Leather Book style cases

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    I'm looking for recommendations - on a budget for a REAL LEATHER portfolio type case.

    The problem is -

    There are 1,000,000,000,000,000 sellers of cases for iPad.

    99% of them are LIARS and advertise leather when it is not. It's fake leather from China and you won't be sending it back - so you're hosed.

    The other 1% seems to sell for $50-$300 for a case. Pretty costly for two square feet of material.

    So here I am asking if anyone found a real leather case that functions well - doesn't obscure any part of the screen or connectors - and looks really nice/high end. I'm using the iPad as a client presentation tool so impressions are important, and ideally it would be soft and luxurious looking and feeling.
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    So you're looking for a "real leather" "really nice/high end" "soft and luxurious looking and feeling" case and you feel that $50 is too much to pay, right?

    Good luck.

    But while I have doubts it will satisfy your requirements, you might consider the case from Bear Motion. I've dealt with them and can testify that they will jump through hoops to satisfy a customer. If you aren't satisfied, you can return it for a full refund, including shipping costs.

    Amazon.com: Bear Motion (TM) 100% Genuine Leather Case for iPad 2 2nd Generation Folio with 3-in-1 built-in Stand for Apple iPad 2 (Latest Generation) Tablet [Leather case enclosed in blue sleeve]: Electronics
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    I found a leather case by Sena at retailer Tuesday Morning at a great discount.
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    Thanks, yes I've searched a bit and if something special came along I would pay a bit more, but the designs and materials many sellers use, are getting a lot of marginal reviews. Bear Motion does seem to have many different ones out there... No Tuesday Morning store locally, though that would be a real one time only change to find one there.

    I like the way this one only clips to the edges - that might be really nice. (The one my husband has covers all the way to the active area of the screen - making the display look smaller and claustrophobic.)
    Pyrus Electronics Genuine Leather Stand/Case for Apple iPad 1 - it's sold by Bear Motion but not sure they make it?

    Not very soft, though functional. Complaints about a bad smell! Hmmm
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    I bought a iPad 2 case from maplins which is real leather portfolio type, excellent value at £24:99.

    Only thing that I have found is the fit is not the best, hoping like new shoes it'll were in.
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    iGirl, you are limiting your options with a budget of max $ 50, but the Mivizu Sense case would be a good choice at $ 29.95. Check it out at Amazon. Real leather, complete protection, nice soft pad on the back. The fit is not 100% true, but it's good enough for the price.
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    Real leather comes from a dead animal. Use a cover made from synthetics and it's production probably caused some pollution. Pick your poison.

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    Thanks all - I think I've found one I like - or at least can try on for a while and then decide if I want to go from $50 to $100 on one! :ipad-case:

    Targus-Zierra-Leather-Portfolio
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    Have you tried looking on Etsy? I've seen a few that have been amazing. Let me do some research and post some finds in a bit.
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    Nice specs. Good looking case. BTW, most of us assumed you were looking for a case for an iPad 2. The one you've cited is for the original iPad. Hope that's what you're looking for.
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    Those are some really unique designs on Etsy! Nice.

    Yes I was looking for the iPad1 case - they are getting fewer and fewer now as everyone is pushing the iPad2. I held off on getting the "2" since the "3" seems to be coming soon - maybe early next year? I got a "1" at a real good price ($350 w/32gb/WiFi/3G) so I can easily resell when it's time to jump to the 3.
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    Incase makes a nice one. I'm using it right now. It gives you 3 angles you can stand your iPad 2 AND it's less than $50 US :)
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    I'm also thinking about getting a leather case, however I travel a lot with work and am wondering if leather casing will be robust enough, or if i should go for less style but more protection, what do you guys think?
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    Nothing wrong with getting 2 cases. I would get a robust one to protect my iPad during travel (even though I would probably have it on my person almost at all times) and I would get a nice, sleek, professional looking one for work.
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    A good quality leather, such as top-grain or full-grain leather, is practically impervious to anything, and has the added benefit of becoming more supple with continuous daily use. I have a full-grain leather iPad case from Oberon Design, which has literally travelled around the world with me for over a year now and it looks just as splendid today as the day it arrived. Unless you're particularly hard on your electronics, even an "average" case would provide more than adequate protection for every day use.
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    The important distinction to make here is that "real leather" itself is a vague term, as leather comes in many, many grades, from the high-end quality hides to the barely-legal "genuine leather" made of 98% polyurethane bonded to 2% rejected hide.

    The best quality leather is top-grain and full-grain leather, and they are expensive because of the amount of effort, time and tanning materials used to prepare them, coupled with the fact that quality craftsmen (whose skill commands a premium) do not work with inferior leathers. In fact, "genuine leather" often is a mid-to-poor quality leather - after all, if a vendor could legally state that they were using full-grain leather, they would say that rather than using a vague term - and is sometimes used to disguise the fact that the material contains synthetics like polyurethane, which also makes the material cheaper, hence the prolificity of $25 "genuine leather" cases on eBay. (Polyurethane is a by-product of petroleum, which is why sometimes items made from this material have a "oily smell.")

    That said, my leather cover of choice is Oberon Design (http://oberondesign.com). Each of their covers are handmade to order in a studio near San Francisco, and feature some remarkable designs hotstamped onto leather. And because it is a top-grain leather, it gets better with age, yet remains impervious to every day wear and tear.

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    If appereance is so important why don't u buy the louis vuitton ipad case? I'm sure people will notice rather than buying $100 but almost look like $30
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    So I did end up with the Targus case http://www.targus.com/us/productdetail.aspx?regionId=7&sku=THZ06201US&PageName=&bcname=VGFibGV0IENhc2Vz&bclink=cHJvZHVjdGxpc3QuYXNweD9yZWdpb25JZD03JnByb2R1Y3RDYXRlZ29yeUlkPTMx

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    t's a good compromise of protection, style and function without the risk of buying something too cheap looking or poorly made.
    I don't know if I'll ever actually use the pockets, but they are nice to have. Maybe business cards, rate cards, samples etc?

    The iPad fits very securely in it, but the retainers do encroach on the headphone out and power button (power still works fine, but must adjust a retainer to access the headphone) - not a deal breaker and a small trade off for the level of quality this case has for the price I paid ($27 shipped NEW on eBay!).

    The inside is lined with a nice super soft suede giving it the feel of a display pad at a jeweler's store. Also included is a soft screen smudge cleaner pad - which I thought was silly when I first saw it included - but it's actually quite useful and excellent!

    Overall the case has the look, smell and feel of a tightly built portfolio that's a bit like a leather bound personal journal.

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