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clyde2801
May 12, 2011, 12:44 PM
Got the black smart shell from Spec in from gleemobile unexpectedly this morning. Price was $26.99 with free shipping when using gleefriends 10% discount code.

Ordered it from gleemobile before I bought the Belkin. In retrospect, I think I should have waited.

Coverage identical to the belkin, build quality seems better. No imperfections on the black belkin as there is on the speck. Easily attaches, but stays on more securely than does the Belkin. Black is a bit translucent, meaning you can make out the faint black apple and 'ipad' outline on the back of the case when the lighting is right. The Speck has a small raised logo on the bottom of the case, nothing too flashy or distracting.

Speck took its time comparatively to get this to market, and they came up with a couple of added touches that I'm sure many will appreciate. It's almost as if the engineers took the time to look up comments and complaints about the belkin on this forum and you tube.

1. A small cutout on the far side of case allows for easy opening of the smart cover, as shown in my first photo. The fingernail inmpaired have posted that they found the Belkin case a bit hard to open and close, not a problem here.

2. There is a small glossy strip on the backside of the case illustrated in my second and third photos. To my surprise and delight, it's function is to hold the smart cover snugly to the back of the case when it is fully opened.

Otherwise, the Speck is identical to the Belkin and carries many of it's same traits...decent protection without adding unacceptable bulk or weight. I prefer the translucent black and overall build quality of the Speck. It promises to age better than the Belkin, which is already looking like a dirty, grimy piece of disposable plastic after a couple of weeks. Unlike the Belkin case, which somehow cheapens the looks and aesthetics of the iPad 2, the Speck makes it appear a bit more polished and upscale. It goes equally well with my red and black smart covers.

If you waited or hesitated on getting the Belkin, congratulate yourself and buy the Speck instead now.



clyde2801
May 12, 2011, 12:51 PM
An additional comment plus a couple more photos...

Like the Belkin, the Speck appears to be both back and front protective cover friendly.

Unlike the Belkin, it appears to hide fingerprints, smudges and oils fairly well.

The last photo shows the cover holding the smartcover up against its back.



On an unrelated note, I'm kinda digging the webcam on this new iMac....:D

jedolley
May 12, 2011, 01:43 PM
Thanks for the review. I ordered the clear one and should arrive about the same time I get back from my trip (got my shipment confirmation a couple hours after I placed my order... Enki could learn a few lessons here).

MRSaint
May 12, 2011, 02:54 PM
Looks very nice, thanks for the review. Did the price go up though? It's on the site now as $34.99. :(

I guess comparing to the price of the Belkin from BB, it's still cheaper although JR has it for $10 less.

EDH667
May 12, 2011, 03:22 PM
Thanks for the review! I ordered two. Like the cut out to open the smart cover and the magnet ability around back.

bouda
May 12, 2011, 08:10 PM
Clyde,

Do you think that glossy strip will be prone to getting a lot of scratches on it? Already returned my 2 Belkins due to poor quality and one not being full coverage.

How much space is open by the hinge? Most of the cases leave too much. Belkin has this right.

Is this a misprint?
No imperfections on the black belkin as there is on the speck.

The speck looks like it actually goes around most of the buttons for a tiny bit more coverage then the Belkin, no?

Price was at 29.99 listed on glee - 5% off earlier, must have went up when they received stock.

Now I just need to debate the black vs. clear...

clyde2801
May 12, 2011, 09:12 PM
Clyde,

Do you think that glossy strip will be prone to getting a lot of scratches on it? Already returned my 2 Belkins due to poor quality and one not being full coverage.

How much space is open by the hinge? Most of the cases leave too much. Belkin has this right.

Is this a misprint?


The speck looks like it actually goes around most of the buttons for a tiny bit more coverage then the Belkin, no?

Price was at 29.99 listed on glee - 5% off earlier, must have went up when they received stock.

Now I just need to debate the black vs. clear...

Was in a bit of a hurry when I initially wrote....I think the fit and finish of the speck far surpasses that of the belkin. The belkin looks like a cheap piece of disposable plastic trash compared to it.

I'll have to report back on scratches. None so far, and I do like this feature.

As for the side (hinge) coverage compared to the Belkin, I'll have to compare the two again.

The price went up AFTER I bought it? I didn't get screwed buying an apple branded accessory for once! Huzzah!

Really off topic, but does anyone have any advice for trying to clone an xp boot camp drive from my old imac to my new one?

kvasir
May 12, 2011, 09:16 PM
I love this. Is there anywhere with the clear version in stock? Much better than some of the other cases I've seen!

bouda
May 12, 2011, 09:33 PM
I love this. Is there anywhere with the clear version in stock? Much better than some of the other cases I've seen!

Specks site had them earlier today. Don't knowbif they still do. I would think glee has them if they are selling the black. I'm still debating black or clear. If the clear can get dirty then I want the black. If not maybe the clear.

bouda
May 12, 2011, 09:42 PM
My only concern would be that the opening on the side to help with the smart cover looks a little big and open for scratches. Not a deal breaker and realize this is being too picky. I will be getting one soon. Wish target had it.

Xultar
May 12, 2011, 10:22 PM
The case looks slightly transparent.

I went to Order and their site is jacked it is charging the right price but the total is quadruple what it should be! They will have plenty of stock until they fix that bug.

I'll stick with my switcheasy they didn't raise prices right after they received stock.

TypeMRT
May 12, 2011, 10:40 PM
I picked up the clear one for only $20.62 (including shipping & outrageous CA sales tax @ 9.75%). The black was out of stock so I figure I'll just put a carbon skin under the clear.
http://www.vebee.com/speck-ipad-2-smartshell-clear.html

OverSpun
May 12, 2011, 11:36 PM
I do not have an apple smart cover, but does the extra weight from the Speck SmartShell does it feel that it could fall over watching a movie on it if youre in a plane?

I definitely wouldn't want my ipad to fall on the ground and skip around under seats. :p

3goldens
May 13, 2011, 01:06 AM
Thanks for the review.

I ordered one to compliment my Belkin clear, which has no scratches and due to the frost coating I would not expect it to get any. I have had mine for a few weeks and have no signs of it being a "dirty, grimy piece of disposable plastic" It still looks brand new!

I do think the Speck looks nice, however I did not know it was this as translucent as it looks in your photos, that's kind of a bummer, I really hate those smoky effect covers, sold black would have been more my style and I might have to look into getting a clear one if the black is really what I consider cheesy translucent plastic. And the clear one would really be a scratch magnet though, unlike the Belkin's frost. I don't remember this translucency being in the description when I ordered it.

I also would have also preferred a rubberized good grip finish on the back. I don't recall this being mentioned in the review but the were hoping its similar to the Belkin's great grip.

It looks like it has the same protective qualities that are offered by the Belkin including the space between the smart cover and the case, not too concerned about that.

I do really like the Belkin and I'm not going to be throwing it under the bus, I think its a quality case, well constructed and durable, so I have to disagree with the OP's trashing it in comparison. Im going to reserve judgment on that one till I get mine.

I have always thought Specks has a tendency to make their logo's a little to big and in all the wrong places, so I am interested to see how that works its way into the overall design.

Oh well, another day another case!

OverSpun
May 13, 2011, 01:16 AM
Its always helpful reading extra reviews to help me. I know then OP's pictures aren't too great from an iMac camera, but it doesn't seem too bad having a translucent black plastic from Speck but it could look cool in person. Take some nice pictures if you write a thread about yours. :)

bouda
May 13, 2011, 05:46 AM
Thanks for the review.

I ordered one to compliment my Belkin clear, which has no scratches and due to the frost coating I would not expect it to get any. I have had mine for a few weeks and have no signs of it being a "dirty, grimy piece of disposable plastic" It still looks brand new!

I do think the Speck looks nice, however I did not know it was this as translucent as it looks in your photos, that's kind of a bummer, I really hate those smoky effect covers, sold black would have been more my style and I might have to look into getting a clear one if the black is really what I consider cheesy translucent plastic. And the clear one would really be a scratch magnet though, unlike the Belkin's frost. I don't remember this translucency being in the description when I ordered it.

I also would have also preferred a rubberized good grip finish on the back. I don't recall this being mentioned in the review but the were hoping its similar to the Belkin's great grip.

It looks like it has the same protective qualities that are offered by the Belkin including the space between the smart cover and the case, not too concerned about that.

I do really like the Belkin and I'm not going to be throwing it under the bus, I think its a quality case, well constructed and durable, so I have to disagree with the OP's trashing it in comparison. Im going to reserve judgment on that one till I get mine.

I have always thought Specks has a tendency to make their logo's a little to big and in all the wrong places, so I am interested to see how that works its way into the overall design.

