By Mike Riley on Thu, 01/13/2011
Many moons ago when I first started my professional business career right after college, my dad gave me a beautiful briefcase to match my young executive suit and tie look. I still have that briefcase somewhere in my basement, but it's a relic from a bygone era, a hold-out from the Mad Men time period of his generation.
Fast forward 20+ years later and the post-Internet boom business world looks a lot different. Instead of carrying around bulky briefcases containing paper correspondence, contracts, calculators and desk accessories, tech-savvy business professionals now tote ultra-thin laptops, and smartphones. The really progressive individuals have iPads. It's up to the iPad owners can opt for the case that offers a degree of sophistication and a statement of individuality, just like the briefcases of the 20th century.
I have had the opportunity to review a number of cases in my product reviewing career, though few have checked nearly all the boxes in my own desired list of features that the Geminus iPad case has. Professional look and feel - check. Adequate padding to absorb accidental drops - check. Business card holder - check. Pen holder - check. Paper holder - check. Post-It pad - check. Variable case stand - check. The case even comes bundled with a soft scratch-free cloth to help buff out the fingerprints that the iPad's glass display is so susceptible to. About the only thing missing is a small accessories pocket that could hold an iPad charging cable or other small, loose accessory. I recognize that adding such would have bulked up the already thick case further, but my dream case somehow has that somehow stored either in the cover fold, a cover with a snap-on lid in the back cover or some creative new approach. Even without the cable pocket/clamp/whatever, this case has been designed with me in mind.
I have to admit that I was a bit apprehensive to wrap my iPad in the case at first. Due to the expanded pockets and extra padding, the case is slightly thicker than other iPad cases in its price range. In practice, this extra bulk turned out to be a non-issue. In fact, thanks to the case's padding and sturdy construction, I actually felt more comfortable carrying the iPad, assured it was well protected for the unexpected. And the built-in variable kickstand came in especially handy to help avoid glare from overhead lighting and setting just the right angle for comfortable reading and screen interaction.
Finally, for that extra personal touch, Geminus offers custom foil print or blind deboss up to 30 characters, and logos can also be added. Contact Geminus for more information.
Overall, I am really impressed with the quality, design and business-class user consideration that went into this reasonably priced iPad case. I have since replaced Apple's own iPad cover with this much more attractive and comprehensive one. The personalization options are icing on the cake, and will be sure to please any iPad-owning recipient looking for an iPad case that is pure 'Genius'.
Product: Geminus Genius iPad Case
Company: Geminus, Inc
Price: $35 for faux leather, $55 for genuine leather
Contact for quotes on custom logos
Rating: 5/5 stars