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AlanKA
Nov 30, 2012, 04:59 PM
Fit is perfect, cutouts are spot-on. Supports the Smart Cover.

I've been waiting forever to get a super-thin matte NON-slippery version, yet hard plastic since I detest TPU's goolike feel. This case is exactly that.

Now, why I bought green? ummm......not sure what got into me there. But I absolutely love this case. It's exactly what I've been looking for, with one exception. I'd like to have a snap cover that uses the magnet to keep it attached to the back (like a Belkin Snap shield secure). But Belkin is the slowest friggin company in the world, so this case will do just fine, especially with the mini where it's not as big a deal like on my 3.

The unique thing about this case appears to be the covered buttons. Well, they did a good job there because they work perfectly, great responsiveness.

This one's a keeper.



Boston Rhett
Nov 30, 2012, 06:29 PM
I just received mine today too -- I got the dark gray version for my white mini. Looks awesome with my red smart cover. The covered buttons were a pleasant surprise. My only gripe (and it's a minor one) is that dust collects rather easily the corners where the case snaps onto the iPad. But overall I'm very pleased with it.

normwood
Dec 1, 2012, 05:22 AM
I'm hoping my dark grey delivers today. It was processed through the local sort facility yesterday. Getting a little impatient. Shipping notice received on 12/21 but it looks from the tracker like it didn't actually go anywhere until 12/28. A little annoying.

Steve

AlanKA
Dec 1, 2012, 10:42 AM
Sorry to hear about the delay. But it's worth the wait! The more I use it, the more I like the grippy feel. Great in the hands, doesn't slide around in the car seat next to me. Perfect.

Koodauw
Dec 1, 2012, 10:47 AM
I just received mine today too -- I got the dark gray version for my white mini. Looks awesome with my red smart cover. The covered buttons were a pleasant surprise. My only gripe (and it's a minor one) is that dust collects rather easily the corners where the case snaps onto the iPad. But overall I'm very pleased with it.

Would you mind posting some pics?

gadgetmonster
Dec 1, 2012, 03:54 PM
Anyone have some amazon links?

normwood
Dec 1, 2012, 04:17 PM
Anyone have some amazon links?

Comes direct from Switcheasy.

normwood
Dec 1, 2012, 04:21 PM
380963

One quick shot of dark grey. Just arrived.

Boston Rhett
Dec 1, 2012, 05:09 PM
Would you mind posting some pics?

Sure thing. Sorry for the crappy quality, took the pics in horrible lighting with my 4S. The red is actually a lot more vibrant. Might try to take more later in natural light.

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2784.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2787.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2794.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2755.jpg

Koodauw
Dec 1, 2012, 07:22 PM
Many thanks. Looks great.

normwood
Dec 2, 2012, 04:30 AM
Sure thing. Sorry for the crappy quality, took the pics in horrible lighting with my 4S. The red is actually a lot more vibrant. Might try to take more later in natural light.

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2784.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2787.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2794.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2755.jpg

That does look great. Makes my grey/grey on black mini look a little boring.

AdonisSMU
Dec 2, 2012, 02:34 PM
I have the clear one from swtitcheasy.

AdonisSMU
Dec 2, 2012, 02:39 PM
Here are some photos. There image uploader says I can put up five but then only allows one photo.

AdonisSMU
Dec 2, 2012, 02:58 PM
Here is another.

jqc
Dec 2, 2012, 04:44 PM
Thanks for th images guys. I am really debating getting one. Right now I'm using the incipio NGP case which is thin and feels great - but is not Smart Cover compatible.

How is the matte and clear cover buddy in terms of ease of getting on? I'm really concerned snapping it on and off will scratch the bezel (I have the slate model)

Thanks!

AlanKA
Dec 2, 2012, 09:38 PM
Thanks for th images guys. I am really debating getting one. Right now I'm using the incipio NGP case which is thin and feels great - but is not Smart Cover compatible.

How is the matte and clear cover buddy in terms of ease of getting on? I'm really concerned snapping it on and off will scratch the bezel (I have the slate model)

Thanks!

It goes on quite easy, definitely not overly tight like the poetic I tried. I don't think scratching will be a problem at all.

Boston Rhett
Dec 2, 2012, 09:49 PM
Thanks for th images guys. I am really debating getting one. Right now I'm using the incipio NGP case which is thin and feels great - but is not Smart Cover compatible.

How is the matte and clear cover buddy in terms of ease of getting on? I'm really concerned snapping it on and off will scratch the bezel (I have the slate model)

Thanks!

I've also got the Incipio NGP, which I really like as well. I use that one when I'm home and the Switcheasy/Smart Cover combo when I'm out and about and need to put my mini in a bag.

The Coverbuddy is a cinch to put on and take off -- pop it in button-side first to put on, un-snap the non-button side first to take off. It's a snug fit but not difficult to remove. I haven't seen any scratches on the bezel, though I do have the white/silver model and not the black/slate.

Here are some pics I took this morning that shows the Coverbuddy and Smart Cover truer to color:

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2838.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2845.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2834.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2854.jpg

AdonisSMU
Dec 3, 2012, 12:22 AM
I've also got the Incipio NGP, which I really like as well. I use that one when I'm home and the Switcheasy/Smart Cover combo when I'm out and about and need to put my mini in a bag.

The Coverbuddy is a cinch to put on and take off -- pop it in button-side first to put on, un-snap the non-button side first to take off. It's a snug fit but not difficult to remove. I haven't seen any scratches on the bezel, though I do have the white/silver model and not the black/slate.

Here are some pics I took this morning that shows the Coverbuddy and Smart Cover truer to color:

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2838.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2845.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2834.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2854.jpg

Looks beautiful! I went with clear because Mini is so pretty why cover him up with a case. But this looks great!


My clear cover was easy to put on and take off.

jqc
Dec 3, 2012, 10:30 AM
thanks for the replies guys. On other question, I think Boston mentioned that dust collects rather easily in the corners and from the pics it looks like the gap is quite big in the corners. This could be a deal breaker for me, but any additional thoughts on this?

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Looks beautiful! I went with clear because Mini is so pretty why cover him up with a case. But this looks great!


My clear cover was easy to put on and take off.

Adonis, do you have the slate or white mini? if slate notice any bevel scratches?

AdonisSMU
Dec 3, 2012, 11:50 AM
thanks for the replies guys. On other question, I think Boston mentioned that dust collects rather easily in the corners and from the pics it looks like the gap is quite big in the corners. This could be a deal breaker for me, but any additional thoughts on this?

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Adonis, do you have the slate or white mini? if slate notice any bevel scratches?

I have white and have not noticed any scratches.

AlanKA
Dec 3, 2012, 12:35 PM
Wow, the Dark Grey looks great. Kinda wish I'd bought that color.

jqc
Dec 3, 2012, 01:07 PM
I have white and have not noticed any scratches.

cool thanks. i just ordered dark grey. would have loved to have gone clear but at least with dark grey it will cover up any scratches that might occur!

Roy Hobbs
Dec 3, 2012, 01:18 PM
I also ordered the dark gray to go along with my blue smart cover.
I've had the clear in the past and after a few months they look horrible. They scratch too easy

GiRARDsays
Dec 3, 2012, 01:22 PM
I'm torn between the SwitchEasy CoverBuddy in Dark Grey or the KaysCase Smart Solution Hard Shell in Smoked. I contacted KaysCase and asked if their Hard Shell in Smoked was a Matte or Glossy finish. I'm just waiting for a reply. If it's Matte, then I'm going with KaysCase. If it's Glossy, I'm going with SwitchEasy.

