-position stand and can automatically wake and sleep the iPad mini. With for color choices, the SmartJacket is $34.99. Dash Folio: A more traditional case, the Dash Folio is made with leather-type material and protects the entire tablet. Magnets in the front cover triggers the automatic on-and-off capabilities. The black or brown case can be purchased for $39.99. All of the cases can be ordered directly through X-Doria now.


DODOCase: Using traditional book-binding techniques, the DODOCase for the iPad mini brings the security, protection, and style over from the company’s iPad case that I recently reviewed. The iPad mini is held in place by a strong bamboo tray and covered with an exterior that mimics the look and feel of a real book. The Classic version of the case is $59.95 while the Solid is $10 more. A hole for the rear camera costs an additional $4.95 for both versions. HardCover: Unlike the well-known case from the company, the pictured HardCover takes a bit of a different approach to iPad mini protection. Instead of a bamboo tray, a specially developed adhesive holds the tablet in the case. Reusable and residue free, wiping the adhesive down with water restores the stickiness. A hole for the rear camera is included. The HardCover Classic, available in three colors, is $34.95. For $5 more, you can snag a HardCover Solid. Both options can be ordered directly through DODOCase.


Envy: This uniquely designed envelope case definitely stands out from the crowd. Inspired by high-end fashion, the Envy securely holds the iPad mini in place and contains a four-slot card holder and multi-purpose pocket. Available in black, brown, and red, the case is $106.95. Journal: With an interesting two-tone design, the pictured journal-style case contains an integrated two-position stand for typing or media viewing. The inside of the case also contains credit card and multi-purpose pockets. Buyers can choose from black/red, black/orange, or red/white color combinations. It can be purchased for $79.95. Folio: The book style Folio case has an integrated three-position stand and has a soft velvet lining to protect the smaller tablet. Available in four colors, the Folio is $69.95 While these cases look very nice, buyers will have to be patient. The cases can be preordered now directly through Sena, but won’t ship until early December. But if you’re a fan of leather cases, Sena is definitely a great choice. I really enjoyed the Folio case for the larger iPad when I reviewed it earlier this year.

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