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sap12690
Mar 3, 2011, 02:49 PM
Ive been trying to figure out what ill be buying on the 11th...

- Ipad 2 32GB Wifi
- Dock
- Applecare
- ?Smart Cover?

Should i get the smart cover or wait and see other manufacturers offer? :confused:



Kadin
Mar 3, 2011, 02:53 PM
Ive been trying to figure out what ill be buying on the 11th...

- Ipad 2 32GB Wifi
- Dock
- Applecare
- ?Smart Cover?

Should i get the smart cover or wait and see other manufacturers offer? :confused:
I'll personally get the cover. You have 14 days to return it if you don't like it. That will give you some time as well to see if anything better comes along.

sap12690
Mar 3, 2011, 02:55 PM
I'll personally get the cover. You have 14 days to return it if you don't like it. That will give you some time as well to see if anything better comes along.

thats true, thanks

dccorona
Mar 3, 2011, 02:56 PM
I'd buy it even if you are thinking of getting another case because it seems like it'd be nice to have and I bet a lot of cases will be built to be compatible with it, like something to cover the back and use the smart cover for the screen

daleycss
Mar 3, 2011, 02:57 PM
you know if youre going to an apple store, you could just try it out there. i mean, you might not be able to tell if it's what you want, but it still might help you.

WLS
Mar 3, 2011, 03:04 PM
If you buy your iPad at BB you can take the Reward points and get a nice discount on the cover but you have to wait 30 days.
I'm getting the cover too but I can wait since I have a W/F ultimate sleeve bag. I figure with the cover on the thickness will be just the same as the iPad1 and fit the bag perfectly.

FrancoRumors
Mar 3, 2011, 03:10 PM
They may sell out...I purchased my ipad and case on launch day last year - ordered the case I wanted and sold the Apple case for a profit to someone who could not find one and "needed it".

BTW - this time I am going to use my iPad two like I have nothing to lose. Ill get the cover but I don't care if the back gets scratched. Protect the glass and forget about the a##. Everyone gets so caught up protecting their magical device that they treat it like a irreplaceable family keepsake. I'm all for taking care of it in general... but I want to use this thing for all its worth.

Blakjack
Mar 3, 2011, 03:16 PM
I'd buy it even if you are thinking of getting another case because it seems like it'd be nice to have and I bet a lot of cases will be built to be compatible with it, like something to cover the back and use the smart cover for the screen

This totally makes sense. U have helped me make my decision. The only bad thing is I'll have to buy ONE more thing unlike with the apple CASE. Thanks apple.

I posted on a thread earlier that apple should have just revised the apple CASE to work like the cover. I guess that made just too much sense for apple.

TxMacAddict
Mar 3, 2011, 03:16 PM
Definitely Buy. the only question is which color to get???

Mad Mac Maniac
Mar 3, 2011, 03:23 PM
I'll personally get the cover. You have 14 days to return it if you don't like it. That will give you some time as well to see if anything better comes along.

umm manufacturers need more than 14 days to make a good case.... I'm probably going to wait a month or so to see what's developing

nmills
Mar 3, 2011, 03:25 PM
Definitely Buy. the only question is which color to get???

I'm getting the tan leather. beautiful.

I love this new cover. It's sleek, functional and minimal.
I'll probably buy a borsa bella sleeve to put it in when not in use.

hcho3
Mar 3, 2011, 03:30 PM
Buy and try them all. If you don't like them, return them.

delacruzjeff
Mar 3, 2011, 03:33 PM
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...with the smart case, how can you protect the back against scratches? would be nice if apple just redesign the existing case.

Mad Mac Maniac
Mar 3, 2011, 03:42 PM
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...with the smart case, how can you protect the back against scratches? would be nice if apple just redesign the existing case.

but apple wants you to see their pretty design. plus less weight, less thickness. Minimalistic. The apple way :)

If you want a full case buy another one

Kadin
Mar 3, 2011, 03:43 PM
umm manufacturers need more than 14 days to make a good case.... I'm probably going to wait a month or so to see what's developing
You're implying that manufacturers won't start until the 11th to make them. I'm pretty sure they're already working on them.

Mad Mac Maniac
Mar 3, 2011, 03:46 PM
Definitely Buy. the only question is which color to get???

well if I get one I'd probably just get the Poly because it's cheaper, but the colors kinda suck... They make it look cheap IMO. probably just gray. I think I like all the leather colors more than all the poly colors.

Mad Mac Maniac
Mar 3, 2011, 03:53 PM
You're implying that manufacturers won't start until the 11th to make them. I'm pretty sure they're already working on them.

Right well even assuming they started today that only leaves them 22 days to have them designed, built and out in the stores... :rolleyes: I don't expect any high quality cases to be ready by that point. Especially cases that really make use of the unique magnets in the iPad. They probably would want to test the cases on a real iPad before they begin the mass manufacture process.

