ForeFront Cases® New Apple iPad Mini 7.9″ with Retina Display Leather Case Cover / Stand with Magnetic Auto Sleep Wake Function For New 2013 Apple iPad WiFi 16Gb, 32Gb, 64Gb, 128Gb – PURPLE

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  1. Stuart Brown says:
    293 of 311 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice Case – Good Price – Slightly weak cover magnet, 6 Mar 2013
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    Initially I was quite skeptical when I received this item, because when it is brand new the support/stand system doesn’t work that well.

    Indeed, I was initially very tempted to log on to Amazon and give this case 1 star, as the primary reason I was interested in it was because of the ability to have a better viewing angle when watching movies, and at first it didn’t appear that this did that.

    However, I held fire, because I thought that maybe the folds in the case just needed to be bent a little more.

    Having done that and waited a little while to check that was in fact the case, I am pleased to report that the two stand settings do in fact now work.

    You may need to bend the folds on the front of the case a few times to make them work properly and get a proper grip on the case. So do that when you first get it and the stands should work fine.

    The case itself is rather attractive and the ipad mini fits very snugly into it, so there is no real sense in which it adds greatly to the slim features and light weight of the ipad mini, which are two of its primary selling points.

    I weighed the case on my digital scale and it weighs 105 grams. The ipad mini itself weighs 312 grams. So together the two weigh 417 grams which is not at all heavy.

    I like the fact that the volume buttons (and indeed all the buttons) have cutouts from the case, so that none of the functionality of the item are affected. And can confirm that these are all in the right places and dimensions, so that for example the camera on the back of the case still works fine while it is in this case.

    If you look at other cases you will find that often times the volume buttons ARE covered up by the case, and that for me seems like a design flaw.

    The magnet on the front of the case works great. It is a little weak however, as others have pointed out, and could probably do with having an additional magnet on the other side to make it a little more secure.

    Overall though it works well, and the ipad does turn off and come back to life when the cover is opened and closed.

    I also like the fact that the case does not cover up the face of the ipad at all. And yet the back is properly covered up, so the principle flaw in the design of the Apple cover is addressed in a cover that costs 1/3rd of the price.

    Overall, I am very happy with this purchase and would be happy to buy it again.

    UPDATE – 28th July 2013 – I have knocked a star off to take this down to 4 stars. Overall, I am still very happy with it, and haven’t noticed any problems with “peel away” that some others have spoken about.

    The quality of the material and the basic design is good. My iPad mini is very well protected by this, but with no noticeable bulking up.

    The case remains good to use. The stand feature continues to work fine, and overall it protects the ipad very well.

    There is however one recent issue that has led me to decide to downgrade my review from 5 stars to 4.

    This is that the magnet issue is a little more irritating than I at first appreciated.

    If its just on your desk, or loose at home, there is no problem. But if you put the unit in a backpack, then because the magnet on the front cover is weak, the case does open up from time to time and turn the unit on, and also drain the battery.

    You can work around it, because you can put the case in a separate compartment in your backpack etc, to stop anything from catching on it and pushing the front open. It really isn’t the end of the world, especially given that the all-around protective arrangement in this cover is still vastly superior to the silly “front cover only for three times the price” Apple solution.

    But it should be nevertheless be sorted out.

    On the 3rd April 2013 (almost 4 months ago), a representative from Forefront Cases commented on this very review:

    “Hello Stuart,

    Thank you for taking the time to review our product. I agree that if you do manipulate the folds it does make the standing positions work more effectively. I will also pass on the feedback regarding the magnetic closure too see if this is something we can improve on for future products.

    Once again thank you very much for taking the time to review the case.

    Forefront Cases”

    Four months have passed Nicola and the magnet is clearly an issue.

    Has this been rectified?

    Update 30th July 2013 – Nicola has been in touch and offered to send me the “new case design” which is now what is apparently being sent out when you buy this. It apparently has a stronger magnet and one or two other fixes to some of the issues folks say they were having.

    Once it arrives and I have had a…

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  2. June Thompson says:
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    IPad Mini Leather Case, 26 Feb 2013
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    Was initially pleased with this case when it first arrived but after a couple of weeks part of the black plastic rim broke off. Would not recommend this item.


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