When I got my Galaxy Tab tablet, I thought I would mostly be using it at home. As it turns out, it’s also an ideal device to take with you. I’ve spent hours playing Wordfeud on long distance train rides, and well… everywhere else too. Like any tablet, the Samsung is basically a large piece of glass with some electronics glued to the back. Without a good cover, chances are you’ll eventually scratch the screen, and a drop from even one meter could be fatal.
But one of the downsides of not going with the absolute market leader, the iPad, is that there isn’t an abundance of protective cases available. My friends over at Mobilefun offer quite a few Galaxy Tab 10.1 accessories, including Samsung’s own Book Cover Case. They were nice enough to send me one of those to take a look at, and I’m happy to report that it’s pretty nice.
The case uses four plastic corners to snap onto the back of the tablet, and wraps around the front so the whole thing is protected. It can also be folded into a stand for watching video, or as pictured above to accommodate typing. Not quite as smart as Apple’s Smart Cover, but it does also protect the device’s back. What I like most however is the excellent material, and the remarkable build quality.
I’m glad I have a decent DSLR camera now, because otherwise it would have been impossible to show the nice, textured surface. It’s almost completely fingerprint-resistant, and it looks silky smooth. At the same time, the front and back panes are very rigid, so they probably offer excellent protection. All connectors are accessible, and it also doesn’t block the camera.
Another plus is that the case is lightweight. I estimate that with the cover on, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 weighs as much as an Asus Transformer or a Xoom without one. But because the case makes the tablet less slippery, it’s actually easier to hold. I like that it’s easy to remove the cover when you get home, but I think I’ll just leave it on. Recommended.