Oh well, another day another case!

I believe these do have the rubberized grip as specks website mentions something about this on their site. If this is the case it shouldn't scratch and looks a little clearer then the Belkin. I purchased a few belkins and both the full coverage ones had blemishes and not clean lines on the edges of the case. Very disappointing as I really liked the belkin coverage. Specks looks a little clearer in pictures so I will be interested in seeing a review of that one. If it is clearer and have the rubberized back it will look even better and less cheesy then the belkin. Not saying the belkin looks cheesy, but if transparency is less cheesy then speck may have it. Can't wait to try this case. I'll wait for judgement but a review from someone like Clyde who has both goes a long way.

clyde2801
May 13, 2011, 05:49 AM
Macmall's claiming to have the Specks on preorder, in all the colors of the rainbow, for $23.99.

It's translucent when you look at it straight on in the right lighting, otherwise it appears solid.

May have to get out the windex and wipe off the belkin a bit. Possibly was a bit too harsh in my wording of it, and it may indicate my own preference for dark or solid cases instead of clear or frosted ones. I think any clear or slightly frosted piece of plastic will show fingerprints, oils, smudges, etc,

Belkin is good, but Speck is better for the price.

And hey, that's a HD camera on the iMac, TYVM!

bouda
May 13, 2011, 06:22 AM
Macmall's claiming to have the Specks on preorder, in all the colors of the rainbow, for $23.99.

It's translucent when you look at it straight on in the right lighting, otherwise it appears solid.

May have to get out the windex and wipe off the belkin a bit. Possibly was a bit too harsh in my wording of it, and it may indicate my own preference for dark or solid cases instead of clear or frosted ones. I think any clear or slightly frosted piece of plastic will show fingerprints, oils, smudges, etc,

Belkin is good, but Speck is better for the price.

And hey, that's a HD camera on the iMac, TYVM!

How is the feel of the case? Same as belkin?

J.C
May 13, 2011, 06:41 AM
Would it fit an iPad with a clear skin? I have a Best Sins Ever skin.

clyde2801
May 13, 2011, 07:39 AM
How is the feel of the case? Same as belkin?

Didn't occur to me to feel them, will try to do that if clients and docket allow.

clyde2801
May 13, 2011, 07:39 AM
Would it fit an iPad with a clear skin? I have a Best Sins Ever skin.

Like the Belkin, it plays well with my ghost armor on the front and back.

3goldens
May 13, 2011, 02:43 PM
Ok got my Speck from Gleemobile.com this morning where I got an exceptional price by the way!

Its a really good alternative to the Belkin, however I still think the Belkin comes out slightly ahead.

Here's why…

The Speck weighs in is a little bit heavier than the Belkin, I don't have a scale that measures down to the grams but I would say because of the additional real estate the Speck has and the small metal conductive part it makes the case at least in my opinion feel a little bit heavier and more substantive. This is not a bad thing, just an observation.

It is translucent but not at all like some of the cheesy smokey ones I have seen. The Speck is almost sold as seen in the pictures and has a very nice grip to it. There will be no handing problems here, good firm rubbery kind of grip. I don't know what they call that coating but it is great for cases.

There is a small conductive part on the outside for the smart cover, first time I tried it, the cover flopped right down, second time it held, but I think I will reserve judgment on that right now. Seems like a good idea.

The Speck is also thicker, which may afford a little more protection that the Belkin in the long run.

I am really from the school that believes these protective cases are for just that purpose, protecting the back of the ipad from scratches, period end of story. You want something that will protect it from a drop, get a different case, these shells are not the ones you want.

These are for casual use around the house or office, lightweight, sturdy and minimally invasive to the overall ipad experience.

The Speck is also very much a full coverage case like the Belkin model that provides coverage.

I have to hand it to Belkin, they know how to make a minimalist case for this Ipad 2. It really is though the thing is not even there!
All of the borders and places the unit snaps into place are all perfectly level with the ipad screen so one does not feel as though there is a case attached. Seamless is the word I'm looking for.

All points, edges on the Belkin are finished, and polished smooth, no rough spots at all, no catches or places were your finger might feel a sharp edge. And this is especially evident when one has the smart cover off. No sharp plastic edges at all, you'd never know the case was on there, its as though you were using a naked Ipad.

The Speck on the other hand has a small border around the rim of the Ipad, clearly visible, which is not a problem at all, just an observation.

After snapping mine into place I continued to see a sliver of the rim around the screen, but that just may be the way this case works or may very well have to do with the Wrapsol skin on the back of my Ipad.

With the Apple smart cover on the Speck the Ipad is perfectly and easily accessible and the case is an extremely good companion for the this cover.

There is a nice little lip as the OP mentioned to open the from front cover, Belkin opted out of doing this.

That little additional break in the case structure however at least on mine is not as finished or polished off, and is a little on the sharp side. One knows this can be easily fixed but, this should have been done during the manufacturing process.

Surprisingly, I found many of the edges going around the border a little unfinished on the Speck. They just seemed a little rough and sharpish, and one can fix this, no problem. You really only notice this when one has the Smart cover off.

The left hand side where the smart cover attaches with the magnets to the body of the Ipad has plenty of protection and has extremely good good coverage on the back leading up to where the cover attaches. I do think there is a difference though when the cover is removed, the edges of the Speck are a little more intrusive.

Here is where the real difference in the cases comes. If you have both or are planning on getting both, try handling them without the cover on you Ipad. See what difference you feel in the overall experience handling your Ipad.

The Speck reminds you constantly that there is a case on the unit and you never know the Belkin is there. To me that's a great thing, I don't want to feel the weight or feel a slight jab or prick from a rough side of a case and I don't have that with the Belkin.

Now of course these are my personal preferences, and I only call it as I see it. I like both cases very much.

I do totally disagree with the OP that the Belkin is a trash piece of plastic, or whatever he said/ Respectively, I think in contrast to the Speck, the Belkin offers a minimalist design with a great deal of protection, but its every bit as sturdy and durable as the Speck, no doubt about it.

I see them both as long lasting good durable protective cases that probably can't be improved on all that much! In other words these are keepers, no one is going to come along and make something better than either one of these so don't worry about that. Speck should consider finishing off their cases a little better, that might make the experience of handling it a whole lot better.

Again, they are both excellent cases, both well designed and manufactured, and both will no doubt do very well in the market.
If you get either one, you'll be happy and so will the back of your Ipad!


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bouda
May 13, 2011, 03:04 PM
Ok got my speck

Its a really good alternative to the Belkin, however I still think the Belkin is tad better.

Here's why…

The Speck is a little bit heavier than the Belkin, I don't have a scale that measures down to the grams but I would say because of the additional real estate the Speck has and the small metal conductive part it makes the case at least in my opinion feel a little bit heavier and more substantive.

It is translucent but not at all like some of the cheesy smokey ones I have seen. The Speck is almost sold as seen in the pictures and has a very nice grip to it.

I'm not at all how I feel at this point about the conductive part on the outside for the smart cover, first time I tried it, the cover flopped right down, but I will reserve judgment on that right now.

I think it is also thicker, which may afford more protection that the Belkin in the long run, but I really am of the school these protective backs are for just that protecting the back from scratches. You want something that will protect it from a drop, get a different case, these rant the ones you want. These are for casual use around the house or office, lightweight, sturdy and minimally invasive to the overall ipad experience.

The Speck is also a full coverage case like the Belkin.

Honestly I have to hand it to Belkin, they know how to make a minimalist case for this Ipad 2. It really is though the thing is not even there!

All of the borders and places the unit snaps into place are all perfectly level with the ipad screen so one does not feel as though there is a case attached.

Seamless is the word I'm looking for.

All points, edges on the Belkin are finished, and polished smooth, no rough spots at all, no catches or places were your finger might feel a sharp edge. And this is especially evident when one has the smart cover off. No sharp plastic edges at all, you'd never know the case was on there, its as though you were using a naked Ipad.

The Speck on the other hand has a small border around it that is clearly visible, which is not a problem, just an observation. I did not think mine snapped fully into place despite a couple of tries. I continued to see a sliver of the rim around the screen, but that just may be the way thins one works.

With the Apple smart cover on the ipad is perfectly and easily accessible and the case is a good companion for the cover.

There is a nice little lip as the OP mentioned to open the from cover, Belkin opted out of doing this. That little additional break in the case structure on mine at least is not as finished, polished off, and is a little on the sharp side. One knows this can be easily fixed but, this should have been done during the manufacturing process.

In fact all of the edges going around seem a little rough and sharp, and one really notices this when one has the Smart cover off. The left hand side where the smart cover attaches to the body of the ipad has plenty of protection and as good as the full coverage Belkins we all know and love. But there is a sharp difference when the cover is removed, the edges of the Speck are a little intrusive not to mention sharp.

