By Louis Senecal on Sun, 05/29/2011
If you recall, I reviewed the Sena Folio with keyboard case for the original iPad back in January. Recently, I have been using the regular Sena Folio case. If you are using an iPad 2, this review should still interest you as Sena has a version of the Folio for that device as well (Although the iPad 2 version seems to have some really nice enhancements made to the stands and where they are placed).
The leather case comes in a cardboard box. Unlike with the folio with keyboard, it does not come with a cloth bag.
It has the same footprint and a similar design as the keyboard folio except it’s obviously a little thinner because of the lack of keyboard. It still adds some extra size to the iPad. But as I stated in the other Sena review, they did a great job keeping it as slim as possible. It’s one of the smallest folios I have used. It can get a bit heavy if you want to use the iPad in your hand a lot (without the iPad being propped against anything).
The iPad fit was snug going in the first time. After that, no problem in and out. The iPad is secured in place inside the Folio by a strap on the side that slips through a slot to the back of the case. That strap then snaps into the back of the case
There is a strap that closes the cover and snaps on the front. The back strap also snaps in place. Unsnapped, it reveals a functional stand to view the iPad in landscape mode.
In my usage, I found that the home button was not centered and the power button is a bit covered on one end. I also noticed that the front cover on my unit does not totally cover the front edge when shut. This may work it self out and adjust accordingly as the leather is used more. But when you look at these three things, I am wondering if the leather was cut too short in some places. I checked some other reviews of this case on the web and they were not like this. To be clear, there was no loss of functionality anywhere. It just looked funny. I do not know if this is the case (no pun intended) but sometimes it does take leather a while to fit perfectly. That’s just the chance you take when purchasing leather goods.
As always, I enjoyed using this Sena product. The only thing that irked me was that the strap kept getting in my way when I used the device. The leather is very soft, smooth and it just feels nice. It would be a great case to use in a professional setting as well as a more casual feel.
Specs and Features:
-Leather book style side-folding design
-Integrated recessed collapsible back stand
-Soft velvet lining with light protective layer
-Multiple credit card pockets
-Transparent ID card pocket slot
-Checkbook pocket slot
-Cutouts for play-thru functionality
-Charge/sync port opening
-Secure strap with snap closure
-Easy device access
-Sena craftsmanship and quality
-Comes in multiple colors (see website)