The Flip Turn Case by iGear Unlimited turns your iPad into a miniature laptop. The case is available for the iPad Mini/ Mini 2, and an iPad Air version is coming soon. I tested the Mini version with an original iPad Mini.
The case is a polycarbonate hard shell case that incorporates a Bluetooth keyboard. The iPad Mini slips easily into the top part of the case, and there are cutouts over the speaker, camera, headphone jack and all the buttons. The Bluetooth keyboard is built-in to the lower part of the case, and the 2 halves are hinged together. The case incorporates an automatic sleep/ wake function when the case is closed or opened.
In keyboard mode the Mini acts like a mini laptop. The keyboard connects to the iPad via Bluetooth, and has a re-chargeable battery which is charged via a mini-USB to USB cable. The manufacturer does not give a battery life estimate, but I have used the keyboard for several weeks without yet needing to recharge. The keyboard has 3 lights at the top – a caps lock light to let you know when cap lock is on; a battery status light and Bluetooth status light (that just come on briefly after switching on the keyboard). The keyboard layout is a fairly standard QWERTY layout with the exception of some punctuation keys which are combined with letter keys to slightly decrease the keyboard width. The keyboard also has iPad shortcut keys such as cut, paste, copy all, volume control and track changing keys as function keys. Obviously as the keyboard is sized to fit an iPad Mini, the keys are smaller than a standard keyboard, so typing is a more cramped experience, but the keys do have a nice scissors action and work well given the space constraints. The screen must be in landscape mode when using it as a mini-laptop, there is no option to have the screen in portrait mode.
The hinge between the 2 halves of the case is very flexible giving the case added versatility. Not only can you use it like a laptop and vary the angle of the screen but you can also rotate the screen through 180 degrees and use it for movie viewing; you can also fold the iPad flat on top of the keyboard for times when you don’t need the keyboard.
When watching a movie, reading or playing games the screen can be rotated through 180 degrees and this creates a nice stable stand with multiple viewing angles. This works best in landscape mode, but if you wish to view it in portrait mode it can also stand securely in this orientation.
For some games it is preferable to have the iPad screen flat and the case also supports this as the iPad mini can lay flat on top of the keyboard whilst still in the case. When not in use the case does a good job of protecting the mini and creates a nice compact portable package.
Overall, if you are looking for a keyboard case for an iPad Mini the Flip Turn Case from iGear is a good option – it is protective, the keyboard works well and the unique 360 degree hinge allows the case to be flexible enough to also be used for watching movies, reading and playing games.
Available from iGear.com for $99.99
NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.