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zooby
Feb 2, 2013, 01:44 AM
I've always been a big supporter of the Apple Smart Cover. Had one for my iPad 3 and my wife has one for her iPad 2. However, I am not sure if I should go mini this time, as I feel like I need something that will make it stand up in landscape mode. For those who use a smart cover, do you use something to protect the back?



HazyCloud
Feb 2, 2013, 01:53 AM
I did protect the back with a cover, but now I just use a Smart Cover. If the surface is super rough, I just flip the SC over and use it for the back. Otherwise, I just set the iPad down.

The Smart Cover will set the iPad in landscape, btw.

maxosx
Feb 2, 2013, 06:51 AM
I abhor smart covers after trying one.

Conversely the smart case I have on my iPad 4 is really nice. Too bad Apples inconsistent ways prevented them from creating a smart cover to fit the mini.

My major complaint with the mini is how tiring it is to hold without a case. With a case you've defeated its light weight advantage.

glen e
Feb 2, 2013, 08:04 AM
smartcover+ coverbuddy - cover never comes off accidentally....

TWO2SEVEN
Feb 2, 2013, 10:55 AM
smartcover+ coverbuddy - cover never comes off accidentally....

Same setup on my fiance's Mini.

To me the Mini SmartCover seems to hold the iPad up in landscape better than the SC on my 3rd gen iPad. I'm sure it is the lighter weight and smaller form of the Mini.

Roy Hobbs
Feb 2, 2013, 11:21 AM
Another thumbs up for the SmartCover and CoverBuddy combo for the mini.

zooby
Feb 2, 2013, 02:51 PM
Another thumbs up for the SmartCover and CoverBuddy combo for the mini.

What difference would the CoverBuddy make? And how do I know if it is a clear or matte coverbuddy?

glen e
Feb 2, 2013, 03:36 PM
And how do I know if it is a clear or matte coverbuddy?

ummmmm...one you can see thru?:rolleyes::rolleyes:

zooby
Feb 2, 2013, 04:32 PM
ummmmm...one you can see thru?:rolleyes::rolleyes:

Oh... haha. So there is only one clear one? I thought you could get any color is matte or clear. (Matte being plastic feel and clear being hard)

glen e
Feb 2, 2013, 04:37 PM
Oh... haha. So there is only one clear one? I thought you could get any color is matte or clear. (Matte being plastic feel and clear being hard)

go to the website....google coverbuddy...questions answered....

Cptnodegard
Feb 2, 2013, 04:48 PM
I have a CoverBuddy lying in a pile of other crap somewhere, while this $2 case is on my mini:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1533605
SwitchEasy can take its translucent gray "UltraBlack" cover with those misaligned port cutouts and shove it up its you know what

dinggus
Feb 2, 2013, 04:54 PM
I just put an invisible shield on the back.

zooby
Feb 2, 2013, 07:10 PM
go to the website....google coverbuddy...questions answered....

Ok.......I got it.......

HazyCloud
Feb 2, 2013, 07:25 PM
go to the website....google coverbuddy...questions answered....

In...the...time...you...typed...that...you...could...have...answered...their...question. Why the "go look this up on your own" attitude all the time? This is a forum where people ask questions.

What difference would the CoverBuddy make? And how do I know if it is a clear or matte coverbuddy?

There's 2 different clear glossy ones. The "black" and clear ones are the only glossy ones. The rest of the colors are the matte ones. If you go with a CoverBuddy, go with one of the matte ones. There's a thread here that also has pics of a few of the colors. (I see you've already posted there, but I'll link to it anyway.)

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1499652

glen e
Feb 2, 2013, 08:38 PM
In...the...time...you...typed...that...you...could...have...answered...their...question. Why the "go look this up on your own" attitude all the time? This is a forum where people ask questions.





http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1499652

c'mon.....the mfr website has pictures, all the selections of color - much more than I can type...going to a mfr website is logical...it''s not attitude...

HazyCloud
Feb 2, 2013, 10:09 PM
c'mon.....the mfr website has pictures, all the selections of color - much more than I can type...going to a mfr website is logical...it''s not attitude...

Logical? Sure, but they still asked a question and you just pointed them to the site. If anything, at least link them to it and/or try to answer their question. It just seems odd to type out "Google this, look there, blah, blah, blah" when you could have easily answered it. I only mentioned this since this isn't the first time I've seen you answer someone with that "go find it yourself" attitude.

Oh well, it wasn't me asking the question and I actually took the time to answer it for them so all is well.

glen e
Feb 2, 2013, 10:25 PM
totally correct...and probably not the last...have a good night....

TyPod
Feb 3, 2013, 11:47 AM
Smart Cover with my iPad mini and no back protection. Wouldn't want it any other way!

pat park
Feb 3, 2013, 11:57 AM
i'm using an eBay copy smart cover. It works and basically gets the job done. The typing position is not as stable as the Apple version. But it's close enough and looks good.

Smart cover copy on eBay
http://www.ebay.com/itm/350663435266?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

I'm going back and forth between naked and back case. Just ordered one of these for the back:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/140897374643?var=440093687936&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

Mulling a matte back skin also.

zooby
Feb 3, 2013, 02:51 PM
Smart Cover with my iPad mini and no back protection. Wouldn't want it any other way!

Nice combo! This is what I'm considering going with. :)

TyPod
Feb 3, 2013, 04:01 PM
Nice combo! This is what I'm considering going with. :)

I love it! Not too concerned about the back getting scratched, since I plan to use my mini for quite some time and not re-sell. The Smart Cover is wonderful for protecting the screen, propping the iPad up in landscape, and I think it looks pretty sick.

macness
Feb 3, 2013, 04:05 PM
Ghost armor front+back plus Smart Cover. Amazing!

zooby
Feb 3, 2013, 11:34 PM
I love it! Not too concerned about the back getting scratched, since I plan to use my mini for quite some time and not re-sell. The Smart Cover is wonderful for protecting the screen, propping the iPad up in landscape, and I think it looks pretty sick.

Same here. The only thing I am not sure about is getting a sleeve or not. Do you have one? Also, is your iPad black or white?

TyPod
Feb 4, 2013, 09:05 AM
Same here. The only thing I am not sure about is getting a sleeve or not. Do you have one? Also, is your iPad black or white?

A sleeve would be great to have, especially if you're going to travel a lot with your iPad in a bag. Luckily, i have a nice pocket in my backpack where my iPad fits perfectly, so I don't find the need for a sleeve. Seen some really cool ones on here though!

I have a white iPad Mini with a red Smart Cover.

E3BK
Feb 7, 2013, 06:48 PM
smartcover+ coverbuddy - cover never comes off accidentally....

I had this same setup and at first I loved it. I really do like the coverbuddy! But the Smart Cover...it was constantly coming off when I didn't want it to when folded back. Perhaps mine was defective. I also found the typing angle a little too low. But I'm using the Versacover now and I really love it.

rockyroad55
Feb 8, 2013, 04:18 PM
I'm using a Versacover now. Love the matte backplate and grey cover

AppleRobert
Feb 14, 2013, 11:24 AM
I haven't yet but I think I am going to try one despite the price then I just with a compatible rear shell. I rather get a fake or knockoff Smart Cover to tell the truth.

Any case I have tried with the Mini just adds undesirable weight/bulk.

rockyroad55
Feb 14, 2013, 03:38 PM
I haven't yet but I think I am going to try one despite the price then I just with a compatible rear shell. I rather get a fake or knockoff Smart Cover to tell the truth.

Any case I have tried with the Mini just adds undesirable weight/bulk.

Yeah I returned the versacover. I am just going to stick with the Smart Cover and a sleeve.