Pad & Quill Contega for the new iPad review

Wrap your new iPad in handcrafted leather and birch with Pad & Quill's classic Contega case

The Pad & Quill Contega case for the new iPad updates their iPad 2 case for Apple's third generation tablet. Granted, it's not a major change -- they've teased that will come soon enough -- but it does make the adjustments necessary to get an already fabulous case working on the latest iPad. That makes this review really simple: if you loved the Contega on your iPad 2, you'll love it on your new iPad. If you didn't try it on your previous iPad, or this is your first iPad, and you're a fan of the moleskin look and feel, then you're in for a real treat.

Pad & Quill Contega for the new iPad review

Pad & Quill cases are lovingly created by Mr. & Mrs. PQ in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and locally handcrafted out of the finest Spanish bonded leather and single sheet Baltic birch. They're traditional, artesanal, beautiful. Like we said in our previous review, there's just something about wrapping Apple's latest glass and aluminum technology in old world materials...

The Contega is P&Q's higher end case and has several great features, both carried over from the previous generation and new for the new iPad model. The Baltic birch frame is now stronger than ever and has a Sure-Lock bumper system to hold your new iPad securely in place. The cover contains the same kind of magnets as Apple's own Smart Cover, so opening and closing the Contega turns your iPad on and off, just like the Smart Cover. It's got a sound channel that redirects as much of the iPad's tiny speaker back at you as possible, and a cutout for the camera so you don't have to remove your new iPad to use the much improved new camera. And the Contega also includes a secret hidden pocket for your secret hidden papers!

The Pad & Quill Contega case for the new iPad is black on the outside but hides a colored heart within -- camden blue, cranberry red, field green, plum, and french roast are your options. (Those last two are new to the new model.) Because of rather cunning grooves inside the cover, you can also use the Contega to prop up your iPad for easy video watching -- at two different angles. Flip it over, and the cover works to hold your iPad at a better typing angle as well. Close it up, and a handy elastic snaps around to hold it closed.

The good

  • Stunningly beautiful design
  • Amazing craftsmanship
  • Can be easily positioned for easy typing or video watching
  • Hidden pocket for papers

The bad

  • Leather and wood is bulkier than plastic film

The bottom line

Because of it's relative bulk and classical design, and the premium price for such a premium product, the Pad & Quill Contega will never appeal to every iPad user. Nor should it. Art isn't about mass appeal. It's about being authentic and making a statement. For those who want to carry their iPad around with the comfort and flair of an old world book, the Pad & Quill Contega remains the gold standard.

$99 - Buy now

Update: The fine folks at Pad & Quill have been gracious enough to send us a coupon code for iMore readers! Just enter iMR31 on checkout and received 10% off the Octavo and/or Contega cases for the new iPad (3rd generation).

Georgia

Senior Editor at iMore and a practicing therapist specializing in stress and anxiety. She speaks everywhere from conferences to corporations, hosts the ZEN & TECH podcast, and should be followed on Twitter @Georgia_Prime.

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Pad & Quill Contega for the new iPad review

6 Comments

I recently purchased the Contega for the new iPad and I am extremely please with it. I had a Targus case for my iPad 2 and while it served its purpose well, the Contega case is a class above. It feels great, looks sharp, and I get compliments on it all the time. Most people think it is a book until I open it up or they take a closer look at the "pages" when the case is closed.

It looks to me like the strap that holds the case together would be blocking the camera when it's not in use,not a big deal but I had a similar case for an android tablet, not as nice as this one, and that got to be a real nuisence the few times I did try to use the camera.

You cant use the camera with the cover closed anyway, when you opened it the elastic will dangle away from the lens.

What timing on this review! I had been wanting this case for weeks and yesterday I just placed my order for this exact case in the Field Green. What also loved is that I live in Minneapolis and I drove to their warehouse and picked it up a couple hours later. I always have loved the Moleskin notebooks but never had the need for one, so this case is the best I could have ask for. The price was a bit much, but so worth it. This is my first Ipad too..

I do agree with all the concepts you have introduced to your post. They're very convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are too brief for beginners. May just you please prolong them a little from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.