The CaseCrown Bold Standby Case for iPad mini was the first 3rd party cases I bought for my new iPad mini. I’ve used and done a review of the CaseCrown Bold Standby for iPad 3 / iPad 2 and found it to be a solid folio case – so their new one for the iPad mini caught my eye right away.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been using the CaseCrown Bold Standby Case for iPad mini ( Compatible Parts ) on and off and while at work, when out and about, and during the evening.
This version of the Bold Standby for the iPad mini is also a folio style case, with a good amount of protection for the screen, back and sides of the iPad. The case is made of synthetic leather and the front cover has a soft color-matched interior.
It supports the iPad’s automatic sleep/wake feature, and doubles up as a stand as just about all folio stands do.
The case comes in a range of 7 colors: black, blue, green, brown, pink, purple, and red. I got the blue model. It’s currently priced at $24.95 at CaseCrown, but can also be purchased at Amazon, where it’s listed at $14.19 today.
– The iPad is easy to put into and take out of the frame that holds it in the Bold Standby. It fits in snugly, and is secured nicely with a Velcro flap that tucks underneath it.
– It’s a good looking case. Though it’s not real premium leather it looks attractive and professional. It feels good and solid as well.
– The cutouts give access to all of the iPad mini’s accessories , and the automatic sleep/wake function works as expected.
– The front cover folds over the back neatly enough to use the iPad mini relatively comfortably while it’s in the case.
– In stand mode it offers a decent angle for viewing content on the iPad mini.
– The interior frame is a bit too wide at top and bottom (in portrait mode) – so it gets in the way of multi-touch gestures at times. I can do swipe gestures up from the bottom, but not gestures from the side bezels in portrait mode. It also interferes with tapping on screen buttons in some places.
– It doesn’t offer a good stand position for typing on the iPad mini and Samsung Keyboard . The best you can do is leave the front cover folded over the back and prop it up against a nearby surface.
– The metal CaseCrown logo at the bottom right of the front cover sticks up off the surface of the case and is just a little too much for my taste. I’d rather see a more subtle application of it, as it was done on the Bold Standby for the iPad 3 / iPad 2.