Since moving my iPad into its new leather address, my piece of 21st century technology has now acquired a more tactile, friendly, and overall, a whole new personality!
The only negative thing that I noticed on opening the iPad case was that the bottom of the top cover was cut slightly shorter than the top so that it doesn't line up with the base. The more I look at it, the more it's starting to irritate me. I think this would not have happened if I had the opportunity to compare more than one case side by side, say in a store where I can see and compare and decide what I am willing to live with. But when purchasing over the Internet, it's always a gamble. On the whole though, it is a great product and I would highly recommend it!
Beautiful leather and stitching, a bit stiff when you first get it, but it breaks in nicely.
The only bummer is the (lack of) magnetic cover. Every other case I've seen has this, even the cheapie ones. I'm pretty sure they're using magnetic shielding on the back of the magnet ;)
Form it's a 5, function a 3.5.
I have just received the case and indeed it needs some breaking in but it looks absolutely fabulous and of very good quality. The fit is very snug for an iPad 4th generation. It does add some bulk but that is the price to pay for quality leather and nukeproof design.
It took about 1 week to arrive in France and passed through customs without issues and without having to pay extra taxes.
For those wanting some more info about the color: I hesitated between DCB and Chestnut and went with Chestnut as it was the first in stock. I worried a bit that it would be too red but it's not. It's a very classy, warm dark brown leather. I'm very pleased with the color.
All in all I'm very pleased with my purchase and I would recommend this case to a friend.
I ordered this to surprise my wife, I got her an I-Pad for Christmas and bought a $30 black cover. She loved the I-Pad, but said "The cover is Black, I am a girl". I decided to order her this, she absolutely LOVES it. The quality is Top Notch and we both love the Chestnut Color.
I will be ordering more goods, probably the Briefcase next along with a few belts.
I bought this about a year ago. Fantastic case! Much sturdier than anything else I have seen. Really takes the abuse from me, my wife, and daughter when traveling. I condition it when I think about it - it get's better with age - nice patina.
I may not travel as much as some reveiwers, but I can honestly say this product has prevented me from destroying my iPad. I have dropped it on wood, concrete and tile... its is perfectly fine. Worth every penny!
This is my third and last leather case for my iPad. Great leather with no synthetic filler or short cuts in materials. I use my iPad daily for news, reading, shopping, and work. Much heavier than past covers I have bought, but fully covers the iPad which is secure in the sleeve. If you want a light case this is probably not the case for you. I was afraid I wouldn't like the closure straps, but they hold the case securely closed and act as a stand when needed when the cover is turned back. For my use this is turning out to be perfect. My husband is getting tired of me telling him how much I like this case. The color is a perfect deep brown.
LOVE IT, tons of comments on it does not do it justice, it has saved me many times when I have dropped the thing, A little sad it will FAR outlast the technology inside it, thus rendering my 100 year warranty useless :-)
Soft where it should be, and hard where is should be. I do not think a better design exists for the iPad. Props up nicely when I'm laying in bed, and folds back to make reading sitting up comfortable as well.
The leather is oozing with quality and excellence. The straps are thick, the color is even, and my God the smell...
Now for the except. My iPad 4 toggle switch does not line up perfectly with the cut-out. So I have to be deliberate with my fingernai to toggle it. Not too big of a deal, since I don't often silence my iPad, or need to lock the orientation.
If I ever have a future generation of the iPad, no doubt I buy another Saddleback case.
I hate to sound like a broken record but my new Chestnut case is everything everyone else has said. It gives a ridiculous amount of protection to my iPad. This case is also such that I will not be able to update my iPad. After all, Apple is set to change the form factor once again which would make my new case worthless. This is not bad as the iPad 4 is a great version to be stuck with. The chestnut case is gorgeous. I was expecting the pigskin to be of a suede finish (like Hush Puppies) but it isn't, it is smooth. If you are looking for a svelte case, move along. This case is like kevlar. It is maximum protection. I was curious how well the iPad would fit into the case since there is no flap to prevent the iPad from slipping out. No need to worry. The iPad cannot slip out. Once in, it is darned near impossible to get it out. My wife asked me just how many cases was I going to buy for my iPad. I told her this is my last one. There are many options for covering the iPad but there is simply not a better case out there for protecting your iPad.
I am an iPad geek. I started with the iPad 1 and found a workable case after trying several. Then my iPad 1 needed to an update, so I grabbed the iPad 4. I needed a new case, and couldn't find one I liked. I decided to give the Saddleback iPad case a try, because I love my other Saddleback items so much. This is the ideal iPad case. I don't know why I am surprised. It's Saddleback! It protects the iPad well. My new iPad 4 survived a drop from chest-height without any issue. It secures the iPad without any incling that it could fall out of the case. There is no infringing on the camera by the case, and all buttons, plugs, light sensors and microphones are easily accessible. The closure stays closed and can work as a stand for both typing and for video watching. Moreover, the you can slide your hand in the back of the case and it will stay on your hand without having to grip the corner. (I'm having difficulty explaining this feature, but what I do is bend the cover back and thread the straps through the closures so that the screen is visible. Then I take one of the straps out of the closure, and slide my hand diagonally between the two faces of the leather. This allows me to 'mount' the iPad on my hand for comfortable use.) I've gone through a series of iPad 1 cases and hated the thought of trying to find a good case for my iPad 4. Thankfully, Saddleback was my first and only iPad case for my new tech. The only thing I wonder is what I will do with the awesome leather when it outlasts my iPad...
