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I too have to admit that the Tabzu, which I ordered for my wife to replace her 1st gen iPad case, has proven not to be a durable replacement. The tabs to stand it up didn't work well from the outset, and the cardboard has frayed and handle since torn off (she uses it on tabletops, but takes it everywhere she goes). I backed the project because I loved the initial concept, but it would appear that it didn't go through much in the way of user testing, as I would expect a number of the issues would have been caught prior to production. Glad to hear that you've been making some improvements along the way.
Hi guys, sorry I missed yr comment. Received the tabs and they work great. Thanks so much! :)
Should we send to the singapore adress?
Totally sorry, got mixed up!!! Will send them tomorrow first thing!
Hi guys, I've yet to receive my cracked tab replacements. :(
Jetting off in 2 weeks. Hoping to get them so I can bring Tabzu along on my trip.
I just checked and indeed you ordered a Tabzu with your personal cover but we never got the artwork, we sent out several updates with instructions. If you like I can send you a regular one tomorrow.
we shipped to everyone, unless you got your own cover art but did not send us the artwork? Do you remember what your pledge was?
Where the heck is my Tabzu!?!?!? It's been more than six months...getting very frustrated.
Yes, that would be the ultimate goal, we are actually trying to do exactly that. We recently looked at the "maker bot 2" to use as a rapid prototyping platform to make a master. It's pretty great, we will keep you in touch regarding the progress.
Hey folks! :-)
Just wanted to chime in, I still lvoe my tabzu. While it's a bit cumbersome, if you know you're going somewhere where it's uses will come in handy, it's the best. However I will agree with the statements about the cardboard, is there any chance we can have it remade into a plastic or light metal?
We have changed the tabs for our next generation, and they will not break anymore, if you like I can send you a new plate with these installed and it should fix the problem.
My experience with the Tabzu has been rather a bit disappointing. The cardboard build has rendered it all but unusable as one of the tabs ripped off within the first week of using it.
Having said that I think the general idea is certainly still sound. I attended a conference recently and having the tabzu sitting on my thigh was very convenient. It's a real pitty that durability suffered so much during the production process =(.
So here's my feedback on the Tabzu. First off, I think it's a great concept which could be expanded on to really take off into something the global market would embrace.
I got my first Tabzu as it was rushed to me for my trip to China. Big props to the Tabzu team for making this effort, and I rocked it all the way to the airport to Beijing, getting many looks of confusion and interest. A few people asked me what it was I Was holding, and when I said my Ipad, they said "thats a cool case". So, in the beijing Airport, I wanted to take some photos with my Ipad without the case attached, and tried to remove it. Snap...there goes a clip! :-( Super sad. didn't even get to my hotel. So the case was still semi useable, but the ipad wasn't secure in it. So I just used it for a case at my desk at work. Well, I contacted the team and let them know, and they got me a second one, this time, with better clips I guess. It's working like a charm, I love it and I take it everywhere.
What I like:
I like that it's a suitcase like carry. it looks professional (even with my robotic alien print on it) and after a little learning curve, you can flip it open and grip it to whatever is needed (knee, couch arm, etc). The flip,swivel features while can look slightly clumsy, is extremely helpful to use your ipad in weird situations. I once slept on a friends couch, hooked this to a shoe and watched netflix as before I slept. The design lends itself to corded charging methods and heaphone usage, so thats great too.
What I dislike:
The very first comment I get is "is that cardboard?" I wish mine was plastic or wooden. It gets scuffed up very easily and seems whenever I pull it out of my bag there's a new scuff on it, light, but noticeable. Also, the corners are beginning to fray/bent like you'd expect cardboard to. The worst comment was "did that come in a happy meal?". The tabs that slide into the slits to stand it up, one of them is already getting bent, making it not "catch" easily. But I'm working on a solution, maybe some superglue to stiffen it up.
All in all, as I mentioned before, I'm a fan and my Tabzu goes everywhere with me. I'm hoping for a V3 w/ plastic or maybe even really snazzy metal/plastic/vinyl or something. I appreciate it being eco friendly, but lets face it, it;s sorta looking like carboard. While I'm a fan, you want people's first reaction to be "wow..look at the functionality" instead of "whats that made of, is that paper?"
