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jbg232
Mar 13, 2011, 03:40 PM
I thought I would give an honest in-depth review of the new smart cover after using it for 2 days. I have some interesting observations which I have not seen in the multiple other reviews I've read and thought I would include them here. For reference sake I have a black leather cover and use my iPad on my lap while on my couch mostly when my wife is watching TV or reading. My review is mostly based off of this kind of usage which I'm going to assume is the way many people use the iPad (but obviously not all) so is geared for that kind of user/experience. You can scroll down to bottom of post for my summary.

Review:

The new smart cover from apple is one of the most talked about accessories I have seen. Reviewers have made entire reviews based off of just this accessory as seen here (http://www.macworld.com/article/158447/2011/03/iPad_2_smart_cover.html). While reviews have been mostly positive and the need for a cover does exist for most users (if not only for travel), I have been using the smart cover for two days now and wanted to share my experiences and thoughts on this accessory to future iPad smart cover buyers/owners. Of note, while many people have mentioned the black leather bleeding issue (black leather comes out on clothing in use) that is mentioned by apple here (http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC942?mco=MjEzNTMwMzk) at the bottom of the screen, I have not experienced this issue but may not have used the device long enough to notice it.

The smart cover is inexplicably thin and adds minimal depth to an already thin device. This is important because one of the new iPad's selling points is its thinness and the smart cover when rolled back and held in place does not add much girth to that experience. However, if you are buying an iPad 2 for thinness then this does add a modest amount of bulk to the front and back.

http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/9085/img5503j.jpg

The magnets work well and as mentioned in multiple other reviews, auto-align perfectly. There is obviously a balance between how strong apple wanted to make the smart cover magnets in terms of how adhesive they are to the case and how easy they are to remove and I believe they have chosen a good balance. They are easy enough to remove but that comes at the expense of their strength. In day-day usage I find myself wanting to remove the smart cover when I use it (likely because of the problems with it as mentioned below) and it provides that ability easily. However, because of this, the smart cover is NOT strong enough to hold in portrait orientation using only the smart cover as the grip (which can sometimes briefly happen when holding the iPad on the couch in portrait orientation for long periods of time). From my observations it will hold, but holds at the limits of the smart cover's magnetic strength - ie, jostling it around may detach the iPad and have it fall off - not a desirable thing if it falls off on the hardwood floor.

This iPad is at high risk for detaching from the cover and falling to the ground:

http://img848.imageshack.us/img848/5237/img5531.jpg

Another nice highly-reviewed feature of the smart cover is the auto-wake functionality. I like this feature a lot and will miss it but as I have chosen to go coverless I think to myself, "What takes more time - flipping the cover back or sliding the bar to unlock the iPad?" I believe it takes less time to slide the bar so if you don't need the cover (which in the house you likely don't for reasons below) this is actually not a huge loss as the amount of time to remove the smart cover or fold it back into correct orientation is likely more time than just unlocking the screen. Another thing about the auto-wake functionality is that it is highly sensitive. I have found that when taking off the cover and putting it next to me the magnets will sometimes get a little too close to the top right corner and the iPad will turn off and on very quickly. Not terrible, but a little annoying and something that I have to watch out for. Also, I have made the mistake more than once to try and reattach the smart cover to the wrong side which will not only not work but will freak out the iPad (which in turn freaks me out until I realize what I have done). Lastly, the magnets do seem like they could easily scratch the screen if allowed to get in contact with it. I mention this because I almost did this once when removing my cover and putting it next to me a little carelessly. These problems are likely unavoidable given the design but still a little annoying.

In day-day usage on the couch is where most of my experiences have been and thus where most of this review will focus on. The most advertised feature is the ability to fold up and use the cover in landscape orientation at an angle. When using the smart cover on a flat surface, like a desk, I find the angle to be perfect for both visualization of the screen and comfort of typing. However, if not using the iPad on a desk, and using it on a couch for instance, there are many problems.

First, I have found that the triangle slips very easily when adjusting my position on the couch. It can move to move to the front, but more often, it just falls back entirely.