Here is where the real difference in the cases comes. If you have both or are planning on getting both, try handling them without the cover on you Ipad. See what difference you feel in the overall experience.

The Speck reminds you constantly that there is a case on the unit and you never know the Belkin is there. To me that's a great thing, I don't want to feel the weight or feel a slight jab or prick from a rough side of a case and I don't have that with the Belkin.

Now of course these are my personal preferences, and I only call it as I see it.

I do totally disagree with the OP that the Belkin is a trash piece of plastic, or whatever he said/ Respectively, I think in contrast to the Speck, the Belkin offers a minimalist design with a great deal of protection, but its every bit as sturdy and durable as the Speck, no doubt about it.

I see them both as long lasting overall protective cases that probably can't be improved all that much! I would think Speck could finish off the cases a little better, that might make the experience handling it a lot better.

Over all, I think they are both excellent cases, both well designed and manufactured, and both will no doubt do very well in the market. It's all about what you want out of a case and I don't want to know its there when I'm sitting on a couch reading a magazine on my Ipad!


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If the Belkin is off the iPad, looking at the edges halfway up (on the hinge side as well as the volume button side), are the edges completely even, not wavy? Are there any sort of blemishes on the inside of the edges at these points? It sort of looks like it from the picture you just posted. I've purchased two from best buys no where near each other, and the manufacturing has been terrible. Others have reported this as well. It's not something one might notice with a quick glance, but it is clearly there and for the price should not occur at all. I prefer as much minimalism as possible, just wish Belkin had better quality control.

xStatiCa
May 13, 2011, 10:54 PM
Thanks for the review. I have the yoobao (fixed second version) leather folio case and love it but after seeing this review I have decided to buy the smartcase from apple again (sold it previously) and use this case. The youtube video below helped show what I still had questions about... how well the smartcase would stick to that shiney metal strip on the back when the smartcase is open. It seems to stick well. That was the only thing I really didn't like about the smartcase was how it would flop down in the back while holding it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQw9hLcKyqE

This combo will be slimmer than the yoobao which is already pretty slim. I'm sold.

3goldens
May 14, 2011, 01:25 AM
If the Belkin is off the iPad, looking at the edges halfway up (on the hinge side as well as the volume button side), are the edges completely even, not wavy? Are there any sort of blemishes on the inside of the edges at these points? It sort of looks like it from the picture you just posted. I've purchased two from best buys no where near each other, and the manufacturing has been terrible. Others have reported this as well. It's not something one might notice with a quick glance, but it is clearly there and for the price should not occur at all. I prefer as much minimalism as possible, just wish Belkin had better quality control.

Not seeing any kind of blemishes at all bouda. I'm sorry your having such a problem with this case, sounds like it's the one you really want too!

If minimal is what your after then I think you should keep this. I am very impressed with how naturlly it blends right into the iPad, as I said one really doesn't know it's there. With the Speck you know it's there, no getting around that.

Frankly, the Belkin is like a having a removable hard skin, I was comparing the two tonight, it's quite bit thinner than the Speck, which is probably the reason it's lighter. Again, these shells are not for major damage control, only minor scratches and accidentally dings and dents.

Neither one will compare in terms of protection to the harder cases and shells available out there, like the Mareware, if they fixed the tightness problem, which they have said has been remedied.

I am also using A Wrapsol skin on the back of my unit. Wrapsol tends to be a thicker protective skin compared to the others I have tried. Zagg and Best Skin Ever, what a name, are both in my opinion like wrapping a stick piece of plastic around your beautiful IPad. The handling of the unit is a totally different experience, a sticky experience!

In any event, the fact that I can keep this skin on with with either one of these shells is a real plus for me, allows me the flexibility to use it with or without a shell. I can easily use slip it out of wither of these cases without a struggle and not have to worry about minor scratches from laying it on a table top because the Wrapsol is there and when going out I can either use one of the two shells, probably the Belkin with a smart cover or a leather folio, which will be the next quest!

Mareware is sending me an Eco-Vu to repa,ce the micro shell, and I am sure to settle on a Mophie Workbook when ever they get around to releasing it, hopefully soon!

I do think thankfully I am good on shells now! No more experimenting!

clyde2801
May 14, 2011, 06:52 AM
As always, I enjoy reading your posts, even if I don't agree with them. To a certain degree this is subjective.

From the beginning, I wished I could have gotten the belkin in something besides frost. Preferably black, possibly clear.

I do think the clear and frost do tend to pick up fingerprints, oils and smudges fairly well. My Belkin looks like it really needs cleaned after a couple of weeks out in the wild. This is why I said it looked comparatively like a piece of plastic rubbish next to the Speck.

Am I saying that is a piece of plastic trash? No. Do I like the Speck much better? Yes. I like the fit and finish of the Speck (no issues with mine), like the black (almost too translucent, but I guess some folks have to see the apple on the back to know they've still got an ipad) color, am enamored with the smart cover holding strip on the back and lip on the side. Personally think that for the money, it's a better buy than the Belkin. I also prefer oranges to apples.

I also think that once multiple colors of both cases are available, the differences between them will be so minimal as to almost be fetishistic.

Night Spring
May 14, 2011, 07:49 AM
From the beginning, I wished I could have gotten the belkin in something besides frost. Preferably black, possibly clear.

I did get the Belkin in translucent black from J&R. I posted a picture of it in the Belkin thread, if you haven't seen it. It does occasionary pick up some smudges, but a quick wipe and it's good and clear again.

The back magnet on the Speck does sound tempting, so I might pick one up if I see it at one of my local electronic stores, but for now I'm good with the Belkin, and not tempted enough by the Speck to order it online or go hunting for it.

bouda
May 14, 2011, 08:11 AM
Not seeing any kind of blemishes at all bouda. I'm sorry your having such a problem with this case, sounds like it's the one you really want too!

If minimal is what your after then I think you should keep this. I am very impressed with how naturlly it blends right into the iPad, as I said one really doesn't know it's there. With the Speck you know it's there, no getting around that.

Frankly, the Belkin is like a having a removable hard skin, I was comparing the two tonight, it's quite bit thinner than the Speck, which is probably the reason it's lighter. Again, these shells are not for major damage control, only minor scratches and accidentally dings and dents.

Neither one will compare in terms of protection to the harder cases and shells available out there, like the Mareware, if they fixed the tightness problem, which they have said has been remedied.

I am also using A Wrapsol skin on the back of my unit. Wrapsol tends to be a thicker protective skin compared to the others I have tried. Zagg and Best Skin Ever, what a name, are both in my opinion like wrapping a stick piece of plastic around your beautiful IPad. The handling of the unit is a totally different experience, a sticky experience!

In any event, the fact that I can keep this skin on with with either one of these shells is a real plus for me, allows me the flexibility to use it with or without a shell. I can easily use slip it out of wither of these cases without a struggle and not have to worry about minor scratches from laying it on a table top because the Wrapsol is there and when going out I can either use one of the two shells, probably the Belkin with a smart cover or a leather folio, which will be the next quest!

Mareware is sending me an Eco-Vu to repa,ce the micro shell, and I am sure to settle on a Mophie Workbook when ever they get around to releasing it, hopefully soon!

I do think thankfully I am good on shells now! No more experimenting!

OT but anyone experience stuck pixels and luck with getting one out? I noticed one red one on the bottom right. Most probably wouldn't even see it, but I am very picky when it comes to my stuff. Thinking about bringing it back, but took a lot of time to get a power support AG screen on perfect, and if I can get it unstuck I will be much happier. I have also heard of some bringing theirs back and getting one that is worse. Just do not want to go through all of that...

rhuarc3
May 14, 2011, 09:44 AM
How does this case compare to the switcheasy coverbuddy? I just ordered the coverbuddy the other day but haven't heard anything from them yet. Have a speck on my iPhone and like it so figure this might be nice too.

bouda
May 14, 2011, 10:14 AM
How does this case compare to the switcheasy coverbuddy? I just ordered the coverbuddy the other day but haven't heard anything from them yet. Have a speck on my iPhone and like it so figure this might be nice too.

the one issue I have with the coverbuddy after looking at pictures on iLounge is that the space where the hinge goes is way to big. Too much left open of the back of the iPad.

3goldens
May 14, 2011, 10:37 AM
How does this case compare to the switcheasy coverbuddy? I just ordered the coverbuddy the other day but haven't heard anything from them yet. Have a speck on my iPhone and like it so figure this might be nice too.

