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Top 6 iPAD covers and cases (including iPAD Mini)

This is a quick review of some iPAD covers that are the best available and you can buy online at Amazon US or UK or directly at, however, the prices from Amazon seem to be generally lower and available with Amazon Prime. That lower price + amazon fulfillment are a winning combination for any savvy shopper who is considering what is the best tablet case or cover for their device. When you open the package and see a top notch product you feel immediately relieved and happy that you got the right deal.

We’ll count down from 6th to 1st like we are having a short version of a David Letterman style list. In every case we recommend you remember the following tip:

Click through the item(s) below to see the bigger and better images on Amazon. The little icons below don’t do justice to the products.



The is the basic cover for the low price good quality. There are tons of cheap covers in this world and our reviewers have used and tested many of them. Some of them fall apart with moderate usage within a month or two(some even less!).

Amazon itself is chalked full of cheap offers from Hong Kong, China, etc… where they charge 10 bucks for a cover and free shipping, but we have watched those disintegrate within a very short period of time. After waiting 2-4 weeks for the magical iPAD fairly to deliver your “great deal” you hope something good shows up. By the way if you have a problem with an overseas company you may as well start praying because it will take alot of divine intervention to get them to care about you. For an extra few bucks why not skip the headaches and buy local from an AMAZON prime merchant?

And when you are protecting such a vital product like an iPAD it makes sense to step up to a level of quality you can have piece of mind with. The high quality white contrasting stitching combined with a nice feel on the PU leather  make this a terrific value. With amazon prime you will have it as quick as you can wish for it as well. This fits the iPAD 2, 3 & 4 models very well.


iPAD UK <— Same basic cover at a great price, but available on Amazon prime in the UK and quick deliver all throughout Europe.


Coming in at number five we can see that price is important, but to step up from basic with all important carrying strap is worth the extra few bucks. There is no doubt that having the high quality hand guided stitching with thick gauge contrasting thread adds a great look and feel. But the oversized hand strap is VERY handy to have for lots of reasons. If you are taking notes, sharing a screen, or just trying adjust your iPAD to show a different view the very durable and well made hand strap will give you the chance to have all of these features right now.


ipad mini – The same exact cover design with the hand strap is available for iPAD mini in the original Black as well as Pink and White. The colors are a great option, especially for kids.

iPAD Mini US – Black

iPAD Mini US – Pink

iPAD Mini US – White



iPAD Mini UK – Same iPAD mini options as noted above, but for the UK and Europe.

iPAD Mini Black with Hand Strap for UK

iPAD Mini Pink with Hand Strap for UK


What is smarter than the APPLE smart cover? The APLJUS origami cover with more positions and a better feel not to mention a lower price. The strong magent at the side does a great job of grabbing hold of the iPAD. The durable top will protect your screen. Some people prefer to buy a silicone backer for this so that the back of your iPAD is covered too, while others want to let the beautiful back of the iPAD speak for itself. The versatile design gives you more option than the smart cover. In fact you get double the viewing options for half the price. That’s math we can all understand. The inner structure of the panels is very high quality compared to some knock offs that are inserting card board rather than very durable resins.




Magnetic Origami Flip Cover for IPAD 2, 3 or 4 – Black – Amazon UK

Magnetic Origami Flip Cover for IPAD 2, 3 or 4 – White – Amazon UK


Rotating is a great feature for flexible viewing. The 360 degree rotator allows the iPAD to snap into a protective plastic case and then rotate freely in a circle until you find the best spot for you. The deep grooves in the case also allow very stable viewing once you have found just the right position for your iPAD. Once again you can feel the difference between cheap knock offs and high quality. The feel of the PU leather has almost a cushioned feel to it and the interior has the feel of a nice velvet. Everything about this case indicates a high quality look and feel. Plus as you rotate the beautiful APPLE logo shines from the back just as Mr. Jobs would have intended. This really has a tremendous look and feel and is well worth the upgrade.

iPAD 2, 3, 4 – Black

iPAD Mini – Black

iPAD Mini – Pink

iPAD Mini – White

iPAD 2, 3, 4 Rotating Case in Black – UK

iPAD Mini Rotating Case in Black – UK

iPAD mini Rotating Case in Pink – Uk

iPAD mini Rotating Case in White – UK



For fashion forward executives (in other words those with taste) the rotating option is cool, but  often takes a back seat to design. And so the belt buckle style with an easy snap action was born. This high styled design has the cool and unique look of the belt buckle, but the whole buckle snaps or unsnaps with a very high quality feel to keep the access to your beloved iPAD quick and easy. The PU leather on this case feels better than most real leather cases. It is soft, supple and the contrast of the belted look make this a beautiful addition to any board room. The pictures don’t do it justice since we have reviewed it in person. You have to try it out to see how incredible this design is.


iPAD – Black

iPAD – Light Blue

iPAD – Grey

iPAD Case for 2, 3 & 4 Belt Buckled Folio Cover – Black – UK

iPAD Case for 2, 3 & 4 Belt Buckled Folio Cover – Light Blue – UK

iPAD Case for 2, 3 & 4 Belt Buckled Folio Cover – Grey – UK


The best case for busy people on the go who need to maximize the power of the iPAD is a high quality case with a blue tooth keyboard. The keyboard really multiplies the power of the iPAD in a meaningful and immediate way. The high quality silicone keyboard is water resistant and you can really feel the difference between it and some of the plastic competitors out there. If you are looking for a gift for father’s day, mother’s day or just want to make someone feel like a CEO while they are rocking their iPAD this case will do the job. The high end PU and incredibly detailed stitching really let you know you have reached the top. This is by far the most productive case, while still combining excellent safety for your iPAD as well. Just do it!


