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Old Mar 8, 2012, 01:22 PM   #1
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Any good non-Apple Smart Covers?

I really want a leather Smart Cover but don't want to cough up $70 for one when I already have a PU one from last year. Exploring my options, I'm wondering if any 3rd parties make good Smart Covers.

The reviews for the Miniot wood Smart Cover are pretty terrible despite it looking beautiful. I think it's important for the 3rd party to use a lot of magnets like Apple does on theirs.

So any suggestions on alternative Smart Covers?
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Old Mar 8, 2012, 07:36 PM   #2
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I have purchased a used apple smart cover from ebay, it was leather and i got it for around 30 dollars.
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Old Mar 8, 2012, 09:13 PM   #3
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Ditto, I got my black leather smart cover on ebay for 26.50.
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Old Mar 8, 2012, 09:16 PM   #4
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Ditto, I got my black leather smart cover on ebay for 26.50.
Was it used or new? I can't tell which sellers are selling original Apple covers or fake ones.
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Old Mar 8, 2012, 09:36 PM   #5
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Was it used or new? I can't tell which sellers are selling original Apple covers or fake ones.
That's my problem with looking at the ones on eBay and Amazon (though, it looks like most the ones on Amazon are fakes).
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Old Mar 8, 2012, 09:54 PM   #6
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I wouldn't take a chance with ebay, could end up with a fake. I'm surprised there aren't some good third-party smart covers, seems pretty simple. Same thing with iPhone bumpers. Everyone rags on apple for these overpriced accessories, but all the third-party versions are much lower quality.
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Old Mar 8, 2012, 10:04 PM   #7
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there is this

http://droconcepts.com/iPad2/carbon-...ase-cover.html

which is carbon fiber

and this

http://www.selectism.com/news/2011/0...n-smart-cover/

which is bamboo.
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Old Mar 8, 2012, 10:30 PM   #8
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I might try Craigslist. Maybe I can get a good deal off of someone who is trying to bundle their iPad 2 with one but failing to get a buyer. I kinda want a new one though... Amazon also has some Smart Covers on sale.
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Old Mar 9, 2012, 12:12 AM   #9
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Anyone think these are legit?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-MC947L...4#ht_500wt_689
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Looks legit, it's the true Apple box (or so it appears)
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Old Mar 9, 2012, 01:46 AM   #11
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Here are some really nice, and really expensive ones:

http://www.grovemade.com/product/ipa...felt-ipad-case
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damn that carbon fiber one is veryyyyyyy tempting. I like the cf look from Marware but will have to think about this.
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I'm in precisely the same boat (have PU, upgrading iPads and want to go leather, don't want to pay $70). I'd also like some kind of embossed or embroidered leather or some more interesting design than vertical stripes on the creases.

I've used a carbon fiber rear skin on my iPad 2 for around a year and it's been terrific, I'd actually love a carbon fiber smart cover and rear sticker, but not for $90! I'd be willing to pay up around $70-80 for a really high-quality, classy cover. There are plenty of iPad cases that fit the descriptions, but they're all full-body, I want a classy, high-quality leather 'smart cover'.
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Was it used or new? I can't tell which sellers are selling original Apple covers or fake ones.
It was a used genuine apple one. When looking at them, look for listings by non-corporate sellers (i.e. listings that just say like "bought this back in december, don't use it anymore") as they are less likely to be fake.

Mine has the whole "designed by apple in California" thing on it as well as a serial, so I'm pretty sure it's real.
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I'm in precisely the same boat (have PU, upgrading iPads and want to go leather, don't want to pay $70). I'd also like some kind of embossed or embroidered leather or some more interesting design than vertical stripes on the creases.

I've used a carbon fiber rear skin on my iPad 2 for around a year and it's been terrific, I'd actually love a carbon fiber smart cover and rear sticker, but not for $90! I'd be willing to pay up around $70-80 for a really high-quality, classy cover. There are plenty of iPad cases that fit the descriptions, but they're all full-body, I want a classy, high-quality leather 'smart cover'.
iCarbons makes a carbon fiber skin for the polyurethane Apple smart cover in Red, Black and White Carbon Fiber. They also make Carbon Fiber skins for the back and front bezel. I've been debating getting one of those myself.
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Here are some really nice, and really expensive ones:

http://www.grovemade.com/product/ipa...felt-ipad-case
Haha they look like a kitchen cutting board.

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Haha they look like a kitchen cutting board.

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damn that carbon fiber one is veryyyyyyy tempting. I like the cf look from Marware but will have to think about this.
I wouldn't want a real carbon fiber material anywhere near my ipad. Carbon fiber edges are very abrasive.
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