Product Note: Photive Folio Snap Case for iPad Mini

Vol. 2, No. 10

Nicole Black is a Director 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, coauthor of the ABA book Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier, and coauthor of 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


If you recently bit the bullet and decided to invest in an iPad Mini, then you are quite likely in the market for a brand new case to go along with your latest acquisition.

I can relate. I was in the same boat a few months ago and found that the selection of cases was slim, since the iPad Mini had only recently been released. But after reviewing the cases available and carefully researching my options, I settled on an iPad Mini case that gets the job done: the Photive Folio Snap Case.

My search criteria were simple: I wanted a slim, soft cover case—as opposed to a hard plastic case—and I wanted a case that was available in orange. The Photive case fit the bill and most of the online reviews were favorable, so I ordered it. For the most part, I’ve been happy with my purchase.

This attractive case costs just $17.95 on Amazon and is available in an assortment of colors, including orange, black, light blue, kiwi green, pink, purple, and red. The case is made of a durable plastic material that feels cloth-like, and my orange case has attractive white stitching around the periphery of the case. One thing to be aware of is that there is a noticeable “Photive” logo on the right-hand lower corner of the front cover that is not visible in online photos of the case.

It’s a simple matter to insert your iPad Mini into the case. You simply press it into the back cover—it snaps in place and fits snugly in the case. Once you’ve done so, all controls are easily accessible, and the case does not interfere in any way with the operation of the iPad or the built-in camera.

Another nice feature of this case is that its front cover is a magnetic smart cover. That means that it automatically puts your iPad to sleep when you shut the case and wakes your iPad when you lift the front cover.



This case is an “origami” type of case in that the front cover is designed so that after you flip it back from the iPad, it then folds inward and backward one third of the way down the front cover. Once you’ve done this, you can then slide the edge of the front cover under a tab on the back of the case, thus turning the front cover into a stand that supports the case upright on a table or at an angle on your lap.

In theory, this design is a workable concept, but in practice it leaves a bit to be desired and is my least favorite aspect of this case. For starters, once you create the “stand” and then place it upright on a table, it sits at nearly a 90 degree angle to the table, making it difficult to read.

It works slightly better when you hold it horizontally on your lap, so that the stand holds the iPad up every-so-slightly at an angle, making it easier to see the screen. Again, in theory this is a great idea, but unfortunately, the front cover occasionally slips loose from the tab and the iPad then collapses flat onto your lap. While that’s not a deal breaker, it’s an annoying problem that could have been prevented if the case had been more thoughtfully designed.

And last, but not least, this case also includes an elastic loop on the back that is intended to hold a stylus. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to slide the stylus into and out of the loop—so difficult that I simply store my stylus by sliding it onto the spine of the case instead. This works out fine for me, so the fact that the elastic loop doesn’t function the way it’s supposed to isn’t particularly problematic for me.

All in all, I like this case enough that I don’t plan to replace it anytime soon. That being said, the few quirks that I mentioned definitely affect my rating of this case and thus, if pressed to do so, I would recommend it, but would only give it a 6.5 out of 10.


Neither the ABA nor ABA entities endorse non-ABA products or services. This review should not be construed as an endorsement.


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