You guys rock and I'm a fan!
My Tabzu arrived today. I ordered a Tabzu with a custom print for the HP Touchpad. The process in getting the Touchpad cases out was delayed by an issue with the holder covering the power/volume buttons in the corner of the case. They eventually resolved this with velcro adhesives. Not a terribly elegant solution perhaps, but it appears to work.
I should admit that about a month ago, I had purchased myself a new tablet more suitable for my writing, an Asus Transformer Prime with keyboard dock. This tablet does not fit to the Tabzu (I knew this before purchasing it), but my plan was to give the Touchpad to my children. They steal it from me to play games half the time anyway.
At any rate, here is my review of the Tabzu tablet case.
The custom cover looks fantastic. You can see a picture of it following the link at the bottom, but it looks great. I can't say I'm wild about the garish red bar across the bottom of the other side, but it is fine, I supposed. It took me a few minutes to figure everything out on how the case worked, but it seems simple enough once I got the hang of it. The build quality of the materials feels a little flimsy at times, but it holds well enough. Time will tell how well it does with extended use.
The rotational features (the real selling point for me) work well enough. Rotating around to show other people the screen works fine, although not always smoothly. When rotating between portrait and landscape, the bottom fold sometimes shifts forward, throwing things off-balance and off-angle a bit. Not a big problem, but it can be a minor annoyance.
All in all, it is an ok tablet case. Perhaps not as nice as I was expecting. I won't be asking for any kind of a refund, and had already refused one when offered. I believe that I helped invest in a first-generation prototype, and that is what I received. I believe the Tabzu could become a great, great accessory for tablets. I think that Leo and Martin probably would have been better served just creating this for a select few tablet types, rather than trying to fit it for any type in this initial run.
Whether this case continues to see use or not will largely depend on whether my son (who is 5), will be able to figure out the use of this case or not. If not, I'm sure I'll find some use for it in the future.
I support innovation, and this product certainly fits. I wish Leo and Martin all the best in trying to polish this product further, and continue to make something that is truly unique and creative.
I have had paper plates that are better quality than this piece of dookie. It only fits i pads. A waist of money and time.
Very pleased to have received a replacement "wooden" Tabzu today which indeed looks in rather better shape than the one I got in the first shipment. I appreciate your quick response on this and I think a good portion of my initial negative comments have been addressed. I wish you the best of luck with this and follow-up projects.
Yes, we increased them on the new version, we also added some reinforcement at the handle, and fixed the tabs, hopefully we can launch another campaign soon. The big change is that the surface is now easy to pain with a can of spray and it stick really well, so we have folks make fully custom ones. And I think that calling them "teeth" is perfect, we will make sure to use this nomenclature from now on. Thank you!
Martin, thanks for the reply. When you said that you have increased the length of the "feet" by 5mm, did you refer to the existing Tabzus or the next, improved version? These "feet" (I prefer to call them "teeth") on two Tabuz that I got are quite short, about 2mm and are easily dislodged from the slots.
Thank you for your email, we agree with your observations, we actually increased the length of the small feet by almost 5mm, .2 inches. As for the handle we had done a prototype with the handle going under and reconnecting, but it actually became to difficult to open. We are now thinking of adding a round piece of rubber, like a gasket, on the underside of the handle where your fingers connect, this would create better support and comfort. We are definitely interested in making a stronger version, we may launch another campaign to try to do just that.
