iPad 2 Case Review: The Octavo for iPad 2 from Pad and Quill Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Classy and professional look, high quality material and build.
What's Not: Adds size and bulk.
The minute you lay your eyes on this unique iPad 2 case you get a sense that the makers of The Octavo for iPad 2 are craftsmen and bookish. And they are indeed artists and entrepreneurs who are determined to make your electronic gadgets look like well-bound books or notebooks while protecting them from the usual bumps and bruised in a bag or backpack. The Octavo for iPad 2 combines a wooden frame with high quality Italian leather in a bound book style and it protects the entire iPad 2 tablet in a secure form. The case comes in black on the exterior but offers three cloth colors for the inside lining.
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the book-loving crowd should fall instantly in love with the Octavo for iPad 2. The case is in a notebook style that opens like a notebook and has an elastic band to shut it securely. You open the case like opening a book, and your iPad 2 sits in a Baltic birch tablet holder. The wooden frame is form fitting and the case comes with rubber corners to make sure your iPad 2 is sitting in the frame securely. The Octavo also comes with two additional rubber corners in slightly different thickness so if you think the case is too tight or too loose, you can adjust it with these rubber corners. The wood veneers are lacquered and feel smooth.
To add more to the illusion that your iPad 2 is a book, the Octavo has a cloth tab that looks like a bookmark but it functions as a pull tab to help you get the tablet out of the frame case easily. The cover on the Octavo for iPad 2 comes in two versions: one is with a file pocket that you can store legal sized paper (a $10 option) and the other one doesn?t have a pocket. You can choose three different color-cloth linings for the cover, Classic Red, Camden Blue and Field Green, and have the pull tab matching the lining. The case has a book style spine and its binding is completely in book binding style as well.
The exterior of the case is made with high quality Italian leather that?s smooth and feels soft. The molded bonding feels solid and won?t come apart easily. All these protection does add some bulk to the thin iPad 2 and adds 11.6 oz. to the weight as well.
The Octavo for iPad 2 case has cutouts for the power button and audio jack on top, the screen lock and volume buttons on the side and the 30-pin connector on the bottom. Like with most portfolio style cases, you won?t be able to dock the iPad 2 while it?s in the Octavo. You can certain use cables though. Since the birch frame is thicker than most cases we?ve seen, the cutouts on the iPad 2 holder make the iPad 2 ports and buttons sit deeper into the case than most we?ve seen also. It?s not too difficult to use the buttons if you open the cover and the Apple headset has no trouble connecting to the audio jack with the iPad 2 in the case.
The case carves out a channel by the speaker grill, Pad&Quill calls it their patented sound channel, to allow the sound from your iPad 2 to come out. You can absolutely hear the sound on the iPad 2 but it?s a notch or two lower than when it?s naked without a case. So make sure you turn the sound volume to appropriate level to accommodate the case. The elastic band that keeps the case shut also blocks the rear camera to protect it when it?s not in use. When you need to use it, take the elastic band off, since you will need the screen as the viewfinder to take pictures and videos anyway, the rear camera is now uncovered.
Since the power button also sits pretty deep in the case, the Octavo for iPad 2 comes with a very useful feature: it has magnetic on/off feature, so when you open the cover, you iPad 2 turns on automatically, saving you the trouble of fiddling with the power button.
We?ve seen a lot of cases in many styles, but The Octavo for iPad 2 is a singularly unique case that will attract users who are bookish or like to store their tablet on a bookshelf. But beyond the looks, the case is certainly stronger than most soft leather or silicone cases and can withstand a lot more poking, bumping and bruising. The binding is solid and the cover can swing back to get out of your way when you are using your iPad 2. Three lining colors match the class of the case and build quality is top notch. If you are looking for a classy and professional looking case that also protects your iPad 2 like a fortress, don?t miss The Octavo for iPad 2 from Pad&Quill.