HazyCloud
Dec 4, 2012, 01:10 AM
I'm torn between the SwitchEasy CoverBuddy in Dark Grey or the KaysCase Smart Solution Hard Shell in Smoked. I contacted KaysCase and asked if their Hard Shell in Smoked was a Matte or Glossy finish. I'm just waiting for a reply. If it's Matte, then I'm going with KaysCase. If it's Glossy, I'm going with SwitchEasy.


FWIW, I have a KaysCase (Gel) and the cutout for the Smart Cover isn't as good as the SwitchEasy I have. The KaysCase leaves room while the SwitchEasy is a perfect fit.

If SwitchEasy releases a black matte, I will be all over it. I have the SwitchEasy glossy black, but it's a fingerprint magnet. Not a huge deal, but a matte version would be perfect.

davideotape
Dec 4, 2012, 09:54 PM
Do they make any back covers with the Smart Cover lip to hold it in place yet? Like the I-blasons for the larger ipad? My one gripe about the Smart Cover is it doesn't strap in securely and wouldn't mind a back that helps it stay there

Roy Hobbs
Dec 5, 2012, 03:49 PM
Received my dark gray CoverBuddy today and the fit is perfect. All the cut outs align nicely. My only complaint is the strong plastic/chemical smell. But that's nothing a few hours in the fresh air won't fix

gadgetmonster
Dec 5, 2012, 04:41 PM
Hope amazon gets them....I prefer to order there.

AlanKA
Dec 5, 2012, 04:42 PM
My only complaint is the strong plastic/chemical smell. But that's nothing a few hours in the fresh air won't fix

Very interesting. I never noticed any smell, but you just made me go smell mine. :)

It's not that strong after having it a week.....but if you get close, it does smell like rubber fishing lures!

normwood
Dec 5, 2012, 05:48 PM
Hope amazon gets them....I prefer to order there.

I think Switcheasy only sells direct.

Roy Hobbs
Dec 5, 2012, 06:11 PM
Hope amazon gets them....I prefer to order there.

I prefer to order from Amazon as well but Switcheasy is awesome. I ordered on Sunday and it arrived on Wednesday.

forza69
Dec 5, 2012, 06:22 PM
I wanted to order one right now but I only see the 3rd generation cases. Am I missing something?

Roy Hobbs
Dec 5, 2012, 06:41 PM
I wanted to order one right now but I only see the 3rd generation cases. Am I missing something?

http://www.switcheasy.com/product/CoverBuddy_iPadmini

forza69
Dec 5, 2012, 06:52 PM
http://www.switcheasy.com/product/CoverBuddy_iPadmini

I'm not very observant. I just realized that's for an iPad mini. Some of those angles in the pictures above makes the mini look like a 4th gen iPad. Duh. :o

stickybuns
Dec 7, 2012, 01:14 PM
Just a heads up: the red coverbuddy doesn't even remotely match the red Smart Cover; they are two very different shades of red.

I really like the red of the Switcheasy coverbuddy, so I'm going to take the red smart cover to the local Apple store and exchange it for a dark grey one.

Edited to add a picture:
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/a8uzebu9.jpg

The Smart Cover is in its box, but the color difference should still be clear.

hogsdill
Dec 7, 2012, 01:37 PM
I've also got the Incipio NGP, which I really like as well. I use that one when I'm home and the Switcheasy/Smart Cover combo when I'm out and about and need to put my mini in a bag.

The Coverbuddy is a cinch to put on and take off -- pop it in button-side first to put on, un-snap the non-button side first to take off. It's a snug fit but not difficult to remove. I haven't seen any scratches on the bezel, though I do have the white/silver model and not the black/slate.

Here are some pics I took this morning that shows the Coverbuddy and Smart Cover truer to color:

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2838.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2845.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2834.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2854.jpg
Thanks for the pictures. I think this is the combo that I'm going with.
Black Mini
Dark Gray Back
Blue Apple Cover

MSUSpartan
Dec 7, 2012, 04:27 PM
Just a heads up: the red coverbuddy doesn't even remotely match the red Smart Cover; they are two very different shades of red.

I really like the red of the Switcheasy coverbuddy, so I'm going to take the red smart cover to the local Apple store and exchange it for a dark grey one.

Edited to add a picture:
Image (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/08/a8uzebu9.jpg)

The Smart Cover is in its box, but the color difference should still be clear.

That's lame. Just ordered a pink one for the wife, hope it matches her pink smart cover.

stickybuns
Dec 7, 2012, 05:07 PM
That's lame. Just ordered a pink one for the wife, hope it matches her pink smart cover.

Isn't there a red leather smart cover for the big iPad? It may have been a better match for that one.

Fingers crossed that the pink looks good!

cheapa55
Dec 7, 2012, 07:05 PM
nice combos, I wish I didn't spend all that money on my other accessories.

stickybuns
Dec 8, 2012, 09:54 AM
Has anyone tried the included screen protector? I am looking for something antiglare.

urkel
Dec 8, 2012, 11:06 AM
Its interesting that all the pictures people are posting are the white version. IMO, iPads have always been pretty rugged without a case but the reason I'm looking into one now is because of how that black painted edge just flakes away with normal usage.

The coverbuddy looks great but I'm not sure if the case actually covers that painted lip or not so if any owners of the black iPad Mini have experience then I'd love to hear some opinions.

Amplelink
Dec 8, 2012, 11:23 AM
Has anyone been able to find a MATTE clear version? Like a frost sort of color? Been searching all over and I cannot find anything out there which is really odd. I've had the frost Caudabe Shell for my big iPad, which looks great. If you don't look carefully, you won't even notice it's on. But they don't seem to have anything for the mini. Nor does anyone else. Or am I just missing something?

Boston Rhett
Dec 8, 2012, 04:09 PM
Has anyone tried the included screen protector? I am looking for something antiglare.

The included screen protector is "crystal clear." The reason I put it in quotes is because it has the orange peel effect like crazy. I had the same experience when I used Switcheasy's iPhone 4/4S screen protectors too. Thought I'd get lucky with the Mini, but nope -- took it off seconds after I applied it.

For anti-glare Mini screen protectors, check out Spigen SGP's Ultra-Fine series. They're expensive, but quality's always top-notch.

gadgetmonster
Dec 8, 2012, 05:34 PM
Received my dark grey coverbuddy today, love it.......looks like it came with the Smart Cover......

stickybuns
Dec 13, 2012, 11:06 PM
That's lame. Just ordered a pink one for the wife, hope it matches her pink smart cover.

So how did the pink one work out for you?

I ended up returning my red Smart Cover for a dark grey one since it was simpler to just walk into the local Apple store vs shipping the cover buddy back to Switcheasy.

Edited to Add Photos:
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/14/9ymuha2y.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/14/a9use8ez.jpg

Roy Hobbs
Dec 14, 2012, 07:28 AM
The pink doesn't exatly match the smart cover but it's not as bad as the red.

I'd post pics but the mini, smart cover and covebuddy are Christmas gifts for my daughter and they are already wrapped.

urkel
Dec 19, 2012, 08:22 AM
Just got my transulecent black coverbuddy from Amazon and am disappointed. All the benefits of the coverbuddy are there (perfect fit, protects painted edge but doesnt block Smart Cover, accessible ports) so it's not a bad product at all. But I'm really hating that I got the non matte version.

- Fingerprint Magnet
- VERY slippery
- Scratch resistant but definitely scratchable through average use
- Buttons are a bit stiff
- Weird color choice (Tranparent black but no solid matte black?!?)

Ill likely get the matte dark grey to replace it but Im open to suggestions for alternative brands since Id prefer solid black.

