Front View: Wedge a stylus behind the cover for a better angle!
Back View: Wedge the stylus here to get a better tablet angle!
Logitech has done an amazing job at improving nearly every aspect of their original iPad Mini Keyboard Folio (I exchanged the older Mystic Blue folio for this one). Here's what I like about this version:
-- The color choices are more gender neutral (I have the black one and never cared for the Mystic Blue of their original mini keyboard folio)
-- It's shockingly thinner and lighter than the original; The black version has a white interior which adds to the illusion of white paper inside of a typical padfolio; It's actually thinner than most iPad cases without a keyboard!
-- The outer material is stain resistant and water resistant; The original Logitech mini folio has a porous fabric that is susceptible to stains from coffee house substances, i.e. cinnamon, chocolate powder, syrup, etc...
-- The iPad is easy to remove yet still secure; The older mini folio used thick rubber on each side and the iPad had to be forcefully pried out just to remove.
Unfortunately there are some new issues that I don't like about this folio which include:
-- Worse iPad battery life; The original Logitech iPad Mini Folio had a stiffer spine and a stronger magnet to keep the case closed. The Ultrathin Folio has a more flexible spine combined with a weaker magnet(s) to keep the case closed. This was problematic for me when carrying the folio around as a daily companion because the iPad easily turns on during the natural sway of my arms or even if I adjust my grip while holding it. This never happened with the original folio and I think that Logitech should have made the spine stiffer and/or provided stronger latching magnets.
-- No sleep mode on the keyboard! Yup the keyboard NEVER turns off unless you manually slide the power lever. With the original mini folio (and also the full sized ultrathin keyboard cover for the iPad which I own), the keyboard would shut itself off after a period of inactivity and then reawake when you press any key. This may not sound like a big deal for some, but for me it's way too easy to leave on and I'm concerned how this might impact the battery life on the keyboard and the iPad.
Despite my criticisms, I still believe that this is the best designed keyboard case solution for the iPad Mini. I went through 4 Zagg Mini Keyboard cases for the iPad Mini and they ALL had problems with buttons that would spontaneously trigger double or triple keystrokes. The Logitech mini keyboard works flawlessly and the cramped layout doesn't take long to get used to; I'm typing this review on it and I have zero issues.
Here are a few tips and tricks:
-- TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE STYLUS LOOP!!! The Logitech Mini keyboard folios have the awesome advantage of switching between typing mode and 'tablet' mode where the keyboard is folded under the device. If you attach a stylus to the loop, it can be removed and placed in the crease on back of the cover, creating an elevated fulcrum -- In essence, this provides a GREAT angle for web browsing and sofa surfing. Take a look at the attached pictured to see what I mean. This trick works on both of Logitech's Mini keyboard folios but it works better on the Ultrathin folio because the grippy texture does a better job wedging the stylus in the crease (See pic).
-- The stylus loop on the folio will only accommodate small styli such as the Targus Slim Stylus (as pictured) or the Pogo Sketch -- Standard sized styli won't fit.
-- Carry the folio by the spine with the opening facing skyward. If you hold the folio with the opening facing the ground, it will make the iPad turn on and waste battery life.
-- When walking around, try not to transfer the folio from hand to hand or tuck it under your armpit; This will help reduce accidental screen activation.
-- Consider the sleep/wake settings on your iPad Mini; I do a lot of eReading so my screen doesn't turn off after 5 minutes of inactivity. You can reduce this interval or better yet just turn off the sleep/wake feature in your iPad's settings.
-- Make a mental note to always turn off the keyboard when you're done with your typing session. This is a tough one for me but I'm hoping that Logitech will address this in a firmware update or in future shipments. This keyboard REALLY needs a sleep feature that powers down after a period of inactivity -- Logitech includes this in their other iPad keyboards but inexplicably leaves it out on this one.
So that's it for my review. I also own the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for the iPad Mini and I'm keeping it until the final details emerge with the upcoming iPad Mini 2nd generation. If the iPad Mini gets thicker with the addition of a Retina Display (this happened with the transition from the iPad 2 to 3), then there is a good chance that this folio will NOT be future compatible. If you are worried about long term compatility with future iPad Minis, then the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover might be a better option due to it's magnetic Smart Cover hinge.
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Review 2 for Ultrathin Keyboard Folio
from Tacoma, WA
Age: 25 to 34
Length Of Use: Less than a Week
Slim, Light, and Great to Use
Date:September 24, 2013
I love my iPad mini and the fact that I can have a keyboard cover with it. This folio is very slim and the keys are spaced enough that even my fat fingers can find their way around. I like the fact that it is a folio that covers your whole iPad mini and it gives me the flexibility to use it almost like a laptop.