It's not disrespect to the smart cover, I'm still in love with it. However... I don't have the money to be buying cases at will, so for me it's either one case or the other. l'll be a first time iPad owner, and while I didn't own the first one my number one issue is bulk. I didn't buy the iPad because it felt too weighty in my hands + the apple case adding even more bulk really didn't do it justice. The slimmer iPad has me sold and I love the direction Apple is going with the smart cover. My rationale, is that I'll be using my iPad quite frequently out of the house on the subway/bus so the smart cover isn't going to be enough to protect against the rude city folk bumping into me when I'm using public transportation. No doubt in my mind I'll end up dropping it at least once. I still love the smart cover (red leather), but just can't afford it. I decided to go with the iSkinz summit case: I plan on getting the protective film regardless (I'm too concerned about the back being exposed like that, but also don't want to add bulk. Just curious if anyone else also was keen on getting the smart cover, but decided not too since it's really not going to provide much protection once you take it outside.