Mapi Cases Does it Again, iPad Mini Style

I know I'm not the only one who's downsized from a full-sized iPad to an iPad mini. But at least initially, the newer mini couldn't keep up with the plethora of cases available for the larger iPad. Fortunately, case makers like Mapi Cases are now coming out with a nice selection, including the late Soli Leather Mini iPad Case ($120).

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Having written about Mapi's high end, high-quality cases for the iPad before, I had high expectations for the Soli. It did not disappoint. It is made of the highest quality leather, like all of Mapi's cases. The rear has a rigid supportive shell covered in the same buttery leather, offering both protection and luxury. And of course, it has openings for the camera, ports, and buttons.

The cover flips back and can be used to prop the iPad mini in a position suitable for typing or watching videos. There is a tab and slot to keep the cover in place, either closed or folded back around itself. For your information, our colleagues at TUAW complained about that tab protruding, but must not have realized you can insert it when the case is opened.

The case is available in assorted colors, including black, brown, red, and light brown..


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