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Aug 09 2013

Portenzo Wingback iPad Mini Book Case Review

There are a bazillion case options out there for iPads, but there is one thing they nearly all have in common…. They obviously contain an iPad. This means that when you absent-mindedly set your iPad down in a public place, as I am prone to do, it is screaming, “I’m an iPad, STEAL ME!” This is exactly what my iPad 2 case did and someone obliged it.

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Who would want to steal this off a desk?

So, now that I have replaced my iPad 2 with a chic new iPad Mini, I wanted to find a case that didn’t scream “iPad”. I found that in the Portenzo Wingtip Book Case for iPad Mini. Although the exterior looks more like a book than an iPad case, this is exactly what I wanted, I wasn’t so sure I would like carrying the somewhat thick, hard shell case. Long story short, I LOVE it!

The iPad is held in the case simply by friction. It holds it very firmly, yet is still easy to remove when needed. I find the size very easy to hold and carry around. It also provides great protection… I have already dropped it once onto a hard surface and both the case and iPad Mini were unharmed. And true to form, I have left it sitting alone in a public place, once for several hours, and it was still there waiting for me when I returned for it. I don’t think this would have happened with any other iPad case.

Portenzo has integrated the magnetic cover so it activates the automatic sleep/wake feature like the Apple smart case and it works perfectly. It also uses magnets to hold the cover in place when using it as a stand, a feature I didn’t discover for about a week. I found an added benefit when I was doing some work sitting outside at a Starbucks on a windy day. The Magnets in the case held the iPad firmly to the metal outdoor table along with the paper I was working from.

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Stands up nicely, held in place by magnets in the case

It doesn’t contain a bluetooth keyboard, which at one time I thought I wanted. But that would add a lot of bulk and, quite frankly, defeats the purpose. I have a laptop when I need the keyboard, but I want my iPad Mini for portability and compactness. The case does prevent my Square card reader from fitting in the headphone jack, but there are extension cables available for a few bucks that can fix that issue.

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Bottom line, this is definitely the right case for me. It is the perfect size, provides good protection, it looks good, but doesn’t looks like an iPad…. it looks like a book…. a boring book. Who would want to steal that?

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Wingback iPad Mini Book Case $65-$99

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