The Apple iPad might be a cutting edge gadget, but that doesn’t mean you can’s dress it up in a case that will give it an old world charm. The Vintcase is an attractive leather case that will turn your iPad into a journal from centuries ago. Let’s check it out.
Note: click the images in this review to see a larger view.
The Vintcase is available in version for the original iPad and the iPad 2. I was sent the original version. The main difference between the two is the size of the holster that holds the tablet and the cutouts for the speakers.
The case is constructed of high quality cowhide by craftsmen in Spain. The leather has a very nice grain and texture to it. The design is pretty simple. It has a play through holster that holds the iPad snugly while still allowing access to all the ports / switches. The back of the holster and right flap have a slight stiffener added to provide protection. The left flap does not. It’s thinner and and softer, with an attached leather strip that is used to wrap around the whole case to hold it closed.
The iPad slides into the holster from the right side.
The leather wraps around the top, left and bottom edges, but still allows access to the Home button and the display without getting in the way.
There are cutouts on the top edge for the wake button and earphone jack.
Cutouts on the bottom give access to the docking connector and speaker. Shown above is the original iPad version of this case. The iPad 2 version has slightly different cutouts due to the speaker design.
The leather is pliable enough to fold the flaps under the iPad while in use. You can even roll up the softer left flap under the iPad to elevate it for easier typing.
I can’t really find much to criticize about this case. It is made of quality materials and constructed well. I love the feel of the leather. I guess the only complaint I can give is that it does add bulk to your iPad. A counter argument could be that the bulk will protect your iPad from everyday abuse… which it will. The bottom line is that the Vintcase has a simple but classic design that you’ll either find attractive or not.