With all the iPad 2 cases with magnet covers I never noticed that I can use it to hold a metal pen (and or anything else metal) on the outside of it. I know it's not a big deal and it was definitely a "duh" moment for me when I saw my pen latch on to the cover. Well it is pretty late and I may have missed the thread that stated this exact fact so apologies ahead of time, but I did do a search first before I posted. Also, sorry for the graininess of the photo. btw it works with a smart cover too.