Cheaper alternative to Apple's Smart Cover?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by lsquare, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2010
    I just bought the iPad 2 and I've been looking at cheaper alternatives to Apple's smart covers. I think I saw some at Deal Extreme. Does anyone here have any recommendations on the cheaper alternatives? Are they just as good as Apple's covers?
  2. macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2011
    Marware micro shell folio case is what I case and it has the auto on and off feature. Only gripe with it is the magnets aren't as strong as the smart cover in keeping the lid closed. Not that big of an issue though...AND it's a back case and front cover all in one. Pricey if you buy from marware' but amazon is your friend in this case..think I paid 45 with 2 day shipping
  3. macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2008
    Huntington Beach, CA -> Raleigh, NC
  4. knp
    macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2011
    Yeah, I got an eBay knockoff & it works great. Costs half the price of the Apple Smart Cover.
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2010
  6. macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
  7. macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2010
    Newcastle, UK
    Do you really think they are genuine for £9.99?

  8. knp
    macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2011
    lsquare, I bought this one:

    From the listing:
    Pretty sure it's probably the same generic one you found. The knockoffs tend to be around the same price. I'm happy with my cover -- it works like expected, no issues here.
  9. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2010
  10. knp
    macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2011
    Yup! It feels the same, but then again, I've only had my iPad & knockoff Smart Cover for less than a month. But I'd buy again.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2011
    Another vote for the Marware Microshell Folio. It acts exactly the same as a smart cover but includes a case for the back. The magnets might not be as strong as the real smart cover, but I haven't had any problems with it. It also has three viewing angles instead of the smart cover's two. I got mine for £25 from Amazon, so it's a lot cheaper than a smart cover.
  12. macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2013
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  13. macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2012
    if you really want a smart cover. Newegg has some deals right now where some refurb ones are 19.99 and then a 19.99 rebate. So essentially they are free.

    I saw this morning when checking my email.

    EDIT: Looks like they sold out that quick. Was on there an hour or so ago.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2013
  15. macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2013
    The Moshi Versa is better and cheaper

    I feel like the Moshi Versa cover is way better and will be cheaper considering that with the Apple smart cover you need a back cover to save you from scratches. I recently did a video of the Moshi versa vs. the Apple Smart Cover.

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