HazyCloud
Dec 20, 2012, 12:13 AM
Just got my transulecent black coverbuddy from Amazon and am disappointed. All the benefits of the coverbuddy are there (perfect fit, protects painted edge but doesnt block Smart Cover, accessible ports) so it's not a bad product at all. But I'm really hating that I got the non matte version.

- Fingerprint Magnet
- VERY slippery
- Scratch resistant but definitely scratchable through average use
- Buttons are a bit stiff
- Weird color choice (Tranparent black but no solid matte black?!?)

Ill likely get the matte dark grey to replace it but Im open to suggestions for alternative brands since Id prefer solid black.

I have the same one and I agree with all of your points. Man, this thing is a fingerprint magnet and my buttons are very stiff. I think I'll be looking for another case like similar to this one. Hopefully Belkin will release one.

Rob9874
Dec 20, 2012, 01:25 AM
Is there a matte version, as the thread title suggests? The link above says "gloss coating" above the color options. Just want to make sure I order a matte one.

HazyCloud
Dec 22, 2012, 12:28 AM
Is there a matte version, as the thread title suggests? The link above says "gloss coating" above the color options. Just want to make sure I order a matte one.

The black and clear ones are the only glossy versions. All of the others are matte.

urkel
Dec 27, 2012, 08:16 AM
So how durable are the matte ones? My black glossy one cracked in two places (near power switch and bottom corner) and it hasn't even left the house or been removed so im not sure what happened. Luckily I bought from amazon so I have an RMA but I'm definitely not getting the non-matte again.

So does anyone have recommendations? I can't find an alternative shell that stays flush with the cover (they all have a huge lip) so im willing to get a matte one but im worried its going to be just as fragile if its the same material.

Hls811
Dec 27, 2012, 03:22 PM
So how durable are the matte ones? My black glossy one cracked in two places (near power switch and bottom corner) and it hasn't even left the house or been removed so im not sure what happened. Luckily I bought from amazon so I have an RMA but I'm definitely not getting the non-matte again.

So does anyone have recommendations? I can't find an alternative shell that stays flush with the cover (they all have a huge lip) so im willing to get a matte one but im worried its going to be just as fragile if its the same material.


That stinks!! Did it fall or bump something?? that seems like a hard thing to just snap on its own..

You bought from Amazon so like you said, you're covered to send it back but for what its worth Switcheasy has AMAZING customer service and a 2 year warranty on their case - I think the warranty is only valid if you purchase directly through them though - Amazon isn't an official seller.

I had an issue with a Switcheasy Canvas for my iPad 2 a few years ago and they took care of it for me. The case had cracked in the corner, I just had to send them pictures of the crack and they had a new one out to me overnight - Couldn't be happier and they won me over with that service.

Kisey
Jan 2, 2013, 10:01 PM
Anyone know if the CoverBuddy will fit with a back protector (invisible shield) on?

Kermy
Jan 3, 2013, 07:35 AM
Anyone know if the CoverBuddy will fit with a back protector (invisible shield) on?

It won't work with a back skin on.

jcborden
Jan 3, 2013, 08:35 AM
I had the CoverBuddy (blue) on my iPad 3 for six months and had three replacements from SwtichEasy in that time for cracking on the corners. They were very good about replacing it and each time said the problems had been sorted, which they clearly hadn't.

Before I ordered the mini CoverBuddy I asked if it was the same material which to which they said yes. Made me hesitant about ordering, but the fit is normally excellent. I have the smoke version and so far no cracking to be seen.

Che Castro
Jan 3, 2013, 08:58 AM
Anybody here have a skin protector under the cover buddy ?

Does it fit ok

HardHatMac9
Jan 3, 2013, 11:47 AM
I had the CoverBuddy (blue) on my iPad 3 for six months and had three replacements from SwtichEasy in that time for cracking on the corners. They were very good about replacing it and each time said the problems had been sorted, which they clearly hadn't.

Before I ordered the mini CoverBuddy I asked if it was the same material which to which they said yes. Made me hesitant about ordering, but the fit is normally excellent. I have the smoke version and so far no cracking to be seen.

Is this issue true for the matte colored cases as well? Is the material the same or is it just for the smoke or clear versions? Thanks for the info.

RollTide1017
Jan 3, 2013, 01:20 PM
Thanks to normwood and Boston Rhett for the pics, I've decided to order the dark grey as well to go with my white mini and red smart cover. The color combination looks great and is as close to Bama colors as I can get (since Apple don't sell a crimson smart cover). Roll Tide!

dinggus
Jan 3, 2013, 02:00 PM
Looks beautiful! I went with clear because Mini is so pretty why cover him up with a case. But this looks great!


My clear cover was easy to put on and take off.

Can you post pictures of your clear cover?

HazyCloud
Jan 3, 2013, 10:24 PM
Can you post pictures of your clear cover?

I had the clear and couldn't stand it. You can see dust behind it and it shows scratches really easily. Go with the black if you must show through, otherwise go with one of the matte colors.

dinggus
Jan 3, 2013, 10:59 PM
I had the clear and couldn't stand it. You can see dust behind it and it shows scratches really easily. Go with the black if you must show through, otherwise go with one of the matte colors.

I have white. It shows scratches on the cover?

HazyCloud
Jan 3, 2013, 11:22 PM
I have white. It shows scratches on the cover?

I may be being nitpicky, but I could see scratches on it before I even put it on. Not deep ones, but more like swirl marks. I returned it for the black version, which I liked a lot more.

dinggus
Jan 4, 2013, 02:48 AM
I may be being nitpicky, but I could see scratches on it before I even put it on. Not deep ones, but more like swirl marks. I returned it for the black version, which I liked a lot more.

In the end, I went with Incipio's Feather since I don't use the Smart Cover.

Still have the clear one?

HazyCloud
Jan 4, 2013, 02:59 AM
Still have the clear one?

Negative. I sent it back to SwitchEasy who were super cool about swapping it for the black one. Then I used the black one for bit, sold it, put an iCarbon on, took it off, and now I think I'm about to order another SwitchEasy. I just wished they had a black matte version. My problem now is deciding on a color. I've tried case after case and I think the SwitchEasy has been my favorite.

How's the white look? Does it get dirty easily?

dinggus
Jan 4, 2013, 03:26 AM
Negative. I sent it back to SwitchEasy who were super cool about swapping it for the black one. Then I used the black one for bit, sold it, put an iCarbon on, took it off, and now I think I'm about to order another SwitchEasy. I just wished they had a black matte version. My problem now is deciding on a color. I've tried case after case and I think the SwitchEasy has been my favorite.

How's the white look? Does it get dirty easily?

Oh alright, well thats good to know the company is understanding.

I'm the same way, I'm search for that perfect Mini case. Right now I'm rocking a Zagg invisibleshield back/front with Smart Cover and loving how the natural thinness of the iPad Mini.

As for the white goes, I've had a white iPhone since 3GS and never had issues with it getting dirty easy. I had the black Mini and it just collected finger prints which annoyed me, it's still a nice color don't get me wrong. Truthfully, I just like the color white, and watched to match my 4S. But to answer your question, no it doesn't get dirty easily.

HazyCloud
Jan 4, 2013, 10:38 AM
...But to answer your question, no it doesn't get dirty easily.

Sorry, I was thinking you had a white case. Yeah, I got the black one and it does attract fingerprints, but I prefer a black bezel over a white one. Thanks for your info though, I appreciate it.


Has anyone purchased any of the matte CoverBuddys that own a black iPad? All the pics I've seen have been white ones.

