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Urban Armor Gear Folio Case for iPad Mini 4 Review
      #48803 - 11/11/15 08:24 PM

The UAG Folio for iPad Mini 4 is a ruggedized portfolio-style case that provides everyday drop/bump/scuff protection and features an integrated Smart Cover enabled screen cover. Pitched squarely at the outdoorsy crowd, the UAG Folio meets the MIL STD 810G 516.6 drop-test standard (multiple drops onto plywood-covered concrete from a height of approximately 6ft, among other things), and it manages this while still remaining thin and lightweight thanks to its one-piece construction.



I've never been much of a portfolio case guy, but UAG's line of folios changed all that. I like that they're shock resistant, and love that they look it. If you're wondering if I actually use my iPad under adverse conditions, the answer is "yes, I do." However, more importantly, I like that it's rugged because I have kids.



The case itself is constructed of lightweight, rubbery polymer with a textured finish that fits the company description of Frogskin. It doesn't get slippery when you hold it in your hand like a book, and feels very unusual (in a good way). This material also provides a high enough coefficient of friction to allow the case to stand open (leaning) at almost any angle. The reinforced corners help this a bit, which is very clever design. For more long-term landscape use, the cover acts as a very effective iPad stand, holding it firmly in place while you work/play. As with most other portfolio cases, UAG's Folio is Smart Cover enabled so your iPad will wake/sleep whenever you open/close the cover. If you need protection from significant levels of moisture, be advised that UAG made conscious design choices to provide increased accessibility in exchange for reduced protection from moisture. This makes it an ideal everyday case, but take precautions if you intend to expose it to significant amounts rain/snow/mud/sand/dust.



If you're wondering why I keep referring to this case as simply "Folio," it's because UAG still insists on giving each of its colors unique product names, and I didn't want to limit my observations to a single color. The case I reviewed is called the Cobalt, however, that model only comes in blue. If you want a black folio, search for the Scout, and if you're looking for a red one, search for Rogue.

Summary

While there are many iPad portfolio cases on the market, very few are truly rugged, and fewer still have the aggressive style of UAG's folio product line. The Cobalt, Scout, and Rogue all provide great drop protection but won't get in your way, making them a fantastic everyday case for those who tend to not baby their iPads.



Editor's Ratings (1-5): 5
What's Hot: Rugged portfolio case. Smart Cover enabled. Water-resistant "frogskin" material. Supports multiple viewing angles. Reinforced corners for enhanced drop protection. Great price.
What's Not: Not designed to protect against moisture.
Price: $49.95
Website: Urban Armor Gear

Reviewed by: Tom Slayton






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