I received my two Tabzus a few days ago. Overall, I am content with the product. My wife finds hers particularly useful. As I said before, I liked how cleverly it was concieved and I am glad that I have contributed to this project. After using Tabzu for some time, there are couple of small changes I would like to see: the small "feet" that go into the slots could be a bit longer and if possible sturdier so they sit deeper and thereby provide more stability. I realize that may not be possible with current material unless a thin piece of metal or plastic is sandwiched inside the "feet". The other thing is the handle that is not very comfortable on your fingers while carying Tabzu. It would be nice if the "lip" part of the handle (with embeded metal) could be extended so it wraps underneath the handle opening and magnetically attaches on the other side, this way providing better support for the fingers when Tabzu is carried. Leo and Martin, do you guys plan on producing a Tabzu 2.0? If it was made out of a more durable material (plastic polymer perhaps?) and had those previously mentioned improvements, I wouldn't mind higher cost and would gladly pay more for it. Congratulations and I wish you further success.
Sorry about the late reply. Your are totally right regarding the clips, we had a bad batch of plastic, and a mold that was worn out, we are also redesigning the clip to be much tougher, i've been sending new clips to folks. Ill send you a new set. I'm wondering why the wood one failed so miserably. Would you be so kind as to send me a few pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org and ill make sure to replace it.
Having now tried the second tabzu let me say in fairness, whilst my general comments below would still apply, that this second unit is *much* better made/finished than the first and that perhaps the problem lies in the application of different finishes..? The overall impression of the two units is very different. I will experiment with the second one (simple black) whilst the first one (wood finish) either needs replacing (along with several replacement clips please) or if you can't replace is going into the recycling. So congrats on the good unit but still a big "oops" on the QA for the other.
I genuinely don't wish to be disrespectful of your efforts but I have to say I am really disappointed with the execution of this great idea and my feedback is going to be negative. One of my two tabzus already had several broken pins before it arrived along with various dings along the edges of the case which leads me to believe the materials you've chosen are perhaps not strong enough to last very long. As I try to open the magnetic catch the outer coloured cover is already separating from the inner cardboard layers (did it maybe get wet in transit and expand...? Another problem with your choice of material...?) The projections which hold the case at various angles seem poorly cut and slip out.
When I replaced the broken clips with spares I did manage to fit the iPad and the stability seems OK but another pin immediately broke when I tried to carefully remove the ipad. These pins are nowhere near robust enough.
Overall I find the construction "imprecise" despite the obvious engineering effort which has gone into it. Have your manufacturers dropped the ball perhaps..?
It seems that some backers are enjoying their cases and I am pleased for them and for you - everyone likes happy customers - but sadly I am not one and reviewing the other feedback it seems that several other backers are just as unimpressed as I am. I am keen that you know I am not a typical Kickstarter complainer (please see my comments on many other projects I have backed) and that I do realise we've backed an idea rather than a product (hence I am not complaining that they arrived 3-4 months later than originally planned) but I think the reality has fallen a long way short of my hopes for this product and I won't be recommending on as I have done with a number of other KS projects.
I am attempting to be critical rather than insulting in the hope you will be able to get much better results from your manufacturers and/or QA people next time. Your idea was pretty good but I think the final version is an epic fail. Sorry I can't be more positive.
After using my Tabzu for a few days, I love it! It's so easy to get the iPad at a good viewing angle and keep your hands free. And the custom skin is super sweet.
It is awesome to see so many people enjoying their Tabzu. Been in contact with Martin on mine, and they are working hard to resolve an issue with it holding my particular tablet. They even sent me a pic with my custom cover, and it looks awesome. Hopefully they'll get it settled soon and sent out. Keep up the good work guys!
(The skin is the same as my avatar, if anyone's interested. =o)
I got my Tabzu today with my custom skin and it looks awesome! I can't wait to show it off. =oD
Hi Cheryl ,
I will send you extra tabs today! They will be better.
Got my Tabzu and I love it!
The tabs are flimsy though, my iPad 3 wobbles in it, one also has a hairline crack that looks like its snap. :(
Sorry, it's update 20!
You guys are right, an instruction sheet would be good...I should have printed the update number 19 and joined it with the packages. As for the tabs you can clear the holes with a number 2 pencil, just gently but it helps, I showed a little picture in that update. Also if you are missing a tab I can send you replacements, some folks have asked about the one long at the bottom, that one does not really need to be used, it was just an extra for the iPad original since it's so heavy. Anyway do check update number 19, it has pictures to help install the tabs.