Hls811
Jan 4, 2013, 10:46 AM
Negative. I sent it back to SwitchEasy who were super cool about swapping it for the black one. Then I used the black one for bit, sold it, put an iCarbon on, took it off, and now I think I'm about to order another SwitchEasy. I just wished they had a black matte version. My problem now is deciding on a color. I've tried case after case and I think the SwitchEasy has been my favorite.

How's the white look? Does it get dirty easily?

I'm (slmost) inthe same boat.. I hve the clear, and i LOVE the case, but the dust is really noticable. I was thining of buying the black one as well but haven't done it yet, I do wish there were a matte see-through version. The clear is sort of slippery theres no grip to it at all. I do have one scratch in the case - so I'm glad I have it and that took the abuse and not my iPad but thats also why I can't return/exchange it..

HazyCloud
Jan 4, 2013, 10:58 AM
I'm (slmost) inthe same boat.. I hve the clear, and i LOVE the case, but the dust is really noticable. I was thining of buying the black one as well but haven't done it yet, I do wish there were a matte see-through version. The clear is sort of slippery theres no grip to it at all. I do have one scratch in the case - so I'm glad I have it and that took the abuse and not my iPad but thats also why I can't return/exchange it..

Yes, that was one of my main issues with it. The dust just shows too easily. I even used canned air on it before putting it on my iPad, but that only seemed to help a little.

RollTide1017
Jan 4, 2013, 02:23 PM
Got my dark grey Coverbuddy today. Love it! Love the port covers as well although I wish they were attached to the case somehow, have a feeling I'll lose both sets pretty quickly.

I've had my mini for a little over a week now and my original plan was to only use the smart cover and go naked on the back. Once I started taking the mini out of the house it started to feel fragile and I felt like I was tempting fate so, I decided to look for a back cover. Problem was, I love the smart cover and I loved how thin the mini is, that was one of the selling points over the iPad 4 for me. So, I needed a case that could work with the smart cover and not add much thickness. Coverbuddy fits the bill perfectly, doesn't add much thickness at all and the smart cover still works perfectly.

Also glad I read this thread because I was about to order the clear until I saw the pictures of the dark grey with the white mini / red smart cover (which I already had).

map1978
Jan 5, 2013, 07:05 PM
Can someone post some pics of the dark gray with a black mini? Actually any color on the black mini. Prob going to go with the dark gray that's why I asked.

TIA

RollTide1017
Jan 6, 2013, 03:12 PM
Just found one negative but it really is just a small negative. If you are like me and have plenty of old 30 pin dock devices in you house, this case is not compatible with the 30 pin to lightning adapter. I doubt many cases are, it's something that didn't even cross my mind until I went to charge my iPad mini last night.

Doesn't make me regret buying the case, just a little annoying. Now I have to have 2 cables on my nightstand instead of one and the adapter. The iPad mini is the only lightning connector device in our house at the moment and I was really hoping to get away with using just the adapter on all the other 30 pin cables around the house. Now I need to go buy a few extra lightning cables, for the car and work. Oh well, should have known.

HazyCloud
Jan 6, 2013, 07:40 PM
Can someone post some pics of the dark gray with a black mini? Actually any color on the black mini. Prob going to go with the dark gray that's why I asked.

TIA


I just ordered the Dark Gray to go with my Black mini and Red Smart Cover. If no one has posted pics by the time I get it, I'll post some for you.

Syvere
Jan 13, 2013, 01:11 PM
I just ordered the Dark Gray to go with my Black mini and Red Smart Cover. If no one has posted pics by the time I get it, I'll post some for you.

Have you gotten it yet?

HazyCloud
Jan 13, 2013, 02:48 PM
Have you gotten it yet?

Yep, I'll post some pics within an hour or so.

Che Castro
Jan 13, 2013, 04:27 PM
How heavy is the mini with the case on ? ^

Syvere
Jan 13, 2013, 05:24 PM
Yep, I'll post some pics within an hour or so.

Isn't that dark grey cover and not red? Can you post a picture with the cover closed? I happen to have the dark grey cover, but I'm wondering if I should get the red one as well to company the dark grey coverbuddy or just go with grey+grey.

dinggus
Jan 13, 2013, 07:20 PM
Isn't that dark grey cover and not red? Can you post a picture with the cover closed? I happen to have the dark grey cover, but I'm wondering if I should get the red one as well to company the dark grey coverbuddy or just go with grey+grey.

You're kidding about the smart cover right? It's red, you are looking at the inside of the cover, which all colors look like that on the inside.

wytwolf
Jan 13, 2013, 09:58 PM
You're kidding about the smart cover right? It's red, you are looking at the inside of the cover, which all colors look like that on the inside.

Colour blind much??? That's a dark grey smart cover with a dark grey cover buddy. There is no red smart cover in any of those pics.....

HazyCloud
Jan 13, 2013, 10:25 PM
How heavy is the mini with the case on ? ^

Very light. It doesn't add much weight at all. I wouldn't even compare it to a folio.

Isn't that dark grey cover and not red? Can you post a picture with the cover closed? I happen to have the dark grey cover, but I'm wondering if I should get the red one as well to company the dark grey coverbuddy or just go with grey+grey.

Here's some pics of it with both. Sorry about the horrible lighting. I would say get gray as they match perfectly, but obviously that's up to you.


http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12534100/photo%202-1.JPG

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12534100/photo%201-1.JPG


You're kidding about the smart cover right? It's red, you are looking at the inside of the cover, which all colors look like that on the inside.

Actually, each Smart Cover's insides match the outside. If it's red on the outside, it's red on the inside. Here's a pic of both.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12534100/photo-2.JPG

Kisey
Jan 13, 2013, 11:02 PM
Are there any similar cases to the coverbuddy? I really want a matte black version. I'm willing to try out a different case as long as it offers the same type of all around protection, including buttons.

HazyCloud
Jan 13, 2013, 11:12 PM
Are there any similar cases to the coverbuddy? I really want a matte black version. I'm willing to try out a different case as long as it offers the same type of all around protection, including buttons.

Why not just get the CoverBuddy? It's only $20 and covers everything including the ports (which are removable). Most cases have been leaving a huge cutout for the speakers which the CoverBuddy does not. Best one around, IMO.

Kisey
Jan 13, 2013, 11:16 PM
Why not just get the CoverBuddy? It's only $20 and covers everything including the ports (which are removable). Most cases have been leaving a huge cutout for the speakers which the CoverBuddy does not. Best one around, IMO.

Because I don't like that the black one is glossy (I prefer matte). If I can't find a similar case, I'll settle for the dark gray.

HazyCloud
Jan 13, 2013, 11:22 PM
Because I don't like that the black one is glossy (I prefer matte). If I can't find a similar case, I'll settle for the dark gray.

Gotcha. That's why I went with the dark gray. I had tried the clear and black, but I just can't stand the glossy cases.

Kisey
Jan 13, 2013, 11:32 PM
Gotcha. That's why I went with the dark gray. I had tried the clear and black, but I just can't stand the glossy cases.

I'll probably end up with the dark gray as well. Do you think I'd he able to squeeze it on with my invisible shield on the back? I won't have the Smart Cover attached at all times and I'm afraid the exposed area on the back will get scratched.

HazyCloud
Jan 13, 2013, 11:36 PM
I'll probably end up with the dark gray as well. Do you think I'd he able to squeeze it on with my invisible shield on the back? I won't have the Smart Cover attached at all times and I'm afraid the exposed area on the back will get scratched.

It's possible, but I can't guarantee it. The CoverBuddy is a pretty tight fit. On that note, I wouldn't worry about the small area left. I use mine all the time without the SC and it would be hard to scratch that small area. If you are worried, you may check out an Incipio Feather. It doesn't have the cutout for the Smart Cover.