The way it should be when sitting on my lap on the couch:

http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/133/img5511y.jpg

What usually winds up happening on my lap when sitting on the couch:

http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/9124/img5514h.jpg
http://img830.imageshack.us/img830/8711/img5512z.jpg

This tends to happen with minimal movement as the latching mechanism seems be very mobile (obviously this was a design limitation). I find myself having to constantly re-adjust the triangle to the proper location just to use the iPad smart cover in the "correct orientation." This happens so often that I now choose to use the iPad coverless which goes against the main reason why I bought the smart cover in the first place - ie, to add some amount of angle to the iPad to use it comfortably on the couch. However, I have found that the smart cover really does not make the
"using-an-iPad-at-an-angle-while-sitting-on-a-couch " experience necessary. One, when sitting on a couch it is very easy (for me) to adjust the iPad to the proper angle using just my legs/body. Two, because I like to use my iPad in both portrait and landscape orientation depending on the application, the design of the smart cover makes it very difficult to freely switch orientations. As described above, holding the smart cover in portrait orientation is not very supportive of the iPad given the magnet strength, but more importantly, it is not comfortable ergonomically.

This is NOT ergonomic:

http://img851.imageshack.us/img851/4340/img5529c.jpg

In this position I feel as if my hand is being contorted out of shape and that my grip is not strong enough. After a few minutes of this I usually wind up removing the smart cover entirely when I want to use the iPad in portrait orientation. This is a big limitation as once the cover is removed I don't normally feel like putting it back on, I just want to use the device, not interrupt my flow. In summary, when these two issues are combined I have found that in landscape orientation the triangle slips very often causing me to readjust quite often and that when I want to use portrait orientation I wind up removing the cover all together.

Of note, choosing to fold over the display so that it rests flush with the back of the iPad also leaves much to be desired. What winds up happening in portrait orientation is that the cover moves about a half inch mostly uncontrollably leading to a haphazard and, in my opinion, uncomfortable experience. This also happens in landscape orientation (but less often) but more importantly, in landscape orientation the mute/volume buttons become buried in the recess of the cover and front of the glass making them very difficult to press. Thus, I do not recommend using the cover folded over in either orientation.

The cover slips very easily and haphazardly between these two orientations:

http://img847.imageshack.us/img847/9112/img5533.jpg
http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/7163/img5534yj.jpg

There is one other issue when using the smart cover in landscape display with the smart cover triangle. Namely, because of the angle of the iPad when in landscape display, the buttons become very difficult to access. This is compounded when on a lap as it seems the buttons are buried into your thighs and it takes conscious effort to find and press them (see closeup of how close the buttons are to the desk when in landscape orientation). As mentioned above, this is also present (and worse) when folding the cover over.

http://img848.imageshack.us/img848/794/img5520version2.jpg
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Second, there are many issues regarding the use of the iPad as a stand for use as a display. As advertised, I find the iPad to be at an optimal angle when sitting up in landscape orientation, but one of my intended uses was to have it sit up and display photos while charging, thus saving me the price of a dock. This does not work well as the plug looks pretty darn ugly (to my eyes) when sitting in a very visible part of the living room charging in landscape orientation. First, it is a black display (which goes with the base and TV that it is next to) with a white plug. This can obviously be avoided by buying in white. However, more importantly, the plug just looks ugly coming out of the back and is not visually appealing at all. I will not be charging my iPad like this and will now have to buy a black dock (non-apple) to charge the iPad in the living room.

What I would like:

http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/6203/img5518.jpg

What it actually looks like:

http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/8402/img5519hk.jpg

In addition, holding the iPad up in portrait orientation using the smart cover is NOT recommended and also likely not what apple had in mind. It holds the display up at 90 degrees and is completely unstable (ie it will fall forward with the slightest touch to the back). I don't think apple ever intended this use for the cover but want to make sure I mention it in case anyone was thinking about doing this.

Third, I bought the smart cover to use as a general cover for my iPad when walking around and going places. This is not going to be happening anytime soon as the magnet on the upper right hand corner of the display (the one that prevents the cover from slipping off) is not very strong at the least. I have done some unofficial testing at home and can say that if next to a another item in a bag there is a definite possibility that the cover will slip and expose the glass to the contents of my bag (I would not want a windbreaker jacket zipper to get anywhere near that screen). Thus, I will now have to buy a dedicated cover for use with transportation of the iPad.

In summary, while the smart cover is definitely sleek and has an excellent design for holding up the iPad in landscape orientation on a flat surface, in day-day usage it disappoints. I can't use it on the couch (95% of my time using the device), for charging, or on the go. Obviously my experience was highly subjective and your experience in day-day usage could be dramatically different. However, for me, given the price ($39 minimum) I find the price-performance unsatisfactory and will definitely be returning it. I will now need to buy both a separate dock and case for travel. While these two items will be more expensive than a smart cover, they will perform well at their jobs and do what the smart cover has failed to do. In summary, I cannot recommend the smart cover for these reasons as summarized below.