You know I have not tried that one, and am not going to unless I got one for free! It does look very similar to the Speck with the tiny lip going around the screen border. No magnetic strip though. I do think bouda is right though, it looks like it leaves that gap near the hinge. Seems some case manufactures get this right, and some simply for whatever reason do not.

We will be looking to reading your thoughts on it!

Mr.C
May 14, 2011, 12:48 PM
I've pre- ordered the clear version of the Speck Smart Case from Amazon's UK site. It's not due for release here until this Friday. It's due to ship on Thursday for delivery on Saturday.

TypeMRT
May 14, 2011, 03:06 PM
This is getting a little nuts figuring out who has this in stock in a color I want. I ordered the clear for $21 from vebee only to have it go to backorder status the next day. Last night gleemobile only had black so I ordered the clear straight from Speck (http://www.speckproducts.com/ipad-2-case-smartshell-clear.html). Using the 20% off coupon NAKEDNESSISOVER I paid $30 after tax with free shipping.
I'm on the fence between clear & black. I've always has black covers but the clear looks awesome with a metal or carbon fiber skin underneath. I figure with the clear I get a good compromise.
I hope that little metal strip works because I returned my Smart Cover after only a couple of weeks of it flopping around when folded back. I may have to pick it up again with this case.

EDH667
May 14, 2011, 03:41 PM
Ok got my Speck from Gleemobile.com this morning where I got an exceptional price by the way!

Its a really good alternative to the Belkin, however I still think the Belkin comes out slightly ahead.

Here's why…

The Speck weighs in is a little bit heavier than the Belkin, I don't have a scale that measures down to the grams but I would say because of the additional real estate the Speck has and the small metal conductive part it makes the case at least in my opinion feel a little bit heavier and more substantive. This is not a bad thing, just an observation.

It is translucent but not at all like some of the cheesy smokey ones I have seen. The Speck is almost sold as seen in the pictures and has a very nice grip to it. There will be no handing problems here, good firm rubbery kind of grip. I don't know what they call that coating but it is great for cases.

There is a small conductive part on the outside for the smart cover, first time I tried it, the cover flopped right down, second time it held, but I think I will reserve judgment on that right now. Seems like a good idea.

The Speck is also thicker, which may afford a little more protection that the Belkin in the long run.

I am really from the school that believes these protective cases are for just that purpose, protecting the back of the ipad from scratches, period end of story. You want something that will protect it from a drop, get a different case, these shells are not the ones you want.

These are for casual use around the house or office, lightweight, sturdy and minimally invasive to the overall ipad experience.

The Speck is also very much a full coverage case like the Belkin model that provides coverage.

I have to hand it to Belkin, they know how to make a minimalist case for this Ipad 2. It really is though the thing is not even there!
All of the borders and places the unit snaps into place are all perfectly level with the ipad screen so one does not feel as though there is a case attached. Seamless is the word I'm looking for.

All points, edges on the Belkin are finished, and polished smooth, no rough spots at all, no catches or places were your finger might feel a sharp edge. And this is especially evident when one has the smart cover off. No sharp plastic edges at all, you'd never know the case was on there, its as though you were using a naked Ipad.

The Speck on the other hand has a small border around the rim of the Ipad, clearly visible, which is not a problem at all, just an observation.

After snapping mine into place I continued to see a sliver of the rim around the screen, but that just may be the way this case works or may very well have to do with the Wrapsol skin on the back of my Ipad.

With the Apple smart cover on the Speck the Ipad is perfectly and easily accessible and the case is an extremely good companion for the this cover.

There is a nice little lip as the OP mentioned to open the from front cover, Belkin opted out of doing this.

That little additional break in the case structure however at least on mine is not as finished or polished off, and is a little on the sharp side. One knows this can be easily fixed but, this should have been done during the manufacturing process.

Surprisingly, I found many of the edges going around the border a little unfinished on the Speck. They just seemed a little rough and sharpish, and one can fix this, no problem. You really only notice this when one has the Smart cover off.

The left hand side where the smart cover attaches with the magnets to the body of the Ipad has plenty of protection and has extremely good good coverage on the back leading up to where the cover attaches. I do think there is a difference though when the cover is removed, the edges of the Speck are a little more intrusive.

Here is where the real difference in the cases comes. If you have both or are planning on getting both, try handling them without the cover on you Ipad. See what difference you feel in the overall experience handling your Ipad.

The Speck reminds you constantly that there is a case on the unit and you never know the Belkin is there. To me that's a great thing, I don't want to feel the weight or feel a slight jab or prick from a rough side of a case and I don't have that with the Belkin.

Now of course these are my personal preferences, and I only call it as I see it. I like both cases very much.

I do totally disagree with the OP that the Belkin is a trash piece of plastic, or whatever he said/ Respectively, I think in contrast to the Speck, the Belkin offers a minimalist design with a great deal of protection, but its every bit as sturdy and durable as the Speck, no doubt about it.

I see them both as long lasting good durable protective cases that probably can't be improved on all that much! In other words these are keepers, no one is going to come along and make something better than either one of these so don't worry about that. Speck should consider finishing off their cases a little better, that might make the experience of handling it a whole lot better.

Again, they are both excellent cases, both well designed and manufactured, and both will no doubt do very well in the market.
If you get either one, you'll be happy and so will the back of your Ipad!



I have to agree with you. I received my Speck today and do not like it as well as the Belkin Snap Shield. I do not like the ridge that sticks up above the screen of the iPad. Also it weighs about 3/4 an ounce more than the Belkin (not much but noticeable). If I didn't have both I would have probably been satisfied with the Speck but after careful evaluation the Belkin also wins IMHO. The Speck is going back, I will stick with the Belkin!

xStatiCa
May 14, 2011, 09:09 PM
I haven't seen the belkin or the speck yet. I just ordered the speck mainly because of the metal strip on the back. The cover flopping down over my hand when it was flipped back was one of the reasons I got rid of the smart case originally. I am curious why those that own the speck haven't really commented much on that unique feature.

EDH667
May 14, 2011, 09:21 PM
I haven't seen the belkin or the speck yet. I just ordered the speck mainly because of the metal strip on the back. The cover flopping down over my hand when it was flipped back was one of the reasons I got rid of the smart case originally. I am curious why those that own the speck haven't really commented much on that unique feature.

That feature seems to work well. Since I don't flip the smart cover over (I tend to take it off) this feature wasn't very important to me. I agree this feature seems like it should be incorporated on more cases.

optimusp517
May 15, 2011, 12:23 AM
I'm probably going to go with this setup. I'm going to return my speck HD Wrap. Just too bulky and the flap/cover in the front is a big design flaw. No magnets, the flat doesn't lay flat after multiple use.

Going to be calling Macmall shortly and placing an order. I think it's about $25.99 for the black one and getting a smart cover there. Free shipping and no tax FTW!

Blorzoga
May 15, 2011, 10:08 AM
I haven't seen the belkin or the speck yet. I just ordered the speck mainly because of the metal strip on the back. The cover flopping down over my hand when it was flipped back was one of the reasons I got rid of the smart case originally. I am curious why those that own the speck haven't really commented much on that unique feature.

Precisely the reason I just ordered one. It was the main flaw of the smart cover (except it's lack of back protection).

Blorzoga
May 16, 2011, 08:10 AM
Has anyone experienced issues with the smart cover putting the ipad to sleep when folded back and attached to the metal strip?

clyde2801
May 16, 2011, 08:32 AM
Has anyone experienced issues with the smart cover putting the ipad to sleep when folded back and attached to the metal strip?

I haven't.

3goldens
May 16, 2011, 10:39 AM
I think in the long run this is a feature on the Speck most really don''t care about.

It is one those features that is probably nice to have but do I really need it and will I ever really use it kind of things.

Personally, I take the cover off, its easy to do and that's what it was designed to do. I also do not really like having that metal strip on the outside of my case.

Something about continuity of design, clean, simple, straight forward, no bells and whistles, good looking. I think the Speck incorporates this feature nicely, but I think it could have been done in a more subtle way.

Marware for instance could have incorporated this in the ridges they made out of plastic on their micro shell, might have added a little weight but it would have been a cool feature and hidden within the overall design. Not sticking out like a sore thumb like on the Speck.

I have had no issues with the sleep feature on this though and wonder why the question was asked, did you have a problem or did you want to make sure there were none before purchasing?

xStatiCa
May 16, 2011, 11:12 AM
It is funny to see your opinion on it the exact opposite of mine. I actually like the look of the metal spot on the back and think it gives the case a unique technological look to it. I also didn't remove the smart cover very often for the month that I owned it. I prefer to keep it on to make sure I don't lose it, someone take off with it, etc. The times that I did take it off was usually because I hated it flapping over my hand when it was folded back.

