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Saddleback Leather Case

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories for iPAD 1, 2 and 3' started by luckyleo, May 10, 2011.

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    Anyone have one of these. They're expensive but look great and smell better :) Thoughts?

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    No, but can you post a picture or website link, please.
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    Sounds like one I would like. Where can you get it?
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    "All of our products are fully warranted against all defects in materials and workmanship for 100 years. If you or one of your descendants should have a problem, send it back to me or one of my descendants"

    *lol* I love that...would buy one this instantly if they gave me a 100 year warranty on my iPad 2 too (or at least on the form factor).
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    I have one and like it more and more every day. I was worried that it might be too thick or too heavy. It's not. It's a great case with a lot of protection. I recommend it to all. I liked it so much I bought a matching brief case.

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    So I have the Sena Florence now and I like the leather (even if no comparison to the saddleback).

    If I decide to send it back (for other reasons) and go for the saddleback I need some questions answered, because I dont want to return another case:

    - The case is pure leather? No cardboard to stabilize front cover I assume and same material on both sides!
    - Important: The website shows the standing position, which is fine. But how about a typing position? Are the straps hard enough to support that position?
    - How much do you need to fiddle to get the thing open? I usually woulndt even care about a means of "locking" the case.
    - How about the screen? The case looks like it is very close to the visible area, doesnt it hinder view or finger movement?
    - Does the leather sit tight on the front? For the Sena, it doesnt (yet) and dirt goes under it (and to remove you either need to take the ipad out all the time or lift and thus bend up the leather again.
    - With no magnetic on/off feature and the button covered, how responsive is the button through the leather?

    Thanks!
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    Not sure what you mean by 'pure leather', but I know that Saddleback use the best grade leather commercially available for their products. Read this page -- http://www.saddlebackleather.com/18-why-saddleback-leather-is-better

    Inserts and liners don't infer anything: for example, Oberon Design also use the same high-grade hide for their iPad leather folios, but they also include inserts in their liner pockets to give the cover more rigidity. (Many users, including myself, actually remove them.)
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    I do not question the quality of their leather, I just assumed they dont use any cardboard if they give 100yrs warranty. I am no native speaker, so what I meant was "made only of leather".

    I asked for the inside of the front cover because if used in typing position most non leather materials on the inside are a dirt magnet. I dont care if my stuff get's dirty and looked used over time, but this dirt gets transferred to the screen everytime the case is closed.
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    Sure - I wanted to clarify your question. As the link shows, there are many kinds of leather from top-grade hides to el cheapo leather-synthetic composites which barely qualify as 'leather'. Even a product made with 90% polyurethane leather and 10% full-grain hide can be described, legally, as 'made with genuine leather'... which unsuspecting buyers can and do get ripped off.

    I'm not a user of Saddleback (just don't like their designs) - but as a longtime leather user, they do make quality products and are worth the cost, if you like their stuff.
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    I love the look and I love to buy really great leather goods.

    But I just saw a video and there is nearly no support for a typing position and that is the way I use a case 90% of the time...to bad :(
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    I think this is very good quality leather maybe i should order one for myself :D
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    I love leather! The same applies to leather saddles, bridles, you get what you pay for!

    from Somerset UK on my iPad using IPF app
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    That's not always true and what I've been trying to warn people about: because there are so many grades of leather, and many synthetic or mid-grade leathers are indistinguishable from a top-quality leather to most people, unscrupulous vendors can and do get away with false or misleading advertising about their leather products, and more importantly, the exorbitant prices they charge for inferior materials/workmanship.

    It's a bit like saying that grain-fed gourmet wagyu beef and supermarket homebrand dog food are both made, technically speaking, from 'genuine cow', but they inhabit totally opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of quality, if not edibility. The point to remember is: an expensive leather product is not always the best quality materials - but the best quality products are rarely if ever cheap.
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    Fair point! The best thing about horse gear is, you can actually see the difference but when online sometimes it looks better than it really is!

    from Somerset UK on my iPad using IPF app
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    Good post!
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    I realized a long time ago that if you can afford to buy quality from the start, you actually end up spending less over the long haul, and have fewer problems using/owning the item. It may cost a lot more up front and require saving up, but a good product which lasts repays for itself when amortized over how long you end up using it - and this is especially true of good leather, which can last a lifetime.
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    There is a saying here like "I cant afford to buy cheap stuff".

    I usually go by that saying but that it for stuff I keep many years, even want to keep a lifetime.

    I would buy the saddleback case right now, but it has no typing position :(

    Then the Vaja Libretto with leather on both sides would probably be my next choice - yeah I would pay the $200 happily if I get the best leather and best functionality and would use it for many, many years...

    ...but wait, the iPad 3 is around the corner (thinking in lifetime spans) and most cases will probably get useless - the saddleback as soon as they increase the screen size just a little, the Vaja as soon as they just make small changes to form factor.
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    Good point, the life span of these cases are governed by the lifetime of each version so I would agree with above, a cheaper leather would do for me and my iPad 1 ( my saddle and bridle is for life of horse therefore +- 20 years life.)

    from Somerset UK on my iPad using IPF app
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    Believe me, I thought long and hard about the cost as well as the lifespan of the iPad, when I was looking at Oberon Design's iPad leather folios:

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    Their style and approach is completely different from Saddleback, but both companies share a common devotion to making quality leather products. In the end I ordered the Oberon, and in its quality, durability and unique design, the expense has been more than acquitted (esp in a business meeting alongside other black-grey, oh-so-boring business-styled iPad cases - it's the coolest cover in the room, for sure.)

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