I also received my Tabzu. I also had to watch the video a few times before I understood how to assemble it, an instruction sheet would have been nice, also on the different ways to use the tabs.
I believe I am missing one of the dark straight tabs. Also the tabs with the pins are quite hard to push into the holes, I hope the holes will not get damaged.
I will start to use the Tabzu a lot in the next days to get used to it :).
I received my Tabzu Saturday and I am thrilled with it! I also was a bit overwhelmed but then I just watched the video again and everything made sense. Perhaps a one sheet explaining how it works included with the tabzu might be helpful for future purchasers.
I am glad that I chose the artists series by Tony DiTerlizzi, the artwork is really lovely. I've not had any problems with tabs or durability so far and the options for using it have all worked well for me. I've already had several people ask about it and I've directed them to tabzu.com. Great work Leo and Martin!
We will send you a new complement of tabs this week!
Very pleased with my Tabzu,ordered 5. Have a few broken tabs and would like to know how to get some more.
All 5 were set up for iPads, one second generation and the others are all retina displays. Thank you.
Have just received my Tabzu (in London, UK) and am using it now as I type. Was rather flummoxed by trying to get it set up, but now it's all set upI love it. I have other stands which are fine for using the iPad on a flat surface but this does flat surfaces and on my lap. Brilliant, I love it! Will be raving about it to my friends. Thanks guys.
Leo has revised the tabs so they would break less, it requires a little modification to the slotted part, but it should work much better, we will send you new tabs the moment they are done!
Received my Tabzu today. It works like a dream. The banner.... never mind. But I do mind the durability... hope this cradle will last for more than just a few months. The material doesn't seem very rugged. And unfortunately one of the tabs is already broken, after just a few hours of normal use. Hope this is not going to happen to the other tabs so soon....
just got mine today, and I am thrilled! Was also a little overwhelmed at first, but once I started trying it out, was seriously impressed! Leo and Martin have been awesome in my experience, and I'm thrilled to have been a part of this. Also, my coworkers all want one now, so big yays all around. Kudos guys :-)
Thank you Martin for addressing my minor "issues"...I appreciate the rapid response!
Thanks Martin for the super fast reply! Very happy with the Tabzu team and lengths they are going to correct any issues. Love my Tabzu design and color and I am looking forward to receiving the replacement tabs so I can use my Tabzu without worry that it may not hold my iPad.
Received my Tabzu today and love the design however the upper right tab was broken and in 2 pieces. It doesn't hole my iPad in place. :( Pretty bummed right now. I've emailed Leo and Martin so hopefully I'll get a response soon on how to correct this.
I also thought we would be able to use multiple devices with Tabzu however there are not any options for changing the tabs around. ahh well overall I'm pleased with the design and color and assuming I get a replacement tab quickly, I will be ecstatic with my Tabzu.
As others have mentioned, I have also received my Tabzu units today. I'm quite disappointed by the size of the banner on both sides of the unit. No where in any of your project communication do I recall you mentioning the banner being there. If it was mentioned, certainly not that it would be in red and over an inch wide. I completely understand wanting to advertise your brand, which the logo does quite well. Had I seen this in a store, the large advertising banner would be an immediate turnoff.
Yesterday afternoon I received the two Tabzu's that I ordered. They were packaged well and both arrived in great condition. I appreciate the vast array of fittings I was provided.
Upon opening a Tabzu - my first reaction was bewilderment...then I felt a little intimidated by the complexity of the unit design - then I worked with one for about an hour putting it through all of the moves - then I fell in LOVE with it..
The thought and work that went into the design is nothing short of amazing. The "Clamp" worked great, the swivel was very smooth and the magnetic clasp held tightly. The material appears to be a hybrid laminated cardboard of sorts - they appear durable. I don't think I'd advise getting it wet. I think that, like cardboard, the edges could swell. I don't want to try it to find out!
