Bear Motion for iPad mini - 100% Brazilian Buffalo Leather Folio Case for iPad Mini with Smart Cover Function ( NOT for iPad Mini with Retina Display) - Vintage Red
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39 of 39 found the following review helpful:
Perfect smart cover and a lot more elegant than Apple's own Dec 05, 2012
By Ashley D
Even though the case I got did not have the sleep function working, i am giving this 5 stars because it is so perfectly sophisticated and elegant, yet manages not to be unmanly in the slightest. I am also giving it 5 stars since Ebiz even notified me before receiving this case of the sleep issue, and are sending an additional,not replacement in a couple of weeks. So I will have 2 wonderful cases! I cannot say too much, how impressed I am with the customer service of this company. The case reeks of class, and feels wonderful to the touch. If you want a smart case with decent protection....look no further. I might just order another to support the company on principle. no other case comes close and I have tried more than a dozen!!!
41 of 42 found the following review helpful:
Nice case with one major design flaw... Dec 04, 2012
This case is, first of all, just as the pictures and description show. It is thin, lightweight and has a nice genuine leather look and feel to it. However, when the cover is open and folded back, the magnets are so powerful (or the case is so thin) that the auto sleep feature is continuously activated. This basically renders the case unusable unless you are willing to keep a finger between the two cover flaps while using your ipad mini.
Update: I was contacted by Bear Motion customer service immediately upon writing this review and notified that this is a known issue that they are working to fix. They have promised to send out a replacement when they are finished being manufactured. I am upgrading to a four star based on the prompt reply and promise of a cover with the flaw fixed. Further update to follow upon receipt of new cover.
32 of 35 found the following review helpful:
The company did what it said it would Dec 30, 2012
I ordered the product in late November and received it shortly thereafter. Within 2 days of receipt I was sent an email from the company, which contined a link to a You Tube video, explaining a production malfunction with the cover. They also said they would resend a new one when the sorted the issue out. I had also received 2 progress update emails from the company after the initial email. I have to say I was skeptical that I would receive a new case. Just yesterday I did receive the new case and it works as promised. I must say I am very impresssed with the way the management of Bear Motion dealt with the situation and for their proactive updates. Well done!
20 of 21 found the following review helpful:
beautiful but breaks over time... Dec 02, 2012
This ipad case feels really lovely in your hands and is a beautiful earthy reddish color. The plastic part attaching the ipad to the case is very sleek and minimal.
UPDATE!!! A few months later of moderate student-use --
I've taken the ipad out only a few times and the plastic holding the ipad has broken away at the edges. The soft plastic edges of the leather began flaking away only a few weeks into use.
For now, it still holds the ipad in, but the edges of the plastic are sharp. Also, the red color of the leather case has definitely faded in random places, but the leather is intact. Overall, still a great product worth the price, but be aware that it will not remain professional-looking for more than a few months of standard student use.
15 of 15 found the following review helpful:
sleek but disappointing durability six months in Jan 04, 2013
Just received for my new mini. Looks very nice and the fit is perfect. It's quite sleek, with the entire package evoking a moleskine notebook. I hope the case itself proves durable and that it provides decent protection; only time will tell. The leather has a small scratch (approx 1.5 cm) on the front but I expect it should buff into the background with use. The velveteen bag is a nice bonus although it could be slightly longer (just a cm or so) to cover the encased ipad more completely and it is sort of dark brownish in color, which would be a better match for the red case rather than the black that I purchased.
My wife and son have various rooCases for their (full sized) iPads, which are also nice enough but substantially bulkier than this one.
I still need to figure out how best to carry a stylus. I don't see the absence of a stylus loop as a drawback, however, because it would ruin the sleekness.
Overall very pleased. If it still looks this good 6 months from now I would upgrade to 5 stars.
Update: unfortunately after six months the leather covering is peeling off at he corners, and I treat my mini very carefully, usually carrying in an additional cushioned outer case.
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