I recently replaced my iPad 1 with a new iPad Mini. I had used an Apple case on the iPad 1, but to be frank, most of the time I removed the iPad and used it bare.
When I bought the iPad Mini I was impressed by its size and weight, but was more concerned about the possibility of dropping it than I was with the earlier iPad.
I searched the Internet for a case that would:
1) protect the iPad
2) serve as a stand
3) have a hand strap to use when holding the iPad and using it
4) the case should power down the iPad when closed
This case does them all and feels real quality.
I recommend one of these cases to anyone who wants one for their iPad Mini.