Burkley Rover iPad Cover review: Get a grip on your iPad

There's a lot to love about this full-grain premium leather and protective polycarbonate iPad case. A leather strap across the back pulls out to give you a sure grip on your iPad, then lies flat when not in use. A slot along one side houses your Apple Pencil, cleverly aligned so that your Pencil can charge (iPad Pro only) while nestled safely inside.

The Good

  • Premium full-grain leather
  • Protective polycarbonate shell
  • Leather strap for secure hold
  • Charging-compatible Apple Pencil slot
  • Elegant looks
  • Lightweight

The Bad

  • No kickstand
  • No front protection

Form and function

Burkley Rover iPad Cover: Features

Burkley Rover iPad Cover

The Burkley Rover iPad Cover is a lightweight back-only snap-on cover for the iPad weighing in at just six ounces. The shell is constructed from soft polycarbonate; the inside honeycomb pattern designed to protect the iPad and prevent scratches. An Apple Pencil slot runs along one side. Positioned perfectly to take advantage of the iPad Pro's side charging spot, the Apple Pencil can charge while being stored in its slot. A hole near the bottom gives you a place to stick your Apple Pencil upright while you're using your iPad. There are precision cutouts for all of the iPad's speakers and ports, as well as the camera. The Sleep/Wake and volume buttons have button covers. Since the volume buttons are within the Apple Pencil slot, the volume button covers have "stilts" to reach the buttons. This may sound odd, but it works. A slightly raised lip around the bezel means that your iPad's screen won't touch the table when placed face-down.

If you're looking for a snap-on back cover for your iPad, the Burkley Rover should be a top contender.

The back of the case is where you'll find the high-quality, full-grain leather Burkley is known for. As with any natural leather product, each case will look unique with its own pattern of striations. Additionally, the leather will develop a patina over time. The leather covers most of the back, carefully stitched into place on the polycarbonate shell. A strap built into the back of the cover is large enough to put four fingers through, giving you a secure grip on your iPad. Unlike the similarly-designed iPhone case, this strap does not double as a kickstand, unfortunately. The Burkley buffalo logo is tastefully embossed on the back of the case; the Burkley name isn't anywhere to be found.

The Burkley Rover iPad Cover is available for the 11-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, iPad mini (2019), and 10.5-inch iPad Air (2019). For each model, you can choose from two colors: Distressed Antique Coffee, as seen in my photos, or Burnished Tan.

Grip, protection, and quality

Burkley Rover iPad Cover: What I like

I like that this case is lightweight and yet protective. The soft polycarbonate shell surrounds and protects the iPad, while the leather gives the case a gorgeous look and feel. The strap across the back offers even more security, as you're less likely to drop your iPad when you can get such a good grip on it.

For Apple Pencil users, this is an ideal setup. Your Apple Pencil nestles securely next to the iPad in its slot, and it charges while inside (iPad Pro only).

Burkley Rover iPad Cover

No front protection or kickstand

Burkley Rover iPad Cover: What I don't like

My personal preference is for iPad cases that also have a front flap that can be converted into a viewing stand. The Burkley Rover iPad Cover is strictly a back cover for the iPad. There is no front protection other than the lip around the edge. Further, there is no stand built into this case. So, if you want your iPad upright, you'll need a separate stand. The two color choices offered are nice enough, but they're both brown. I'd like to see this in other colors as well.

Just a cool product

Burkley Rover iPad Cover: Bottom line

The Burkley Rover iPad Cover is a lightweight case that combines protective polycarbonate and high-quality full-grain leather. A secure strap across the back gives you a nice comfortable grip on your iPad. Charge (if you have the iPad Pro) and store your Apple Pencil in the specially designed slot along one side. If you're looking for a snap-on back cover for your iPad, the Burkley Rover should be a top contender.

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Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at TechRadar and Tom's Guide. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, CNET, AppAdvice, and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.