Summary:

The Good:
-Provides good front glass protection when not traveling around that is both sleek and of true apple quality
-Usage in landscape orientation on a flat surface is excellent and well designed (aside from button access issue)
-Awake on opening works well as advertised and is a nice feature

The Bad:
-Smart cover slips easily when using iPad in landscape orientation on lap
-Magnets are not strong enough to support iPad in portrait orientation using only the smart cover triangle as a grip - ie, your iPad could detach and fall/break
-Holding iPad in portrait orientation with smart cover folded back is not comfortable as the cover slips easily and is not ergonomic when held with triangle configuration
-When using iPad in landscape orientation (on desk or lap) or when cover is wrapped around device it is very difficult to access mute/volume buttons
-Smart cover will not hold display up in portrait orientation well
-Reports of leather bleeding out (I have not experienced this though)
-Looks silly when charging in landscape orientation (a concern if this is what your intention was for where to keep your iPad when charged)
-Magnets seems like they can scratch the front glass accidentally
-Will NOT hold well if traveling in a bag and being jostled around - ie, will likely be "pushed off" and expose screen to damage



icecrystal23
Mar 13, 2011, 04:03 PM
Very nice review and photos.

I returned mine, too. I didn't even like the angle for typing...

dmaul1114
Mar 13, 2011, 04:09 PM
Good review.

I'm hoping I'll like it more since I don't do much typing anyway. I just want something thin and light to cover the screen and something that's easy to remove (was a pain to get the iPad in and out of the first gen Apple case) as I like using it naked more than in a case.

Also, if I wanted to do more on screen typing on the couch I'd probably set it on my Belikin laptop lap wedge, and it probably wouldn't slip as much on that.

Oh well, I'll find out in a few days! Cover should be delivered tomorrow, iPad on Thursday.

JoeG4
Mar 13, 2011, 04:10 PM
I think my biggest hang up about the smart cover is it appears to be for people that have this strong belief that it should look like a book and act like a book lol.

melterx12
Mar 13, 2011, 04:14 PM
does the apple store have ipad 2s with smart covers on display? Im thinking of buying one but want to try it out first.

blevins321
Mar 13, 2011, 04:15 PM
Excellent review. I agree with everything that you said. I'll be keeping mine for a week or two to see if any third parties come up with a nice kindle-style case for it. Reasonable for the meantime.

anthonymoody
Mar 13, 2011, 04:16 PM
Thanks for this. Awesome. I've decided to hold off on upgrading to the 2 for now, but if I did pull the trigger I'd probably get another Portenzo, or maybe try a dodo this time around.

Rafterman
Mar 13, 2011, 04:22 PM
Thanks, great review. For me personally, no back protection, no sale. I actually liked the original Apple iPad case. It protected both sides, could turn into a stand and was still amazingly thin. I am disappointed that Apple isn't making one for the iPad 2.

I just ordered from eBay the Macally Bookstand2B from eBay (should get here Tuesday). It basically looks like the same kind of folding cover as the Apple one (though I don't think it has any magnets in it), but offers back protection too. I'll see how that works. Few have any cases actually shipping yet.

DIMEZ
Mar 13, 2011, 04:23 PM
very nice review....i agree with you

asleep
Mar 13, 2011, 04:27 PM
Good info.

I suspected as much.

Knowimagination
Mar 13, 2011, 04:37 PM
Nice review. I don't experience many of these issues except the limited access to the buttons during use.

I am a little confused on one part though what about using it in portrait mode did you find difficult? Did you fold the cover back on itself or try to have it cover the whole back of the iPad?

I just let the case magnetize to itself and cover half of the back in portrait mode and hold it with my left hand and it works great.

Maclver
Mar 13, 2011, 04:42 PM
Thanks for this review.. Hopefully I don't experience buyers remorse when it comes the smart cover...

entatlrg
Mar 13, 2011, 04:46 PM
Thanks you saved me $69 and my drawer being even more full of used Apple accessories :)

Maaz
Mar 13, 2011, 04:47 PM
Yeah. I'm actually really surprised at the people who are buying. It. It's a horrible case. I just bought a incase neoprene sleeve plus case.

