08-31-2015 01:38 PM
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  1. ALToronto's Avatar
    Just got notice that my pre-ordered S3 has shipped! Now I'm looking for a folio-style case for it.

    Online searches show only the Pro 3 cases - is there anything available for the plain 3? I don't want a keyboard cover, I pair my current Windows tablet with my BlackBerry Passport, and I have an excellent keyboard and trackpad in a much smaller package. I don't want a pouch either. Should I simply give up and adapt a leather notebook cover to fit the tablet? Has anyone done a similar hack for another tablet?

    Thanks in advance for your replies.
    05-02-2015 02:16 PM
  2. nTrud3r's Avatar
    A case made for the Surface 2 should work with the Surface 3
    05-02-2015 03:41 PM
  3. Mezla's Avatar
    Any good recommendations? Am on the lookout for a case as well.
    05-02-2015 06:01 PM
  4. gnd1's Avatar
    Just wondering the same thing. Not getting the keyboard, so I need a folio also
    05-02-2015 09:56 PM
  5. 4everForever's Avatar
    Off topic : TS, did u mean that u are going to use ur BB Passport pairing with the surface 3 and acting as its keyboard? How?
    05-02-2015 10:18 PM
  6. ALToronto's Avatar
    There is a BlackBerry app called Blue TouchPad which pairs Bluetooth enabled devices, so I can use my Passport as a BT keyboard and touchpad. I can also use it as a remote control for media playback on the tablet.

    I re-checked aliexpress, and there are a few mediocre cases available, but nothing I'd want to use. I don't think S3 is the same size as any of the previous Surface tablets. It has a 3:2 aspect ratio, which is different from pretty much anything else on the market - all other tablets are either 4:3 or 16:9 or thereabouts.

    I might get one of the crappy cases just for the plastic holder frame and put it in a real leather folio.
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    05-03-2015 12:05 AM
  7. 4everForever's Avatar
    There is a BlackBerry app called Blue TouchPad which pairs Bluetooth enabled devices, so I can use my Passport as a BT keyboard and touchpad. I can also use it as a remote control for media playback on the tablet.

    I re-checked aliexpress, and there are a few mediocre cases available, but nothing I'd want to use. I don't think S3 is the same size as any of the previous Surface tablets. It has a 3:2 aspect ratio, which is different from pretty much anything else on the market - all other tablets are either 4:3 or 16:9 or thereabouts.

    I might get one of the crappy cases just for the plastic holder frame and put it in a real leather folio.
    Cool! I didn't know there is such app from BlackBerry. I have a Passport too, seem like I don't need to buy the expensive keyboard for my pre ordered surface 3 =)
    05-03-2015 01:24 AM
  8. ALToronto's Avatar
    Cool! I didn't know there is such app from BlackBerry. I have a Passport too, seem like I don't need to buy the expensive keyboard for my pre ordered surface 3 =)
    That's right, you don't. All the typing functions of the Passport work, so you can swipe up to select words, swipe down for numbers, etc. There are a couple of glitches with the app - when you first open it and start typing, the first letter is not capitalized, so you need to backspace and type it again. Also, passwords are displayed on the Passport screen, so you have to be careful that nobody is watching you login. As soon as you hit Enter, the password disappears. Otherwise, it's great, and the dev provides excellent support.
    05-03-2015 07:51 AM
  9. BGrewer's Avatar
    A case made for the Surface 2 should work with the Surface 3
    They've changed the dimensions of the device, the Surface 2 has a 16:9 screen ratio whereas the Surface 3 has a 3:2 screen ratio (basically the Surface 3 is thinner in width to accommodate the 3:2 ratio) so the Surface 3 could fit into a Surface 2 case but it would look rather strange :(
    Last edited by BGrewer; 05-03-2015 at 06:19 PM.
    05-03-2015 12:17 PM
  10. BGrewer's Avatar
    Just got notice that my pre-ordered S3 has shipped! Now I'm looking for a folio-style case for it.

    Online searches show only the Pro 3 cases - is there anything available for the plain 3? I don't want a keyboard cover, I pair my current Windows tablet with my BlackBerry Passport, and I have an excellent keyboard and trackpad in a much smaller package. I don't want a pouch either. Should I simply give up and adapt a leather notebook cover to fit the tablet? Has anyone done a similar hack for another tablet?

