I've been looking for an iPad Mini case for months. I have 5 other SBL pieces and initially shied from adding this iPad Mini case to the collection for fear that I'd have to come to grips with my addiction to just about anything in SBL's Dark Coffee Brown.
Oh well, so much for resisting...
I saw the DCB case on Dave's deals and when I compared it to other leather (albeit inferior leather) cases that were literally twice as much and half as robust, the decision was easy.
The iPad Mini case, like everything else, smells incredible and is built like a tank. I'm not sure where the "defect" is in the one I got from Dave's deals--it looks perfect to me. As with my other pieces from SBL, I couldn't recommend them??????or the company??????more. Great products, outstanding people.
- 100-Year Warranty, details here.
- Free Shipping, details here.
- We use only the best: full-grain leather (as much of the cow as you can get, short of the moo), strong pigskin lining, and premium, marine-grade thread (the kind used on shipping sails).
- Hand strap on inside cover has convenient one-hand grip great for taking videos
- Protects against shock, not just scratches
- Can be folded into stand for reading, typing or watching videos
- Secure one hand grip works for almost any size hand
- Single strap keeps case closed
- Fits the non-Retina iPad Mini. Here's the one for you if you're looking for an iPad Mini Retina case.
- Dimensions (approximate size)
- 6” W x 8 ¼” H x ½” D
- 0.55 pounds
Just got the Saddleback IPad Mini case literally 2 minutes ago. My first Saddleback product, but if funds allow it won't be my last. The thing you notice first is that wonderfull leather smell- nothing like it. It is rugged and will protect well. I'm sure with time and use it will wear in beautifully. The only things I'd point out on initial impression is that the left panel seems to be cut just a hair wide as it covers the screen ever so slightly. Again, with use i would expect easing of the leather and a better fit. Anyone who has ever owned quality leather knows you need to give it a little time to get a custom fit. I'd love to figure out a way to attach a stylus. I can't put into words the quality of this Saddleback product. Well worth the investment.
I got the iPad mini case in Tobacco color. It was my first product I purchased from Saddleback, and I have to say, I will always buy everything I can from this fantastic company. The case is perfect, the smell, texture, and weight is perfect. It holds the iPad securely, the hand strap really is functional, and it looks so great - I have received many compliments and questions to where I got it. The only issue, one other people have talked about, is the straps on the sides partially cover the outer edge of the screen. Mainly, you just can't see the time if you have the iPad in Landscape orientation. That said, I've had mine about 8 months now, and it has stretched a bit and it is much better now. If I could go back, I would buy this same case a thousand times.
I was looking for a company with good looking products, with quality leather - Saddleback meets both of my needs to perfection. I seriously will never buy from anywhere else - it's worth the price of admission.
I searched through many sites for an iPad mini case - I like the smell and feel of real leather and after reading the reviews on this site decided to try it out. I chose the Dark Coffee Brown and was nervous when I read the darker colors may be stiffer leather. It shipped the same day as ordered (although took UPS over 7 days to deliver it). The case is beautiful. The workmanship is excellent (especially the stitching around the rounded corners and cutouts) as is the leather quality. The case is unique and stands out in a very elegant understated way. I would not hesitate to order from this company again or to recommend it to others. I am glad I came across the link.
This was my first purchase from SBL and it will not be my last. I looked at the website for at least two months debating if I should buy and if the products were really that good. I decided to start out with the iPad mini case. I love this thing. It feels great in your hands and every time you pick it up you get the leather smell. As far as the problem some people are having using buttons on the outer edges just make sure your iPad is pushed in as far as it will go. I have had my iPad cover for 3 weeks and don't have this problem any more. It does need time to stretch a little bit. I got the tobacco brown and it it starting to get little scratchs on it and I love the way it looks! I will be getting the laptop bag and the leather pad holder next.
In May of this year I purchased the iPad Mini Case in the Tobacco leather color. The first thing I noticed was the wonderful smell of leather and the craftsmanship. The case is well designed and the leather strap is a great feature that lets the case stand up (great for watching movies) or lay down at an angle. I mostly use the sleeve on the inside to hold a microfiber cloth to clean the screen on my iPad. The case fits my mini iPad fairly snug on the sides and occasionally slides up about an eighth of an inch. When this happens it blocks the outer edges of the screen so I just push back down. This is minor annoyance as I consider it a trade-off for the amount of protection that the case provides. The leather case absorbs the shock for being dropped very well. On a couple of occasions I have dropped the iPad from waist height without any damage to the iPad. The leather darkened after rubbing it with Chamberlin's Water Protectant #3 and has not returned to the original hue. I have a bible cover in the “old” Tobacco leather color and I tend to like that hue better however; the leather on this case has developed a nice patina from daily use.
