The Porter is for the person that doesn’t want a bulky case, yet wants to save the iPad from falling. It is a slim leather case that fits like a glove around the iPad. Something that I like is that this case snaps into place instead of sliding into a pocket. The snapping feature keeps the iPad from moving around. The case has a strap on the inside. When I open the case, flipping the front to the back, I can slide my hand across the back of the iPad, and into the strap to ensuring I don’t drop it. The strap is snug and secure.
A lot of cases are designed to save the iPad if it hits the ground, but this one prevents it from falling in the first place. The strap adds to the functionality of the iPad by eliminating the fear of dropping it. Adding to this is the sleep/awake function which conserves the battery. Cases with this option always get a higher ranking from me. Opening your case to find that your battery has died is annoying. Having a designer that considered absent-minded behavior is a definite plus. Not only does it cut off, but it grips the side of the iPad when it closes. I like this because I have seen many cases with an extra strap to keep them close. It takes away from the smooth exterior of a case.
The Porter kept its entire sleek soft, leather feel. But this case does make a few sacrifices.
The Porter sacrifices bulkiness for the strap that will prevent dropping. The design can hold up to some drops. The front cover is thick to brace the impact. What it lacks is side protection. The snaps are about the size of your thumb, and cover the top, bottom, and the corners only. If it they get damaged your case is useless. The back part could use some more cushion, but it is sacrificed for the case’s ability to fold and stand in three positions. Also, the fold makes a crease across the back that is not bad looking but it is not good looking either. You can judge for yourself.
This case has a good balance. It feels nice, secure, and will preserve my battery. I would not recommend excessive drops, or hurling the iPad across the room. USE THE STRAP! I give the Porter an Average score for protection, and above average for functionality.