I don't think they are putting enough emphasis on that unique feature. They should market the heck out of that feature IMHO.

Blorzoga
May 16, 2011, 11:56 AM
I think in the long run this is a feature on the Speck most really don''t care about.

It is one those features that is probably nice to have but do I really need it and will I ever really use it kind of things.

Personally, I take the cover off, its easy to do and that's what it was designed to do. I also do not really like having that metal strip on the outside of my case.

Something about continuity of design, clean, simple, straight forward, no bells and whistles, good looking. I think the Speck incorporates this feature nicely, but I think it could have been done in a more subtle way.

Marware for instance could have incorporated this in the ridges they made out of plastic on their micro shell, might have added a little weight but it would have been a cool feature and hidden within the overall design. Not sticking out like a sore thumb like on the Speck.

I have had no issues with the sleep feature on this though and wonder why the question was asked, did you have a problem or did you want to make sure there were none before purchasing?

No, I have not had the problem, but I know it is an issue with many cases that fold back and wanted to make sure the Speck didn't experience the issue before I ordered it. I actually have the STM Skinny which is a really nice case but it does occasionally suffer from this problem. I'm also getting a bit tired of having to dig the tab out of the loop every time I want to open it. Which leads me to the other thing I like about the Speck, the little cutout to help open the smart cover.

jedolley
May 16, 2011, 12:58 PM
I ordered my Smart Shell last week, but had to wait until I got back to pick up my mail from the post office. I picked it up during lunch and tried it on, but it appears mine is defective. The side of the case where the smart cover goes is "bowing". Also, the bezel on the corners of the same side aren't cut very well, they are very rough.

Going to contact Speck to return for a refund, which should not be an issue since it appears the package was sent with a return slip. Even if the case was not defective, the edges are really thick compared to other shells.

3goldens
May 16, 2011, 01:05 PM
It is funny to see your opinion on it the exact opposite of mine. I actually like the look of the metal spot on the back and think it gives the case a unique technological look to it. I also didn't remove the smart cover very often for the month that I owned it. I prefer to keep it on to make sure I don't lose it, someone take off with it, etc. The times that I did take it off was usually because I hated it flapping over my hand when it was folded back.

I don't think they are putting enough emphasis on that unique feature. They should market the heck out of that feature IMHO.

to each his own, as they say.

I always take my cover off, and I guess mostly at home, so I don't have to worry about loosing it or someone taking off it!

3goldens
May 16, 2011, 01:05 PM
No, I have not had the problem, but I know it is an issue with many cases that fold back and wanted to make sure the Speck didn't experience the issue before I ordered it. I actually have the STM Skinny which is a really nice case but it does occasionally suffer from this problem. I'm also getting a bit tired of having to dig the tab out of the loop every time I want to open it. Which leads me to the other thing I like about the Speck, the little cutout to help open the smart cover.

I'd seriously think twice about this after this members post. see above

Defective Smart Shell

Mine has the same issues.

Blorzoga
May 16, 2011, 01:19 PM
I'd seriously think twice about this after this members post. see above

Defective Smart Shell

Mine has the same issues.

I already ordered so if necessary I'll just send it back. Thx for the heads up.

yOyOYoo
May 16, 2011, 01:31 PM
How do these cases compare to the Hypershield back cover?

http://www.hypershop.com/HyperShield-Back-Cover-for-iPad-2-s/189.htm

I just need something simple for the back side.

bouda
May 16, 2011, 03:17 PM
I'd seriously think twice about this after this members post. see above

Defective Smart Shell

Mine has the same issues.

I do not understand why these companies are having so many issues producing a piece of plastic. Speck may be having issues, but so is Belkin. Every Belkin case I have seen has imperfections. Nothing major and does not affect how it works, but others are reporting this too. I'm going to stick with the Belkin for now, but I will look into the Speck when I see it in the store.

bouda
May 16, 2011, 03:20 PM
How do these cases compare to the Hypershield back cover?

http://www.hypershop.com/HyperShield-Back-Cover-for-iPad-2-s/189.htm

I just need something simple for the back side.

I do not like how much space is left near the hinge. A lot of companies are leaving to much of the back exposed, as does this one.

I have read comments that the case fits so tight around the screen that most are having their screen protectors affected. See comments in below link...

http://appadvice.com/appnn/2011/05/hypershield-ipad-2-cover-apple-forgot-2/

kevinhirsh
May 16, 2011, 04:30 PM
Just placed an order for the black one from gleemobile.com. I have been holding out for a nice back-cover and finally I think this one looks great. Has anyone ordered the case from gleemobile.com and shipped it (Free)USPS priority? If so, do you have an ETA?

Thanks.

xStatiCa
May 16, 2011, 05:05 PM
jedolley, After seeing the picture of the one corner in your post I was very concerned about the quality considering one side of the corner was a lot thicker than the other. I was thinking how could they possibly have that bad of a quality/cutting issue and starting to regret my order. After looking at another picture though I realize it is on purpose. Both corners on the side where the metal of the smart cover connects is thicker probably to help at least a little to protect that area more.

The bowed out portion I will have to see when I get it but I am not concerned about that. I wonder if the reason that extra play is there is for those with skin protectors. If it was very tight right from the start the cover probably wouldn't fit with as many skins.

http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=285510&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1305568717
http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=285203&thumb=1&d=1305315214

jedolley
May 16, 2011, 05:22 PM
jedolley, After seeing the picture of the one corner in your post I was very concerned about the quality considering one side of the corner was a lot thicker than the other. I was thinking how could they possibly have that bad of a quality/cutting issue and starting to regret my order. After looking at another picture though I realize it is on purpose. Both corners on the side where the metal of the smart cover connects is thicker probably to help at least a little to protect that area more.

The bowed out portion I will have to see when I get it but I am not concerned about that. I wonder if the reason that extra play is there is for those with skin protectors. If it was very tight right from the start the cover probably wouldn't fit with as many skins.

Image (http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=285510&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1305568717)
Image (http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=285203&thumb=1&d=1305315214)

Intentional or not, IMO it's not good. Not only are the edges around those corners rough an unfinished, it just makes the case look bad and cheap. Also the bowing is a bigger deal IMO, but this may just be a defect with mine or a few cases. Either way, it's going back... The SE Cover Buddy is a much nicer clear shell case.

3goldens
May 16, 2011, 06:16 PM
jedolley, After seeing the picture of the one corner in your post I was very concerned about the quality considering one side of the corner was a lot thicker than the other. I was thinking how could they possibly have that bad of a quality/cutting issue and starting to regret my order. After looking at another picture though I realize it is on purpose. Both corners on the side where the metal of the smart cover connects is thicker probably to help at least a little to protect that area more.

The bowed out portion I will have to see when I get it but I am not concerned about that. I wonder if the reason that extra play is there is for those with skin protectors. If it was very tight right from the start the cover probably wouldn't fit with as many skins.

Image (http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=285510&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1305568717)
Image (http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=285203&thumb=1&d=1305315214)

The bottom picture you refer to here is mine. The corners are thicker, this is where it snaps into place and was designed that way. The right hand side is where it kind of slides into place.

My only concern with fit with this shell is the bottom portion, down by the dock connector does not attach to the case as securely as I think it was designed to do. It seems to come apart from the body of the Ipad. It is most evident when you hold it by the bottom right hand corner with your right hand.

At least that is the case with mine. I have been in touch with Speck and sent them photos, so they will fix that if it is a problem, it may be an isolated thing.

The rough edges are probably not an isolated though.

I simply used some very fine sand paper and smoothed them out. This happens when folks rush things to market and do not finish the product properly, no big deal really.

Mine is as smooth as a baby's bottom now. Too bad the fit is slightly off I really like it now!

3goldens
May 17, 2011, 01:51 PM
If anyone is trying to find the Speck, I just saw gleemobile.com has them back in stock for 30 bucks.....use that coupon gleefriends and you'll get another 10 off!

Speck does not have any on their site FYI!

bouda
May 17, 2011, 03:13 PM
If anyone is trying to find the Speck, I just saw gleemobile.com has them back in stock for 30 bucks.....use that coupon gleefriends and you'll get another 10 off!

Speck does not have any on their site FYI!

Any pictures of the smart cover hinge attached to the speck? Is it as good a fit as the Belkin?

clyde2801
May 17, 2011, 03:25 PM
unboxing pictures....

clyde2801
May 17, 2011, 03:39 PM
Just a couple more...

Payton3485
May 17, 2011, 04:35 PM
If anyone is trying to find the Speck, I just saw gleemobile.com has them back in stock for 30 bucks.....use that coupon gleefriends and you'll get another 10 off!

