Dodocase Two Tone turns your iPad into an old-school notebook [Review]

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Dodocase Two Tone looks right at home in a classroom or coffeeshop.
Dodocase Two Tone looks right at home in a classroom or coffeeshop.
Photo: Dodocase

The Dodocase Two Tone brings a retro look to iPad or iPad Pro. You could almost write “Trig” on the cover in Magic Marker and feel like you’re in high school again.

And this case is very lightweight while still doing double duty as a stand. There’s even an Apple Pencil holder.

The Dodocase Two Tone is available for a wide range of iOS tablets, including the 2018 iPad Pro models.  Prices start at $64.95.

Dodocase Two Tone for iPad Pro Review

Dodocase says the design of the Two Tone was “inspired by the artist journals of years gone by.” It really does look like a paper notebook, an illusion aided by the extreme slimness of the iPad.

The case comes in a range of color combinations. Our sample is two-tone Granite Green with Gunnysack interior; other options involve shades of black, grey, and merlot.  Or the colors and materials can be customized with many more options for an additional $15. A printed monogram can be added for $9.95.

DodoCase Two Tone for iPad has an old-school look, and it comes in several color schemes.
Dodocase Two Tone for iPad has an old-school look, and it comes in several color schemes.
Photo: Dodocase

Of course, the Two Tone case wraps around the front and back of the tablet p[rotecting against scratches and light blows. The corners are crisp, as one would expect of something produced in a bookbindery. The cover is held closed with an elastic band. Closing the cover shuts off the computer’s screen, while opening it wakes up the device. 

On the inside is a slim and lightweight polycarbonate tray that holds the iPad securely. There are openings for all the tablet’s buttons, speakers, ports, cameras, etc. 

On the versions for the 2018 iPad Pro models, one side of the tray is open to allow the Apple Pencil to connect and charge. Dodocase even added an elastic loop that gives this stylus some extra security without ever interfering with the connection.  

The Two Tone folds into a stand for the tablet. The computer’s screen is held up at just one angle, about 147 degrees. We say “about” because the angle has gotten noticeably steeper in the weeks we’ve tested this case. We’d be concerned it’s going to eventually collapse completely except Dodocase has been making similar products for years and there aren’t online complaints about those failing as stands.

Dodocase Two Tone final thoughts

Bigger, heavier cases offer more protection, but the Dodocase Two Tone is very slim and lightweight. It also has a retro look that must be a relief to people who aren‘t fans of the iPad’s cold expanses of glass and aluminum.

The elastic strap does its job well, but we wish the stand offers more viewing angles.

The Two Tone is available now on the Dodocase website.  The version we tested for the 2018 iPad Pro 12.9-inch sells for $69.95.

Dodocase provided Cult of Mac with a review unit for this article. See our reviews policy, and check out more stuff we recommend.

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Apple busts out iPad Pro tips in new vids

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Sketching with an Apple Pencil is the merest tip of the iceberg of Apple’s suggestions for making your iPad Pro more useful.
Sketching with an Apple Pencil is the merest tip of the iceberg of Apple’s suggestions for making your iPad Pro more productive.
Screenshot: Apple

Making your iPad Pro more useful is the theme of a series of short videos released today by Apple. Each takes a common task and briefly shows how it can be tackled with a iOS tablet and Apple Pencil.

There’re suggestions on creating presentations and podcasts, going paperless, and more. Watch all five videos now.

Satechi USB-C hub adds the ports iPad Pro needs most [Review]

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Satechi USB-C hub for 2018 iPad Pro
A USB-C hub can’t make an iPad Pro into a full desktop but Satechi‘s really tries.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

A new Satechi USB-C hub designed specifically for the 2018 iPad Pro adds all the the most-useful ports to Apple’s latest tablet. With it, you can add headphones, an external monitor and other USB-A accessories. All in a tiny package.

Those who want even ports can choose instead this company’s slightly larger but still slim USB-C hub designed for laptops. This also works with the new iPad.

Don’t miss our hands-on review of the Satechi Alumiunium Type-C Mobile Pro Hub, as well as the Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter V2.

Preorder this keyboard that’s a brilliant match for the 2018 iPad Pro

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Brydge for 2018 iPad Pro makes this tablet into a notebook.
Brydge for 2018 iPad Pro makes this tablet into a notebook.
Photo: Brydge

CES 2019 bugThe wait for Brydge’s sweet add-on keyboard for the new iPad Pro is almost over. The company today began taking pre-orders for an accessory that fully embraces the concept of turning this tablet into a laptop.

This premium keyboard has an all-aluminum casing and ships with a magnetic cover that protects the back of the iPad.

Apple explains why some LTE iPad Pros might come bent

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The screen really is beautiful.
Apple and some iPad Pro customers are debating “How bent is too bent?’
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A recent support document from Apple describes a manufacturing process that’s apparently the cause of complaints that 2018 iPad Pro units sometimes arrive new from the store already slightly bent.

While acknowledging that this is possible, Apple stands by its earlier statements that its inspection process eliminates any units that are bent more than 0.016 inches.

Zagg’s new iPad Pro keyboard cases beautifully hold Apple Pencil

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Zagg Slim Book Go
A Zagg Slim Book Go keyboard case for the 12.9- and 11-inch iPad Pro is in the offing.
Photo: Zagg

CES 2019 bugZagg is using the Consumer Electronics Show to unveil a trio of clip-on keyboards for the newest iPad Pro and iPad models: the Slim Book Go, Rugged Book Go, and Messenger Folio. These range from lightweight to more rugged options.

In addition, Zagg subsidiary InvisibleShield launched advanced screen protectors for the 2018 iPads that won a CES award.

Create an on-the-go office with this rugged iPad Pro case

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The Urban Armor Gear Metropolis iPad Pro case was created with the modern wanderer in mind.
The Urban Armor Gear Metropolis iPad Pro case was created with the modern wanderer in mind.
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Urban Armor Gear created its new Metropolis case for people who take the  2018 iPad Pro to more than offices and coffee shops.

This rugged case protects the tablet from drops and impacts, plus it includes a stand and an Apple Pencil holder.

Get a second iPad Pro USB-C power charger for $29

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The power charger from the 2018 iPad Pro isn’t well suited for travel.
The power charger from the 2018 iPad Pro isn’t well suited for travel.
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The 2018 iPad Pro comes with an 18W power adapter. Apple just began selling this as a separate item.

Having a second charger for your tablet when you’re on the go is convenient, but Apple’s $29 offering might not be the best choice.

5 reasons I regret getting a 2018 iPad Pro [Review]

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Do the drawbacks of the 2018 iPad Pro outweigh its advantages?
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The latest iPad Pro includes the most significant changes Apple has made to its tablets in years. There’s USB-C instead of Lightning, Face ID instead of Touch ID, and the device is more portable.  In some ways it’s better than a MacBook.

But that’s not to say Apple got everything right. The 2018 iPad Pro has problems noticeable enough to leave me questioning whether I made the right decision buying one.

OtterBox’s first folio case for 2018 iPad Pro is sleek but protective

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Symmetry Series 360 offers sleek protection for iPad Pro (11-inch) and iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd Gen).
Symmetry Series 360 offers sleek protection for iPad Pro (11-inch) and iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd Gen).
Photo: OtterBox

The Symmetry Series 360 just became the first OtterBox case released for the newest iPad Pro. This isn’t one of the super-rugged cases this company is best known for, but it brings some protection without adding a lot of bulk.

A bulkier OtterBox Defender case promising even greater shelter for the latest iOS tablet was announced a few weeks ago but is not yet available.