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LeeM
Jan 12, 2013, 02:51 PM
I've seen them in the full size style with metal hinges, but can you get them the same style that apple sells with the rubber hinge?
The reason I ask is because my girlfriend has bought me a grey cover off eBay (from a private seller, not a business) as a surprise and I'd like the confirm its authenticity. Packaging is as good quality as any other Smart Cover I've bought from apple stores so the only reason I doubt it is due to the vendor.



HazyCloud
Jan 12, 2013, 07:50 PM
Sure, I've seen a few on eBay. Although it's rare they packaging is counterfeit as well. Do you already have it? I've got a couple authentic ones I can compare it with if you're curious about the packaging.

mcdj
Jan 13, 2013, 12:28 AM
Private sellers sell all kinds of legit products on eBay. Not sure why you're concerned.

xraydoc
Jan 13, 2013, 08:17 PM
For those that have seen fake ones for the mini, have you seen any in black? I'd love to have a black one for my mini.

HazyCloud
Jan 13, 2013, 10:40 PM
For those that have seen fake ones for the mini, have you seen any in black? I'd love to have a black one for my mini.

Here's a black one from China.


eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cool-Black-Slim-Magnetic-Smart-Cover-Wake-Sleep-Tri-Fold-Skin-For-iPad-Mini-New-/121048698303?pt=US_Tablet_eReader_Cases_Covers_Keyboard_Folios&hash=item1c2f108dbf)

LeeM
Jan 14, 2013, 07:17 AM
Sure, I've seen a few on eBay. Although it's rare they packaging is counterfeit as well. Do you already have it? I've got a couple authentic ones I can compare it with if you're curious about the packaging.

I've not had any for the mini but had genuine ones for previous iPads and the packaging looks the same so I'm pretty sure it's genuine, just wondered if I could confirm.

xraydoc
Jan 14, 2013, 09:27 AM
Here's a black one from China.


eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cool-Black-Slim-Magnetic-Smart-Cover-Wake-Sleep-Tri-Fold-Skin-For-iPad-Mini-New-/121048698303?pt=US_Tablet_eReader_Cases_Covers_Keyboard_Folios&hash=item1c2f108dbf)

Thanks. Bought it. I'll post some comments when it arrives.

HazyCloud
Jan 14, 2013, 12:46 PM
Thanks. Bought it. I'll post some comments when it arrives.

Awesome. I'd love to hear what you think about it. For 12 bucks, it's a steal.

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I've not had any for the mini but had genuine ones for previous iPads and the packaging looks the same so I'm pretty sure it's genuine, just wondered if I could confirm.

Your best bet is to see if it says "Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China" on the inside of the cover. But honestly, that could probably be replicated as well.

I had a fake for the full sized iPad and I was shocked how close the packaging looked to the genuine ones. The only major difference was that the pictures on the back were blurry compared to Apple's. (The writing in the email picture was readable on Apple's.) If I didn't have a genuine one at the time, I may not have known.

Blk98Cobra
Jan 15, 2013, 08:17 AM
I just ordered one from that seller as well to go along with my smoked Smartbuddy back case. I'll post the details when they come in.

zybersniper
Jan 18, 2013, 10:20 AM
I've not had any for the mini but had genuine ones for previous iPads and the packaging looks the same so I'm pretty sure it's genuine, just wondered if I could confirm.

You'd be surprised how easily and nicely packaging can be copied. I've had both real and fake ones and the fake one's glue tends to fail pretty quickly and so the microfibre layer separates from the front cover leaving bubbles. The edges also wear very quickly.

Blk98Cobra
Jan 24, 2013, 09:26 AM
So I finally got my fake Black Smart cover from that seller and I must say it is quite nice. It is definitely not as flimsy as the Apple smart covers. Another thing I noticed is that the magnets are considerably stronger than the Apple branded smart cover. I'm thinking about picking up another one just to have as an extra!

pooleman
Jan 24, 2013, 10:24 AM
So I finally got my fake Black Smart cover from that seller and I must say it is quite nice. It is definitely not as flimsy as the Apple smart covers. Another thing I noticed is that the magnets are considerably stronger than the Apple branded smart cover. I'm thinking about picking up another one just to have as an extra!