Gryzor
Mar 3, 2011, 03:56 PM
Buy one of each colour in each finish, try them all, and if you don't like them, take them back. Why do you need advice from people on what YOU like?

Dr Kevorkian94
Mar 3, 2011, 03:57 PM
I'm getting the black smart cover, with a white iPad 2. I'd rather have that light blue but I had to compromise it was either the black iPad with the blue cover or the withe w/the black. I had to compromise Damb family lol

WLS
Mar 3, 2011, 04:15 PM
I'm getting the black iPad cause it's classic and classy. I'll be getting the gray poly cover as the best match to the black and silver. Considering how the cover works - I see it laying on the table in a lot of combination's, I think the leather will get dirty fast and be hard to clean while the poly will just wipe up nicely.
oh and here is someone else's cover:
http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/news/comments/miniot-debuts-cover-for-ipad-2-utilizes-built-in-magnets/

ladymacintosh
Mar 3, 2011, 04:20 PM
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...with the smart case, how can you protect the back against scratches? would be nice if apple just redesign the existing case.

I would probably get some tiny rubber stick on feet and put them on the back.

Sodner
Mar 3, 2011, 04:28 PM
I personally like the smart cover. I hate the Apple iPad case. It's feels cheap and impossible to keep looking good. I like to keep my iPhone 4 case free to show off the beautiful design and I'd like to do the same with the new iPad.

I'll be getting the black 32 gig iPad 2 with the biedge leather smart cover.
:apple:

Stetrain
Mar 3, 2011, 04:41 PM
I'm sure that there will be alternatives, as well as other case designs that take advantage of the magnets (I believe they said during the keynote that they wouldn't stop case manufacturers from using the magnet system). They probably won't be out on the 11th though.

I'll be interested to see what they come up with, a full-body iPad case that doesn't actually have to clip or hug the iPad to stay on could be very nice.

deeddawg
Mar 3, 2011, 04:44 PM
it'd be really interesting if someone did something like an Incipio Feather for the ipad2 that's compatible with the Smart Cover. That might be a good combo.

Edit: for what it's worth, in years past I owned both a Palm V and m505 that each had a flip cover and no protection for the back. I don't remember ever having any issues with scratches on the back. I also wasn't stupid about what sort of surfaces I put them on nor did I carry them in a pocket with keys and coins.

Although it's an apples/oranges comparison to the ipad, I wouldn't be surprised if one could exercise some care and not scratch up the back of an ipad 2.


I believe they said during the keynote that they wouldn't stop case manufacturers from using the magnet system).

How generous of Apple. They won't stop case manufacturers from doing something that other companies (RIM) have done long before Apple implemented it on the ipad 2. Using a "sleeper magnet" is not a new thing. :rolleyes: :D

malnar
Mar 3, 2011, 04:52 PM
...with the smart case, how can you protect the back against scratches? would be nice if apple just redesign the existing case.
Well, I can't speak for everyone, but my iPad has gone essentially case-less since launch day last year and it doesn't have a scratch on it. I had a couple cases on it from time to time, but they were short-lived things. Hated the way they felt. It's been naked I'd say 95% of the time and mine doesn't have a single scratch on the back. Granted, I'm careful with it. Even the plastic Apple on the back is like new.

I do keep it in an Incipio Underground Envelope when carrying it around (generally in a Timbuk2 bag,) but in use, it's naked. I just don't see the point, I guess. Makes it bigger, heavier, uglier, and feels awful. The nicest thing I've seen is Apple's "smart cover." So if you're a gentle user, don't worry about the back and enjoy your new iPad and cover. Personally, I wouldn't even bother with the smart cover, either, as it'll get in the way. But I can understand why some will want it - the fold up stand design is pretty cool.

hi res
Mar 3, 2011, 05:03 PM
I think the smart cover is pretty sweet, but once you take it off its just another thing to find a place for...I wish it could just swing around the back while still connected or something...I hate having to take something off and put it back on constantly. I'll prolly go nude for a while, then pick up an attache style case when there's a few more to choose from.

delacruzjeff
Mar 3, 2011, 05:31 PM
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...with the smart case, how can you protect the back against scratches? would be nice if apple just redesign the existing case.
Well, I can't speak for everyone, but my iPad has gone essentially case-less since launch day last year and it doesn't have a scratch on it. I had a couple cases on it from time to time, but they were short-lived things. Hated the way they felt. It's been naked I'd say 95% of the time and mine doesn't have a single scratch on the back. Granted, I'm careful with it. Even the plastic Apple on the back is like new.

I do keep it in an Incipio Underground Envelope when carrying it around (generally in a Timbuk2 bag,) but in use, it's naked. I just don't see the point, I guess. Makes it bigger, heavier, uglier, and feels awful. The nicest thing I've seen is Apple's "smart cover." So if you're a gentle user, don't worry about the back and enjoy your new iPad and cover. Personally, I wouldn't even bother with the smart cover, either, as it'll get in the way. But I can understand why some will want it - the fold up stand design is pretty cool.

did you put any protector at the back of your iPad as well as the screen? Or just simply naked?

twentytwo22
Mar 3, 2011, 05:31 PM
I think the smart cover is pretty sweet, but once you take it off its just another thing to find a place for...I wish it could just swing around the back while still connected or something...I hate having to take something off and put it back on constantly. I'll prolly go nude for a while, then pick up an attache style case when there's a few more to choose from.

