iPad Case Review: Griffin Threadless Folio for iPad 2 and New iPad 3rd Gen Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Strong and durable, unique prints on canvas, easy to use.
What's Not: Add extra weight, needs better viewing angles.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Griffin has been assembling an impressive list of partners that help them make interesting cases and other accessories. Their latest partner, Threadless whose t-shirt designs have caught the attention of people around the world, is now putting some of their cool images onto Griffin's iPad and iPhone cases. The Griffin Threadless Folio case for the new iPad and iPad 2 comes in the form of Griffin's Elan Folio style but the images on these covers are from selections of Threadless artists' designs. The Threadless Folio for iPad 3 case collection currently offers four original designs: Peacock, City Canals, Circle Dots and Atlantis. We used the City Canals design by Jeremy Todd for this review.
The Threadless Folio case follows the Griffin's Elan case line in a portfolio style. The case looks like a handcrafted hard cover notebook with faux leather book spine and heavy duty, long wearing cotton canvas front and back covers. The case has a strong tablet holder on the right that fits both the iPad 2 and the new iPad 3rd gen. The interior of the Threadless Folio is soft with micro-suede lining that feels supple. Both the spine and the interior lining have matching colors that go well with the theme of the print on the canvas. The City Canal case has white stitching that goes well with the cover design, though a bit startling against the burgundy tablet holder on the inside. The case has a clothing style "Griffin + Threadless" label stitched to the lower left corner inside the front cover.
The Elan case has stiff inserts that make the case look and feel strong. It can easily protect the new iPad from any scratches, bumps and nicks that might occur during daily use or in your bag. The strong frame and corners mean that it can even provide some good drop shock protection. The canvas feels very sturdy, much stronger than regular cotton. The strong protection comes at a price as the case isn't thin nor very light, adding 8.4 oz. to your new iPad or iPad 2.
As with Griffin's other Elan style iPad cases, the Threadless Folio gives you access to all ports and buttons. The tablet holder covers the sides of the new iPad but leaves out the corners and access to buttons, sync/charge port, audio jack, mic and speaker. You should have no trouble using the power button, volume controls and the screen lock button while the iPad is in the case; nor should you have any problem using headphones, syncing/charging cables. There is also a small stylus holder on the outer edge of the tablet case, and it can hold a slim stylus, not a pen-sized one. The tablet pocket also covers the front bezel, but doesn't get in the way of using the display. The bezel cover also has semi-circle cuts that leave out the front camera and the Home button. Although the case fits both the iPad 2 and the new iPad, and all other cutouts fit perfectly, the front bezel cutouts are tiny bit off on the new iPad 3rd gen though they don't hinder any access. The rear camera cutout gives the lens plenty of space for the field of view.
The Threadless Folio Case for iPad 3 has a built-in stand that can easily position the new iPad in two viewing angles. The back flap that can hold the front cover when it's folded back has stiff posture that helps to hold the stand in place securely. The flatter viewing angle is perfect for typing on the screen, but the more upright angle is a bit too straight. You can still watch movies and make Facetime video calls, but the position might be a bit more comfortable if the stand is more angled.
Strong yet chic, the Griffin Threadless Folio case for the new iPad is an attractive case that can provide very good protection for your tablet. Its stiff covers can protect your iPad from surface damages and shock damages. The case offers convenient access to all buttons and ports, and the built-in stand comes in handy for various tasks. The big attraction though is the cover designs that set these cases apart from every other case and should please the young and hip audience who's into Threadless crowd sourcing designs. The case does add some extra weight to your tablet and the upright viewing angle could have a better position.