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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

loving my Snugg iPad cover

You may have noticed recently that a few of my reviews — such as for Blue Caprice — have a new legend in the “how I saw it” section: “viewed on my iPad.” A big-screen setup with Internet connection is not an option for me right now — I have neither the dough nor the space for it — and the iPad has been a wonderful substitute. Sure, the screen is small, compared to a 42-inch plasma, but when it’s sitting right next to your laptop instead of across the room, it works. And it means my laptop is freed up to do other stuff — such as take notes on a film I’m watching. The iPad really has upped my productivity.

Anyway, apparently the people who make Snugg iPad covers noticed me mention my iPad, because they offered me the chance to test out one of their products. I’ve been using the Snugg iPad 4 case — in snazzy red leather — for a few weeks now, and I infinitely prefer it to the Smart Cover I bought at the same time I got the iPad (though the Smart Cover is nice, too). As a stand, the Snugg is much sturdier:

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But the feature that really makes the Snugg a winner is the handstrap:

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I’m absolutely terrified of dropping my iPad, and this pretty much ensures that I won’t.

The only downside I’ve noticed to the Snugg, in fact — which was never an issue with the Smart Cover — is that while the Snugg is supposed to put the iPad to sleep when you close the cover, it doesn’t always work. So I’ve learned to listen for that distinctive snick that means the iPad has gone to sleep, and if I don’t hear it, opening and closing the cover again will do the trick.

The Snugg iPad 4 case comes in a crazy array of colors, and they have a lot of other cases for smartphones, tablets, Kindles, and the like. My Snugg is very luxurious, and makes my iPad look and feel like an elegant old book.

Snugg is at both TheSnugg.com and TheSnugg.co.uk. The Snugg I bought is also available at Amazon U.S., Amazon Canada, and Amazon U.K..


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