Speck does not have any on their site FYI!

If they don't, they must have recently ran out because I bought the clear and black satin on Sunday and both shipped on Monday with confirming e-mail. :D

Vulcan4770
May 17, 2011, 06:08 PM
Coupon code not working for me

3goldens
May 17, 2011, 06:37 PM
Coupon code not working for me

Dam
It was working earlier!

3goldens
May 17, 2011, 09:39 PM
Coupon code not working for me

it's working, only for black and only today, maybe tomorrow, if your lucky, free shipping though.

Vulcan4770
May 17, 2011, 10:06 PM
i just chose black and tried the coupon again. It only took off $3. :(

bouda
May 18, 2011, 09:37 AM
i just chose black and tried the coupon again. It only took off $3. :(

It is 10% off not $10.

3goldens
May 18, 2011, 12:51 PM
It is 10% off not $10.


I always meant %, you'd have to be seriously high to think it was $!!
;)
better than nothing and with free shipping, people should be happy as hell to get them at this price they can't be making a lot on this!!

On the another Speck front they sent me another one today over night no less, lets see if this one is as rough as the first one I got. I found that the bottom was not really snapping into place properly and it was buggin me.

I wrote them complaining about the out of the mold unfinished look and sharp feel of the edges, in addition to the bottom being loose.

Went back and forth a few times, sent them pictures and they apparently found one to send to me as they are completely sold out now, which was very nice of them to do and I appreciate that totally. These folks are very serious about their customer service, very serious. They want customers to be happy and that's a very good thing!

So I will report back later and let y'all know what the verdict is!
EDIT:
Which the second one I received was much better overall finished off much better, not as many rough edges as the first one. The two areas by where the hinge attaches are still a little on the sharp side but can easily be smoothed down.

I would say the first batch probably were rushed out of the gate, so they took care of it and I applaud their responding quickly to the issue and a customers complaints about their product!

Blorzoga
May 18, 2011, 03:34 PM
Just received my clear smart shell and am fairly satisfied with it. Only complaints are that the rotation lock requires a fingernail to operate and the cut out at the 30pin port is too small for the camera adapter. I don't understand all these case companies ignoring the fact that a lot of people use the camera adapter. There's no reason they can't make the cutout a few mm wider. I had the same problem with my Belkin gripvue on ipad1. My only other gripe is that I know the clear will get scratched up. Would have preferred TPU but none has the metal strip in the back to catch the smart cover. That was actually the feature that sold me on the case to begin with. It does work well. I'm not sure why Apple didn't incorporate a steel patch on the back of the ipad so the smart cover would cling there.

3goldens
May 18, 2011, 04:32 PM
I'm not sure why Apple didn't incorporate a steel patch on the back of the ipad so the smart cover would cling there.

That actually would have been a great idea for Apple to have some sort of plate on the inside of the aluminum ipad skin to do as you say catch the cover...maybe no room or they didn't think of it!

xStatiCa
May 18, 2011, 04:47 PM
and the cut out at the 30pin port is too small for the camera adapter.
:(. I was hoping whatever case I settle on will work with all the adapters. I don't care about the stands. Mine should be here tomorrow.

Payton3485
May 18, 2011, 06:16 PM
Just received my clear smart shell and am fairly satisfied with it. Only complaints are that the rotation lock requires a fingernail to operate and the cut out at the 30pin port is too small for the camera adapter. I don't understand all these case companies ignoring the fact that a lot of people use the camera adapter. There's no reason they can't make the cutout a few mm wider. I had the same problem with my Belkin gripvue on ipad1. My only other gripe is that I know the clear will get scratched up. Would have preferred TPU but none has the metal strip in the back to catch the smart cover. That was actually the feature that sold me on the case to begin with. It does work well. I'm not sure why Apple didn't incorporate a steel patch on the back of the ipad so the smart cover would cling there.

You may wish to check your case because I can attach my camera adapter without any issue. I also can toggle the rotation/mute switch with my finger alone and does not require a fingernail. :apple:

Blorzoga
May 18, 2011, 06:52 PM
You may wish to check your case because I can attach my camera adapter without any issue. I also can toggle the rotation/mute switch with my finger alone and does not require a fingernail. :apple:

I just checked and the camera adapter does not fit. Did apple come out with a new one? I got mine about a year ago. Or maybe your case is different. Can you show a picture of your camera adapter fully inserted in the port?

TypeMRT
May 18, 2011, 08:12 PM
I got my clear today and I'm bummed that it's not the satin matte finish like the black. I agree with Blorzoga, this is thing is going to get scratched just by looking at it. I'm definitely sending it back and exchanging it for the black.

Blorzoga
May 18, 2011, 08:19 PM
I got my clear today and I'm bummed that it's not the satin matte finish like the black. I agree with Blorzoga, this is thing is going to get scratched just by looking at it. I'm definitely sending it back and exchanging it for the black.

I don't think the black is matte. I've seen pics of it and it looks just as glossy.

Correction: the inside is glossy. I'm still keeping the clear.

Surely
May 18, 2011, 09:55 PM
Well, placed an order for a black one today. This thread was very helpful, so thanks to all who provided their thoughts.

I was going back and forth between the Smartshell and the Switcheasy Coverbuddy. Ultimately, the lip, metal piece on the back, and the fact that the cover aligns flush with the Smart Cover spine were the features that won me over. Plus, I like that it's translucent.

The one thing that I think looks better on the Coverbuddy is the grill over the speaker. Too bad Speck didn't incorporate that into their design.

I went with free shipping.....anyone have an idea of how long it will take to arrive?

Payton3485
May 18, 2011, 10:55 PM
I ordered thorough Speck directly late Sunday night. My order shipped on Monday and was received today. Now that is pretty fast I must say :)

Blorzoga
May 18, 2011, 11:08 PM
Ok. I gave it a try. After much contemplation, I've decided to send back the smart shell and return the smart cover. It was a neat setup, but in the end it had too many shortcomings.

The smart shell: too prone to scratching, cut out too small for camera adapter, not particularly grippy, little if any drop protection.

Smart cover: I've always been anti-smart cover, my main gripe being that it wouldn't stick to the back of the ipad when folded back. This was actually the one feature that convinced me to buy the smart shell. The problem is the magnet that holds the smart cover closed is so weak that the slightest force makes it flop open. And the magnet is even weaker when it's flipped onto the back. Not to mention the fact that it's overpriced, the colors are not that appealing unless you want to spend $70, and it leaves vertical lines on the screen that have to constantly be wiped off.

I originally bought an STM Skinny and that's what I'm sticking with.

The smart cover is really just too gimmicky for me. Sorry Apple.

bouda
May 19, 2011, 07:34 AM
I got my clear today and I'm bummed that it's not the satin matte finish like the black. I agree with Blorzoga, this is thing is going to get scratched just by looking at it. I'm definitely sending it back and exchanging it for the black.

good to know. this is one of the questions i had before i ordered. although the description on the site does not mention the matte finish for the clear, i believe it use to when it first came out.

TypeMRT
May 19, 2011, 10:30 AM
good to know. this is one of the questions i had before i ordered. although the description on the site does not mention the matte finish for the clear, i believe it use to when it first came out.

I think I confused it with the Belkin case that's very similar.

bouda
May 19, 2011, 11:09 AM
I think I confused it with the Belkin case that's very similar.

I have the Belkin and like it a lot. My only problem, and I have stated this before, is that some of the edges are not completely even. Nothing major, and nothing sharp - it just looks like maybe where they cut the case out of the molding. $40 at BB is nuts though.

3goldens
May 19, 2011, 11:35 AM
I continue to fall back to my Belkin as my favorite case when using with a smart cover.

While the Speck is nice, I find that it is heavier, and it does have this tendency to come part bythe dock connector, which is irritating. I'll probably just send it back in the end.

The strip on the back is a nice feature but it's not something I think is important for me.

Surely
May 19, 2011, 11:49 AM
I continue to fall back to my Belkin as my favorite case when using with a smart cover.

While the Speck is nice, I find that it is heavier, and it does have this tendency to come part bythe dock connector, which is irritating. I'll probably just send it back in the end.

The strip on the back is a nice feature but it's not something I think is important for me.

I probably would have given the Belkin a try, but I don't like how they've gone from full coverage to that weird cutout at the bottom around the speaker and dock connector.

Plus, I like the black translucent color of the Speck.

bouda
May 19, 2011, 01:56 PM
I probably would have given the Belkin a try, but I don't like how they've gone from full coverage to that weird cutout at the bottom around the speaker and dock connector.

Plus, I like the black translucent color of the Speck.