TJ5921
Jan 13, 2013, 11:45 PM
Just bought my CoverBuddy on eBay a few minutes ago. Got it for $14.00 shipped through best offer on my first try. Wish I tried to offer less so anyone looking for a great deal on these this seller will go as low as $14 shipped possibly less. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170965715691

HazyCloud
Jan 13, 2013, 11:55 PM
Just bought my CoverBuddy on eBay a few minutes ago. Got it for $14.00 shipped through best offer on my first try. Wish I tried to offer less so anyone looking for a great deal on these this seller will go as low as $14 shipped possibly less. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170965715691

Not bad, but I'll pay the extra 6 bucks for SwitchEasy's 2 year warranty. I had a concern about mine they day I got it and they offered to just send me another. Of course that's after confirming my order number, which you won't have with eBay purchases. (Seriously, they have fantastic customer service.)

Of course on the flip side, if you do have a problem, $14 is easily replaceable.

Syvere
Jan 14, 2013, 04:28 AM
Here's some pics of it with both. Sorry about the horrible lighting. I would say get gray as they match perfectly, but obviously that's up to you.



Which one do you like better yourself? Grey on grey or the red on grey?

HazyCloud
Jan 14, 2013, 12:51 PM
Which one do you like better yourself? Grey on grey or the red on grey?

You're probably asking the wrong person. I'm so indecisive that I've owned 2 red covers and 2 gray covers and I have blue one on the way. :) I have however decided to keep the gray one as it's pretty nice looking since the case and cover match very well. It looks like they came together and were made by the same company.

I only ordered the blue one to see if I like the contrast of the blue. If not, I'll be throwing it on the Marketplace here.

DarkAether
Jan 14, 2013, 06:00 PM
For those interested in a black matte back, I received a response from Incipio that they will be making a Smart Feather for the mini after all. No ETA yet though...

glen e
Jan 14, 2013, 06:17 PM
For those interested in a black matte back, I received a response from Incipio that they will be making a Smart Feather for the mini after all. No ETA yet though...

I knew they would...esp with next gen being same dimensions acc to rumors...Sign me up, I'll take two..although my smartcover/coverbuddy has never accidentally come off.....

Boston Rhett
Jan 14, 2013, 08:17 PM
Because I don't like that the black one is glossy (I prefer matte). If I can't find a similar case, I'll settle for the dark gray.

You might give elago's Slim Fit case a try, then. Looks like it's Smart Cover-compatible and matte black. I can't personally vouch for their iPad mini products as I haven't tried them, but I absolutely love their iPhone cases.

http://elagostore.com/elago-A4M-Slim-Fit-Case-for/M/B00AVWJI28.htm

Jman13
Jan 14, 2013, 10:11 PM
Wow. I love the look of that Elago. I use the Elago Outfit as my iPhone 5 case, and I absolutely love it, and this is the best looking snap case I've seen. I'm using a leather back skin now, but I'm tempted to pick one of those up for times I want a little extra protection.

phonewentwest
Jan 14, 2013, 10:14 PM
Finally just got my switcheasy to go with my smart cover. Really a fantastic combo. Aside from the strong smell which eventually went away after a day it's great. The dark gray on both really match well. Just wish they would make the black in the matte.

Can anyone recommend a sleeve that will accommodate both pieces? Not crazy about the movement of the Smart Cover when I throw it in my bag.

Kisey
Jan 14, 2013, 10:52 PM
You might give elago's Slim Fit case a try, then. Looks like it's Smart Cover-compatible and matte black. I can't personally vouch for their iPad mini products as I haven't tried them, but I absolutely love their iPhone cases.

http://elagostore.com/elago-A4M-Slim-Fit-Case-for/M/B00AVWJI28.htm

Thank you for the suggestion. Now if it only had the same protection as the CoverBuddy, it would be perfect.

HazyCloud
Jan 15, 2013, 03:06 AM
Great find on the Elago and Feather info. This adds to our choices of good covers.

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Can anyone recommend a sleeve that will accommodate both pieces? Not crazy about the movement of the Smart Cover when I throw it in my bag.

I've got a good one for sale in my Marketplace thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1523398). It's great for the CoverBuddy w/ Smart Cover. It's even gray too.

ceezy
Jan 15, 2013, 10:01 AM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SwitchEasy-CoverBuddy-Hard-Case-for-iPad-Mini-Light-Gray-4897017130532-/181043284310?pt=US_Tablet_eReader_Cases_Covers_Keyboard_Folios&hash=item2a27054956

Anyone use this ebay store?
Has mixed reviews but has the coverbuddy I want for $13.27 and free shipping. What do you think?

phonewentwest
Jan 15, 2013, 01:31 PM
Great find on the Elago and Feather info. This adds to our choices of good covers.

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I've got a good one for sale in my Marketplace thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1523398). It's great for the CoverBuddy w/ Smart Cover. It's even gray too.

unfortunately I can't see that thread for some reason. I think perhaps i don't have enough posts.

HazyCloud
Jan 15, 2013, 01:42 PM
unfortunately I can't see that thread for some reason. I think perhaps i don't have enough posts.

Yeah, you're about 150 posts short. You're required to have 250 posts.

Bloodraw850
Jan 18, 2013, 10:08 PM
Can anyone confirm if dust gets trapped around the edges with this case?

HazyCloud
Jan 19, 2013, 05:15 AM
Can anyone confirm if dust gets trapped around the edges with this case?

I've been using one since around launch and I haven't really noticed any dust getting trapped in the edges. If it does, a little canned air would clear it out.

Bloodraw850
Jan 19, 2013, 04:26 PM
I've been using one since around launch and I haven't really noticed any dust getting trapped in the edges. If it does, a little canned air would clear it out.

Thanks! I think I'm going to pull the trigger on one then.

BearsFan34
Jan 25, 2013, 09:27 AM
Just bought my CoverBuddy on eBay a few minutes ago. Got it for $14.00 shipped through best offer on my first try. Wish I tried to offer less so anyone looking for a great deal on these this seller will go as low as $14 shipped possibly less. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170965715691

I did this as well, looks like the same vendor, this past Sunday. It's Friday now, and it still hasn't shipped yet. I got mine for $14.50 US, and can't figure out why it's taking so dang long to ship it out. I have a Product [R]ed smartcover & am anxious to see how they look together.

Guess that's what I get for using "make an offer" and free shipping...a lesson in patience.

Subjugator
Jan 25, 2013, 11:21 AM
I just ordered one from here 3 days ago. Shipped yesterday

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SwitchEasy-CoverBuddy-Hard-Case-for-iPad-Mini-Light-Gray-4897017130532-/181043284310?pt=US_Tablet_eReader_Cases_Covers_Keyboard_Folios&hash=item2a27054956

Anyone use this ebay store?
Has mixed reviews but has the coverbuddy I want for $13.27 and free shipping. What do you think?

lbhskier37
Jan 26, 2013, 03:03 PM
WARNING! The red is not even close to the color of the Smart Cover! I see that it was mentioned earlier in the thread, but I read that too late. Do not get the red if u have a red Smart Cover. I will be returning mine and looking for a different back case. 392714

HazyCloud
Jan 26, 2013, 05:04 PM
WARNING! The red is not even close to the color of the Smart Cover! I see that it was mentioned earlier in the thread, but I read that too late. Do not get the red if u have a red Smart Cover. I will be returning mine and looking for a different back case. 392714

That's weird since the dark gray matches the Smart Cover so well. You'd think SwitchEasy would have had a red Smart Cover to compare their case with.