    Thanks in advance for your replies.
    I know that Microsoft currently sells folio cases for the Surface Pro 3, and I wouldn't be surprised if they sell Folio cases for the Surface 3 either. If your looking for a 'rugged' case I would consider the Trident Cyclops case (on tridents website) which completely covers the tablet, even the keyboard port, or if that's a bit too heavy on the wallet you could try the UAG case(s) which have a pen holder and are available in either red or black.
    Last edited by BGrewer; 05-03-2015 at 06:21 PM.
    05-03-2015 12:21 PM
  11. ALToronto's Avatar
    Unfortunately, the cases available in the online MS store are awful. MS is trying to sell the keyboard covers, so there is no incentive for them to have good quality cases. And now I've noticed that manufacturers are calling synthetic polyurethane 'leather' and even 'genuine leather'. Only in the fine print do you see 'PU'. I'll see if I can adapt one of the iPad cases, at least those are available in leather that comes from a cow.
    05-03-2015 08:17 PM
  12. anon(9275303)'s Avatar
    I'm waiting for Waterfield Designs to release their high-end cases and sleeves that they have for the Surface 3 Pro for the Surface 3. Their website says Surface 3 versions will be coming soon. Their Outback Solo design is calling me....
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    05-03-2015 09:47 PM
  13. gnd1's Avatar
    I was in a store today. I asked about Folios. He said that there are some that will be put out on Tuesday.
    05-03-2015 10:20 PM
  14. Man0fSteel's Avatar
    05-03-2015 11:49 PM
  15. ALToronto's Avatar
    The leather folio at Best Buy looks perfect. Thanks! It's even available in my nearest store.
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    05-04-2015 07:25 AM
  16. Man0fSteel's Avatar
    I kind of want the Blue one... but I don't know how cheap it looks in real life. I won't be able to pick up my Surface 3 for a week or so, hopefully they'll have one or two at the store when I do.
    05-05-2015 05:38 PM
  17. zonic_sonia's Avatar
    Those are really sweet :)
    05-06-2015 03:10 AM
  18. anon(9275303)'s Avatar
    Waterfield Design (www.sfbags.com) now has four cases/sleeves available that are sized for the Surface 3. They are listed in the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 section of their website. I just ordered their Outback Solo case for my new Surface 3.
    05-06-2015 06:19 PM
  19. ALToronto's Avatar
    I ended up buying a leather (the cow kind) folio case in the MS store in Yorkdale, Toronto, for 25% less than the Best Buy price! Beautiful case and a sweet deal.
    05-06-2015 11:45 PM
  20. dudejoe's Avatar
    A case made for the Surface 2 should work with the Surface 3
    Different sized devices, so it may not fit.
    05-06-2015 11:47 PM
  21. wariscoming's Avatar
    Bought this... fits perfect. AMAZING quality for price....not kidding.

    Amazon.com: HEX Surface Sleeve (Black/Gray Herringbone): Computers & Accessories
    luv2skipow likes this.
    05-07-2015 12:32 PM
  22. GJ Kuz's Avatar
    I'm waiting for Waterfield Designs to release their high-end cases and sleeves that they have for the Surface 3 Pro for the Surface 3. Their website says Surface 3 versions will be coming soon. Their Outback Solo design is calling me....
    I just got the black ballistic version of Outback Solo for SP3. Awesome bag!!! I like the original Outback Solo as well. But I can't use that for formal use. Thanks to SF Bags, now they offer the ballistic nylon version.
    06-09-2015 09:17 PM
  23. anon(9275303)'s Avatar
    My Outback Solo case for my Surface 3 arrived a few days ago from Waterfield Designs. Just absolutely beautiful and great craftsmanship.
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    06-10-2015 07:40 PM
  24. Brian282's Avatar
    By far the only limiting factor that I have for purchasing a Surface 3 is the lack of protective cases. I thought about getting an Armor Case but the thing is massively bulky.

    Incipios Feather/Hybrid case won't be released till July. I think the moment they release the Hybrid case. I will jump on the surface bandwagon. That and a good healthy glass screen protector
    06-14-2015 04:47 PM
  25. Mark_JS's Avatar
    I'm looking for a rugged folio (portfolio) as well. But what is the point of protecting the actual Surface if one accidental tug on a cable can render the charge port useless? Or one accidental jerk on a cable can destroy the USB port?

    What I'm looking for is a folio that protects the tablet, and also includes some type of stress grips or grommets to guard against damage with respect to the cables.

    Any good candidates come to mind?
    08-29-2015 09:11 PM
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