iPad Case Review: DODOcase for iPad 2 Morris Lessmore Edition Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Ultra protective, functional and stylish.
What's Not: The cover doesn't shut completely.
DODOcase is a boutique case maker in San Francisco. Their business stems from their love for books and bookbindery in traditional method and techniques. One look at their cases you will see the amazing resemblance of well-made hardcover books or journals. They make cases mostly for tablets, and the company has teamed up with Moonbot Studios to present a special edition of its iPad 2 DODOcase, the Morris Lessmore Edition. If you haven't read Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, check out our review of this fascinating book.
The DODOcase for iPad 2 is a very protective case. Unlike the white birch wood found on the Pad and Quill cases, the DODOcase uses bamboo to house the iPad 2. Bamboo is extremely sturdy yet has some flexibility, making it a great protective box for your tablet. The tablet holder has rubber inserts on four corners to help fit the iPad 2 perfectly in the case. Comparing with the Pad and Quill cases, the DODOcase wooden housing feels more flexible and easier to put the tablet in and take it out.
The case has a smooth red faux leather exterior with Morris Lessmore’s signature hat print on it, and an “M” stamped on the spine of the case (book). The interior of the case is lined with cream colored linen and adorned with an imitation library label. Nice! Both the front and back covers have serious rigid inserts to protect the tablet from pokes, bumps, nix and even drops. The case has flawless binding and stamps that created using old book binding and stamping techniques.
The DODOcase is also a functional case thanks to the long cutouts on top and bottom of the wooden tablet holder, as well as a side cutout for the side buttons. Sure, you will need to poke your finger inside a bit to use the power button, the screen lock and volume buttons, but it’s not that hard to do. The 3.5mm audio jack and the 30-pin connector are exposed, and you shouldn’t have any problem using headsets or syncing/charging cables. The curvy cut on the bottom also leaves most of the speaker grill exposed to let the sound out.
The DODOcase has a magnetic closure that can automatically wake up the iPad 2 or put it to sleep. The cover doesn’t shut completely, but the magnetic closure works nonetheless. It feels that it needs an elastic band to keep the cover closed tightly. If you fold the front cover back completely, the case creates a slight angle that works nicely for typing on the screen. You can also fold the front cover back to a more upright position that’s better for viewing movies, but you need a paperweight or something to stop the front cover from slipping.
One of the prettiest cases, the DODOcase provides excellent protection for your iPad 2, and it does it in style. The traditional book binding techniques work well for the case, and the Moonbot’s graphics look intriguing on it. We love the red covers and the more flexible bamboo tablet holder. It’s a functional case and it can also disguise the iPad 2 as a book or a journal.