Best iPad Case/Skin/Cover/Accessory to complement the Smart Cover?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by brayhite, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. brayhite, Apr 13, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2011

    brayhite macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    N. Kentucky
    I'm looking in particular for a back cover that won't intrude on the Smart Cover's magnet bar, and will provide (some) padding and grip.

    Otherwise, anything that you guys find works well with the Smart Cover is welcome, too.
  2. brayhite thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    N. Kentucky
    I know I'm being picky here, but I prefer a case that still shows the Apple logo on the back. And I'm not looking to spend nearly $100 ha.

    Another desire would be a case that could prop the iPad up to portrait mode when in use, ideal for games of Scrabble or when on Facetime.
  3. seandavid010 macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2006
    The Genius Case from Eneki might be what you're looking for. It's a hard plastic case (that's clear) that facilitates the use of Apple's smart covers. Says it starts shipping the 2nd of May. I snapped some pics from their website:



    It looks pretty nice, plus it's only $29. Not really my thing (I have an Octavo on order) but it might work for you.
  4. brayhite thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    N. Kentucky
    I was really hoping for something more padded.

    That Octavo case looks like something I'd like, except not an entire case ha. Take the back of Octavo case and make it a Smart Cover-compatible back, and that's what I'm looking for.
  5. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
  6. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    I just ordered a DoDoCase bookback, which doesn't have a logo cutout, but might be a good fit for your needs otherwise.
  7. brayhite thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    N. Kentucky
    Thanks, just purchased! I figure even if it doesn't quite serve all the purposes I'm looking for, it's only $14. I can't imagine it being too awful though. I liked the black and was going to buy both but the black was a Bid Only product?? How strange for a company like that to offer a product bid only. I know it's eBay but generally companies don't sell products for bids. Seemed odd to me.
  8. fertilized-egg macrumors 68020

    Dec 18, 2009
    To me the smartcover is all about keeping the profile slim while giving me some protection and, more importantly, kick stands. I went with a random transparent adhesive film on ebay and love it. It gives me the extra grip and protection without much added thickness. You do have to be comfortable with the installation though.
  9. jedolley macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2009
  10. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    can u show me the ebay's link for some cheap transparent back film cover? i dont want to pay for ZAGG because it's so expensive for a thin plastic.
  11. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    The only problem I'm having with my black ebay tpu case is that it appears to be rubbing off the screen protector from the edge opposite of the smart cover.

    May just use sans case (ghost armor already on front and back) and carry it around in my little leather $20 tote from best buy.

    Know it's a little fussy and OCDish (then again, I am a mac user), but it diminishes my enjoyment of the case.

    May also try to trim a little bit of that edge off of the case to see if that alleviates the problem, figure the top and side lips may be enough to hold it in place.
  12. brayhite thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    N. Kentucky
    After using my clear back cover that I purchased, I'd have to say my only complaint is that it isn't the tightest cover. It's no where near as snug as the Apple bumper, but it's also not flimsy and coming off on it's own. Really, the looseness primarily exists where the cover slights covers the bezel, but it's not a problem in any way, shape or form.

    Holes are big enough for all of the plugs, switches, and camera. Doesn't intrude. Feels fine when holding it. Build quality is more reminiscent of a $7-$11 cover, not the $14 I paid for it, but I don't regret it at all. Serves it's purpose quite fine.

    Now if anyone knows, I would like to find a thicker portfolio-type case for the iPad 2, primarily one that has folders or pockets for books and a place for a stylus pen. And would allow for the SmartCover and the back cover to fit.

    This would be for transporting it to school and back rather than taking my entire backpack with me for two books and a one-inch thick device.
  13. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
  14. jsh1120 macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2011
    Here's an alternative. It's a polycarbonate back cover. (Good protection) covered in a thin layer of leather. Sells for $20 in black, gray, pink, or blue on Amazon. It is difficult (at best) to install the first time but once in place, it is a very good (and good looking) case. Obviously thicker than a "skin" but offering far better protection.
  15. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    The Incase Magnetic Snap case. I tried Belkin and Aviiq before settling on this one. It allows for one more reclined position with the smart cover, has a nice rubbery feel, and comes in black or white. $40.
  16. Lindenhurst macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2011

    Look at this case. It has the smart cover and the thin back that has a rubberized feel and snaps onto the iPad. I love it and for $19.99 I couldn't see spending $40 bucks on a smart cover and then buying another case for the back.
  17. LTMK macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2011
    NY, NY
    Zum sc ultimate

    Hi, I just got this from Amazon. The case is so slim and it has a Smart Cover Lock that can secure the smart cover with the ipad 2 body. I almost crashed my ipad 2 few weeks ago in the office. My colleague was using this with smart cover and it looks good. he got it from local apple store, but they were selling for $40 a piece :eek:

    I found it on amazon and its only $29.90

    The case is very tough and really well designed. I think its the best back cover for smart cover users

    hope it helps!!
  18. Marktaylor1010 macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2012
  19. bigdog5142 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008

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