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ZooGue's Case Prodigy iPad case has a magnetic personality

ZooGue has made some of the most flexible iPad cases in the past, and the new ZooGue Case Prodigy ($59.99) carries on the tradition while getting rid of the Velcro that made the Case Genius Pro (still available for $49.99) so adjustable and so popular.

In this review we'll take a look at the Case Prodigy, and you'll have an opportunity to win either a Case Prodigy or Case Genius Pro courtesy of TUAW and ZooGue.

Design

The Case Prodigy works with the second through fourth-generation iPads, and is a modernization of ZooGue CEO Tim Angel's original iPad case design. What makes all of the ZooGue cases so useful is their adjustability, and the Case Prodigy is no slouch in that department.

Instead of having strips of Velcro in strategic places, the Case Prodigy uses magnets. The magnets provide solid adjustability to six different angles while the case is in landscape orientation. There's also a magnetic closure to keep the case closed while you're bounding around with it.

Inside, the case has a well-designed leather-like enclosure to hold your iPad in place. It slides into the enclosure through a Velcro closure (What? No magnet?) that ensures that your iPad is going nowhere once it's in place. There's a microfiber material on the inside cover of the Case Prodigy to clean and protect your iPad display.

The exterior is made of a "leatherette" material and I have to say that it looks good. It has a nice, clean appearance. At this time, the case comes in one color, so you'd better like black.

Functionality

The Case Prodigy works quite well. The magnetic cover closure stays in place and there are magnets in the cover to turn your iPad on and off. But the real innovation here is using magnets in the adjustable "kickstand" that props the case up.

The tips of that kickstand have powerful magnets in them that stick in cloth-lined slots on the back of the case. Whether you have the case propped almost vertical or just barely propped up, the magnets hold the iPad securely in place.

I was pretty happy with the original Case Genius Pro, but the Case Prodigy really brings ZooGue's cases to a new level. However, if you like the hand strap that was on the original case, well -- you'll have to get the original case. There's no hand strap on the Case Prodigy.

Conclusion

ZooGue's Tim Angel has done it again, with another highly adjustable, well-built, and cost-effective iPad case. If you're looking for a reasonably-priced iPad case to keep your tablet protected, you can't go wrong with the Case Prodigy.

Pros

  • Magnetic kickstand is adjustable and highly stable
  • Magnetic case closure works well to keep the cover closed during transit
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • None to speak of

Who is it for?

  • Anyone who owns a second through fourth-generation iPad who wants a well-made and reasonably priced case with an innovative magnetic stand mechanism

Giveaway

Thanks to ZooGue, we're giving away one Case Prodigy and one Case Genius Pro! Here are the rules for the giveaway:

  • Open to legal US residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, fill out the form below completely and click or tap the Submit button.
  • The entry must be made before December 25, 2012 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • Two winners will be selected. One will receive a ZooGue Case Prodigy iPad case valued at $59.99, while the other receives a ZooGue Case Genius Pro valued at $49.99
  • Click Here for complete Official Rules.

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