If there’s one thing I quickly learned after using the iPad mini Retina, it’s that I want different things from protective cases for it than I do for the iPad Air. I attribute this almost entirely to the size. Since the iPad Air is larger, I want less case. But with the iPad mini, more case is fine. Perhaps this is why I immediately took to the STM Studio case for iPad mini Retina.
The STM Studio case provides complete protection for the iPad mini. Although the dock area, camera, headphone, power and other necessary ports are always available, the cover wraps around to the back and fastens magnetically to otherwise keep the iPad fully enclosed. When closed, the fit is quite precise and automatically shuts off the iPad mini.
When open, it flips back comfortably without adding much bulk, but it will block the camera port; if you’re going to use the iPad mini to take photos, you’ll have to let the cover hang below.
Another nice feature of the cover is that it’s segmented to allow of multiple display angles: one for viewing movies and a lower one for typing. The magnets do a great job of keeping the iPad at the proper angle…there’s little movement or bounce as you’re typing.
The exterior of the cover is available in black, red, purple and bright green. The back is made of a rigid polycarbonate that only comes in dark gray, but the color works well with the available covers. The inside of the cover and the interior of the back piece are lined with micro suede to keep your iPad’s back and screen free from scratches when in the Studio’s protection.
The fit, as mentioned earlier, is quite precise, but getting the iPad in and out of the case is fairly simple to do. You’ll need to remove it a couple times to feel comfortable with the “snap,” but it never once seemed to stress the iPad mini. The only drawback here is that the edges do not rise above the screen, so there’s no protection for the screen if placed face down when the cover is open. Of course, why would you do that?
The STM Studio case is a solid option all around, but I like it mostly for its protection. Whether closed or open, I feel comfortable letting my kids use the iPad mini with Retina when its in the Studio. I also feel comfortable carrying it around myself, because it’s pretty sharp looking and functional. This is my first iPad mini with Retina display case review, and I definitely started off with a winner.
Provides: Scuff, scratch and drop protection for the iPad mini Retina
Minimum Requirements: iPad mini Retina