3N16MA
Mar 13, 2011, 04:48 PM
Nice review. However I'm not sure what the Smart Cover has to do with the way the iPad 2 looks when charging in landscape. The pin connector is at the bottom of the device which means you're only going to get that clean look in portrait. Pretty much all cases are going to look like that because of where the pin connector is located. This is something you should have known long ago and has nothing to do with the case.

jsbaugh
Mar 13, 2011, 04:49 PM
I like the smart cover. All I need is a skin to protect the back.

glen e
Mar 13, 2011, 04:52 PM
Thanks...just cancelled the leather one....you do a great job of showing how it fails on the fold back.....moving to a portenza.....

KittyKatta
Mar 13, 2011, 04:55 PM
I like the smart cover. All I need is a skin to protect the back.
It adds thickness so will a skin interfere with the smart cover latch?

blen
Mar 13, 2011, 04:57 PM
Honestly, this review is jacked up.

More than half the points are "you probably wouldn't do this, but this is what happens when you do." I.e. you can scratch the screen with the magnets! Uh, yeah, you can scratch the screen with anything you drag across it. Don't drag stuff across your iPad screen.

It was designed to be used in specific scenarios. If it doesn't work for all yours, don't buy it :)

Edit:

Also, you're holding it wrong.

Romanesq
Mar 13, 2011, 05:17 PM
I like the smart cover. All I need is a skin to protect the back.

+1. Not having these issues. Portrait. WHO USES THAT LOL?

A bestskinsever on the back and done! This smart cover is genius. Just got one and was dying to get it as no accessories at Target.

Was no fan of the Apple case last round. Went with Incase.

Not seeing this movement problem on smart cover. At least not yet. Just love the use for landscape. Prefer a little more angle propping a tad under the smart cover.

Eve with just gray, happy. Was nothing left at Best Buy.

Knowimagination
Mar 13, 2011, 05:23 PM
This is the best method for portrait assuming left handed holding.
http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww352/KyleNielsenPhotography/Non%20Photography/IMG_0028.jpg

Also I cannot get it to fall back as you have shown while using it on my lap. As for the front magnet how strong do you need it to be? The original apple case had no method for holding it closed at least this smart cover has some method to hold it closed.


Yeah. I'm actually really surprised at the people who are buying. It. It's a horrible case. I just bought a incase neoprene sleeve plus case.
I think this is a big problem for people they want the smart cover to be a case when it obviously isn't. To me it is a great cover and works well in the ways it was advertised.

iserian
Mar 13, 2011, 05:29 PM
It's not a case.

Yeah. I'm actually really surprised at the people who are buying. It. It's a horrible case. I just bought a incase neoprene sleeve plus case.

falconeight
Mar 13, 2011, 05:50 PM
Nothing is perfect buy this case is one of the best inventions ever.

iRabbit
Mar 13, 2011, 07:54 PM
Great review and I'm in agreement with you. It makes you wonder what prototypes and testers were like and how some of these things ended up being acceptable. Lap tilt while on a couch or laying in bed is so important to some of us... I'm not sure how the Smart Cover passed this test.

I'm going to keep mine for now, but look forward to third party cases becoming available. I really love my BoxWave case and hope they come out with a new iPad 2 one soon...

makefunnyfaces
Mar 13, 2011, 08:52 PM
I actually like the smart cover because the pink gives it a feminine touch! I wish I had something more protective, though.
I ordered a ColcaSac (www.colcasac.com) to go with it.

yourtoys7
Mar 13, 2011, 10:50 PM
I really like my, all I need now is to protect the back.
No case will be perfect... ever.

what I like about this:
protects the glass,
easily removable,
can type/ watch movies,

pricey? yes, but over all I'm very happy.

xraydoc
Mar 13, 2011, 11:36 PM
I'd be happy with some kind of Air Jacket type snap on for the back with a cutout to accommodate the magnetic hinge of the Smart Cover.

vrillusions
Mar 13, 2011, 11:38 PM
I like mine as well. I got the polyurethane because of a) cost b) only choice :) and c) I read the warning that the leather dye could rub off. So for $40 I'm happy.

Good:

Protects glass
magnets have decent enough strength (but like OP said don't think you could use the cover as a carying handle)
adds minimal thickness
It's surprisingly stable when in "vertical landscape" mode. I can lightly press just about anywhere on the screen where the apple care for ipad you just blow on it and it will fall over


Bad:

When propped up in "keyboard" mode it rests on the back corner of ipad, when looking for backs make sure it protects that area
No black polyurethane cover
In keyboard mode the volume buttons are hard to reach (see OPs comment on that)
...can also accidentally press the buttons if you have it in keyboard mode and on your lap
The microfiber back that "keeps your screen clean"... doesn't. I knew this wouldn't work as soon as steve jobs mentioned it since the magnets keep it one location and you need to actually slide the cover around to wipe it, which freaks out the ipad tremendously :)
No place to put a stylus. The apple case for first ipad you could clip one to the edge. I ordered a boxwave one and it has an adapter of sorts that will let you hang it off the headphone jack


My main concern is the back so I got a clear back film.

vrillusions
Mar 13, 2011, 11:41 PM
This is the best method for portrait assuming left handed holding.
http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww352/KyleNielsenPhotography/Non%20Photography/IMG_0028.jpg

I never thought of that, feels much better if holding with one hand. When I'm resting the bottom on a table I still like to open it all the way so the bottom of the cover protects the whole bottom edge.

blevins321
Mar 14, 2011, 07:32 AM
I actually like the smart cover because the pink gives it a feminine touch! I wish I had something more protective, though.
I ordered a ColcaSac (www.colcasac.com) to go with it.

Thanks for posting that link..I hadn't heard of that company before and am about to pull the trigger on one of their cases :D

Sodner
Mar 14, 2011, 07:43 AM
It's not a case its a COVER and having got my iPad 2 at 5 on Friday and used them both a lot since then I can report I have had zero issues with it. It is pure Apple genius and does exactly what it is supposed to do, perfectly.

People can find anything to bitch about.

jbg232
Mar 14, 2011, 02:10 PM
Nice review. I don't experience many of these issues except the limited access to the buttons during use.

I am a little confused on one part though what about using it in portrait mode did you find difficult? Did you fold the cover back on itself or try to have it cover the whole back of the iPad?

I just let the case magnetize to itself and cover half of the back in portrait mode and hold it with my left hand and it works great.
This is the best method for portrait assuming left handed holding.
http://i735.photobucket.com/albums/ww352/KyleNielsenPhotography/Non%20Photography/IMG_0028.jpg

Also I cannot get it to fall back as you have shown while using it on my lap. As for the front magnet how strong do you need it to be? The original apple case had no method for holding it closed at least this smart cover has some method to hold it closed.


I think this is a big problem for people they want the smart cover to be a case when it obviously isn't. To me it is a great cover and works well in the ways it was advertised.

I didn't discuss this in my review but I definitely tried folding over the cover on itself when in portrait view and found that to be even more uncomfortable as not only does it make the ipad even thicker and more difficult to hold for long periods of time, but it doesn't eliminate what I consider to be the essential weakness of holding the smart cover in portrait view which is the haphazard movement of the case between the two orientations I have demonstrated in my post. I would post a picture but don't have the cover anymore, but for reference sake, it makes the ipad much much thicker which goes against the whole idea.

It adds thickness so will a skin interfere with the smart cover latch?

Likely not as the magnet would still be able to work through a skin

Honestly, this review is jacked up.

More than half the points are "you probably wouldn't do this, but this is what happens when you do." I.e. you can scratch the screen with the magnets! Uh, yeah, you can scratch the screen with anything you drag across it. Don't drag stuff across your iPad screen.

It was designed to be used in specific scenarios. If it doesn't work for all yours, don't buy it :)

Edit:

Also, you're holding it wrong.

Ok, take a deep breath and calm down. I just wanted to share what my day-day experience was with the cover. I don't have any other agenda but to share information. It obviously didn't work for me but I also didn't have access to a review like mine to help me decide whether to buy it or not as there really weren't that many out in the public to review. Now that I know what it's like, I've returned it and am happy I did so, but before doing this wanted to help other potential smart cover owners with an honest review. I tried to keep the review as practical as possible from real life usage. Obviously I have no idea how other people are going to use their smart covers, but I can share my experiences. Also, there's no such thing as holding it wrong, I personally think that folded over is even more uncomfortable and didn't think most people would be doing that so didn't include it as mentioned above.

It's not a case its a COVER and having got my iPad 2 at 5 on Friday and used them both a lot since then I can report I have had zero issues with it. It is pure Apple genius and does exactly what it is supposed to do, perfectly.

People can find anything to bitch about.

Just trying to help out, no reason to be negative. I obviously would not have spent this time writing the review unless I thought there was something to report.

alan111
Mar 14, 2011, 09:40 PM
Great review - thanks.
Probably the best review on the web (for the smart covers)

dwd3885
Mar 14, 2011, 10:39 PM
i have the smart cover as well but am considering returning it. I don't like how it seems like more of a hassle to fold it back and roll it up in order to give your ipad the angled typing. The iPad 1 case was much better and quicker to just flip up and boom, you have angled typing. I also have a toddler who uses the iPad and I can just see her picking up the iPad by the cover and the magnets just letting go and the iPad goes straight to floor.

