I had a great experience recently while iPad case hunting. I’d been shopping around for a new iPad Mini case for about a month. I’d been trawling the net, eBay and Amazon and was in that horrible zone where I knew exactly what I wanted and hadn’t found it.
Having decided that I utterly disliked the gen 2 iPad Smart Cover and new smart case I came to the conclusion that what I needed was a ‘sleeve’ style case I could put my iPad in. I wanted something entirely leather or part leather, the leather had to be brown, the case needed to cover all four sides of the iPad rather than three, and that was about it. For a while it seemed like I was looking for a unicorn until I came across a small company based in Brighton called TABi. They make a “Heritage” range of products including a folio sleeve for iPads and MacBooks.
The design and build is everything I look for in a product. The leather is premium cowhide which is very supple to the touch and is clearly high quality. It’s that type of leather that you know will look better the older and more worn it gets. The leather is offset beautifully with the main body of the folio which is made from 100% merino wool in a lovely dark grey. For me the finer details are where I really pay attention and where even the best products fall over - most recently for me with Knomo, who I’ve always been a fan of and spent good money with, and I really feel they’ve lost their way of late on quality, especially with stitching and have been surpassed by Sena in my opinion (who in turn have a portfolio of products more suited to the American market). Quality was not an issue with the TABi Heritage though. Everything is hand stitched and the quality shines through with even spacing and width on the stitching. And the whole package is finished with a brass fastener.
I love it. It’s the nicest, highest quality iPad case I’ve owned (and I’ve had them all, trust me). The fit for the iPad Mini version I have is perfect (so bear in mind you can’t fit it in with a skin or Smart Cover on your iPad). If you use your iPad naked and want a nice looking folio to take to meetings, this is it. I’ve had plenty of comments in meetings asking where I got it too, so it certainly provokes conversation with people, and I always enjoy side conversations with colleagues and customers about things like cases, shoes and watches as it’s a nice ice breaker in a meeting.
If I had to find something I would like to see in a version 2 TABi Heritage it would probably be a magnetic element to the button fastener, but I’m really splitting hairs.
One final point to note, the service from TABi was great. I grasp any opportunity to support a UK business and they didn’t disappoint. You can pay with Paypal if you want, order confirmations were prompt, delivery fast and I got a nice follow up email inviting for my feedback on the service. Wonderful. I’d like to see a mailing list or newsletter around new product releases, as I’d certainly be interested in receiving regular correspondence from them.
I’ll certainly be coming back for more of this, as they have a whole host of great looking products for phone, tablet and laptop.
Here’s a link to the TABi Heritage for the iPad Mini: http://goo.gl/QwbKYl