Bloodraw850
Jan 26, 2013, 05:44 PM
WARNING! The red is not even close to the color of the Smart Cover! I see that it was mentioned earlier in the thread, but I read that too late. Do not get the red if u have a red Smart Cover. I will be returning mine and looking for a different back case. 392714

:eek: Thanks for posting I almost got the red one

normwood
Jan 27, 2013, 06:03 AM
WARNING! The red is not even close to the color of the Smart Cover! I see that it was mentioned earlier in the thread, but I read that too late. Do not get the red if u have a red Smart Cover. I will be returning mine and looking for a different back case. 392714

There is a previous post in this thread with the grey Cover Buddy and red smart cover that looks pretty nice.

It's a shame the reds are that much different.

steve

TWO2SEVEN
Jan 31, 2013, 06:47 AM
Received my Cover Buddy from a member here last night. The fit is great on the Mini. It gives a nice grippy feeling without feeling sticky. I may have to replace my Belkin Snap Shield on my 3rd gen iPad with one of these.

Kisey
Jan 31, 2013, 07:44 PM
Got my dark gray coverbuddy. I like the case overall but it's extremely hard to press the buttons.

Roy Hobbs
Jan 31, 2013, 07:46 PM
Got my dark gray coverbuddy. I like the case overall but it's extremely hard to press the buttons.

They get easier to press after awhile.

HazyCloud
Jan 31, 2013, 11:07 PM
Got my dark gray coverbuddy. I like the case overall but it's extremely hard to press the buttons.

Be glad you got the matte version. The clear and black were nearly impossible to press. Also like Roy Hobbs said, they'll get easier.

temna
Jan 31, 2013, 11:34 PM
:eek: Thanks for posting I almost got the red one

I did get the red one, I think it looks nice. I would love to see a clear back with maybe red around the edges.

leinadhok
Feb 1, 2013, 12:58 AM
There is a previous post in this thread with the grey Cover Buddy and red smart cover that looks pretty nice.

...

Got me that combo too.

zooby
Feb 2, 2013, 02:53 PM
I want to get this to fit my smart cover, but what difference would it make exactly? Is this only meant to protect the back? In that case, wouldn't it be easier and less bulky to put a skin on the back? Or am I missing something about this case... I like it though. I just want to know what the point of it is.

temna
Feb 2, 2013, 03:51 PM
I want to get this to fit my smart cover, but what difference would it make exactly? Is this only meant to protect the back? In that case, wouldn't it be easier and less bulky to put a skin on the back? Or am I missing something about this case... I like it though. I just want to know what the point of it is.

I find the skins offer very little drop protection. The SwitchEasy at least gives a little protection for minor drops. Plus, there are no seams to get caught on things in your bag to start peeling off...

zooby
Feb 2, 2013, 04:34 PM
I find the skins offer very little drop protection. The SwitchEasy at least gives a little protection for minor drops. Plus, there are no seams to get caught on things in your bag to start peeling off...

Oh so it is used more for drop protection? I had a skin on my big iPad but I'm not sure if I'll put one for my mini... I have never dropped my iPad (unlike my iPhone) and I feel like it would lose too much appeal to put a back case on it. Or are people getting this case to make it stand upright in landscape mode?

HazyCloud
Feb 2, 2013, 07:29 PM
Oh so it is used more for drop protection? I had a skin on my big iPad but I'm not sure if I'll put one for my mini... I have never dropped my iPad (unlike my iPhone) and I feel like it would lose too much appeal to put a back case on it. Or are people getting this case to make it stand upright in landscape mode?

The CoverBuddy alone can't make the iPad stand in landscape. You'll need a Smart Cover if you want to do that which of course the Smart Cover can do without a CoverBuddy.

If you want back protection, CoverBuddys are very nice. If I wasn't going naked, I'd be using one right now. (For the record, I've owned quite a few CoverBuddys and all were very good.)

TWO2SEVEN
Feb 2, 2013, 08:16 PM
Got me that combo too.

Same here. It looks good.

TJ5921
Feb 3, 2013, 12:19 AM
The CoverBuddy alone can't make the iPad stand in landscape. You'll need a Smart Cover if you want to do that which of course the Smart Cover can do without a CoverBuddy.

If you want back protection, CoverBuddys are very nice. If I wasn't going naked, I'd be using one right now. (For the record, I've owned quite a few CoverBuddys and all were very good.)

What made you suddenly not care about protecting the back from scratches?

HazyCloud
Feb 3, 2013, 02:21 AM
What made you suddenly not care about protecting the back from scratches?

A few things. First, I realized I've never put on a case on any of my iPads in the past. Second, I looked at my black iPhone 5 and it still looks great and I've had it since launch. Third, I really enjoy using the mini without a case. It feels so good in the hands due to its thinness that I just can't put a case on it. I'm careful with it as I don't want to scratch it, but if it happens, it happens.

Why have a case on something to keep it from scratching if you won't ever see it due to always having a case on it? Just knowing that it isn't scratched? Personally I'd rather use the device "the way it was meant to" rather than worrying about scratches. My mini is covered with insurance in the event I drop or spill something on it, so I might as well go without a case.

I now use it with only a Smart Cover so it has a stand if need be. If I'm taking the mini somewhere, I throw it in a Nedrelow Sleeve.

zooby
Feb 3, 2013, 04:27 AM
A few things. First, I realized I've never put on a case on any of my iPads in the past. Second, I looked at my black iPhone 5 and it still looks great and I've had it since launch. Third, I really enjoy using the mini without a case. It feels so good in the hands due to its thinness that I just can't put a case on it. I'm careful with it as I don't want to scratch it, but if it happens, it happens.

Why have a case on something to keep it from scratching if you won't ever see it due to always having a case on it? Just knowing that it isn't scratched? Personally I'd rather use the device "the way it was meant to" rather than worrying about scratches. My mini is covered with insurance in the event I drop or spill something on it, so I might as well go without a case.

I now use it with only a Smart Cover so it has a stand if need be. If I'm taking the mini somewhere, I throw it in a Nedrelow Sleeve.

What about for your iPhone - do you use a case or bumper?

I also might skip on the case for the back, but why not go with a matte skin like Ghost Armor? Would you be opposed to that as well?

TJ5921
Feb 3, 2013, 09:18 AM
A few things. First, I realized I've never put on a case on any of my iPads in the past. Second, I looked at my black iPhone 5 and it still looks great and I've had it since launch. Third, I really enjoy using the mini without a case. It feels so good in the hands due to its thinness that I just can't put a case on it. I'm careful with it as I don't want to scratch it, but if it happens, it happens.

Why have a case on something to keep it from scratching if you won't ever see it due to always having a case on it? Just knowing that it isn't scratched? Personally I'd rather use the device "the way it was meant to" rather than worrying about scratches. My mini is covered with insurance in the event I drop or spill something on it, so I might as well go without a case.

I now use it with only a Smart Cover so it has a stand if need be. If I'm taking the mini somewhere, I throw it in a Nedrelow Sleeve.

Yeah I hear ya that's how I felt at first. I have a black 5 and don't keep a case on it about half the time and it hasn't worn at all. I got a grey Smart Cover with my mini and have since picked up the grey cover buddy. I love the feeling of the mini without it but having it on doesn't add too much thickness or weight. I just feel better about the back being covered.

HazyCloud
Feb 3, 2013, 01:05 PM
What about for your iPhone - do you use a case or bumper?

I also might skip on the case for the back, but why not go with a matte skin like Ghost Armor? Would you be opposed to that as well?

Nope, nothing on the iPhone. I thought about Ghost Armor and I even had an iCarbon skin on my iPad mini, but honestly I don't trust the Ghost Armor people to do a perfect job. Sure, you can get a refund from Ghost Armor if you aren't happy, but at this time I'm okay with not using one. I may try GA one of these days, but not anytime real soon.

