Another FolioGuard case review
I was lucky enough to be greeted by the UPS man today with a FolioGuard prototype. Thanks to the others (jms_uk, it2steve) for their great reviews. They have really done a great job, and I agree with everything that they have said thus far. Therefore, I'll touch briefly on the build, fit and features, then add my thoughts for improvement.
You can see the fit of this case is very good. It appears well made, and the Transformer doesn't slide around during normal use.
Care has been taken not to cover any of the critical buttons/or connections which I appreciate! No need to remove the unit from the case to insert a microSD, or connect HDMI. Likewise the proprietary connector is accessible, as are the power/volume and headphone connector. Also cutouts for the speakers have been integrated. A+
Viewing angles are good, though I would like to see a more shallow angle for desktop typing. More on this later, as I have some ideas for this.
The indents are plenty deep enough to hold the unit upright and stable. As was discussed in another review, if you are familiar with the clip case for the Gtab, these grooves hold the tablet much better.
This is one area where I am a little concerned. If you are carrying the folio case by the edge, the transformer will slide. That said, the flap is designed to stop from falling completely out, but I am worried after a bit of use, this may not be the case.
My advice would be to put some sort of velcro on the flap and the inside of the case which would solve this problem. I'll make the modification and post an update in a few days.
My next complaint, be it minor, was also addressed in another review. The magnets don't hold the case closed very tightly. I'd like to see a little stronger implementation which includes a magnetic strip along the cases' entire length.
As mentioned above, I also really want to see a more shallow typing angle as I use this tablet in meetings when I need to type a quick note or run a terminal session. My initial thought would be to design the front flap so that the very first indent can fold. This would allow one to fold the case in half, while folding up this flap, which rests in the crease on the back of the case. I hope that makes sense, I am going to try and work with the case a bit and see if I can make a modification. Pics will be included with my findings.
All in all this is a GREAT first attempt for an aftermarket case, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy one. The build quality is really good, and it's pretty well thought out.