UK APLJUS with keyboard – This is the same executive styled iPAD case with built in blue tooth keyboard for the European market.


We have reviewed cases from many different brands of iPAD cases and ipad mini covers including thesnugg, kensington, griffen, cheap chinese crappy cases (not a brand – more like a category) and many others. APLJUS was the clear winner in terms of quality and price. They need more colors and devices to be covered, but there is no doubt the quality is what will carry this brand forward.

Refinish Hardwood Floors Or Buy New?

Many have been asking this question and not long ago, it might have made more sense to sand and refinish hardwood flooring before replacing it. It can potentially save money, but is it worth the hassle? Continue reading Refinish Hardwood Floors Or Buy New?


Mike Rowe Works

Mike Rowe who is has brought us great shows like DIRTY JOBS, funny Ford Commercials and even   narration on Discover’s Deadliest Catch and is now at least a B level celebrity. (maybe B+?)

Either way Mike has become a very salient and proud voice about the value of trade skills and classic good ‘ole hard work in an era filled with a culture pushing people to do less and less real work and rely on the government more and more.

Mike tell’s the best stories and makes the most compelling arguments about hard work and why there is extraordinary value in skilled labor for the individual who learns the trade and why there is such a critical need for it to make our world to go ’round. To check out his new site go here:


For the official press release read below:

Mike Rowe Is No Expert, But He Knows Where to Find Them

After being an apprentice on nearly 300 dirty jobs, Mike Rowe is still no expert, but he sure knows where to find them. In 2008, Mike launched mikeroweWORKS, a website dedicated to championing the cause of hard workers and reinvigorating the skilled trades.  Since then, mrW has provided resources, news, and a community forum for folks from all kinds of trades. Now, with the launch of the Trades Hub, the goals of mrW can be expanded even further and across many more website portals.

Think of Trade Hubs as a “first cousin” to mrW. With this new platform, we’ll be able to pull together even more experts from such diverse trade fields as constructionplumbinglandscaping, manufacturing, machinery and HVAC just to name a few.

Here’s what you can look for at the Trades Hub:

More High Quality Content: The mrW Trades Hub will be pulling together all kinds of blogs, articles and news stories relating to the trades, by the trades and for the trades. They will be updated throughout the day.

One Stop Shop: With an easy to navigate site, users will be able to quickly source out those areas of interest that appeal to them on any given day. The links will take them right to where they want to go without sorting through all kinds of search engine pages for the right site.

Finding the Diamond in the Rough: When you consider the millions of new pages and posts uploaded across the internet everyday it’s hard to find the best representations for your interests. Trade Hubs takes internet searching to the next level by identifying those popular blog and websites that might normally go unnoticed if you’re not a regular subscriber.

Building Up the Trades Community: “The skills gap is a real concern that’s getting more worrisome every day.  Fewer skilled tradesmen in the workforce will affect us all.  Younger folks need to have a better understanding of how they can benefit from learning a trade, and parents need to encourage their kids to consider this worthwhile and important path.  mrW strives to reinvigorate the trades.  The mrW Trades Hub will help us in that effort.”

mikeroweWORKS would like to thank Tony Karrer with assistance from John Sonnhalter for their efforts in getting the Trades Hub up and running.







What is a super laminate flooring?

Take a quick view of AABSO super laminate flooring in this quick video:



Wall Street Journal talks Flooring

In a post last week the proposed engineered hardwood flooring duty was discussed. Now the Wall Street journal has picked up the story as well.

They rightly point out that this is not about made in the USA vs. made in China. In fact this is a battle “pitting American flooring distributors against one another, as manufacturer-owned companies seeking the duties face off with independent firms.”


hardwood chart
What this chart doesn't show is that the complaining US companies are buying alot of the Chinese wood and reselling it, therefore they haven't lost as much market share as this production chart indicates. Even the WSJ can make mistakes

Furniture and Flooring are closely related

Flooring and furniture go together like peas and carrots to quote Forest Gump. In fact flooring rarely is alone in a room it is surround by furnishings of all kinds.

Lately furniture has been getting absolutley hammered by the recession. Industry insiders often lament that the category is down 50%, some even say 70%, from it’s peak time. Of course the peak was driven by an unsustainable bubble, but it certainly has been a struggle for the furniture business.

Today more and more furniture is becoming something that is both affordable and fashionable. Instead of shopping at IKEA for a coffee table that will require 6 hours of assembly, although costs the same as a pack of gum, you can buy solid wood tables with zero assembly or light assembly that takes minutes for a very reasonable price.

Additionally around the world people are looking to the United States more and more often to see what fashions are driving buying in that key country. New York and Los Angeles often lead the fashionistas in the USA so it’s natural that inspiration emanates from there.

A very cool furniture website driving by these trends is called The sleek selection and very attractive prices topped by the FREE SHIPPING on orders over a certain $$ amount make it a very interesting choice for furniture. The Outdoor Furniture selection was very nice and worth a visit in the spring time!

An with the exception of the outdoor selections it seems clear that furniture will be mixed with flooring in 99.8% of homes. That other .02% has decided that they don’t want furniture obstructing the beauty of their new flooring. 🙂


outdoor furniture
Outdoor furniture is extra exciting during the Spring!