At Pad and Quill, it would appear that “plastic” is a taboo phrase on a par with George Carlin’s “Seven Words You Can’t Say On TV.” Their trademark materials – lacquered Baltic Birch veneer shells wrapped in fine Italian leather – combine the Arctic circle and the Mediterranean into one handsome and functional package.
If their ninety-dollar Contega case is too rich for your blood, but you still want to wrap your iPad 2 in something a bit…classier than injection-molded plastic, check out their Octavo model (US$59.99). It shares many of the Contega’s selling points, including the elastic closure, Smart Cover-style magnetic switching, and clever acoustic amplifying channel, and adds a clever fillip of its own (a fabric “bookmark” to easily pop your tablet out of the wooden bumper-style enclosure). Unlike the Contega, the Octavo’s flap does not have as many support options for desktop display — and if you want the same hidden pocket, it’ll cost you another ten bucks. Still, this is a classy, beautifully-made way to protect your tablet without looking like the Same Old Same Old.
Check out our hands-on review below: