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glen e
Apr 4, 2011, 04:59 PM
wow - this turned out better than I thought... and fits very well over my white iCarbon back for a "CF under glass" look - snaps on very tightly with no flex. I like it. Still thinner than my ipad1:

http://www.xgearlive.com/products/catalog/ipad-2

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Antfer
Apr 4, 2011, 05:10 PM
Dats a lot of real estate left open by the speaker.

glen e
Apr 4, 2011, 05:29 PM
Dats a lot of real estate left open by the speaker.

agreed - not sure of their thinking there.....

hcho3
Apr 4, 2011, 05:39 PM
Dats a lot of real estate left open by the speaker.

Agreed. This worries me a lot.

dand1996
Apr 4, 2011, 07:12 PM
I have a incipio feather cover on my iPad now. Looks like the xgear does leave a little bit more open to the right of the speaker, but it does come down lower than the feather one other side of the dock. This case will come for me on Thursday. Kudos to xgear for being the firs company to actually ship a smartcover compatible case

Twitter @dpdesilva

dand1996
Apr 4, 2011, 07:13 PM
Agreed. This worries me a lot.

I have one leftover bodyguardz skiing I'm going to cut to fit in that small area. No big deal

clyde2801
Apr 5, 2011, 06:14 AM
Dats a lot of real estate left open by the speaker.

But it would accommodate my monster fm car transmitter/charger, which won't work without the wider open slot. And mine's already covered in ghost armor.

glen e
Apr 5, 2011, 06:21 AM
I have one leftover bodyguardz skiing I'm going to cut to fit in that small area. No big deal

exactly what I did - used a skin I had - perfect...

clyde2801
Apr 5, 2011, 06:36 AM
Ordered a slim back case from flea bay yesterday for $16 shipped (from the US). Should be here on Monday.

Figured if its crap, I'm not out too much, and can try the xgear later. I also like the fact that it covers the back and apple logo; figure it's safer to temporarily leave in my car when I'm out running errands.

perplex
Apr 5, 2011, 07:05 AM
yea i dont like how it doesnt cover the whole back by the speaker.

definitely an easy pass. but it looks good at least

Karnivore
Apr 5, 2011, 07:21 AM
$35 for that??? what a rip off

j-a-x
Apr 5, 2011, 08:28 AM
There are some vendors on eBay selling no name cases with Smart Cover compatibility for around $16 now, although none are transparent like this.

This might be worth checking out for anyone who doesn't want to pay $35.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330549182139&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

glen e
Apr 5, 2011, 11:02 AM
Her's Xgear's answer to the open spot near the speaker

> Dear Glen,
> This space is for future advancement that we can not discuss at the moment.
>
> Peter


Ummmmm...OK.....huh? A flat di-lithium crystal no doubt, to power the pad.....

JTravers
Apr 5, 2011, 11:39 AM
How secure is this? Does it feel really secure on the back? How much force would it take to pry it off?

Thanks for posting!

glen e
Apr 5, 2011, 12:00 PM
How secure is this? Does it feel really secure on the back? How much force would it take to pry it off?

Thanks for posting!

its tight - takes getting under 3 corners..it snaps on

xraytech
Apr 5, 2011, 12:12 PM
Dats a lot of real estate left open by the speaker.

agreed - not sure of their thinking there.....

Not a fan of what they did on that side of the case.

I'm waiting for this...

http://www.thejoyfactory.com/page/ipad2/smartfit2-41.html

mojojosung
Apr 5, 2011, 01:20 PM
I'm looking forward to this one.

http://www.crunchgear.com/2011/03/22/worried-about-the-back-of-your-ipad-2-enki-has-a-case-for-you/#more-206307

It's $5 cheaper than xgear, and it seems to do the same thing. Would like to see how they dealt with the speaker area though..

JTravers
Apr 5, 2011, 04:05 PM
There are some vendors on eBay selling no name cases with Smart Cover compatibility for around $16 now, although none are transparent like this.

This might be worth checking out for anyone who doesn't want to pay $35.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330549182139&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

Seems interesting, especially since it doesn't leave any of the back unprotected like the Xgear does (around the speaker area).

Thanks for the link.

3goldens
Apr 5, 2011, 06:41 PM
logo, speaker, no go!

jreuschl
Apr 5, 2011, 06:48 PM
How well is the smart cover going to fold back with a layer on back though? (the eBay case)

gapdev
Apr 5, 2011, 06:59 PM
I ordered the black one, received it today.

I like it so much that I ordered the Clear cover.

I'm hoping they come out with various colors to match the Smart Cover colors, as well as a Black Carbon Fiber cover.

Only problems are that fingerprints show and it is a tad too slippery. But, certainly better than scratching the back all to hell.

The Smart Cover, when folded to prop the iPad up seems to stay in place much better than without the cover enhancer.

Kenny

dand1996
Apr 6, 2011, 09:59 AM
I ordered the black one, received it today.

I like it so much that I ordered the Clear cover.

I'm hoping they come out with various colors to match the Smart Cover colors, as well as a Black Carbon Fiber cover.

Only problems are that fingerprints show and it is a tad too slippery. But, certainly better than scratching the back all to hell.

The Smart Cover, when folded to prop the iPad up seems to stay in place much better than without the cover enhancer.

Kenny

Thanks for the update, mine is coming tomorrow. Is the finish matte or glossy? Is there a noticeable bulk when holding it? I have the incipio feather now and it feels about the same as a naked ipad

rittchard
Apr 7, 2011, 01:55 PM
Just received the Xgear yesterday. Snapped it on in a second and it seems to work great with the Smart Cover. All in all a nice combo (though expensive) to keep the iPad protected but not at all bulky. This will be my general "at home" combo from now on.

dand1996
Apr 7, 2011, 07:28 PM
Got mine today, absolutely love it, snaps on nice but not too hard that your afraid it'll scratch. I have zero worries about it falling off.

I got the black and it has a great matte feel

Exactly what I wanted

@dpdesilva

jeff_siler
Apr 7, 2011, 08:30 PM
Does it pick up scratches at all?

glen e
Apr 7, 2011, 08:32 PM
Does it pick up scratches at all?

it's plastic so yes it will...but abrasion scratches will come out with plastic polish (novus)

ton123
Apr 7, 2011, 11:20 PM
Does it scratch the ipad back? I hv heard stories that crystal case could potentionally cause scratch to the ipad because of trapped dust / loose contact of the case and the ipad

Pipper99
Apr 8, 2011, 10:50 AM
I got the Incipio Feather case yesterday: I like it, but the Smart Cover doesn't attach as securely. I wish that Incipio had made a cutout so that the magnets could lock on better