Hands-On With the Brand New Twister Jacket for the iPad mini

Timbuk2’s Twister Jacket, originally just for the Amazon Kindle Fire, has made its iPad mini debut here at CES 2013. Unlike many other iPad cases, including Apple’s own Smart Cover, the Twister Jacket can be adjusted to any angle in both portrait and landscape mode, thanks to the integrated velcro.

We grabbed our own iPad mini with LTE and slid it into the Twister Jacket with no issue at all. Once the tablet was secured into place, we could find the perfect angle for our use while in landscape mode. The part that’s wrapped around the iPad mini attached and separated from the cover flap quickly and easily. The velcro provided enough strength so we weren’t worried about it coming unstuck or slipping out of place, but it was easy enough to quickly change positions.

The iPad mini, while still in the Twister Jacket protector, separates completely from the cover flap and the back flap, allowing for a quick flip into portrait mode. Just like landscape, the angle could be easily adjusted using velcro. This was a particularly handy feature, as not many cases allow for angled propping while the iPad mini is in portrait mode.

There’s an opening in the back for the camera as well as on the top and bottom for charging, listening to speakers and using the headphones. This case is meant for full-time use and full-time protection. Velcro also secures the lid shut, so there won’t be any accidental openings while inside a bag. The Twister Jacket does provide a little extra bulk, especially compared to the barely-there Smart Cover. But with the added bulk comes extra protection as well as more freedom to prop the device at the perfect angle.

Dann Berg
Follow Dann Berg on Twitter ,Google+. or at Novice No Longer. Follow LAPTOPMAG on Twitter, Google+ or Facebook.
Dann Berg on
Email* (will not be published)
*Indicates required field
Submit Comments

All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options