This case is really gorgeous. It is very simple and plain and stunning to look at. We got a new iPad Mini and my husband said he would buy the case and started to say what he thought we should have, but I said we would have this one and let him choose the colour - which is Dark Coffee Brown! We both love it. The way the strap creates a stand is really functional from the first minute, even when it is stiff and new. I am sure the leather will soften and age beautifully but it is perfect straight out of its packaging. And the smell .... to die for!
I have to agree. I got a case for 25% off from Dave's Deals. The only issue I saw were a couple of very small "stains". Though it may have been enough to stop me from giving it away as a gift, these same stains look like ones I would have put on within a couple of weeks anyway. I saw nothing else "wrong" with it from a construction standpoint.
The fit is kind of snug, I am expecting it to stretch over time and once I treat it to soften the leather.
Dave needs to have his head checked. I got an iPad mini case for 25% off Dave's deal and I have scoured this thing for 20 minutes and can't find a single wrong with it. If you were thinking about buying a Dave's deal but question whether or not the issues with the item too much for you to handle I say pulled the trigger by you won't be disappointed.
I like the case very much. Receive compliment and brought my from David Deals.
Just received my carbon bk. iPad mini case. I agree the fit is slightly off for my mini retina, the increases thickness of the mini doesn't help either. Nevertheless I am keeping it. I love the carbon black, looks like a block of dark chocolate. I plan on making a slight modification to account for the 2nd microphone on the rear of the iPad. Looking forward to seeing the case age.
Wow, what a nice case for my iPad mini. The fit is snug and secure and it wasn't hard to insert as suggested in a couple posts. It is still slim and light and it is well protected. I am very pleased with this item. Check out Dave's Deals...thats where I got this one. After a 25% discount, I cannot see ANYTHING wrong with this cover. Love the leather smell too!
Great fit! Really makes the iPad classier. Never will have to get another case this one will last forever!
I replaced my 3rd gen iPad with an iPad Mini, and when this case was announced knew I'd be getting another Saddleback case for it.
Given the quality of the iPad 2/3/4 case, I knew it was going to be good. What I didn't realize, however, is how much a few subtle tweaks to the design have improved the product.
1. I was concerned they wouldn't be able to reinforce the bezel strips with the metal insert that makes them nice and stiff and prevents the case from squirming when holding the iPad in use..well, they've done it, and this case is just as structurally stiff as the previous case.
2. There are small metal inserts in the edge of the cover, and most importantly, in the single large strap - this keeps the tip of the strap straight and stiffens it, ensuring it remains easy to insert into the strap loop on the back of the case as it wears in.
3. The hand insert on the inside of the cover is fantastic. Might not have worked with the weight of the larger iPad series, but on the mini, it's a great new feature.
4. Most importantly - this version of the case does not have the neoprene padding sandwiched between the outer cow and inner pigskin lining. This makes the case lighter, slimmer, and retains the excellent feel-in-hand of the mini in a way that the larger case didn't. Everyone I've shown the case to has commented on how it keeps the iPad Mini feeling slim, which was a concern of most people I showed the iPad 2/3/4 case to. The mini case still offers excellent protection - I don't think, given the smaller size and lighter weight, that you're trading off any protection at all.
I have recieved my ipad mini case a couple of days ago, and personally this was exactly how i hoped it would be. I decided on the dark coffee brown case, seeing that i already have a tobacco brown ipad 2 case. I am so happy with the case, the workmanship screams quality. I would recommend this product and any Saddleback product as such 1000x over and over!!! Thanks Dave for the exceptional products!!!!
Great overall product. Very well made and smells amazing! Again the only minor issue I have is that it could have another cm clearance on both of the long sides. It is sometimes hard to see the very top or bottom of the device. A place for a stylus would be nice but isn't 100% necessary. I will still recommend this product to everyone I know though! Much better than a sleeve.
