Price as Reviewed: $120 at Bonobos
It’s an iPad case designed by Ernest Alexander and sold by Bonobos, who were kind enough to send us this review unit. The case is made out of waxed blue canvas with a leather strap and zipped pouch on the back, while the whole thing measures 8.5 x 11 inches.
Since it’s only a pouch for your iPad, then its uses are quite limited to only protecting your expensive purchase, and secondly, looking classy while doing it. And guess what? It actually looks pretty nice and does the job admiringly, including the extra space that comes with the back-end pouch which can be used for holding headphones, the USB cable/charger, or both (and more).
However, what I don’t like at all is the leather strap. Not that it’s leather, but because it is fastened by not a button, but a rather impossible to open stub which is too large for the small hole in the leather strap. This translates to having to fight with the case, quite literally, to open it every time you need to use your iPad 2. Plus it’s priced way too high, even for an up-and-coming designer brand, at $120 a case. To criticize it even further, the Ernest Alexander case has stitching around the leather that is rather weak, as it tore off when I was trying to open it, something which can be seen below.
Still, if you like canvas and want a case for your iPad (or to hold documents and such in), then Bonobos’ offering should do, albeit there are better cases out there. And hey, the case does look charming in a couple of ways.