Case-Mate Walkabout Case for iPad - accessory review

The Case-Mate Walkabout Case for iPad is a great case if you're looking for something low profile.  It's also slim enough to slip into virtually any bag or briefcase.  The outside has more of a suede feel to it (despite it being tan leather) and doesn't seem to collect dirt like some other lighter colored cases might.  So if you're in the market for a new iPad case that has no bulk but provides decent protection, click on through for a hands-on video, review, and pics!

The first thing you'll notice about this case is the feel. It's definitely genuine leather, but it's got a bit of a suede feel to it. I personally like it. I don't feel like it'll slip out of my hand. The inside of the case is smooth and the fit is just right. When sliding the iPad in the case, you don't feel like you have to force it or that it'll scratch the sides of the device. The closure is lined with magnets as well. There's no buttons or clasps to worry about. The case will simply shut and stay that way. I attempted to hold the case upside down and shake the iPad a bit but the clasp never came undone. So if you're worried about the iPad falling out, you won't have to with this particular case.

I've been using this case for about 2 weeks now and I've had it in bags and sitting on random countertops and tables in the house. It doesn't seem to collect dust or dirt. The case still looks brand new. One of my concerns with lighter colored cases is always that they will get dirty or dingy over time. So far, it's stayed perfectly clean.

On a protection level, the Walkabout will typically protect the iPad from normal wear and tear. It'll prevent from things in your bookbag or briefcase hitting the iPad or scratching it, but I wouldn't go as far to say it would protect you from a serious drop. I'd still be concerned that dropping the iPad on a hard enough surface would still cause some damage (denting, cracking, etc..). It should protect you against moderate to mild drops but I wouldn't expect it to be the equivalent of an Otterbox type case. This case seems to be more geared towards being trendy and sleek than protective.

So if you're looking for something super-trendy and sleek, you can find the Case-Mate Walkabout case for iPad at our TiPb iPad accessory store.


  • Low profile
  • Magnet enclosures are extremely secure and easier to use than clasps or buttons
  • Stays clean despite the lighter color
  • Perfect amount of give - not too tight or too loose


  • Won't provide protection against serious drops
  • It's a little pricey for not providing optimum protection

TiPb iPad 4-star rated

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Allyson Kazmucha

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Case-Mate Walkabout Case for iPad - accessory review


Are you serious? For that price I could just just stuff an envelope with cotton balls and call it a 'case'.

@bear it completely encloses. I guess you could call it a sleeve though. Case mate has it listed as a case, I used the official name is all.
And yea, suede is leather. I just think the name was a little misleading. It doesn't say suede it says leather.

Plain leather would have been better. Suede is very hard to clean. You cannot use water at all. The suede will loose it's look, where plain leather will age much better.

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