In the spring of 2012, I reviewed the Fabric Flipper from Skech. The black Fabric Flipper remained a usable and low-profile case for use through the nine months or so that I have enjoyed my third generation iPad. At CES 2013, I reconnected with our contact at Skech, Product Manager Gadi Zuckerman, who provided Steve and then me with some additional products to review this go-around. I was assigned the newer Flipper for iPad, which was a move from the original Fabric Flipper.
According to Skech’s site, the Flipper features
- Thin design
- Magnetic wake/sleep flap
- Dual position stand
- Full access to all ports & controls
- Full body protection
I have carried my iPad in this Purple case (back cover and smart cover in one) almost exclusively since CES 2013 ended on the January 11th. Many colleagues at the day job spontaneously picked up the Flipper-encased iPad and complimented me on its sleek form and the attractive color. Other colors include pink, baby blue, red, orange, gray and black. If you have the new iPad mini, the Flipper is also available for the smaller device but only in the baby blue, pink, red, gray and black.
I totally agree.
Gadi indicated that one of my concerns about the Fabric Flipper – the unfortunately dirt accumulation from places like not-so-clean restaurant tables when standing the case in the typing or viewing positions – was addressed with the new materials (more of a rubbery/matte finish). It is so much easier to wipe clean the inner cover when it encounters messy table and desk surfaces. The new construction is certainly more polished. More peripheral snaps are available to more fully envelope the case around the iPad.
Maybe it is too secure.
All of the ports and controls – power, volume, switch, 3.5 – are accessible while the Flipper is in place, with a noticeable exception. Two of the most conventional adapters to use with the 30-pin-connected iPads are Apple’s Camera Connectors. The USB connector is slightly narrower than the SD Card Reader. This is crucial. The USB connector works as expected with the Flipper applied to the iPad; however, the SD Card Reader is unable to make a usable connection to the iPad when the Flipper is in place. The older Fabric Flipper had no such problem so both adapters work without having to unsnap or totally remove the case from the bottom of the iPad.
While the 30-pin connector on the SD Card Reader to approach the port, it did not make any functional connection.
The Flipper for the new iPad from Skech works well but the SD Card Reader doesn't connect well enough to allow importing of photos unless you remove the case/cover. Shot with the Canon T4i.
A workaround could be a separate USB-connected photo card reader that can use the 30-pin USB connector. For those who had not planned on this, this is not an inconsequential concern.
So while I think the overall Flipper was construction was definitely more refined, this connector issue is not easy to overlook.
To summarize, the Skech Flipper is a great all-in-one solution for protecting your iPad (3rd generation or newer). It’s easy to keep clean and works well in the typing and the viewing positions as advertised. It securely attaches around the iPad and will not easily separate. If you are using Apple’s SD Card Reader or similarly wide 30-pin adapter, you may not be able to use these adapters unless you remove the case, as the port opening encroaches on the space available for such adapters.
We give the Flipper an 8.5 out of 10.