I'm returning it tomorrow and buying this CandyConvertible

http://www.hardcandycases.com/candy-convertible-apple-ipad-2-case.html

eagleglen
Mar 15, 2011, 01:39 AM
I personally love the new Smart Covers. I think they look elegant, has an ingeniously designed hinge, and, the way it activates the screen with magnets, is very creative. This link discribes how the magnets were designed into the case (http://www.cultofmac.com/ipad-2-smart-cover-contain-31-magnets-yes-31-magnets/86018) But most of all, I like the way it preserves the slim profile of the iPad while it's attached.

That being said, I know it's not for everyone. After using the first iPad for a year, I came to discover there was no one ideal case for all situations. Through out the course of the year, I purchased 3 cases and one stand, that I used in various situations. Without a doubt, the Smart Cover is not appropriate all the time.

One suggestion I have for the OP is that for using the iPad on the couch, I found using the WedgePad ideal. It's like a bean bag stand that attaches to the iPad. It's comfortable in your lap and provides two different viewing angles. Unfortunately, I just checked their site and they are currently sold out, but will hopefully be back in stock soon. http://wedgepad.com/. BTW, I use the WedgePad with the Smart Cover attached, so it's there when I need it.

makefunnyfaces
Mar 15, 2011, 05:05 AM
Thanks for posting that link..I hadn't heard of that company before and am about to pull the trigger on one of their cases :D

No problem! & I hadn't either! I think I found them on a CNET review a few days ago. Mine shipped yesterday. :)

Seamaster
Mar 15, 2011, 06:23 AM
Excellent and useful review, thanks for posting it.

As I've commented before, Yoobao are going to clean up adapting their clone of the Apple iPad case to the iPad 2.

3goldens
Mar 15, 2011, 09:29 AM
Thanks for the great review.

I was batting myself in the head thinking many of the thinks you mentioned. Primarily the fact that it really does not work well even using it lying flat on a table to type. It flops over, the hinges have a hard time maintaining that angle and then flop over to an even lower position. Not a position I would type in.

As for using it as an expensive photo display in that case horizontally, I would personally never think of doing that, a.c cord attached or not. Not stable enough, anything could topple it over. Literally all you'd have to do is blow hard enough and over she goes! Cords generally look ugly and the only way to avoid this look is to get a stand like the aluminum Griffin for stability, but your always going to have the cord coming out the ide business, no way around that!

As to your using it in your lap in the desktop position, not sure it was designed to do this and I can see where what you described would happen. I'm not even going there, not likely to use it that way.

I will also concur that the Ipad t is NOT in a stable position when positioned horizontally. I would not EVER leave mine in that position even watching a movie, just totally unstable and will fall over backwards. Bound to happen, and then the scratches on the backside start.

Though a quick note on that, I returned to the Apple store here in New York City to take a look at the backs of the ipads on display knowing that they have been handled literally thousands of time, and I have to report that for the most part the ones I looked at all looked pretty darn good.

So while I am quite aware that this "smartCover" os not a "case" I do think for now it serves a purpose for partial protection while I wait for third party cases, hopefully Mophie, but whoever really.

I am going to use this with a clear Wrapsol skin on the back for home use and when I leave the house, it will go in a more protective case, this cover is not meant for this type of protection at all! No one should be led into thinking this is the case, no pun intended!

nagromme
Mar 18, 2011, 11:00 AM
Thanks for the review!

If I wanted a screen-lid, I think the Smart Cover is really neatómaybe with the addition of a thin-film back protector (or, no doubt, hard shells that someone will design with a cutout for the hinge).

But I just canít stand ANY kind of folio/flap/lid. For my own self personally, I donít want some big flapping thing hanging off my iPad, having to be folded under, etc. I want my iPad to be clean and simpleóto handle, not just to look at.

And if the main use of a screen cover is to protect the device when NOT in use, Iíd rather just slip it into a travel sleeve. (Since I want padding and handles anyway, and would get a sleeve even if I did have a Smart Cover.)

Granted covers can also work as stands. But Iíd use my iPad that way a lot less then just held flat in my hand or lap. I wouldnít want a permanently attached stand for only occasional use. (And my choice of stand would be one that supplies power anyway.)

