ProductNote: Newly Released Typi Folio Case for iPad2 and iPad3

Vol. 2, No. 3

Nicole Black is VP at MyCase, a cloud-based law practice management platform. She is an attorney in Rochester, New York, and is a GigaOM Pro analyst. She is the author of the ABA book Cloud Computing for Lawyers, coauthored the ABA book Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier, and coauthored Criminal Law in New York, a West-Thomson treatise. She speaks regularly at conferences regarding the intersection of law and technology. She publishes three legal blogs and can be reached at niki@mycaseinc.com.

 

  • Learn about the improved version of a previously reviewed iPad case.

This month, I’m going to review the newly updated IPEVO Typi Folio case and Bluetooth wireless keyboard for the iPad3 and iPad2.

You may recall that I reviewed an earlier version of this case last May, concluding that aside from the fact that my iPad didn’t fit as snugly into the case as I would have liked, I found it to be an attractive, highly functional case and keyboard.

Shortly after I wrote that review, the folks at IPEVO released an updated and improved Typi Folio Case and keyboard and offered to send it to me for my review. Like its predecessor, this case retails for $79 and is very similar to the prior version that I reviewed, with a few very notable improvements.

Before I highlight the improvements, let’s cover the basics. It continues to offer a magnetized QWERTY keyboard that can easily be removed by gently lifting it up from the case. Like the keyboards that accompany most iPad cases, it is not a full-sized keyboard, but instead is a slightly smaller, more compact version.

The case still fastens using an attached magnetized strap that wraps around the case and shuts off your iPad when you close the case. However, as I discuss below, some practical changes have been made from the prior version of this case that make this strap more functional.

 

 

 

The case is available in the two original color combinations: tan with a brown keyboard and black with a black keyboard. However, the new version also comes in a number of other colors as well: (1) light gray with a black keyboard, (2) black denim with a black keyboard, and (3) red with a black keyboard.

Because my first case was tan, I decided to go with the black denim case this time around. But for those of you who prefer the tan case, which is made of a faux-leather microfiber-type material, I should note that it has held up well over time and shows little, if any, signs of wear and tear.

Now, on to the changes. First, and most importantly, the new case fits much more snugly around my iPad2. It no longer slides around, so I don’t have to reposition the iPad in the case before accessing the controls. The loose case was my one complaint about the prior version, so this fix is a huge improvement that helps to make this case even more appealing than it was before.

Another change is that the keyboard keys are now beveled. Before, they were flat, and it was difficult to tell where one ended and the next began. Although the flat keys weren’t bothersome to me—in fact, I hardly noticed them—the beveled keys definitely make it easier to type.

Finally, the functionality of the strap that closes the case, and also acts as the stand for the case, has been tweaked a bit. In the prior version, it snapped to the back of the case, forming a triangle that held the case upright at various angles. The set-up caused the loose end of strap to stick up awkwardly over the edge of the iPad. Again, this wasn’t particularly bothersome, and I just tucked the loose end behind the iPad as a quick fix.

The good news is that the updated version has altered that particular method of using the strap as a stand. IPEVO has done away with the snaps and the strap simply pulls away from the stand, as shown below. And now the loose end of the strap neatly arcs backward and attaches magnetically to the stand beneath it.

 

 

Of course, like its predecessor, while this set-up works great on a flat surface, it’s not ideal if you want to use your iPad and keyboard while your iPad is on your lap. If you would like to use it on your lap, you’ll likely need to place a folder or other sturdy surface on your lap underneath the iPad, because the strap’s base isn’t very stable on its own.

And, as was the case with the prior version, another option is to lift the keyboard out of the case and flip back the cover of the case to which it was attached and use the cover as the base. You can then use either your iPad’s built-in keyboard or place the wireless keyboard on your lap and use it in that manner.

My final take: IPVEO’s Typi Folio case is one of the most attractive and innovative ones out there. So, even though the iPad isn’t yet a perfect substitute for a laptop or desktop, cases like this one bring the iPad one step closer to being a fully functional computer, should you be traveling or in a pinch.

All in all, this is a great case and the new improvements make this case even more appealing to the busy lawyer on the go. I recommend this case without reservation.

 

The American Bar Association does not endorse products or services of non-ABA entities.

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