Very easy to use with some practice. I did the leg-against-the-wall pose.... the Tabzu stayed very stable on my leg, however, I was not! So I can't blame the Tabzu on my lack of balance! I then tried lying on both the bed and the couch - worked perfectly - held snugly to my leg and it was SO nice to finally be hands-free - I will now use my first edition iPad much more often. The thing ways a ton, yet I hardly notice any weight when it's "clamped" to my leg. And no, I really don't lie around all that much, but when I do this is going to be great.
I ordered a wood-grain - and I love the colors. I also ordered a black, which I like a lot as well, with the yellow TZ printing and a red banner about an inch high along the bottom - I like the overall look myself.
My only "issue" - and it's significant would be that the black unit does not have the mentioned holes in the "multi-tab seat" mentioned in the instructions (I thought I was going crazy!) - so, while it accommodates my iPad perfectly - it will not be capable of accommodating any other devices - this is likely why one backer had holes "burned into" his. I wonder to myself if this is an issue with all of the black units...
I will send you ( Leo and Martin) a picture of the insides of my two units and you can see what I'm talking about - though you probably understand what I'm describing.
It was a long haul - I was a bit impatient here a time or two - (or three) but now I personally feel very well rewarded for a modest investment and hopefully furthering someone's dream.. I really do love the Tabzu - and it will even get better, I suspect.
I hope that the overall group experience is similar to mine - because for me, when all is said and done - I am happy I made the "investment".
Received my Tabzu today. Wow, that's a big red banner that I didn't expect. I kind of thought it would look like the units from your project and maybe all the design posts. I guess I'll be looking for personal stickers to cover it up.
Why do the holes on here look like they were made with a Virginia Slim Cigarette? The first thing you see when you open my unit is a half dozen burned holes. Classy.
The pads on the part that springs out to attach to my leg are ripped off; not in the box or anywhere to be found. Wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't made of cardboard so now it looks like I ripped box tape off of a USPS priority mail box.
I hope you can help me with at least the last two issues. The first I can fix myself.
Can you tell me what the problem was? Were the tabs broken?
The Tabzu I recieved was damaged. What can I do about this?
Thank you Jasmine you’ve done exactly the right thing. If we’re to work through this product incubation period and keep our contributors happy we must keep everything totally transparent. It may not have been apparent to you at the time you pledged but you are a vital member of our product development team. As such we would hope to reward team members in the future with exclusive releases and complimentary samples of improved models. Obviously this depends on whether or not we’re still around in the coming months. You can write to email@example.com to solve any specific issues. Thank you again and please believe that it is our goal for you to totally love that thing.
Sincerely, Leo Garza
Hit send before proof reading. Oops.
That last line about the red banner should say that I can live with it.
I also wanted to add that I am loving the other features that seem to be functioning correctly. The swivel for turning it around and switching from landscape to portrait is so smooth. The lightweight, but strong material is neat too.
I really want to fully love this thing.
I received my Tabzu yesterday. This is the first Kickstarter project that I've successfully helped fund and received a product for. I'm not sure if this is the right way to go about voicing some concerns I have. I apologize if I should have gone about this another route.
Firstly, this is minor, but none of the videos and images showed the big red banner accords the bottom like what was printed on the Tabzu I received. It makes it less sleek looking than I'd like. Would have been nice to know it would be printed there, buying can live with it.
The gripper isn't as strong as I expected. It works ok on the arm of my couch & on my leg when I'm sitting. But when I try to pose standing with my leg propped on the wall like the video, it won't stay for even a second. My thighs aren't very skinny nor very fat and I've tried wearing slacks and jeans.
The tabs that are supposed to lock in to adjust the slope/angle of my iPad aren't catching evenly. The left side is fine, but the right side doesn't consistently stay in place. Sometimes I'm typing away and it suddenly gives way and falls flat. I'm by no means heavy handed.
Finally , update #16 said that the Tabzu would fit the Nook Simple Touch. I replied on my survey that I would be using my Tabzu with an iPad 3 & the NookSTR. Yet I've received a Tabzu that only has slots for iPads. The final holes shown for the multi tabs(which I didn't get) doesn't even mention the Nook STR. Am I missing something?