I’ve been testing the ZooGue Case Genius for a week now, first with my iPad 2 and now with my brand new iPad (3rd-gen).
This case is likely the most functional iPad case available – plus it’s genuine leather, nice to look at, and constructed to last. It comes in your choice of black, gray, or pink.
It offers a wrist strap for holding your iPad securely and that strap can also double as a car headrest mount for rear seat occupants. It even has Smart Cover-like capabilities: Close it, and iPad automatically goes to sleep. Open it, and iPad instantly wakes up. Just as with Apple’s cover, there’s no need to press any buttons.
I’ve used a leather Apple Smart Cover with my iPad 2 and there were two things I never liked about it: It didn’t protect the back of my iPad at all and it didn’t give me more than a couple of angle choices. With iPad’s glossy display, getting the right angle is important.
The ZooGue Case Genius fixes both issues: My new iPad is protected on all sides and the case adjusted to any angle from flat to upright. If Apple’s cover is smart, ZooGue’s certainly is genius. I can’t emphasize enough how nice it is to be able to adjust the iPad to any angle and have it in such a stable, sturdy base. It’s a big improvement. And the iPad still sleeps and wakes with a close of the cover. Unless you want to go really minimal and thin, this is the case I’d choose.
The case is designed with the proper openings and cut-outs so that everything is easily accessible: the Home button, the sleep-wake button, the volume rocker, the iPad’s speaker, the mute/rotation lock switch, the headphone jack, and the Dock Connector. It all just works right.
All of the above combined with the fact that I’m very happy to carry this well-made leather case in public (and also to just toss it in my backpack) makes the ZooGue Case Genius the best case for Apple’s new iPad that I’ve ever used – and I’ve tried many, many iPad cases. For US$49.99, it’s a steal (especially compared to the $69 Apple charges for their leather Smart Cover).
Obviously, I highly recommend the ZooGue Case Genius for Apple’s new iPad (and for the iPad 2).
Here’s a video of the case in action courtesy of ZooGue (starring Greg Evigan, no less, but minus the Bear):
More info about the ZooGue Case Genius for Apple’s new iPad (and iPad 2) here.
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