REVIEWED: Odoyo AirCoat case for iPad Air & iPad Mini

Multi-functional case on sale in Tesco, but clean lines too easily pick-up dirt

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A gymnastic design able to support an Apple tablet in myriad ways, Odoyo’s AirCoat boasts a high quality design. However, a mottled finish and soft suede-like inner ultimately lack long-term usability, picking-up dirt and marks too easily.

Mottled finish

Available in white, pink and blue, each has a soft grey suede lining inside. On the exterior is a mottled design that apes nature, though ultimately use of bright, stark plastic is dominant.

Cut-outs

The plastic cradle that supports the iPad is robut, and features cutouts down below for the speakers and Apple Lightning dock, for the camera and microphone on the rear, and for the standby button, headphones jack and microphone up top. There’s also a nice cutout for the volume rockers on the side. It’s an excellent design.

Gymnastics

A crease in the front cover of the AirCoat allows the usual gymnastics. A low position is the easiest to achieve with just a fold, though there’s a clip on the back for harnessing the front cover for taught typing and video viewing positions. There’s not much the AirCoat can’t do, though that rear clasp would be easier to use if it was softer; it requires being teased apart by a fingernail to be of any use.

Easy to mark

It’s functional – it wakes and puts to sleep its host merely by lifting the cover – but we’re not convinced the AirCoat is much good for travel. Despite featuring all the positions needed for work and play on an iPad, both its mottled outer and soft suede inner too easily pick up marks that are impossible to shift. In our short test, after a sole train journey the AirCoat picked-up two blemishes on the outside and one inside, all three of them hard to remove.

Price as reviewed: £30 (iPad Air)/£25 (iPad Mini)

Buy the Odoyo AirCoat case for iPad Air & iPad Mini