This household is very much turning into an Apple fan zone. I’m currently saving for a Mac (my Sony laptop is starting to struggle), and we have an iPad 2, an iPad mini and an iPhone 5 (technically my sister also has an iPhone, but she doesn’t live here!). They really are great products, and they’ve revolutionised the way I use the Internet.
My iPad 2 has a red smart case from Apple, but the iPad mini has been languishing without a cover since I bought it. I bought a woollen case to slip it in, but really it doesn’t travel that much so getting a screen cover wasn’t urgent. However, I was recently contacted by The Snugg, who make tablet cases, and they offered me a free one to review. Since my iPad mini was without a cover, I decided to take them up on the offer, and got an electric blue ultra thin iPad mini case.
The case is designed so that the iPad slots inside the back cover, and the front is magnetic as with Apple smart cases. Opening the cover switches on the iPad screen. The whole design in fact is very similar to the Apple cases, except that Apple don’t make a smart case for the mini (they only make the smart covers, which clip on and don’t cover the back).
There is a discrete embossed logo on the front of the cover. This is nicer than the Apple branding, which is a white Apple logo on the back case, and is really obvious! Obvious branding does get on my nerves! The case has been designed well, and the iPad fits snuggly into its slot. There’s a nice tidy opening for the camera lens and volume buttons.
Although I’m reviewing the iPad mini case, I do want to talk briefly about the iPad 2 cases. One of the things that irks me about the Apple smart case I have for my iPad 2 is the lip around the edge of the screen. I assume Apple thought it was necessary to protect the corners of the iPad from knocks, but it is seriously annoying. It overhangs the screen cover, and it makes it easy to pop the iPad out of the case if you catch it. The Snugg cases don’t have this lip, which was a good call in my view. The edge of the screen cover lines up with the back of the case, and the ipad is perfectly encased in its little home.
I’m sure most of you know this by now, but it goes without saying that I won’t buy a case that doesn’t have a decent colour option. I love colour! The Snugg cases don’t disappoint, and there are lots of lovely colours to choose from (FYI, I love the orange leather cases! And it has little slots for notes!).
Since Apple don’t make a smart case for the iPad mini, it’s hard to do a price comparison for this product. However, a smart cover for the iPad 2 costs £39, whilst The Snugg offer a very similar case for £16.99 (it’s on sale and the regular price is £24.99). If you don’t have any particular allegiance to Apple branded products, it therefore makes much more sense to buy the Snugg option. It’s cheaper, has no annoying lip and less obvious branding!