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Review: X-Doria Dash Folio Leather iPad Case

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Review: X-Doria Dash Folio Leather iPad Case

Do you prefer the classy look of leather for an iPad case? Perhaps you’re just looking for a leather case to go with your tight, hot leather pants? Regardless of your reasons, there are certainly a plethora of iPad case choices out there for folks who like the look of leather. Today, we take a look at the X-Doria Dash Folio “Leather” case for the iPad 2 and new third-generation iPad. Yeah, it says “Leather” but the description actually says “leather-like,” which isn’t necessarily a bad thing — especially if you’re the animal lover type. The case comes in three colors: black, white and rose.

Anywho, here are my observations after putting the case through the paces.

PROS

It’s magnetic: If you’re the type who goes “ooh” or “aah” after witnessing Apple’s magnetic iPad Smart Covers, then you’re gonna like X-Doria’s Dash Folio. For the uninitiated, magnetic covers automatically put the iPad 2 or new iPad to sleep when said cover is closed. The Dash Folio sports that same magnetic cover functionality, allowing users to make their iPad go nighty-night when closed (ooh) and automatically wake up (aah) when opened.

Doubles as a stand: Stand functionality is pretty much a given for iPad cases these days and the Dash Folio is no exception. The front cover has a groove that allows it to fold, making it possible to tuck the edge into a leather flap at the back of the case. Voila, instant iPad stand. Like Apple’s Smart Cover, it can also be folded at an angle for easier typing on the iPad’s virtual keyboard.

Inside slot: The slot for inserting the iPad is on the inside of the device instead of the outside edge. This leads to a more secure fit as it prevents the iPad from accidentally sliding out from the side.

Access to controls and ports: The Dash Folio comes with openings that allow users to access controls such as the home, power and volume buttons. It also has openings for the front and rear cameras, headphone jack, speaker and proprietary port.

Inner pockets: The Dash Folio comes with several pockets on the inside of the front cover for business cards and what have you. Do be careful about what you decide to put in those pockets, however, as you wouldn’t want to scuff up your iPad’s precious display.

CONS

Cheap-looking speaker mesh: The use of leather-like material is supposed to emulate a classy look. This look, however, is sabotaged by the cheap-looking screen mesh used to cover up the iPad’s speaker opening. It reminds me of the same material from a screen door or strainer. It doesn’t help that the mesh on the unit I reviewed was also crooked. Ultimately, it’s more of an aesthetic issue but it still gives that part of the case a cheap feel.

No portrait mode: Although horizontal mode gets the most use on the iPad, it still would have been nice to also have the option to use the Dash Folio as a vertical stand.

Smudge prone: The leather-like material used for the case is prone to smudging from oily or sweaty fingers. To be fair, though, this also applies to other cases that have this kind of a leather look.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

The X-Doria Dash Folio “Leather” case is a solid option for folks looking for an iPad case that has a magnetic cover and sports a leather-like look. It has its share of niggles. But overall, the case works quite well so it’s worth looking into if you’re on the hunt for an iPad case.

X-Doria Dash Folio ‘Leather’
  • Platform: iPad 2 and new third-generation iPad
  • Cost: $50
  • Final rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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