Yeah I hear ya that's how I felt at first. I have a black 5 and don't keep a case on it about half the time and it hasn't worn at all. I got a grey Smart Cover with my mini and have since picked up the grey cover buddy. I love the feeling of the mini without it but having it on doesn't add too much thickness or weight. I just feel better about the back being covered.

There's nothing wrong with that. If anything, keeping it scratch free will help with resale if/when you decide to sell it.

temna
Feb 3, 2013, 02:47 PM
Damn. Today my mini fell off the kitchen counter onto the linoleum floor. My CoverBuddy didn't survive that minor fall. One corner snapped off and the opposite corner cracked. The crack I can understand because it was at the power button, but the part that snapped off? I'm a little shocked. Wonder if anyone else makes a stronger version.

Roy Hobbs
Feb 3, 2013, 02:55 PM
Damn. Today my mini fell off the kitchen counter onto the linoleum floor. My CoverBuddy didn't survive that minor fall. One corner snapped off and the opposite corner cracked. The crack I can understand because it was at the power button, but the part that snapped off? I'm a little shocked. Wonder if anyone else makes a stronger version.

Did the mini break? If not, then I say the CoverBuddy did it's job.

temna
Feb 3, 2013, 02:58 PM
Did the mini break? If not, then I say the CoverBuddy did it's job.

I don't dispute it did it's job, I'm just disappointed it only survived a month. And at $30 including shipping, I'm not sure I want to pay for another one if this one will only last a month too.

Edit: You have to love SwitchEasy. Just for giggles, not expecting anything, I put in a trouble ticket on their web site. I fully admitted that I dropped the case. It wasn't damaged in shipping. I doubt it was a manufacturing issue. I told them I dropped it. I said, I guessed that it was considered abuse, so it wouldn't be covered by the warranty. Behold a company that cares about their reputation. I got an email back, same day, on a Sunday no less. They asked for a photo of "the issue". I emailed it back and less than 30 minutes later I got an email that they would FedEx me a new case. How amazing is that? I never heard of the company before coming on this board looking for a case for my mini, but I'll tell you what. I will be looking at their products a lot more closely knowing they stand behind their products 200%.

temna
Feb 20, 2013, 06:10 PM
I have figured out why my Coverbuddy was replaced so easily. I think there is a design flaw. The corner broke again at the power switch. I think I wil email them and ask for a clear back...

HazyCloud
Feb 20, 2013, 06:46 PM
I have figured out why my Coverbuddy was replaced so easily. I think there is a design flaw. The corner broke again at the power switch. I think I wil email them and ask for a clear back...

Just a heads up, the clear I had attracted fingerprints and dust like crazy.

temna
Feb 20, 2013, 08:27 PM
Just a heads up, the clear I had attracted fingerprints and dust like crazy.

But is the plastic thicker/stronger?

HazyCloud
Feb 20, 2013, 08:36 PM
But is the plastic thicker/stronger?

Yeah, it did seem more sturdy but I can't confirm if it'll be better than the matte ones as I returned it to SwitchEasy. You may try out Belkin's Shield, although the one I have appears to pretty thin.

HazyCloud
Feb 20, 2013, 08:43 PM
The red is actually a lot more vibrant. Might try to take more later in natural light.

The problem with the red, from what I've seen on here, is that it doesn't match the red Smart Cover.

temna
Feb 20, 2013, 09:13 PM
Maybe I'll ask for the black?

HazyCloud
Feb 20, 2013, 09:21 PM
Maybe I'll ask for the black?

Black is the exact same as the clear. It's also more of a dark gray in person. Black seemed to be more of a fingerprint magnet. I also had one and ended up selling it for a matte version. I basically ended up just throwing my hands in the air and going naked. I've got insurance in the event something happens. If I ever change my mind, I've also got the Belkin one.

temna
Feb 20, 2013, 09:26 PM
I guess it's just time to look at other cases. Kinda wonder if it was damaged in shipping..

HazyCloud
Feb 20, 2013, 09:40 PM
I guess it's just time to look at other cases. Kinda wonder if it was damaged in shipping..

Did it show up cracked? I used a matte one for quite some time and it never cracked. I figured they were pretty sturdy.

temna
Feb 20, 2013, 09:52 PM
Did it show up cracked? I used a matte one for quite some time and it never cracked. I figured they were pretty sturdy.

I didn't really look.

HazyCloud
Feb 20, 2013, 10:00 PM
I didn't really look.

It's worth trying to contact them again. I'm sure they'd be willing to help once you send a pic of it.

Roy Hobbs
Mar 6, 2013, 08:50 AM
Has any one purchased a RED coverbuddy mini lately? I know when they were first released the color coverbuddy and smart cover were WAY OFF.
So I'm just curious if switcheasy has adjusted for this?

I sent them an email but they never responded

temna
Mar 6, 2013, 09:03 AM
Has any one purchased a RED coverbuddy mini lately? I know when they were first released the color coverbuddy and smart cover were WAY OFF.
So I'm just curious if switcheasy has adjusted for this?

I sent them an email but they never responded

I have three of them here, all the same color. It's fine though as I suspect that the Smart Cover will darken with age to match.

Roy Hobbs
Mar 6, 2013, 09:56 AM
Maybe they did change up their colors. Because there are pics in this thread of the red smart cover and coverbuddy and they are from a match.

Bought pink versions for my daughter and they don't match either. Not as bad as the pics of the red but definetly not a match.

temna
Mar 6, 2013, 10:10 AM
Maybe they did change up their colors. Because there are pics in this thread of the red smart cover and coverbuddy and they are from a match.

Bought pink versions for my daughter and they don't match either. Not as bad as the pics of the red but definetly not a match.

No, the color didn't change. It's still much darker than the Smart Cover. As I have both in my hand.

myrtlebee
May 23, 2013, 09:30 AM
My clear CoverBuddy has cracked in the two corners near the SmartCover and I've only had it for 2 weeks, never dropped it or bumped it. The iPad is always user on soft surfaces. Very disappointed as I loved this case initially. Now looking into other options but none seem to cover the bottom, top, and buttons completely like this one. Maybe the matte colored versions are sturdier and less brittle?

temna
May 23, 2013, 11:51 AM
Yeah, I'm on my third broken CoverBuddy. I'm starting to look at other back covers.

myrtlebee
May 23, 2013, 07:38 PM
Yeah, I'm on my third broken CoverBuddy. I'm starting to look at other back covers.

I just bought these two on Amazon since Switcheasy never responded to my warranty claim...

Hopefully these are good, but they don't cover as much on the top or the bottom (or the buttons) like the Cover Buddy did:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009YQ8BTI/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AVWJXHS/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Amplelink
May 23, 2013, 11:25 PM
My clear CoverBuddy has cracked in the two corners near the SmartCover and I've only had it for 2 weeks, never dropped it or bumped it. The iPad is always user on soft surfaces. Very disappointed as I loved this case initially. Now looking into other options but none seem to cover the bottom, top, and buttons completely like this one. Maybe the matte colored versions are sturdier and less brittle?

The matte will definitely be a little bit less scratch resistant. It's matte because of a coating which the glossy ones don't have.

These plastic covers are always going to have problems with corners cracking, so don't expect too much. The best mini back cover I've seen so far is the Caudabe Mini Shell. It locks on the Smart Cover and also comes in matte. Hasn't failed me yet after a month and was only $10.

Kisey
Jun 18, 2013, 11:53 PM
After a few months, my gray one cracked..never dropped or bumped. Hoping they'll send me a replacement.