The pictures on their site or best buys of the bottom like that aren't the ones that they are selling... don't know if that is an old picture... There was the case with both sides completely left open and the bottom with the weird cut out, and then there is the full coverage one that most people seem to be getting now. No one has purchased one with full side coverage and the weird bottom.

Surely
May 19, 2011, 02:06 PM
The pictures on their site or best buys of the bottom like that aren't the ones that they are selling... don't know if that is an old picture... There was the case with both sides completely left open and the bottom with the weird cut out, and then there is the full coverage one that most people seem to be getting now. No one has purchased one with full side coverage and the weird bottom.

Good to know, thanks. I guess if I'm not happy with the Speck, I'll look into getting a Belkin. I'd be a little wary of ordering it with just the hope that the full coverage one will arrive......

3goldens
May 19, 2011, 03:28 PM
I called Belkin and spoke to one of their reps. He told me the one on the web site would be the one shipping.

It appears that all traces, pictures, of the full coverage version have been replaced by the one with the cutouts at the bottom. Even on the UK site!

As I never had this one, Im not entirely sure if this makes a great deal of difference, especially if you take the added precaution of using a skin on the back. I think as far as low visibility, weight and overall real estate used, i.e. No interfering borders aroundthe screen, this shell has been far and above the best one I have used so far.

Others prefer the Speck, me, it's a good substitute and one to have for a change of look.

I'd be interested in demoing the cover buddy at some point. People seem to really like that one.

bouda
May 19, 2011, 03:37 PM
I called Speck and spoke to one of their reps. He told me the one on the web site would be the one shipping.

It appears that all traces, pictures, of the full coverage version have been replaced by the one with the cutouts at the bottom. Even on the UK site!

As I never had this one, Im not entirely sure if this makes a great deal of difference, especially if you take the added precaution of using a skin on the back. I think as far as low visibility, weight and overall real estate used, i.e. No interfering borders aroundthe screen, this shell has been far and above the best one I have used so far.

Others prefer the Speck, me, it's a good substitute and one to have for a change of look.

I'd be interested in demoing the cover buddy at some point. People seem to really like that one.

Called speck or Belkin? I'm guessing the person on the phone has no idea. I have emailed with them and they continue to tell me that there is only one version out there. Clearly there is more since I have had both. Hopefully they do not stop shipping the full coverage, it is the only one I have seen showing up at new places like target and J&R, so maybe that is a good sign. The picture of the one on everyone's website is the one that has been on all sites, including Belkin's UK from day 1. I noticed it when I received the one with no side coverage weeks ago and was doing research. I have NEVER seen the completely full coverage on any site (Best Buy, Belkin, J&R), yet have never seen the one in the pictures actually purchased. Plus, I see no reason why they would go backwards from full coverage, to an opening on the bottom.

xStatiCa
May 19, 2011, 04:15 PM
I should get mine tomorrow but I am seriously thinking about just cancelling and refusing shipment after hearing that it is easy to add a small piece of feeler gauge on the inside of the belkin to get the magnetic feature on the back of the belkin too. I would much prefer a slimmer case that doesn't feel like it is there. For me I really only need light protection for scratches most of the time. I never dropped my ipad 1 that I had for a year except at home and it was more of a slide off the couch. My iphone I need a lot of protection but not my iPad.

I think with the belkin/smartcase combo and my existing yoobao v2 leather folio case I will have the best options for me. No need to settle on one solution.

I am hoping now that the belkin will give me the ability to have the bare ipad feeling with smart case and then I can always easily take all of it off and put the iPad in the yoobao on the rare circumstance that I feel I need more protection.

Someone posted about adding the back attachment feature to the belkin below:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12597674&postcount=170

3goldens
May 19, 2011, 04:19 PM
Edited above.

xStatiCa
May 19, 2011, 04:24 PM
3goldens, you really should make sure you are clear about what brand case you are talking about. It gets kind of hard to follow you at times (for me anyway).

clyde2801
May 19, 2011, 06:18 PM
Trying to carry too many things at once (and hearing my father's voice tell me 'the lazy man works twice as hard'), my ipad fell out of my hand and fell roughly three feet onto the hard kitchen (tile, granite? whatever) floor. iPad is undamaged. Whew!

I'd rather NOT try to test these cases out this way.

xStatiCa
May 19, 2011, 11:14 PM
I found the belkin snap shield at a local target (smoke version) and it is the full protection version. I love how slim fitting it is and the look of the smoke. It is a finger oil magnet but I can deal with that because it cleans off easily. I added a strip of 3M RF shielding tape between the iPad and the Belkin snap shield case so that the apple smart cover attaches to the iPad when flipped back.

I can stop looking for cases now! I will certainly be returning the Speck case ( actually just refusing delivery and canceling the order).

Thank you for all the info in this thread guys. It certainly helped me.

I posted a quick video of the tape that I put in the case.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLxcnm_37gg&sns=em
gLxcnm_37gg

Surely
May 21, 2011, 03:58 PM
I received my black satin Smart Shell today, and I must say I'm very impressed. It's definitely a keeper.

It

looks great,
provides a nice grip,
allows me to open my SmartCover easily (because of the cutout/lip),
doesn't interfere with the magnets of the SmartCover,
holds the SmartCover in place when it's flipped open (because of the metal strip on the back), and
doesn't add significant weight/bulk.


I highly recommend it.

I ordered it from Gleemobile on the 18th and I received it today. Amazing for free shipping!

3goldens
May 21, 2011, 05:10 PM
I received my black satin Smart Shell today, and I must say I'm very impressed. It's definitely a keeper.

It

looks great,
provides a nice grip,
allows me to open my SmartCover easily (because of the cutout/lip),
doesn't interfere with the magnets of the SmartCover,
holds the SmartCover in place when it's flipped open (because of the metal strip on the back), and
doesn't add significant weight/bulk.


I highly recommend it.

I ordered it from Gleemobile on the 18th and I received it today. Amazing for free shipping!

Glad you like it!
GleeMobile.com is really great for getting accessories!
Their fast, fair and honorable!

optimusp517
May 25, 2011, 08:15 AM
Got the smartshell in yesterday and I must say I'm very impressed. The cover is the type of hard plastic with the rubbery feel to it, but not sticky yet grippy enough. All cutouts seem perfect for me. Edge of the cover looks fine to me and I ran my finger through and it felt smooth. Smartcover aligns perfectly well with it and leaves almost little to no opening for possible scratches. I'll let the pics do the work. Hopefully they're good enough I did take this just now and didn't bother spending too much time on that.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3151/5758453138_4fdca45065_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/optimusp517/5758453138/)
DSC_0768 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/optimusp517/5758453138/) by OptimusP517 (http://www.flickr.com/people/optimusp517/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5187/5757910143_354946df37_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/optimusp517/5757910143/)
DSC_0769 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/optimusp517/5757910143/) by OptimusP517 (http://www.flickr.com/people/optimusp517/), on Flickr

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2499/5757910257_c361717ef1_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/optimusp517/5757910257/)
DSC_0770 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/optimusp517/5757910257/) by OptimusP517 (http://www.flickr.com/people/optimusp517/), on Flickr

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2700/5757910413_97aff6bbde_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/optimusp517/5757910413/)
DSC_0771 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/optimusp517/5757910413/) by OptimusP517 (http://www.flickr.com/people/optimusp517/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5022/5757910609_37a18b0d6e_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/optimusp517/5757910609/)
DSC_0772 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/optimusp517/5757910609/) by OptimusP517 (http://www.flickr.com/people/optimusp517/), on Flickr

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2679/5757910759_72c74b575f_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/optimusp517/5757910759/)
DSC_0773 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/optimusp517/5757910759/) by OptimusP517 (http://www.flickr.com/people/optimusp517/), on Flickr

Blorzoga
May 25, 2011, 08:40 AM
Got the smartshell in yesterday and I must say I'm very impressed. The cover is the type of hard plastic with the rubbery feel to it, but not sticky yet grippy enough. All cutouts seem perfect for me. Edge of the cover looks fine to me and I ran my finger through and it felt smooth. Smartcover aligns perfectly well with it and leaves almost little to no opening for possible scratches. I'll let the pics do the work. Hopefully they're good enough I did take this just now and didn't bother spending too much time on that.


Just wondering: do you have the camera adapter? And if so, does it fit without removing the case? I had the clear and it did not fit but someone posted that their adapter did fit. So I wonder if the black is a different design.

optimusp517
May 25, 2011, 12:25 PM
Just wondering: do you have the camera adapter? And if so, does it fit without removing the case? I had the clear and it did not fit but someone posted that their adapter did fit. So I wonder if the black is a different design.

i don't have the camera adapter and I'd highly doubt that Speck will spend the money to create a new mold just for that reason.

