In the past, whenever I got a new device, my go-to case to protect it was always the Otterbox Defender series. I’ve owned this case for several iPhones (see the iPhone 4/4S review here) and most recently for a Kindle Paperwhite (see that review here). They’ve always provided the protection I’ve wanted for my devices, however, they’ve always been a bit bulky and heavy, especially with any device bigger than a smartphone. Needless to say, when I got an iPad Mini about a month ago, I was ready to shop around for a new case. Urban Armor Gear offered to send me one of their iPad Mini cases to review for them, and I was really excited to try out this rugged case, as it is something that would normally catch my eye when shopping for cases.
So what do I think of this case?
First off, here are Urban Armor Gear’s stats for the Scout Folio:
- Designed for Apple iPad mini, iPad mini 2, & iPad mini 3
- Feather-light composite construction
- Impact resistant soft core
- Over sized tactile buttons
- Water resistant grip material.
- Easy access to touch screen and ports
- Glare-free photos and un-compromised audio
- Smart cover and water resistant grip material
- Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)
So, after using this case for a couple weeks, here are my thoughts!
The case has very high quality construction. The stitching is very strong and I wouldn’t ever worry about the stitches wearing out or falling out. The texture of the case isn’t slippery at all – it’s a bit grippy and is pleasant to hold in your hands.
All of Urban Armor Gear’s products meet or exceed military drop-test standards, yet they are still have a sleek and streamlined appearance. They recently gave an iPhone 6 a 101,000 foot drop test with one of their cases! Watch it here.
The material that the iPad itself sits in is a soft, flexible plastic. This means that the iPad is easy to pop in, and you don’t need to worry about the plastic cracking over time if you tend to take your iPad out of its case often. With that said, however, the iPad can be a little tricky to get out of this case. You just need to get used to prying the corners down to extract the iPad. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, though – I’d rather have a high quality case that holds my iPad securely than one that loosely holds it in!
As I said already, the stitching is very secure on the back of the case — which is entirely necessary because it is only held together by the two flaps that you can see in the photo. The materials are all rigid enough that I don’t worry about them bending or creasing with normal use.
The cover for this case is a ‘smart cover’, meaning that the iPad will wake and sleep as you open and close the cover. The cover is also very rigid, which puts my mind at ease when placing my iPad in a backpack with other big or heavy things. As long as the cover is over the screen, it is fully protected. One of my biggest (and maybe my only) complaints about this case is that the cover doesn’t magnetically hold when it is closed. This means that it if you drop it from waist height, the cover could potentially just flap open and then unprotected screen could hit the ground first. In the weeks that I’ve used this case, this is the main thing that sticks out to me as the only ‘design flaw’ of a very high-quality, protective case.
The tactile buttons are easily accessible, and would be easily usable with gloves on, as well. The lightning port is unobstructed, so you’ll never have to remove the case to charge it. The sound coming from the speakers isn’t blocked at all.
The Scout Folio cover has two sets of notches in it, so that the case can stand up and ‘rest’ in one of the two, offering two different viewing angles to choose from. For table use, it is perfect. For lap use, you might need to fiddle with it a bit more to get it how you want it (depending on your legs, posture, chair, etc.)
I give the Scout Folio by Urban Armor Gear 4 ½ out of 5 stars
This is a very high quality case with excellent construction. It isn’t too heavy (although I’d hesitate to call it feather-light, as Urban Armor Gear does!) and the soft, flexible plastic and the grippy texture of the case make it a pleasure to hold and use. My only real complaint with it is the lack of a magnet to secure the cover and offer complete protection in case of a drop.
I’m very impressed by this case and plan to use it for a long time!
Purchase the Scout Folio from Urban Armor Gear HERE
You can also purchase the Scout Folio for the iPad Air 2 HERE
Expect to pay about $50 for this case.