Best case scenario for the iPad mini: BookBook

Summary:Ever since the iPad mini was announced I've been thinking about the perfect case for it, and I think that it's finally here.

Best case scenario for the iPad mini - Jason O'Grady

Apple almost ruined the iPad mini. Twice.

Its first mistake was the glaring omission of a Retina Display (a topic for another post). The second was the horrible Smart Cover that Apple released along side it -- the only cover available at launch because of Apple's hyper-secretive nature. Unlike the Smart Cover for the full-size iPad, the mini version feels junky. It doesn't fit properly, it falls over as a stand and it doesn't come in black or white. In short, it's a disaster. 

Well, it's time to toss your $40 mini Smart Cover in the trash because there's a new sheriff in town: BookBook for iPad mini ($69.99) by twelvesouth. Unlike the garbage Smart Cover, BookBook is the epitome of good taste. It's a portfolio case that when zippered shut, looks like a beautiful leather-bound book. But its beauty is more than skin deep. BookBook offers great protection for your iPad while being a completely functional case.

When it's zipped open you can use the iPad mini book style, or your can unsnap one side of the case and use a small kickstand to prop it up to a more comfortable typing angle. It even flips open for easy access to the camera on the rear. You might look a tad silly using the iPad mini camera, but not as ridiculous as using the full-size iPad.

I've long been a fan of twelvesouth's BookBook cases because they tone down the tech. When you bring one into a meeting, it stops being about what device you're carrying and the conversation focuses on the task at hand (It's probably going to draw a few glances when you bust it out though). BookBook mini is a high quality piece that's more akin to a family heirloom than a tech accessory. While it adds a bit of heft to the wafer-thin mini, it adds it in all the right places. 

Best case scenario for the iPad mini - Jason O'Grady

Update 2013-1120: I'm happy to report that the BookBook for iPad mini also fits the Retina iPad mini.

Topics: Apple, iPad, Reviews

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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