Bottom line: This folio-style smart case protects your iPad and more.
Folio-style smart case
Apple Pencil storage/charging slot
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The Fintie Folio Case for iPad might be what you're looking for if you're trying to find the best folio case for your iPad. The folio-style case is made of vegan leather and lined with microfiber. You get four horizontal viewing angles for watching videos, working, drawing, or typing. The inner plastic shell protects your iPad whether the folio is open or closed. The smart case offers Sleep/Wake functionality, which means it goes to sleep when you close the front flap and wakes up when you open it. An Apple Pencil slot lets you charge and store your second-generation Apple Pencil securely when not in use. The case comes in several colorful designs, from basic black to whimsical floral and marble patterns. I tried it out on my iPad mini 6, though it also comes in other sizes.
Fintie Folio Case for iPad: Price and availability
You can find the Fintie Folio Case for iPad in various sizes at major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and the Fintie website. It retails for anywhere from $15 to $25, depending on which model you choose. You can find it in solid colors such as Black, Lilac Purple, Purple, and Rose Gold. You can also pick colorful patterns such as Blossom (seen in my photos), Blooming Hibiscus, Cloudy Marble, Glittering Marble, and Ocean Marble.
Fintie Folio Case for iPad: What's good
The first thing I noticed was the beautiful Blossom design. It's based on Vincent Van Gosh's famous painting, Almond Blossom. I appreciate Fintie's use of colors and patterns, so you can get something simple and plain or something more fanciful if you prefer. Also, with most models under $20, the price is quite reasonable.
Unlike some folio cases, the iPad is encased within a plastic shell, covering the back even when the iPad is propped up. The plastic inner case has a slight lip to protect the screen, cutouts for the camera, a Sleep/Wake button, volume buttons, speaker holes, and a charging port. Apple Pencil users will appreciate the slot that allows you to charge, store, and carry your Apple Pencil securely when not in use.
The folio flap does have Sleep/Wake functionality and folds into a stand for your iPad. The stand has three "stops" to hold the iPad sturdily at three different angles. You can also stand it just past the last "stop" for a lower angle, suitable for typing on-screen or drawing. That lowest angle has nothing to brace it, but you'd have to tap pretty hard to make it shake at all. The inside of the folio portion is microfiber with the company logo embossed out of the way behind the iPad. On the outside of the folio is a slide pocket where you could store paper items.
Fintie Folio Case for iPad: What's not good
As with many inexpensive accessories, the finish isn't perfect. There was a loose thread on mine, which isn't a big deal but might bother some people. However, a gentle pull didn't unravel anything, so I'll just trim it.
The case is on the bulkier size. The thickness does serve to offer some decent drop protection, but it's a heavier case than I usually like to use.
The magnets in the front flap are enough to hold some folio cases closed, but not the Fintie Folio Case. Since the front cover is stiff and not the type that folds behind the iPad, it must be secured closed with the elastic band. However, I found I didn't use the elastic band much. Instead, I just sort of held it closed as I moved my iPad from place to place.
Fintie Folio Case for iPad: Competition
While the Fintie Folio Case for iPad lacks that luxurious feeling, the Nomad Rugged Folio has it in spades. Crafted from genuine American Horween leather, Nomad's case looks and feels elegant.
Check out the Fintie SlimShell Case for iPad for a far less bulky option. It's pretty inexpensive, feather-light, and folds into a stand for your iPad. In addition, it comes in many sizes and colors.
Fintie Folio Case for iPad: Should you buy it?
You should buy this if ...
- You want a well-priced, solid folio smart case
- You want a stand with four different horizontal angles
- You want an Apple Pencil charging/storage slot
You shouldn't buy this if...
- You're looking for something more upscale
- You prefer an ultra-lightweight case
- You don't want to fuss with an elastic closure
This is the case for anyone looking for a solid folio smart case with four different horizontal viewing/use angles. It's also great for anyone who uses an Apple Pencil and wants a slot to charge and store it. If you're looking for genuine high-end leather or a slim, lightweight case, this isn't for you. If the elastic closure strap is going to bother you, keep shopping.
You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a functional case that comes in various colors and patterns. The folio has Sleep/Wake functionality, and it turns into a horizontal stand, featuring four different angles from nearly flat to nearly upright. You can both charge and store your second-generation Apple Pencil in the provided slot. Stash paper items in the outer pocket and secure the folio closed with the elastic band. While it's not as luxurious as some more expensive options, this is a great everyday case for your iPad.
Bottom line: Fintie's Folio Case offers functionality and fun for frugal-mind folks.
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 CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, 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.