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Griffin IntelliCase for iPad mini hands-on

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Griffin IntelliCase for iPad mini hands-on
Yesterday, we were checking out the Cygnett Enigma Flexible-folding case for the iPad mini, and for the most part, it seemed like a fitting candidate that combines the protection of a case and the usefulness of a stand. Although it’s able to prop up the tablet, it wasn’t necessarily packing a smart cover – something that can turn on/off the iPad mini as the cover is lifted/closed. Fortunately, it looks like Griffin’s offering in the IntelliCase for the iPad mini is just what we’re looking for in an all-in-one solution case.

For starters, we definitely like that there’s a variety of cool and stylish designs with the Griffin IntelliCase. In our case specifically, the plasticy feeling front smart cover has a retro 8-bitty army colored design to it. Constructed out of polycarbonate plastic, which has a very slick feel, it does provide some level of protection – though, its size is a tiny bit thicker than Cygnett’s offering.

With the front cover, there are magnets that are strategically placed to enable the iPad mini to turn on/off when it’s lifted/closed. As much as we appreciate this “smart” gesture, the magnets’ connection feel a bit weak, with barely any resistance when opening the front cover. Checking out the rear, there’s a slit that accommodates the flexible front cover – so that the tablet can be propped up in landscape and portrait. However, we’re not necessarily wowed by this feature as much as we’d like, mainly the configuration feels wobbly. In fact, we’re worried at times whenever we have it placed in landscape.

Regardless of that, the Griffin IntelliCase does offer quite a lot for its $39.99 cost, which is the same price point as Cygnett’s Enigma Flexible-folding case. Throw in the smart aspect of its front cover and the cooler looking designs available with the IntelliCase, some will no doubt relish in all of its value.


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