Pics. Links.

Blk98Cobra
Jan 24, 2013, 02:32 PM
Pics. Links.

I'll post them later on. Still at work unfortunately. eBay link is above btw.

Namtaro
Jan 24, 2013, 04:15 PM
Have you used a real smart cover to compare the material to?

For 12 bucks, totally a steal... I might just buy it!

xraydoc
Jan 24, 2013, 10:16 PM
Thanks. Bought it. I'll post some comments when it arrives.

Pardon me for quoting my own post.

So the $12 Chinese SmartCover knock-off arrived in the mail. It looks very, very close to the Apple one. A casual observer would never spot the difference.

The outer material, at least on the black one I bought, feels like a decent-grade poly, so I'm hoping it'll hold up. The inside is a microfiber but not quite the same grade as on Apple's. Less fuzzy but seems soft enough not to harm the screen.

The 3 hinges in the segments are stiffer than on Apple's original; this is both good and bad - tends to flop/flex less but I've had the magnetic attachment pop off the iPad a few times when attempting to fold it into a triangle.

The other negative is that the spine hinge magnet isn't quite as strong as on Apple's covers, so it's a bit more prone to pop off. Not loose at all, just slightly less strongly bound. It's popped of a couple times folding the lid segments in to a triangle (though note above where I say the segment hinges are stiffer; this may loosen with time) or when putting moderate lateral pressure on to the cover from right to left. With my two Apple brand ones, it's a bit harder to make this happen. But the "fake one" hasn't yet come off while simply carrying the iPad.

The knock-off, at least mine, does not have a counterfeit "Made by Apple..." printing on the microfiber inside cover near the spine. And it came in a simple plastic wrapper and not counterfeit Smart Cover packaging.

All in all, a fairly good buy for $12. The Apple ones are 'better', but cost basically three times as much. I've got an Apple dark gray one and a Product Red one, and now this eBay black one. I really like the way the black one looks on my black iPad mini, so I'll continue to use it for a while.

I'd post pics, but it looks just like an Apple iPad mini Smart Cover, other than the black color... so really not much to see. But if anyone really wants, I will.

Che Castro
Jan 24, 2013, 11:15 PM
Yea post some pics

Cptnodegard
Jan 25, 2013, 02:50 AM
I ordered one yesterday using the link here. Really hate havnig a dark gray Smart Cover with a black back cover and a black iPad. The back cover I use holds the Smart Cover in place anyways, assuming the hinge is the same dimensions as the Apple cover, so magnet strength won't be an issue

Binarymix
Jan 25, 2013, 07:50 AM
I ordered one last night, and it shipped about an hour later.

Fast shipping, unfortunately not so fast in travel from china. Getting used to the wait for cheaper prices though :D

I also bought the same case you have cptnodegard, it also shipped quickly.

Hoping these items will do me when out and about, hate to use the ipad 'clothed' but I know the anodization will get scratched to hell if I Don't have protection out of the home.

Cptnodegard
Jan 25, 2013, 08:02 AM
Hoping these items will do me when out and about, hate to use the ipad 'clothed' but I know the anodization will get scratched to hell if I Don't have protection out of the home.

I also find the back case's rubberized feel MUCH more comfortable to hold than the aluminum of the iPad. Especially here in Norway, where winter temperatures turn aluminum into very cold pieces of metal

Binarymix
Jan 25, 2013, 11:46 AM
I hear ya - I'm from Canada. -9 right now :)

Cptnodegard
Jan 25, 2013, 02:39 PM
I hear ya - I'm from Canada. -9 right now :)

F or C?

HazyCloud
Jan 25, 2013, 02:51 PM
Pardon me for quoting my own post....

Thanks for updating us on the cover. Like Che said, will you post some pics?

Binarymix
Jan 26, 2013, 09:48 AM
F or C?

