If Allan Quatermain had owned an iPad, and if he had been a living person instead of a fictional construct, he would have used the Pad&Quill’s new Aria case for his Mini. It’s a beautiful, leather-bound book cover for the little tablet, and it doubles as a stand. Perfect for any skilled hunter trying to spread civilization to the “Dark Continent.”
Though I prefer the slimline solution of Apple’s own Smart Cover on my mini, I keep my Kindle Paperwhite in a P&Q case, where it seems to belong. The build quality of these cases is all but faultless, and in recent incarnations the cases are also significantly slimmer and lighter than the original.
The Aria is coated in full grain leather, sourced in the U.S. of A. Around the back is a leather catch, which grabs the edge of the front cover when you wrap it around, and a clever fold lets the cover turn into a stand.
The case has the same Baltic birch frame to hold the mini inside, and a sleep/wake magnet for screen-control duty.
In short, if you’re looking for a beautiful and functional case, which protects from bumps as well as thieving eyes, and you don’t really care about slim and svelte, then this is the case to buy. It’ll probably outlast your mini. $90.