Blorzoga
May 25, 2011, 01:16 PM
i don't have the camera adapter and I'd highly doubt that Speck will spend the money to create a new mold just for that reason.

I'm not suggesting that they WILL create a new design, I was told by another poster that his adapter did fit and I thought that the black case may be a slightly different design since it is made of a different material. The clear was a hard shiny plastic.

Ipad2me
May 31, 2011, 06:00 PM
I just received the pink & clear ones today. I'm loving it!

clyde2801
Jul 10, 2011, 02:59 PM
Just checking in. Still loving the Belkin case, getting a lot of nods and inquiries about it. (Gotta love having an accessory were the employees at the Apple Store accost you and demand to know where you got it...)

Was pondering what route to go for charging system/speakers to a) charge the pad at night and allow it to act as a bedroom stereo system and c) alarm clock. A local verizon was selling the original ipad docks for $10 (for the ipad they don't sell...:confused:, but anyway) and I thought the old dock built for the fat ipad could handle the ipad2 with the belkin case. (And save a few bucks by using about to be discarded 2.1 speakers with the dock instead of spending $90 to $250 for a complete all in one system.)

And the result is, no, it can't. But it's all good. The dock can handle the ipad2 naked or with the smart cover, and the belkin very easily slips on and off without suffering stress fractures and et cetera. So, it's all good.

SiMBa37
Jul 10, 2011, 04:19 PM
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XIT4NO

I got this from Amazon for my iPad 2. It was around $5.20 at the time, its still under $6 including shipping right now. Its clear plastic and does the same job as the $30 products listed here.

Looks like you guys overpaid.

Surely
Jul 10, 2011, 04:48 PM
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XIT4NO

I got this from Amazon for my iPad 2. It was around $5.20 at the time, its still under $6 including shipping right now. Its clear plastic and does the same job as the $30 products listed here.

Looks like you guys overpaid.

There's no comparing that to the Speck Smart Shell. It's more fair to compare it to the Belkin though.

The Smart Shell has the following features that your cheap cover doesn't have:

a cutout midway down the side to make it easier to open the SmartCover
very little space between the hinge and the the cover (only about 2 mm of the back of the iPad is exposed), and
it has a metal strip on the back which holds the SmartCover when it's open so it doesn't flap down.


I've used both the Belkin (on my MIL's iPad2) and the Smart Shell, and hands down the Smart Shell is the winner.

3goldens
Jul 10, 2011, 05:26 PM
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XIT4NO

I got this from Amazon for my iPad 2. It was around $5.20 at the time, its still under $6 including shipping right now. Its clear plastic and does the same job as the $30 products listed here.

Looks like you guys overpaid.

Perhaps when you learn to tell the difference between quality and a piece of crap maybe someone will listen to what you have to say.

Mr.C
Jul 11, 2011, 07:32 AM
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XIT4NO

I got this from Amazon for my iPad 2. It was around $5.20 at the time, its still under $6 including shipping right now. Its clear plastic and does the same job as the $30 products listed here.

Looks like you guys overpaid.

You're making a big assumption there. At the end of the day you get what you pay for and there is no way a cheap $5.20 product compares to a $30 product which may be similar in appearance. Let's see how long yours holds up. I paid $17 for my Belkin Snap Shield and I'm sure it's far more durable and better quality then yours. I certainly didn't over pay.

There's no comparing that to the Speck Smart Shell. It's more fair to compare it to the Belkin though.

The Smart Shell has the following features that your cheap cover doesn't have:

a cutout midway down the side to make it easier to open the SmartCover
very little space between the hinge and the the cover (only about 2 mm of the back of the iPad is exposed), and
it has a metal strip on the back which holds the SmartCover when it's open so it doesn't flap down.


I've used both the Belkin (on my MIL's iPad2) and the Smart Shell, and hands down the Smart Shell is the winner.

I've got the Belkin Snap Shield and the same applies to that except for the magnetic strip. In my opinion whilst the magnetic strip might add a bit more functionality it looks tacky and it's something I'm happy to do without.

Surely
Jul 11, 2011, 10:14 AM
I've got the Belkin Snap Shield and the same applies to that except for the magnetic strip. In my opinion whilst the magnetic strip might add a bit more functionality it looks tacky and it's something I'm happy to do without.

IMO, the metal strip looks cool. I've been stopped by half a dozen people asking me about it and complimenting the case. I'm sure at least a few of those people bought that case because of me.

Mr.C
Jul 11, 2011, 02:25 PM
IMO, the metal strip looks cool. I've been stopped by half a dozen people asking me about it and complimenting the case. I'm sure at least a few of those people bought that case because of me.

If you're happy with it then fair enough. It's not something I'm keen on although I probably would put up with it if I had to.

clyde2801
Jul 11, 2011, 03:54 PM
If you're happy with it then fair enough. It's not something I'm keen on although I probably would put up with it if I had to.

I'm happy with its functionality. If they figured out another way to do it without the strip, I'd be down with that too.

stubberfield
Aug 5, 2011, 04:41 PM
I'm happy with its functionality. If they figured out another way to do it without the strip, I'd be down with that too.

I just ordered mine and the ETA is 2-3 days. I will comment on its functionality when it arrives.

stubberfield
Aug 9, 2011, 11:44 AM
Got the black smart shell from Spec in from gleemobile unexpectedly this morning. Price was $26.99 with free shipping when using gleefriends 10% discount code.

Ordered it from gleemobile before I bought the Belkin. In retrospect, I think I should have waited.

Coverage identical to the belkin, build quality seems better. No imperfections on the black belkin as there is on the speck. Easily attaches, but stays on more securely than does the Belkin. Black is a bit translucent, meaning you can make out the faint black apple and 'ipad' outline on the back of the case when the lighting is right. The Speck has a small raised logo on the bottom of the case, nothing too flashy or distracting.

Speck took its time comparatively to get this to market, and they came up with a couple of added touches that I'm sure many will appreciate. It's almost as if the engineers took the time to look up comments and complaints about the belkin on this forum and you tube.

1. A small cutout on the far side of case allows for easy opening of the smart cover, as shown in my first photo. The fingernail inmpaired have posted that they found the Belkin case a bit hard to open and close, not a problem here.

2. There is a small glossy strip on the backside of the case illustrated in my second and third photos. To my surprise and delight, it's function is to hold the smart cover snugly to the back of the case when it is fully opened.

Otherwise, the Speck is identical to the Belkin and carries many of it's same traits...decent protection without adding unacceptable bulk or weight. I prefer the translucent black and overall build quality of the Speck. It promises to age better than the Belkin, which is already looking like a dirty, grimy piece of disposable plastic after a couple of weeks. Unlike the Belkin case, which somehow cheapens the looks and aesthetics of the iPad 2, the Speck makes it appear a bit more polished and upscale. It goes equally well with my red and black smart covers.

If you waited or hesitated on getting the Belkin, congratulate yourself and buy the Speck instead now.

I received my speck smartshell case in the mail yesterday. I used the gleefriends 10% discount code and it worked...so here's my story.

Clyde I had a similar Belkin case, but it cracked. Occasionally, I am prone to dropping my iPad, so the Belkin was definitely not durable enough. About a month ago, I took the cheap route and ordered a slim fit case for $5.95 from Amazon(mind you, I paid an additional $4.99 for shipping). First of all, it took a little over TWO WEEKS to arrive. Secondly, when it arrived, it was cracked! I called them and got the run around and I figured I got exactly what I paid for. A few weeks later I ordered the blue smartshell case from gleemobile and received it in THREE DAYS (yesterday). I used the discount; on top of that, there was free shipping. Thus far, I am extremely impressed. I haven't dropped my ipad yet, but I feel confident that it will withstand a few fumbles here and there. Here are the two main reasons why the smartshell is THE best:

1. It was so easy to put on! Initially, I had to wrestle with my Belkin. I got it on, but at the expense of a few red fingers.
2. The smart shell cover is about 1/3 thicker than my belkin, but oddly enough, it doesn't seem as bulky. It anything, it appears to be slimmer.

All in all, I feel like I have saved myself time and $ on this one. The speck is a keeper.

stubberfield
Aug 11, 2011, 09:45 AM
My only concern would be that the opening on the side to help with the smart cover looks a little big and open for scratches. Not a deal breaker and realize this is being too picky. I will be getting one soon. Wish target had it.

I wish target had it too Bouda. You should definitely get the black one because major scratches don't appear so apparent. I have the orange one, and I will be ordering the black for my other comp pretty soon. I'm also going to get an iPhone case, but I still need time to decide on a quality case. There is a lot of flexibility and coverage on the side, so you shouldn't have to worry about that. Did you order yours yet?