Any good non-Apple Smart Covers?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by maclook, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. maclook macrumors 65816

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    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?
     
  2. Hosei macrumors member

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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.
     
  3. ejisfun macrumors regular

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    Ditto, I got my black leather smart cover on ebay for 26.50.
     
  4. Maximus831 macrumors member

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    Was it used or new? I can't tell which sellers are selling original Apple covers or fake ones.
     
  5. TexasChemE macrumors 6502a

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    That's my problem with looking at the ones on eBay and Amazon (though, it looks like most the ones on Amazon are fakes).
     
  6. M87 macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  7. maclook thread starter macrumors 65816

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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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    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'.
     
  12. ejisfun macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  13. abulldog macrumors newbie

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    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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  15. Maximus831 macrumors member

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    LOL! "Honey, where's the iPad?" "I'm cutting meat on it!":D
     
  16. xStatiCa macrumors regular

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    I wouldn't want a real carbon fiber material anywhere near my ipad. Carbon fiber edges are very abrasive.
     

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