Boston Rhett
Jun 19, 2013, 12:30 PM
After a few months, my gray one cracked..never dropped or bumped. Hoping they'll send me a replacement.

Mine just did the exact same thing in the exact same spot. Replaced it with a black Incipio Smart Feather, which I honestly like a lot more. It seems a little sturdier, and I like the feature where it keeps the Smart Cover from falling off. I just wish the buttons were covered like they are on the Cover Buddy.

Kisey
Jun 19, 2013, 04:20 PM
Mine just did the exact same thing in the exact same spot. Replaced it with a black Incipio Smart Feather, which I honestly like a lot more. It seems a little sturdier, and I like the feature where it keeps the Smart Cover from falling off. I just wish the buttons were covered like they are on the Cover Buddy.

I contacted Switcheasy and they sent me a replacement, no question asked :D I will definitely start looking for an alternative case as I'm pretty sure the coverbuddy will just eventually crack again.

davistld01
Jun 23, 2013, 10:36 PM
Can someone post s link to tha Switcheasy web page where this is detailed? I can't see it listed anywhere.

Thanks!

ceezy
Jul 3, 2013, 12:50 PM
Does this back disrupt wifi at for you?
I have one and my wifi drops in and out...took it off and it seems like wifi is staying constant now. (wifi is fine on my mbp btw)

I am going to continue to experiment...just wondering if you have found it to be similar.

davistld01
Jul 4, 2013, 07:27 AM
I've got exactly the same gray/gray setup as Hazycloud. So far so good. I'd actually prefer black instead of gray, but the CoverBuddy I had on my iPad 4 was the matte black & was a huge greasy fingerprint magnet...or at least the finish showed them clearly. At least the gray color of my Mini cover masks them...so I'm a happy camper! :)

I think the CoverBuddy/SmartCover combo is excellent. And...WiFi is not inhibited at all, nor do I have any cracking corners...yet.

ceezy
Jul 8, 2013, 04:50 PM
Does this back disrupt wifi at for you?
I have one and my wifi drops in and out...took it off and it seems like wifi is staying constant now. (wifi is fine on my mbp btw)

I am going to continue to experiment...just wondering if you have found it to be similar.

Seems to be working much better without the back cover...a shame as I like it but it's frustrating when it drops in and out so much. Going to continue using it without to see how it does.

Kisey
Aug 22, 2013, 10:50 AM
My replacement now has a split corner. Not sure if they are just not built well or what, because I am really careful with my devices and have not dropped, bumped or done anything to cause the crack.

rpearlberg
Aug 23, 2013, 10:42 AM
I love the look of these with the smart cover! I may have to get one! Can anyone post a pic of either the dark gray or light gray with a black iPad?

mbp17xxx
Aug 24, 2013, 04:43 AM
My replacement now has a split corner. Not sure if they are just not built well or what, because I am really careful with my devices and have not dropped, bumped or done anything to cause the crack.

I like Switcheasy, but this case is crap, even if you take really good care of it at some time the corners will crack. I had 2 of these both cracked in the corner :mad:

DON'T BUY THIS CASE!!!

rpearlberg
Aug 24, 2013, 06:55 AM
I like Switcheasy, but this case is crap, even if you take really good care of it at some time the corners will crack. I had 2 of these both cracked in the corner :mad:

DON'T BUY THIS CASE!!!

That's disappointing!! What is another one like this that is better quality?

mbp17xxx
Aug 24, 2013, 10:03 AM
That's disappointing!! What is another one like this that is better quality?

I heard belkin and speck may have better quality.

since the 2nd case cracked never bought a back case again, just used it naked with the smart cover

phonewentwest
Dec 8, 2013, 11:35 PM
My switcheasy cover buddy finally corner cracked so now I have just the apple Smart Cover on and love it. Feels so much better without that backing. Should have just done this from the start.

Menel
Dec 9, 2013, 08:57 AM
Sure thing. Sorry for the crappy quality, took the pics in horrible lighting with my 4S. The red is actually a lot more vibrant. Might try to take more later in natural light.

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2784.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2787.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2794.jpg

http://i1065.photobucket.com/albums/u389/six1seven/Switcheasy%20Coverbuddy/IMG_2755.jpg
I did the coverbuddy black with red smart cover on last iPad. :thumbsup:

Went tan smart case this time. Still not sure which I like better, could go either way. I do mis the ability while at home to just pull off and ditch the cover for a while.

rgarjr
Dec 9, 2013, 04:50 PM
I do mis the ability while at home to just pull off and ditch the cover for a while.

This is the nice thing about Smart Cover + back shell combo. Instead of folding it back just pull it right off and out the way. I have both smart case and Smart Cover.

MrX8503
Dec 9, 2013, 08:14 PM
Any cases like the cover buddy with a second mic cutout?

shenan1982
Dec 11, 2013, 03:06 PM
Any cases like the cover buddy with a second mic cutout?

Not yet, I wish they'd update it as I have not found anything as well made. For now I'm using the ipad mini coverbuddy on the mini retina. It works but needs the cutout.

AntnyMikal
Dec 11, 2013, 05:03 PM
Here is one I got off Amazon 9$, it has all the proper cut outs for the air.

My only complaints:
1. Speaker holes are slightly off (they still sound the same as they did without case though, so no biggie!

2. It was extremely cold out the day I got it, I (had to sit it by my space heater for a minute under a book with the edges in to get the original shape back for a tight fit) after that though snug as a glove

Great feel, buttons sealed from debri, still light enough to enjoy for extended periods and works great with Smart Cover.

Price is great, just had to read the description as some of the colors don't come in this material. I also believe they make air and mini retina versions.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/12/utydyvuj.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/12/y5apete9.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/12/sy7y8ubu.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/12/usurudad.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/12/yqyre6u7.jpg

MrX8503
Dec 11, 2013, 08:35 PM
Thanks for the pics! Do you have to take off the finite tpu to put a Smart Cover on?

AntnyMikal
Dec 12, 2013, 02:35 AM
Thanks for the pics! Do you have to take off the finite tpu to put a Smart Cover on?


No you don't.

TBONE72
Dec 12, 2013, 08:42 AM
Here is one I got off Amazon 9$, it has all the proper cut outs for the air.

My only complaints:
1. Speaker holes are slightly off (they still sound the same as they did without case though, so no biggie!

2. It was extremely cold out the day I got it, I (had to sit it by my space heater for a minute under a book with the edges in to get the original shape back for a tight fit) after that though snug as a glove

Great feel, buttons sealed from debri, still light enough to enjoy for extended periods and works great with Smart Cover.

Price is great, just had to read the description as some of the colors don't come in this material. I also believe they make air and mini retina versions.

Image (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/12/utydyvuj.jpg)

Image (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/12/y5apete9.jpg)

Image (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/12/sy7y8ubu.jpg)

Image (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/12/usurudad.jpg)

Image (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/12/yqyre6u7.jpg)

Did you add that Velcro to the back?

AntnyMikal
Dec 12, 2013, 10:44 AM
Did you add that Velcro to the back?


Yeah, I added the Velcro. The case closes on the front fine and the magnets are pretty strong, but not so much on the back. This differs from iPad to iPad, and cover to cover. I just don't like mine flapping around, some people don't mind that though.

ac921ol
Dec 17, 2013, 03:59 PM
does the switcheasy or fintie work with the logitech ultrathin keyboard???

I ordered 2 cases off amazon to try, but want one that will 100% work with the logitech keyboard.

shenan1982
Dec 19, 2013, 12:55 PM
does the switcheasy or fintie work with the logitech ultrathin keyboard???


The cover buddy does NOT work with the logitech keyboard.I have both and they cannot be used together.