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gorskiegangsta
May 2, 2011, 02:54 PM
During the iPad 2 announcement Apple introduced "Smart covers" almost as a standalone product; and I have to admit, they kind-of stole the show... that is until they mentioned... the prices. So, I have been thinking, are Apple's "Smart Covers" worth it? Especially at that price??

Also, what do you guys think of their design (quality of materials, color choices, etc..) and utility (effectively being able to protect the device, magnetic alignment, etc..) and how Apple can possibly improve them.

I, personally, wouldn't get one for more than $20 ($30 for leather.) Otherwise I like the design and general functionality of it.



spiderman0616
May 2, 2011, 02:55 PM
Leaves too much room for scratches on the back--would worry me constantly with all the commuting I do.

denny14
May 2, 2011, 03:04 PM
I had one for about 10 days and returned it. Not enough protection, too expensive (had the red leather one), kind of awkward to use.

Looking for a case like the apple branded iPad 1 case.

jedolley
May 2, 2011, 03:12 PM
I think smart covers are expensive for what they are. With that said, I really like mine.

The reason there are all sorts of different iPad cases is because everyone uses their differently. I am not a fan of folio style cases, i've tried several and just never got used to them. I prefer something light, but grippy on the back, and the smart cover is a nice companion accessory that covers the front and acts as a portable stand.

As for back protection, several of us have been discussing this for awhile now. Smart cover compatible cases are slowly making their way to the market. I have created a list of the ones we are aware of so far, and if you do a search you should be able to find a thread or two about the specific case (i.e. Enki, Belkin, Incipio Smart Feather, etc.).

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1139927

brudog68
May 2, 2011, 04:01 PM
You left off the most important reason they stink from your poll...the stand positions are horrible and very unstable. Wish I had returned mine in time for a refund, but stuck with it. Black leather.

JessicaR
May 2, 2011, 04:05 PM
I need to add an asterisk to my no. I don't think the Apple Smart Cover is worth it. However, I do think the idea of the wake sleep function is worth it. I like the idea of the case that auto wakes and sleeps the iPad is totally worth it. For example: C.E.O. Hybrid iPad 2 Case (http://www.marware.com/ipad-cases-and-covers/ipad-2-cases/c-e-o-hybrid-ipad-2-case) is absolutely worth the $50 price tag.

gorskiegangsta
May 2, 2011, 04:55 PM
You left off the most important reason they stink from your poll...the stand positions are horrible and very unstable. Wish I had returned mine in time for a refund, but stuck with it. Black leather.

good point. although i did think of it. i just wanted the poll to be as concise and straightforward as possible.

jedolley
May 2, 2011, 05:17 PM
You left off the most important reason they stink from your poll...the stand positions are horrible and very unstable. Wish I had returned mine in time for a refund, but stuck with it. Black leather.

I have no problem with my stand positions...:confused:

LDTaylor85
May 2, 2011, 05:28 PM
I've spend about 50 bucks on cases on eBay and none of them left me feeling satisfied. I went to Target this past Friday and got the blue smart cover and I love it, I should have just tried it out on the first place.

brudog68
May 2, 2011, 06:00 PM
I have no problem with my stand positions...:confused:

Top heavy and will topple easy in the "viewing" position, worthless if trying to prop while on your lap etc...

I didn't realize it til I tried others like targus360 and switch easy canvas...

Sure, if you set it on a table and no chance of touching or moving it your fine, but otherwise it's less than sturdy.

I tried to like it, I really did :D

Want another one cheap? Lol

brudog68
May 2, 2011, 06:25 PM
But even if you like the form factor I personally feel they are overpriced for what you may find in third party options.

glen e
May 2, 2011, 06:54 PM
But even if you like the form factor I personally feel they are overpriced for what you may find in third party options.

who makes a cover like the smartcover? Link please....I think they are overpriced too but most apple stuff is....and the ability on a whim for people to return it because they don't like it or it does not match their eyes is pretty strong...try returning another item like that - it's all in the whole presentation you are paying for...

MathRulz
May 2, 2011, 07:11 PM
who makes a cover like the smartcover? Link please....i think they are overpriced too but most apple stuff is....and the ability on a whim for people to return it because they don't like it or it does not match their eyes is pretty strong...try returning another item like that - it's all in the whole presentation you are paying for...

+1

gorskiegangsta
May 2, 2011, 07:24 PM
But even if you like the form factor I personally feel they are overpriced for what you may find in third party options.

see, my problem with the whole price thing is that Apple may set a[n annoying] trend which will convince the 3rd party manufacturers to make more expensive cases with less functionality.

Or maybe I'm just too paranoid ;)

xraytech
May 2, 2011, 07:32 PM
see, my problem with the whole price thing is that Apple may set a[n annoying] trend which will convince the 3rd party manufacturers to make more expensive cases with less functionality.

Or maybe I'm just too paranoid ;)

I disagree, if anything case manufactures will try to under cut Apple.

I love my Smart Cover. Gives just the right amount of screen protection with minimal bulk. As for protection of the back, I leave that up to iCarbons.

ninerfan
May 2, 2011, 07:37 PM
Each to his own. I had my Smart Cover and an Ebay TPU back for a week. I love the look of that combination.

However, I found the Smart Cover to be very unstable and really awkward to use.

I returned it today and am over the moon with my Maroo case which is a true keeper.

glen e
May 2, 2011, 07:43 PM
I love my Smart Cover. Gives just the right amount of screen protection with minimal bulk. As for protection of the back, I leave that up to iCarbons.

X2 - black smartcover with black or white icarbon is minimal bulk and everyone that sees it comments on it's look..

brudog68
May 2, 2011, 09:52 PM
But even if you like the form factor I personally feel they are overpriced for what you may find in third party options.

who makes a cover like the smartcover? Link please....I think they are overpriced too but most apple stuff is....and the ability on a whim for people to return it because they don't like it or it does not match their eyes is pretty strong...try returning another item like that - it's all in the whole presentation you are paying for...

Sorry, I didn't mean JUST like the smart cover, but rather options with the same front cover function and form like this, (http://http://www.macally.com/en/product/ArticleShow.asp?ArticleID=387) they stand and fold the same etc...
http://www.macally.com/en/product/ArticleShow.asp?ArticleID=387

MrMac'n'Cheese
May 2, 2011, 09:59 PM
Are smart covers worth it?

NO.

I got mine in green poly.

Was highly disappointed and eBay'ed that crap.

qoo77
May 3, 2011, 05:50 AM
the poly material collects marks and dirt that are hard to clean off! :(

jmthigpen
May 3, 2011, 12:15 PM
if they were $19.99 they would be worth it.

Shasta McNasty
May 5, 2011, 10:07 PM
Just got a poly gray off of craigslist, brand new for only $20 and i would say its definitely worth it. Im going to get the back invisible shielded and then its perfect combination.

drenline
May 5, 2011, 10:44 PM
Definitely not worth $40, I only bought one because I had a $20 gift card at best buy. Tried it out and still feel the same way, it should be no more than $20 MAXIMUM. Would I buy it if it was at full retail price? Probably not.