Polyurethane or Leather

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Tech198, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. Tech198 macrumors G3

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Which is better for the ipad 2? As you guys would have more expierence this area than me.

    I'm thinking of getting one just on a "14 day trial" basis from Apple, just to play around with it, see how i like it etc..

    You can do that in store, I know, limiting. But still, this ways eaiser.
  2. Funkymonk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2011
    neither. smart covers are a waste of money. get a proper case NOT made by apple
  3. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    Polyurethane is obviously better for several reasons.
  4. SFENDER macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2011
  5. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    The Cows would agree :D
  6. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Not really. I find it to be very useful. YMMV
  7. Meanee macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2011
    I have leather and I find it pretty bad. Leather is coming apart. The area around the hinge is also coming apart, where soon entire leather flap will disconnect from iPad. Leather surface looks like worn wallet too. And this is for a device that I keep in a 13" encase bag, with soft inner walls...
  8. hitekalex macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2008
    Chicago, USA
    Just another guy's opinion. I have leather smart cover and I love it.
  9. LDTaylor85 macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2011
    I returned my blue poly cover after a week of use, it was already starting to look old And dirty. My black leather is perfect though
  10. Mlrollin91 macrumors 603


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    I have the blue poly. Have had it since launch and it is still in perfect condition. I really want to get a red leather, but I hear that it stains really easily and tends to fade and bleed.
  11. h00ligan macrumors 68030

    Apr 10, 2003
    A hot desert
    I'm not sure i'd buy the leather again but do like the smart cover. The leather is wearing haaaaard. Good thing it has a warranty. I actually got leather thinking the poly would get filthy quickly.

    I have the red. If it doesn't separate, I don't care. I like distressed leather, but I also don't wAnt it to be pink...we will see how it is in a couple months, but be prepared to have to exchange it potentially.
  12. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    And ur wallet.
  13. pagansoul macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2006
    I got the lime green off ebay for $30 and love it. I also purchased a green back cover for $5. It's been a month and I don't have problems with keeping it clean.
  14. realjd macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2010
    I have the gray plastic one. The leather was just too expensive for my tastes. Just remember you're getting a screen cover, not a full case. If you, like me, don't care if the aluminum back gets scuffed up a bit, you'll like the smart cover.
  15. eagleglen macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    I bought a red leather cover and after a week it looked horrible. I returned it within the 14 day window. I've since tried it again, but this time treated it immediately with a leather protective spray. Now, after 2 months, it still looks great, and I handle it a lot through out the day.

    As far as exchanging it after a couple months if you don't like the way it's wearing, you might not be able to. Normal wear and tear doesn't justify a replacement typically. I tried to replace a bumper for the same reason and was told no. The smart covers may be handled differently, particularly with so many unhappy customers that are probably out there.
  16. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I can't understand why someone would want an iPad without a smart cover. I didn't really want an iPad 1 because I never found a good way to stand it up and protect the screen in my bag. Smart Covers solved those problems very well and I love them.

    And get the poly. I'm beating mine up fairly well, I'm certain it would look MUCH worse if it were leather.
  17. Benbikeman macrumors 6502a


    May 17, 2011
    London, England
    Leather for sure - it continues to look good as it wears.
  18. REM314 macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2009
    Because the Smart Cover doesn't protect the iPad.
  19. Zeos macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2008
    Poly. The leather gets scratched up looking, and the dyes will fade per Apple's own admission. I use a smart cover with ghost armor front and back. Great combination.
  20. Hertzog macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2010
    I'm having the same problem. Some very careful applications of superglue (cover removed) seems to be keeping it from coming completely apart.
  21. AppleOwl macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2011
    Went from the black leather to the blue poly. Leather was way too high maintenance...
  22. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    It protects both front or back sides from getting scratched when set down on any surface, acts as two different stands, and makes it a lot more comfortable to hold one handed in portrait mode. Add in the instant wake and I dig it.
  23. Dizzler macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2009
    Wat about weight?

    How much weight do these covers add to the iPad? Leather? Poly? An ounce or two here and there can really make a difference at certain times.
  24. taipan61 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2011
    corner starbucks
    tried the smart cover, didn't like it so returned it and went with the leather targus vuscape that kinda clips on the back and covers the front and i've found it cheaper too!

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