Budget Smart Covers?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by RichardMajor86, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. RichardMajor86 macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2010
  2. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    You get what you pay for. As far as I know the Apple is the only company who makes a Smart Cover since that is the name of the product. Just because another company has a cover with magnets does not make it a smart cover. It is just a cover with magnets in it.
  3. deepaker macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2012
    My question is why didn't Apple (or Amazon) fight against these knockoffs?
  4. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    Maybe Apple did not fight because they copied the Samsung Galaxy S2 and they do not want to bring attention to it!:eek:
  5. rosemary1 macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2011
    IMO it's better to spend more money once on a quality item than less money on a lower quality item that you'll end up having to replace at least once.
  6. geoelectric macrumors 6502


    May 19, 2008
    Review from the green:

    "Really like this cover and it's colour, but it has scratched my iPad where it magnetically sits. Otherwise great cover for the price "

    ...and that's why I wouldn't buy a knockoff. The Apple version has little plastic standoffs that work well as long as you wipe any dust/dirt out of the way. Knockoff versions, who knows.

    Also, have heard people complaining of knockoffs being stiff, not holding stand positions well, so forth. If you search American Amazon for Smart Cover, you find a whole bunch of listings with bad reviews and it becomes obvious they're talking about knockoffs.
  7. RichardMajor86 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2010
    I'm thinking i might just buy one and see what its like. If it's crap, then its not a massive loss.

    Probably going for this one - http://amzn.to/Jdtl38
  8. Frenchjay, Apr 22, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2012

    Frenchjay macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2010
    I got is this one the other day and I'll tell you a few things about the budget smart covers. The metal where it attaches to the side with the magnets is not very good. It's not matte like Apples and it is quite poor quality but acceptable.

    The smart cover material is very good and the side that covers the screen has got a nice microfiber material. It was quite creased when I first got it but that has gone now and it functions perfectly. All in all, you get what you pay for and it's nowhere near as good as Apples.


    Photo here.


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