iLuv Executive Case with Detachable Bluetooth for 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
Have you ever wanted to use your Galaxy Tab 10.1 more like a small laptop? The iLuv Executive Case with Detachable Bluetooth can help make that dream become more of a reality. The case is made from faux leather that looks and feels quite nice. This is an awesome design, and it really makes it feel like your tablet is a laptop.
The case has a latch to keep it shut that can swivel out of the way when it is open. This was a great design choice rather than leaving it there to cover part of the screen or having to bend it back. Unfortunately, the latch attaches with Velcro instead of magnets taking away from the high quality feel of the case.
Once you open the case, you can pop out the kickstand on the back. The stand is very sturdy, and I like that it snaps into the back when not in use instead of using Velcro. I have used it a ton and it has not once given out on me yet, even after madly mashing my screen after losing a game. I do not recommend bashing your screen though.
The tablet slides into the case from the left and fits snuggly. All of the ports, cameras, and sensors are accessible in the case. Inside the case is soft felt that grips the Galaxy Tab nicely preventing it from falling out. The case fastens by folding a little strap into the case. It is awkward and hard to accomplish this. There is also another strap that covers the charging port at the bottom that is even more difficult to tuck in.
Much like a laptop, the keyboard is found at the bottom. If you do not want to use the keyboard, then you can actually remove it! The attachment and detachment is possible through Velcro. I have only taken it off once. I do not want to take it off too much because I am afraid it may wear out the Velcro and prevent it from sticking properly. It is also difficult to align properly in the case.
The keyboard is great. The on/off slider, Micro-USB port, and connector/LED light are on the side. The slider clicks on or off and has a green/red depending on where you have it. The keyboard has a very nice wrist-rest that is very comfortable on my hands. It is much better than using the wood on my desk.
Both the layout and variety of shortcut keys are excellent. At the top you have the back, home, recent, Internet, email, lock, brightness, speaker, play, pause, skip, all apps, menu, and delete buttons. The buttons all work and are easily accessible. The rest of the keyboard is the normal QWERTY style layout, plus a few extra at the bottom – two on screen keyboard buttons to make the keyboard on the screen come up or down, search, voice input, language, and status buttons.
There are only a couple of things I would change about the layout, and it is mostly around the arrow keys. I posted a gallery below, and you will be able to see this on the keyboard. There is a blank key that does nothing underneath/next to the Enter key. The Shift key is next to the up arrow key, and this is kind of awkward for me. The keys are completely flat and smooth across the top instead of beveled. It looks nice but it will take a while to get used to. I am used to the keyboard now and using it to write this review.
The keyboard is very easy to setup. All you have to do is charge it for about 3 to 4 hours, turn it on, press the Bluetooth connection button until you see it in your settings underneath Bluetooth Settings on your tablet, press the keyboard that shows up, enter the number, press enter, and you are ready to type. Every time you turn on your keyboard and press a key it automatically connects to your tablet again if Bluetooth is turned on. The charge has lasted me a very long time and I have been using it quite a bit. I have not had to charge it in weeks.
The case weighs in at 1.5 pounds. Add that to the 1.3 pounds of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and now you are lugging 2.8 pounds around with you. It did not bother me in the least though, and it is not even the heaviest case I have reviewed.
This is an amazing case and keyboard combination. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a keyboard and case combo to make their tablet like a laptop or is always on the go and needs to easily carry their tablet and keyboard together. You can grab this case today for $69.33 on Amazon.