Celsius

Cptnodegard
Jan 26, 2013, 01:30 PM
Celsius

Then no offense, but don't complain xD Waking up to -25 here isn't uncommon :( that's so far below the temperature that devices are designed to operate under that stuff hits the fan

xraydoc
Jan 26, 2013, 08:44 PM
Sorry for the low-light grainy images.
Here's the eBay black Smart Cover compared to an Apple-branded red cover.
Pics of front, back (inside cover) and folded.

Binarymix
Jan 27, 2013, 07:57 AM
Then no offense, but don't complain xD Waking up to -25 here isn't uncommon :( that's so far below the temperature that devices are designed to operate under that stuff hits the fan

We have gotten that cold, but it's been slightly milder for the past few years. It was -30 with the windchill the other day.

On Topic: that cover looks awesome! Can't wait. I have a red, and dark grey, but this will look sleek.

@$15 I can afford to mix up the colours, at $45 not so much. Only reason I had 2 already was because of a gift card and I stumbled upon the product red one in walmart one day.

Binarymix
Feb 11, 2013, 07:27 PM
Just an Update.

I received mine, it's not nearly as high quality as the apple smart cover.
There are wrinkles in the parts that bend, which leads me to believe it will fall apart sooner rather than later.

The Main latch, has a strong magnet, but the last fold doesn't, which makes it hard to use as a stand, because the magnet doesn't hold well.

Any other alternatives that are of higher quality out there?

pat park
Feb 13, 2013, 08:38 PM
Just an Update.

I received mine, it's not nearly as high quality as the apple smart cover.
There are wrinkles in the parts that bend, which leads me to believe it will fall apart sooner rather than later.

The Main latch, has a strong magnet, but the last fold doesn't, which makes it hard to use as a stand, because the magnet doesn't hold well.

Any other alternatives that are of higher quality out there?

yep, mine is exactly like this. Everything else is cool, but I wish the typing position was a little more solid.

Che Castro
Feb 13, 2013, 11:08 PM
The eBay seller no longer sells them?

I want to get one

HazyCloud
Feb 13, 2013, 11:10 PM
The eBay seller no longer sells them?

I want to get one

Here's another, but I don't know about the quality.


eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Smart-Cover-Slim-Magnetic-PU-Leather-Case-Sleep-Wake-Stand-iPad-Mini-/350663435266?_trksid=p2047675.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222002%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D11%26meid%3D5580445515576174755%26pid%3D100 011%26prg%3D1005%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D121048698303%26)

pat park
Feb 14, 2013, 08:14 AM
Here's another, but I don't know about the quality.


eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Smart-Cover-Slim-Magnetic-PU-Leather-Case-Sleep-Wake-Stand-iPad-Mini-/350663435266?_trksid=p2047675.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222002%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D11%26meid%3D5580445515576174755%26pid%3D100 011%26prg%3D1005%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D121048698303%26)

That's the one I ordered. This seller ships fast.

Kisey
Feb 14, 2013, 11:04 AM
Can anyone comment on the colors? I want a dark gray one that is as close to the Apple smart cover as possible to match my cover buddy.

Cptnodegard
Feb 14, 2013, 11:08 AM
I got mine today. Basically, it's crap. The outside material feels nothing like the real deal, the magnets are extremely weak, and the hinge is so loose that the whole thing just flaps around when you fold it to the back.

AppleRobert
Feb 14, 2013, 11:17 AM
Any case I've tried adds weight to the mini and I am not going to pay $39 for the Smart Cover. Amazon I think has them for around $25. I rather not try any fake/knockoff to tell the truth so I guess I have to decide if I want it or just continue using the cases for the mini I already have.

Thanks for letting us know that ebay case you got today was crap. I assume you can return it.

cliegal
Jul 21, 2013, 12:50 PM
I purchased a cover from this seller - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-OEM-Apple-iPad-Mini-Smart-Cover-Black-Pink-Gray-Blue-available-/111121354543?pt=US_Tablet_eReader_Cases_Covers_Keyboard_Folios&var=&hash=item19df594f2f - and it is pretty much crap. The magnet on the spine barely stays attached. I have two genuine mini smart covers and the printing on the boxes is different too. I wouldn't mind as I have a back cover that holds the smart cover in place and it really doesn't look bad but I don't like that he is selling it as genuine and it's not.