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Very nice case - but, it has a flaw (see edit)
on 10 February 2014
This is the third iPad mini case I have bought, and certainly the best in terms of both quality and function. It feels good, it looks good, it does all that it's supposed to, and it's well made, so what's not to like?
Regarding the sleep/wake function, the last case I bought had magnets so strong that they put the iPad to sleep if the cover was folded back against the rear of the iPad. This one doesn't do that; it only puts the iPad to sleep when it's meant to (i.e. when the cover is closed). This is a big plus point for me.
I was unsure about the compromise of buying a leather case with a plastic holding mechanism and very nearly went for an all leather case from a different manufacturer. I'm glad I made the compromise though - the rigidity of the plastic ensures zero movement and optimal positioning without any border coverage.
One final point: Of the three iPad mini cases I have owned, this is the heaviest and the bulkiest. It will add weight and bulk to your device, but not much. Unless you have very specific and very tight size and weight requirements, I can see no reason not to wholeheartedly recommend this case to anyone.
EDIT: So, after months and months of trouble free usage, and happiness with my purchase, something happened which has made me reduce my rating from five stars to only three stars:
I dropped my iPad. The case landed on its top right hand corner and the plastic clip sheared straight off with the cleanest break I've ever seen. The iPad flew straight out of the case and clattered onto the floor, but fortunately appears to be undamaged. Therefore, I can now say that this case does not protect the iPad mini from drops or impact and I can only recommend it for protection from scuffs and scrapes.
It's a pity because I really liked the case, but it is now being replaced by a Jison case.
Belkin, if you're reading this, I have 3 words to say to you by way of advice in making this case great: Use metal clips!