Downside to Smart Cover..?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by SSpiro, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Perhapd discussed already, but.. the smart cover doesn't cover the rear of the ipad right?

    So are you guys jumping on this cover or waiting for something that covers front AND back?
  2. macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2007
    Cedar Park, TX
    Zagg Shield will take care of that ;)
  3. macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2008
  4. macrumors member


    May 26, 2008
    Aside from the fact that it does not protect the back, i am afraid that the magnets would eventually scratch the sides (the left in particular) where you align the magnets. I hope Apple thought of that and found a way to prevent it.

    Either way, i am still buying one then putting it in a sleeve

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  5. macrumors 6502


    Jun 22, 2010
    Just when I was about to eat..

    Thanks alot :mad:
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2008
    I ordered a skin this morning in anticipation of getting the iPad2 in a few weeks.
    I've used this companies stuff quite alot and although it's a bit of a pain to put on, they last for ages & work really well.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2008
    My concern is the other side, the side without magnets. So as soon as you pick it up and hold it any way but flat the darn thing looks like it would flop open.

    Am I wrong? You either have to hold it or lay the iPad down. I don't see any other way.
  8. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    You have to be the baaa baaa baaaiest of sheep to buy the Smart Cover, but Apple will sell tons. $39 and what does it really do? It doesn't protect the iPad at all against even the faintest of drops, it doesn't even protect against scratches and knicks. People are amazed because it's got magnets as-if magnets are some new fangled technology that haven't be around since history began. I don't get it, but it is genius of Apple to get people to fork over $40. If the emperor had a new case this would be it.

    I'll keep using my current iPad case (sure it will be loose) until iPad 2 cases worth $40-50 show up. I've seen a lot of nice designs from Macally, Incipio, Speck, etc., etc. that actually protect the case -- and if I'm going to spend $ to cover up the iPad it's solely to protect it, not to decorate it w/ a colored piece of plastic.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    The smart cover will keep the glass from being scratched while it's in your backpack or messenger bag etc.
  10. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Yes, but it won't protect the back/sides from getting scratched or prevent foreign objects, dust, debris from getting inside the ports while its in your backpack or messenger bag. So if protection is the reason you buy a smart cover it's a bad choice. It's not all that smart.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2010

    I would have to agree with this. +1
  12. macrumors 68000


    Feb 11, 2010
    I can't imagine not having a full case, just for the added heft.

    Apple keeps pushing these thinner and thinner devices. Unfortunately, at least for me, I find it almost impossible to comfortably hold onto such a thin device for too long. The 1st gen iPad is almost too thin for me until you put a nice case on it.
  13. macrumors 68040


    Jul 31, 2005
    Why Apple didn't bother demonstrating exactly this on their website is beyond me. Ridiculous. :mad:
  14. macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2011
    I just really cant imagine having the back of my brand new iPad 2 naked. I can barely put my iPad 1 naked back down on a hard surface without cringing at the sound. I was considering the whole smart cover and the invisible shield, but for one it's a lot of money to pay for a $70 cover (leather colors are the only good ones), and like 30 for an invisible shield back, and two, am I the only one that really doesn't care for a cover for the front screen?

    From all my generation iphones to my first generation iPad, my front screen has been naked. It really doesn't scratch like the back does, and not to mention its so damn annoying to flip the front cover off to use your iPad. What i did for my iPad was put a transparent case on the back, and walahh, beautiful design is still shown and I actually have protection if i drop it and what not. The only thing that is missing from this setup is a stand so I can prop my iPad up to type (never use the other prop-up), and this is why im considering getting the smart cover. WTB a transparent case with a little kickstand built into the back :)
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2008
    REALLY not seeing the point of the Smart Cover.

    I like to see some reviews before I buy a case. For my iPad 1, I used the Scoche folio which was perfect. (Found out later Handhelditems sell the same thing for $20) Very minimal but protects it well.

    Scoche already has the same for iPad 2, so I think I will hold out until I see the HHI version for $20 :)

    I just hate putting a cover on such a thin device. Bulks it up so much, but I do like reading in bed laying on my side, so I am sorta stuck.
  16. macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2010
    I'll be waiting for a case that protects the whole device.
  17. macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    both sides have magnets...
  18. macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2010
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    it's perfect for me, I prefer to use my iPad naked, but like the angled stand funcionality for typing.

    I'll probably get a sleeve case that fits both when I'm travelling.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2010
    I'll wait for the $9.99 knock offs to show up on ebay.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2008
    I think it depends what you want out of your case / cover. Apple have a made a beautiful product and then to put it in a case, however nice, takes away what makes the new iPad atheistically pleasing.

    I'm going to make a conscious choice to buy a smart cover and a skin from to protect the back from scratches. I won't take it out of my apartment very often, don't have kids to mess with it and I don't want to compromise the design. However if people are going outside with it alot, putting it in a rucksack. A more protective case makes sense.
  21. macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2010
    Definitely not getting a smart cover. Doesn't protect and its gimmicky. I'm gonna try and find a folio cover that I can stand it at various angles. But i'm gonna play the wait and see game for covers and then make my decision.
  22. macrumors 68020


    Mar 8, 2010
    I plan on buying a Smart Cover and then using Zagg to cover the back of the iPad. I just hate how expensive those leather Smart Covers are.
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    Last edited: Mar 7, 2011

    macrumors 68030


    Jun 24, 2010
    In fact, it would be easier and faster to flip the cover open than press home button and slide to unlock. It's perfect for those who like to use their iPads naked.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 21, 2009
    There's a downside to every case design. It's about finding a downside you can live with. Since I take good care of my equipment I'm not concerned about the back side of the iPad. The only time it would come up is when traveling, which I don't do often. The smart cover looks interesting. Not sure I would want it but it's just an option. Not like it'll be the only one.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008

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