Bear Motion for iPad Air - Ultra thin Folio Case with Detachable Bluetooth Keyboard for Apple iPad Air
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66 of 67 found the following review helpful:
Changes the way I work with my Ipad Air Dec 19, 2013
By D. Perkins
I am rating this 5 stars simply because so far everything promised has been realized. The bluetooth works smoothly although it takes some time to get used to it (I am writing this with the keyboard now), the keys are certainly adequate although if someone has very large hands they could be somewhat small for them, the keyboard can be easily removed when desired, and the leather texture is a nice feature. I suppose the only gripe I would make would be the thinness of the cover (compared to the Moko for example which I also have) without the keyboard but then again the case would be thicker and I have not had any experience where it has been a problem--just an observation and a comparison. The only other "issue" is getting used to the back key since I keep hitting the key above it which turns off the screen but it is becoming less of a problem with experience.
The pull out back so the Ipad Air can stand up works great. I am sitting here at Barnes and Nobles drinking coffee typing away and this is quite a nice experience. It may be that Bear Motion has learned from their past issues and put out a great product. In any case, if my opinion changes I will update this review.
46 of 47 found the following review helpful:
Almost 5-Stars! Jan 06, 2014
By Blazing Pascal
First, let me give you my typical usage. My iPad Air is almost always in the case. I only attach the keyboard when I am planning on using it (heading to the coffee shop, or otherwise planning to do a lot of writing). When not in use, the keyboard is in my office charging or waiting.
Having said that, let me talk about some negative reviews I have read. I have read a bunch of them and can say that I disagree in almost every case. For instance, 1. my keyboard stays on fine. No, it's not glued in there. It's just a magnet I believe and if I try to make it release, it will release. But in the course of my daily use, I have not had it slip or fall out yet. If I open up the case and shake it, it will fall out. If I am holding it as I always do when carrying my iPad, it's not going anywhere. 2. The kickstand holds my iPad Air up fine. Sure, I can tap the screen a bunch of times and it will eventually tip over, but who is doing that? I open up the case, pull out the kick stand, open up Byword or something, and start typing. The stand works fine for me. 3. It is true that the cut-outs are not perfectly placed. If you need to have your mic or camera centered perfectly, you may have a problem, but not a single thing is even partially obstructed in my case and I'm happy (which is saying something because I am a bit OCD). Now on to more positive things.
- I love the look of the case. The black leather (or whatever it is) with the brown or orange stitching looks great, imo. It smells good too!
- There is a secure flap with velcro holding the device in place and it does the job. How well you place the iPad will obviously determine how well the cut-outs are placed, too.
- The keyboard is at least as good as any other I have used (about five or six) and is my favorite so far. It is sturdy with a good throw and tactile feedback. Of course, that's a personal preference thing.
Basically, I am more than satisfied except for one thing: the top-right key is a lock icon which is used to lock the iPad. Used with the function key, it does the delete function. Below this lock key, and significantly narrower, is the backspace key. Now, if you are used to typing on the iPad or any number of other keyboards, you may expect to find the backspace key in the upper right corner. This is exactly what I expect. This means that every time I naturally try to backspace, I end up turning off my iPad! This is very annoying.
I wish that, at the very least, they would have made the lock work in conjunction with the Function key so that accidental presses merely tried to delete rather than turn the whole thing off. If that were the case, I'd give it five stars without reservation. The good news is that if you just press the lock again, it turns the iPad back on and you're right back where you were. Could be worse.
***** Make a new one with the backspace/function+lock key on the top right and the Delete key beneath that and I will buy another one and tell everyone I can to get one too.
So, if anyone knows of a way to reprogram that key, please let me know! Either way, you will have to decide whether that's a deal breaker for you. I will just keep practicing and hopefully get used to it. We'll see.
56 of 63 found the following review helpful:
iPad Air Case - too soft but keyboard is good so far (Day 1) Nov 18, 2013
3.5 stars. I just received my case today. I was so excited to get it, especially because I plan to use it to take notes in class and the onscreen keyboard doesn't quite cut it when you're trying to quickly take notes. The keyboard itself was incredibly easy to connect and I'm very happy with the feel of it. I'll have to adjust to the size and the placement of a few of the keys but I'm sure it will be a quick transition. I'll have to see how long the keyboard lasts given some of the reviews on this page.
However, the major drawback for me is with the design of the case itself. First of all, it is very flimsy. I wasn't expecting real leather at this price so that doesn't bother me. However, the case is very soft as some reviewers mentioned. It would have benefited from a hard insert of some sort. I don't think I could drop my iPad and expect it to survive the fall, which makes me very nervous. In fact, the $10 temporary case I bought will probably serve me better in that regard.
I still think this was worth the buy only because other keyboards were much more expensive. I only hope it stands the test of time.
16 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Good keyboard, bad case Nov 30, 2013
By Dam, C.
I just got this keyboard case. First impression: I like it. However, there are issues.
Pro: The keyboard is really comfortable. It's a little small, but it's because of the size of the ipad. I can be use to it. The feeling when I type is good, too
Con: The back space is not on the same place with regular keyboard. They also put the "lock" button on the place where the back space used to be. It annoys me to no end. I often push the "lock" button by accident when I need to use the back space. Other than that, this keyboard is perfect.
In addtion, when you close the cover with the keyboard attached to the case, the cover does not stick to the ipad. As a result, you have to turn off the automatic on-off "smart cover" option in the ipad. Otherwise, it will easily be turn on by accident and kill your battery. In addition, something might get in between and scatch your screen. If I want to use the automatic on-off, I will have to remove the keyboard. Then, what's the point of having a keyboard CASE if I can't carry the keyboard with me. It's really annoying. A simple lock to keep the cover in place would be great.
One more con: Can't use it on lap. Have to use a table.
Overal: 3 out of 5. Still recommend if you want a good keyboard. But it's not convinience to bring around at all.
11 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Great cover for IPAD AIR Nov 26, 2013
By Maria L.
It's a great case. Covers ipad air all around. The only problem is the "stand". When the ipad is closed it comes out so you have to close it constantly. But overall great quality, great keyboard and great protection.
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