Itís very cool for some people, but Iíd think twice about what your needs are before adding complexity to the iPad.

lchr
Mar 19, 2011, 10:05 AM
@makefunnyfaces
I read your post about the iPad 2 smart cover in the MacRumors threat. You mentioned to buy a "ColcaSac" sleeve for your iPad 2 with smart cover. Did you receive it yet and how does it fit? Which one did you purchase? I guess you have customized to fit the iPad 2 with attached smart cover? I think not elegant but practicable though?
Does anybody out there has experience with the ColcaSac sleeves?

blow45
Mar 19, 2011, 10:27 AM
they should have had the magnets working on the other side too, when it's flipped open and folded back to keep it in place in the far end that is not attached permanently (so to speak). Haven't they?

drenline
Mar 19, 2011, 12:40 PM
just like the i4 bumper, it's probably less than a dollar worth of material and apple overcharges and overhypes it up to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. I will definitely pass on this product, but I guess buyers will buy anything nowadays with the apple logo on it.

richlee111
Mar 19, 2011, 12:47 PM
I have been using the cover now for 24 hrs, and I generally agree with most people's conclusions. For me, my biggest complaint is that swiveling hinge! It does not lock into place. As a result, standing the iPad 2 in the landscape mode is very unstable. It is just so unstable to the point where I am afraid to just swipe a screen to navigate around!

MikePA
Mar 19, 2011, 12:54 PM
but I guess buyers will buy anything nowadays with the apple logo on it.
Everyone but you because you are so wise...and arrogant.:rolleyes:

blow45
Mar 19, 2011, 02:26 PM
I have been using the cover now for 24 hrs, and I generally agree with most people's conclusions. For me, my biggest complaint is that swiveling hinge! It does not lock into place. As a result, standing the iPad 2 in the landscape mode is very unstable. It is just so unstable to the point where I am afraid to just swipe a screen to navigate around!

that sounds pretty bad....:(

drenline
Mar 19, 2011, 05:09 PM
Everyone but you because you are so wise...and arrogant.:rolleyes:

No I'm not a fanboy that buys every new thing that apple rubs in my face. :p

PriceH
Mar 20, 2011, 01:26 AM
I generally like the smart cover. Does what it is advertised to do.

HOWEVER:

I don't think it's been mentioned on this thread is that people who use the Apple wireless keyboard will hate the smart cover. The angle you naturally want to use with the keyboard (the standing up orientation) is almost 90 degrees with the keyboard. It's ok to use it while sitting at a desk or dining table, but forget about using it when you have to look downward at it at all. Ex. coffee tables. That's the biggest complaint I have about it.

Night Spring
Mar 20, 2011, 02:29 AM
I have been using the cover now for 24 hrs, and I generally agree with most people's conclusions. For me, my biggest complaint is that swiveling hinge! It does not lock into place. As a result, standing the iPad 2 in the landscape mode is very unstable. It is just so unstable to the point where I am afraid to just swipe a screen to navigate around!

Are you sure you're folding it the right way? I've found it to be pretty stable when you fold it with the microfiber side out. But if you fold it with the leather/poly side out, then it's extremely unstable and collapses with the slightest touch.

the-insider
Mar 20, 2011, 02:59 AM
I like the smart cover. All I need is a skin to protect the back.

This.
I like the ease of removing/putting the cover. It's not bulky too

richlee111
Mar 20, 2011, 08:25 AM
Are you sure you're folding it the right way? I've found it to be pretty stable when you fold it with the microfiber side out. But if you fold it with the leather/poly side out, then it's extremely unstable and collapses with the slightest touch.

You are correct, the right way to use it is to fold it w/ the microfiber side out. I probably should have stated that. I keep playing with it to make the triangle with the plastic or leather side out, but it just isn't stable b/c of how the hinge and triangle is designed for the microfiber to be on the outside:( Of course with it set to the keyboard position triangle, it works fine.

I really don't want to use it this way because you can end up getting the microfiber side dirty, which will rub on the screen. In some tests/reviews of the Smart Cover, like this cultofmac article(http://ow.ly/1scFRH), they have found that getting oils and dirt on the microfiber side will lead to smudging on the screen if there is pressure put on the cover when it is closed.

Have people noticed any smudging on the screen like this w/ dirt and oil on the microfiber side?

Blarneystone
Mar 20, 2011, 08:58 AM
Good review above. But I am on the opposite side. I bought the cover and do like it despite it's limitations.

One plus is I don't like docking gadgets. I rarely dock my iPhone. And much prefer just using the cable. But without this cover, I wouldn't be able to put it in display mode.

Also for typing, I mainly type at a desk, so the angle for typing is just right.