Seriously, this thing is THE BOMB!! I ordered the large thin briefcase in tobacco brown and matching iPad 4 case. My house smells like a dream and the items are more than I expected AND the briefcase was at a 15% discount. Really?!?!? I don't see a mark on it! You guys rock big time. I am getting ready to order several other items. I am very pleased and thankful for the discount, although I don't know why it was discounted. I am a life customer for sure! I sent back a Kenneth Cole briefcase that came yesterday. OMG, the hardware alone was so inferior compared to SBL. No comparison on the leather either. Thanks guys! AND thank you, Tessa! You are my friend... :)
I tend to wait a few weeks before I feel confident in a product enough to review it.... But I'm reviewing my new iPad case after having it for 4 hours. If you are looking for a bulletproof iPad case, look no further. I got a Dave's Deal Chestnut case and truly could not be more pleased. The only defect I can find is a little wrinkle at the top of the case just beside the front facing camera. I honestly wish it would have been more "defective".
I should also mention how much I love the colour. I didn't have much choice, it was the only one left in Dave's Deals when I placed the order for my large backpack. I don't think the pictures do the colour justice! It's dark like cherry wood. I would have ordered my wallet in Chestnut if I'd know how nice it looks in person.
Thanks to everyone at Saddleback for providing top notch products and world class service. If I were in prison together... I'd protect you.
I adore this! It is wonderful! I had 3 other iPad cases in 6 months before this one...spend roughly 1/2-2-3 of the price of this one on each and i got rid of them... I love love love this one.
I bought this case because I love leather products! It reminds me of the leather on my grandpa's horses' saddles...and therefore of my grandpa. However, this case has more than paid for itself, simply by helping me avoid costly damage. I have absolutely zero fear of dropping my iPad/handing it to my 3 kids (under 8 years of age) and letting them go, etc. I've dropped it more than I can count, and never has it impacted the iPad within it. Extremely sturdy...and it still smells good after 6 months! The random scratches (and some not-so-random child productions) just add to the character.
I had a nice keyboard case for the New iPad, or iPad 3. The only problem, you could only use it in landscape mode. I bought a classic briefcase medium in chestnut. That plastic iPad case just did not look right in the back outside pocket. I got the Saddleback leather iPad case in chestnut. It looks great, and is a great product. I have a "flex" bluetooth keyboard that works great with the iPad. It is nice I can put the iPad in portrait, or landscape mode to type, or just use it without the keyboard. Too bad they do not make a leather case for the keyboard, but I bet one of the leather sleeves would work great. By the way, I meant to put five stars for the briefcase, but hit four by mistake. Thank you Saddleback for another great product. I would highly recommend this, or any of their products.
I bought two of these cases roughly six months ago. One for my daughters iPad 4 and one for mine. I got her the tobacco brown and ordered the dark coffee brown for myself. Her case was/is a lot different than mine in that hers was immediately soft and relatively loose but not in a bad way. Mine after six months is still very hard to get the iPad in and out of but has finally softened a little. Regardless, I love this case. It looks beautiful, feels incredible, and is very functional. I only have two complaints and they are relatively small. First, the two straps get loose very quickly. I wish they were firmer or had some stiff material inside of them to keep my typing angle from getting lower and lower due to the increased use and weight of the iPad. Second, the hoops that the straps slide into don't want to stay up! It's a pain to slide the straps in without them wanting to catch on the hoops. This issue was resolved with the new iPad mini case, however. I will be ordering an iPad mini as soon as they release a retina version and I will definitely return to Saddleback to meet my future casing needs!
The quality is unbelievable and I am certain that this case will still be around long after me and my iPad are gone. I love his products.
I have been looking for a nice ipad cover for some time. I travel a lot and need something that protects it and is not so big it hogs an already crowded briefcase. I found the website and spent more time then I should have going through it. Learned a lot. Thought that these may be people that made what I wanted. Even ordered a 25% deal in the color I waanted. Got it in 3 days and it is all that the site says it is and more. Fits great, looks even better. Truly a quality product.
I must say however that I am a little upset with the thing. Now I have to have the briefcase. Thanks Dave.
This is a great looking case and very durable. It's a great look for the boardroom. I have had mine for over a year. It does have some shortcomings though.
The tablet tends to slide down in the case during use. Controls become inaccessible. This gets worse over time as the leather pocket stretches from use. Flipping the device so that the opening is up helps when holding the tablet, but is still a problem when placed on a flat surface or lap. Velcro worked for a while.
Over time the straps become more flexible and don'????t work to place the tablet at an angle. You need to have something (I carry a small notebook) to wedge behind the screen to create an angle for viewing.
A magnet in the cover would be useful to turn the tablet off when closed (I made a simple retrofit for mine).
Too many work arounds to make it functional.
Bedsore I ordered my iPad, I ordered this case. I have several Saddleback products and I knew this would be of the same high quality and finish as my others. From the moment I opened the package; the rush I received from the smell was amazing. The stiffness of the case encourages you to break it in as much ad possible. From the feel of the leather to the look is product is made for the person who wants the best protection while maintaining its style. This is well worth every penny spent.
All I know is this, my husband became more handsome, taller, more persuasive and much more proficient in all things dealing with "Eros" once he received his Saddleback iPad cover.
Well my wife wanted to get me a Camo Coach leather iPad case, I told her no let me look around to see what I could find. Well no Coach for me!This case is Rugged, Stylish, and screams masculinity. It is a case for every Manly Man...........And some beautiful women too!
I got my ipad case from Dave's deal and I am still trying to discover
why the heck I got this 25% discount on it. I am still confused....And Dave Munson , I am not agree with your this statement that "Your leather will be the ugliest it'll ever be the first day you get it"....my this leather is looking great from its first day...
I am the type of person that changes cases quickly because they get boring or something new comes out and I move on from my existing case. I am confident I will never get another iPad case. This one is so stylish that both at school and work, it gets compliments. It matches my saddleback backpack perfect. I love the product and am glad I purchased it. Worth every dollar!