Since Apple only offers silicone for the iPad Smart Folio and many other companies use the same product or plastic, it’s good to see Nomad’s high-quality leather options for the iPad Pro and iPad Air.
- Full-grain leather with high-quality polycarbonate core
- slim design
- Thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) protector
- Folio features smart wake/sleep function with magnetic closure and tripod stand
- Compatible with Apple Pencil
- Price: $99 – $169
materials and construction
The iPad Modern Leather Case and Folio (two premium products) are meticulously crafted, showing off the quality of the full-grain leather from the first time you hold it. The interior is made of soft microfiber and the protective TPE bumper blends seamlessly with the leather.
The leather wallet and bag are available in rustic brown or black and come with a two-year warranty.
The accuracy of the modern leather holster really stood out to me. Everything from the speaker, microphone, camera, and Apple Pencil slots to the ultra-smooth transition between the leather and TPE bumper, to the overall fit, is in place.
I also think Nomad struck a great balance between a slim design and keeping the iPad Modern Leather Case and Folio protective. Together with the polycarbonate core that the skin adheres to, the TPE bumper sits 1.2mm above the screen, so it’s protected even face down on surfaces.
The only bit of constructive criticism I can think of is that it was great to see Nomad use metal for the top and volume buttons because the TPE gives a squishy feel. But I understand that it will probably be difficult to do with a TPE bumper.
This case and paper will naturally exclude a portion of customers with price points over $99 / $149. But for those willing to invest the money for luxurious skin protection that will last for years, it’s easy to recommend the iPad case and folio.
The iPad Modern Leather Case is available directly from Nomad for $99.95 for the third generation 11-inch iPad Pro. For the 12.9-inch iPad Pro fifth generation, it’s $119.95. It’s also available for older iPad Pro models and the latest iPad Air.
Meanwhile, the iPad Modern Leather Folio is priced at $149.95 for the latest 11-inch iPad Pro and $169.95 for the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Versions are also available for the current iPad Air and older iPad Pro.
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