The fine folks at ModulR were nice enough to send us their new ModulR iPad Case Accessory System. I don’t think I have been this excited to get a case since I first saw the Method Portfolio by M-Edge. The accessory system comes not only with an iPad case but also a cover, stand and wall mount ($99.00USD). I thought for many reasons this case was going to quickly transition into my full-time keeper, displayer and protector of my tablet goodness. The only problem with this vision is the fact that I leave the house!
Let me explain. On paper the ModulR case is amazing. The iPad sits stable in the case and the cover protects the screen with the additional cover. The problem with that is the cover cannot be on when you need to charge it as it covers the 30-pin connector. In addition, the bulk of the case makes it almost impossible to switch the toggle for screen orientation lock. A problem that will be mitigated with the OS 4.2 Update in a few weeks. The most striking thing about the case are the 4 ‘nodes’ as they are referred to. These nodes are the connection points for every attachment you add. Wait, what? that’s right people, attachments. More things to carry around with you when you leave the house. Let’s take a quick look at what’s available for attachments and what they will soon be adding.
I am a huge fan of stands for my iPad. I have multiple iPads therefore need multiple stands (just realized how sad that truly is). As far as propping the stand up it does that fine, but don’t look at it too long or sneeze around it or it will fall over. I believed at first that the ‘nodes’ would actually work better than my Elago P2, but in fact I was mistaken. The nodes seem to be just a diameter smaller than the stand slots to allow enough play that it falls over when typing. Worse, if you pick it up, the stand will fall off the case tumbling to its doom or your pinky toe if you are me.
This accessory they got right. This is a frame that with (4) easy screws allows you to mount your iPad on the wall. I had visions of mounting it in the kitchen for when I decided to cook. Realized that was very infrequent and was a waste so then I thought it would be perfect for my office. Then realized that my office was mainly at coffee shops throughout Orange County, CA and figured they would not appreciate me drilling holes in their walls. So, I am left with an accessory I do not use. Maybe the bathroom..hmmm
There are two different accessories that will be coming out soon according to the ModulR website. The first is a Universal Swing Arm and the second a Shoulder Strap. Both great ideas for add ons but my question is why? Are we over complicating a device intended to make our lives simpler?
I set out expecting to write a rave review of this product, but after using it for a few weeks I must say I cannot. In my opinion the modularity of the case is overkill. A case needs to be that, a case. I want my iPad to be protected and accessible. Stand at attention in my office (Starbucks), on a plane, in a car or in the bathroom sans screws and added gadgets.
Do you disagree? Leave a comment below if you have the ModulR and I am missing something.