As far as smudging and scratching the glass, it is my understanding that the glass (like the iPhone) can withstand a lot of abuse. Sure, try to avoid anything but your fingers and cover on the screen. but if a magnet touches it, as it has mine, it probably won't scratch.

An old leather tanner once told me that leather is like your skin. Yes you can stain it, but minor stains, oil, etc will go away with time. Though, it's a good idea to keep your hands clean when using any device.

But I can also see the reviewer's main points and they are weaknesses of the cover. If you are working mostly from the couch or recliner, the cover sucks. Take it off. But for office and transit, it's one of the better I've seen in my 10 years of mobile device ownership.

Mako5
Mar 20, 2011, 09:16 AM
Ok, take a deep breath and calm down. I just wanted to share what my day-day experience was with the cover. I don't have any other agenda but to share information. It obviously didn't work for me but I also didn't have access to a review like mine to help me decide whether to buy it or not as there really weren't that many out in the public to review. Now that I know what it's like, I've returned it and am happy I did so, but before doing this wanted to help other potential smart cover owners with an honest review. I tried to keep the review as practical as possible from real life usage. Obviously I have no idea how other people are going to use their smart covers, but I can share my experiences. Also, there's no such thing as holding it wrong, I personally think that folded over is even more uncomfortable and didn't think most people would be doing that so didn't include it as mentioned above.

Just trying to help out, no reason to be negative. I obviously would not have spent this time writing the review unless I thought there was something to report.

I for one TOTALLY appreciate your review. It was thorough, well structured and like any good review, offered a perspective and opinion. It helped me to more carefully consider before I spend $69. I am going to wait and look at one at an Apple Store first. Very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

Night Spring
Mar 20, 2011, 09:33 AM
I really don't want to use it this way because you can end up getting the microfiber side dirty, which will rub on the screen. In some tests/reviews of the Smart Cover, like this cultofmac article(http://ow.ly/1scFRH), they have found that getting oils and dirt on the microfiber side will lead to smudging on the screen if there is pressure put on the cover when it is closed.

Have people noticed any smudging on the screen like this w/ dirt and oil on the microfiber side?

I agree that it would be preferable if the cover were made to stand with the poly/leather side out, as any dirt or smudges would be easier to clean off that side. For now I just double check to make sure the surface is clean before plopping the cover down on a desk or table. The smart cover forces me to handle the iPad a lot more delicately than I did the original iPad, which I had in a TPU case with a screen protector. But it's incredibly convenient when I need a stand. So far I've been unable to get hold of a screen protector or TPU case for iPad2, so I have no choice. When I do get them, I'll have to spend some time with and without the smart cover and see which I prefer.

AVInc
Mar 20, 2011, 10:38 AM
This so called ' Smart Cover' is overrated. It comes off from the iPad at times after a day or two of playing with it. :confused:

Will probably look for a good case now.

richlee111
Mar 20, 2011, 11:16 AM
But it's incredibly convenient when I need a stand. So far I've been unable to get hold of a screen protector or TPU case for iPad2, so I have no choice. When I do get them, I'll have to spend some time with and without the smart cover and see which I prefer.

I have decided to keep it for now because of the convience of having the triangle propped up in typing mode. As far as I can find right now, this is the only portable solution for such a case/stand.

As far as a TPU case, I am on the look out for one that will also accommodate the Smart Cover so that I can have both on at the same time. If I find one, I will certainly post it up.

And yes, I check the table and wipe it if need be before I plop the triangle down w/ the microfiber side:)

yderochefort
Mar 20, 2011, 05:11 PM
You did not mention something that just happened to me today. The smart cover detached from the iPad (known problem) and the iPad dropped to the floor. When I tried to reattach the iPad however, the smart cover would no longer attach and it seemed as though the polarization of the iPad magnets ha d reversed. Re-booting the iPad fixed the problem. Has anyone else had this experience?

Knowimagination
Mar 20, 2011, 05:22 PM
You did not mention something that just happened to me today. The smart cover detached from the iPad (known problem) and the iPad dropped to the floor. When I tried to reattach the iPad however, the smart cover would no longer attach and it seemed as though the polarization of the iPad magnets ha d reversed. Re-booting the iPad fixed the problem. Has anyone else had this experience?

What do you mean detaching is a known problem. It is supposed to be able to detach. As for not reattaching the only time I had an issue is when it was dark and I didn't realize I was trying to attach it to the wrong side of the iPad.

What on earth would rebooting have to do with a magnet?