Regulars here know I am a case junkie always on the search for the ideal case or bag for my various devices. While I had found great bags for my laptop I still had been unsuccessful in tracking down the perfect iPad case…until now.
My criteria for the perfect case are pretty basic, It has to be thin, lightweight and classy while offering solid protection for my precious tablet. I had pretty much given up finding the perfect case for my iPad Mini until the iSkin aura folio case arrived on my doorstep. Wow!
Out of the box the first thing I noticed how light the Aura is 172g (6oz)..this is important especially when dealing with a device as light as the iPad Mini, you don’t want a case heavier that the device. It is also very thin adding a mere 5.5mm(0.22 in)to the Mini. And, is this case ever classy, the brushed aluminum textured nylon gives it a look not matched by any other case. While it looks slippery the aura case has a nice grippy feel to it.
This case is also way more than just a skinny pretty face. the aura features an internal hard plastic case that perfectly fits and secures the iPad mini as well as protects it against drops. It also provides full access to all controls and ports. The inside cover is covered in a soft microfiber and features a slot for a business card or credit card. The cover also functions like Apple’s smart cover, just lift the cover to wake your Mini or close the cover to put it to sleep
The three rubberized strips on the inside of the cover are more than decorative, they turn the cover into a viewing stand with several viewing angles. If you use your Mini for a lot of reading the ultra thin cover folds noce and flat, is hardly noticeable except for the nice soft feel of the inside lining. This is hands down a luxury case.
About iSkin. I don’t know why it took me so long to discover this Toronto based company. It is a pioneer making cases for electronic devices starting with the iPod nine years ago. iSkin focuses on producing top quality, fashion-forward protection for mobile devices. As a matter of fact I have a couple of phone cases that I am testing right now so, watch for the review next week
Now back to the iSkin aura folio (for iPad Mini). Quite simply this is the best iPad case you can buy. It sells for $49.99 surprisingly low for such a luxury case. It is available in many of the same stores you will find the devices it protects or you can buy it online at the iSkin Store with free shipping to CONUS and Canada and for International orders over $75. Now, if you want a case with this kind of quality but with a bit more whimsy take a look at the iSkin vibes folio while you are at the website.