Was waiting for SB to make an IPad mini case and once it was available I ordered it right away. I got mine in Tabacco Brown, the attention to detail, the sweet smell of new leather is incredible like the reviwer before me mentioned. When I recieved my cover it was alittle hard removing the cardboard insert and I was worried it would be too tight for the mini, but like all new leather a little pre-breakin to the leather case and voila! the IPad mini slips in smoothly. I'm extreamly glad that Dave included an inside hand strap for secure on the go use of your mini and a one strap closure. The only reason I don't give this case a 5 star rating is due to the leather bezel covering a portion of the IPad mini screen (can't see the time or use some of the side of the keyborad when typing), both in standard and landscape mode as couple of reviewers mentioned before me, other than that its a great case and I can live with the imperfections, its what makes this case perfect for me.
I received my ipad mini case today, and I was expecting the minor issues of tight fit and screen being slightly blocked. I am happy to report that neither issue has materialized. The color (Coffee Brown) is very deep and the finish is very nice.
As usual, perfection! Top quality, fits beautifully (without the not being able to see the clock issue mentioned in other reviews), and super protection. Couldn't be more pleased!
Hands down the sleekest, sickest iPad mini case on the market. Expertly crafted and fits like a genius. This is my first purchase from Saddleback and will be a customer as long as I consume. These folks are pros! The competition is a cigarette butt: they've been smoked.
Heard/read a few negative comments, and was debating the purchase. Glad I went with my gut and general company and previous product experience! I cannot live with my iPad and this case, is fabulous. No issues. In fact better than hoped for.... With ALS, drop everything....and this case has given my expensive device the nine lives it didn't deserved! Thanks again!
My husband presented me the mini iPad case from saddleback for my birthday. My first thought was wow! The attention to detail leather quality and the stitching all packaged to fit my mini iPad. What I could I say to an amazing gift but thank you.
I received my iPad Mini Case from Saddleback around the middle of March, and was admittedly a bit disappointed due to the tight bezel issue. Saddleback's Customer Service team was great, and after acknowledging my issue, sent me a UPS pick-up slip to return the item. Being the procrastinator that I can be sometimes, I did not yet return the item. I did however, purchase another case from another quality company. The case did fit the Mini better, but obviously would not offer the same drop protection as the Saddleback case. I thought, as a pretty careful individual, this would not be an issue. I thought wrong.
Today, I clumsily dropped my Mini in the other case, on pavement. Thankfully it still works, but the case has a slight ding, which will drive me crazy. I did learn an important lesson. My Mini needs better protection. Re-enter the Saddleback Leather iPad Mini Case. Not only does it cover the newly acquired flaw, but I am confident that it does offer the absolute best protection for my iPad against future dropping incidents. I will gladly accept the slightly blocked screen as a trade-off for the added protection.
I also want to give kudos to the Saddleback Customer Service team. They were a pleasure to deal with, and certainly did their job with a smile. I will certainly purchase other Saddleback products (I have my sight on a wallet.) in the future, and I would love to find a way to be a part of their team. Saddleback must be a really special company to work for, as evidenced by the quality of their products, and especially their people.
Received my Classic iPad mini case yesterday. Nothing but good to say about this case. My iPad fits perfectly. Case is securely held inside. There is no issue with seeing the time as mentioned in other reviews posted. Superb quality with great leather smell. Love the chestnut color, very professional looking. I would definitely recommend this product.
Just received my tobacco brown iPad mini case. Impressive to say the least! I bought a Dave's Deal, and it doesn't line up with absolute perfection, but that adds to its appeal. 100% functional, made with top quality materials as usual, and it's unique. I go through tons of iPhone and iPad cases and always come back to Saddleback Leather.
The tobacco brown leather, which seems to be a little bit more pliable and soft than the other leathers, really compliments the iPad and makes my collection of all other colors look fantastic. I really am proud to own my Saddleback products and enjoy having conversations with the many who ask about them.
A few years back, Suzette and I hiked up to the head of a lake, hopped into a canoe and paddled our way as close as we could to the massive glacier coming down the mountain.
So when we got back to the little Alaskan town, we decided to do a little shopping in the shops along their cool little boardwalk. One of the first shops we walked into was my favorite kind. It was full of locally handmade things. And that’s where I saw it. A clutch purse with a hand strap on one side. I picked it up and immediately called Suzette over. I didn’t know what I would ever use this idea for, but I knew I just had to use it somehow. To not would be to deprive the world of joy. Little did I know what Apple had planned, but sure enough, it couldn’t have been used on a better design. I think you’re really going to like this hand strap.