I'm pretty sure you can swing it all the way around to the back while the iPad is in use. Says so on the Apple website. Unless you mean something else.

fishcube
Mar 3, 2011, 05:35 PM
I think the smart cover is pretty sweet, but once you take it off its just another thing to find a place for...I wish it could just swing around the back while still connected or something...I hate having to take something off and put it back on constantly. I'll prolly go nude for a while, then pick up an attache style case when there's a few more to choose from.

It does swing around to back while connected. Their are videos showing this.

hi res
Mar 3, 2011, 05:58 PM
no, that is what I meant...guess I didn't see that. thanks for the info!

BrunoMac
Mar 3, 2011, 06:03 PM
They may sell out...I purchased my ipad and case on launch day last year - ordered the case I wanted and sold the Apple case for a profit to someone who could not find one and "needed it".

BTW - this time I am going to use my iPad two like I have nothing to lose. Ill get the cover but I don't care if the back gets scratched. Protect the glass and forget about the a##. Everyone gets so caught up protecting their magical device that they treat it like a irreplaceable family keepsake. I'm all for taking care of it in general... but I want to use this thing for all its worth.
So true I have decided to use the hell out of my iPad and when the time comes I'll get a 3. I pulled a 1st gen iPod out of it's case a while back and it was practically brand new, the battery wouldn't hold a charge for **** but it looked good, I decided then to use my devices and not baby them so much. I find that if I baby them I don't get the full experience.

brudog68
Mar 3, 2011, 06:34 PM
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Going with a dark blue Yankees skin(skin it) for the back and the gray smart cover :)

Mystikal
Mar 3, 2011, 06:58 PM
I'll personally get the cover. You have 14 days to return it if you don't like it. That will give you some time as well to see if anything better comes along.

That I did not know. While the idea of the cover is amazing, I don't want my back getting all scratched.

deeddawg
Mar 3, 2011, 07:17 PM
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Going with a dark blue Yankees skin(skin it) for the back and the gray smart cover :)

Hmm... don't some places let you do custom skins based on a picture or graphic you upload?

That could be fun... some ideas might be to make the back look like:

clay or stone tablet
piece of wood
image of the front of the ipad at the home screen
perhaps use an image of the back of a Xoom? :D

Mad Mac Maniac
Mar 3, 2011, 07:20 PM
You're implying that manufacturers won't start until the 11th to make them. I'm pretty sure they're already working on them.

well nevermind. I guess Apple gave the specs to a lot of accessory companies under a NDA. I thought Apple was being more tight lipped about the whole thing, but there should be plenty of cases etc avail at launch. Many are ready already.

http://www.tuaw.com/2011/03/03/ipad-2-accessories-the-flood-begins/

Chupa Chupa
Mar 3, 2011, 07:31 PM
Cover is a great idea but too expensive for what it is so I'll be skipping it. If it was $10 less I might be enticed but for $40 I can fine a case that protects the entire iPad. Plus black is leather only and I'm def not spending $70.

Lets be honest the cover really doesn't do much to protect the glass screen and it's the sides and backside that are most scratch prone. It's not as big of a joke as the bumper case, but almost.

ghostlyorb
Mar 3, 2011, 08:37 PM
Ive been trying to figure out what ill be buying on the 11th...

- Ipad 2 32GB Wifi
- Dock
- Applecare
- ?Smart Cover?

Should i get the smart cover or wait and see other manufacturers offer? :confused:

Deff get it. Worth the money! I'm gonna get the blue!

malnar
Mar 4, 2011, 07:06 AM
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did you put any protector at the back of your iPad as well as the screen? Or just simply naked?
Nope, never had a skin or anything like that on there. Just did a good inspection of it to make sure I haven't been talking out my ass and it's in brand new condition. Obviously, I baby it. I set it down on something rather than on a rough surface, I keep it in the envelope, and I am very gentle with it, but I don't think most people with cases are doing any different, either.

ajvizzgamer101
Mar 4, 2011, 08:20 AM
I'll personally get the cover. You have 14 days to return it if you don't like it. That will give you some time as well to see if anything better comes along.

Is this through Apple or any retailer?

Nipkath
Mar 4, 2011, 10:59 AM
Smart cover provides no drop protection. Screen would still shatter if ipad was dropped and landed on it's side.

djransom
Mar 4, 2011, 11:41 AM
I was going to grab the Smart Cover, but the $40 price point is a complete turnoff. I'll use an Incase sleeve until I see a case that I really. The Incase only cost me $15.