Since the first TUAW review of the DODOcase iPad case back in May of 2010, many TUAW bloggers and readers have fallen in love with the book-like folio case that revitalized the bookbinding industry in San Francisco and started a popular accessory category. The company has just finished a major redesign of the wooden tray that cradles the iPad, so we're reviewing the case and giving a TUAW reader an opportunity to get one.
The basic design of the DODOcase hasn't changed much in the two years it's been on the market. It uses time-honored bookbinding techniques to wrap a rigid fabric cover around a wooden interior frame to protect your iPad from damage, and it looks great in the process. DODOcase sent one of their Spring/Summer 2012 cases (starting at US$79.95) to test, and it's a refreshing change from the "any color you want as long as it's black" cases from 2010.
This case is encased in bright green and blue ("Meadow" and "Lake") bookbinding cloth that just pops! The inside uses that same bright blue material, and there's the familiar bookplate affixed to the inside cover for personalizing the case. The new case features the familiar magnets to turn your iPad 2 or new iPad on and off.
The big difference I can see between my original 2010 DODOcase (black case in the gallery photos) and the new model, other than the available bright colors, is the new wooden tray. DODOcase is now using solid strips of bamboo to encase the iPad, different from the original laminated strips that could crack and break if the case was dropped. I've noticed that the tray on my original DODOcase is somewhat bowed; that wouldn't happen with the new, stiffer tray.