iPad Considering Smart Cover but scared for the back of the iPad.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Kendo, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    If you only use a Smart Cover, does the back get scratched up under regular use? I don't want to ruin the lightness of the iPad Air 2 with a case but also worried the back might get scratched up.
  2. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2013
    This is probably going to be moved to the Accesory forum, but.... I used a Smart Cover only on my Air 1 since last December, and not a single scratch. I'm careful, but I did carry it with me quite a bit. The increased weight of a case was annoying to me, and I took it off after one day (Poetic something or other, 5 oz).
  3. donnaw macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2011
    Austin TX
    You can always use some sort of sticker. That's what I do. Ghost Armor, *sticker boy, best skins ever, iCarbon are only 4 that make them.

    They don't add any weight but protect from scratches. Some are clear, some are matte, some are carbon fiber, some are wood-like, some even will use your own photo.

    And then there are all sorts of back cases such as TPU, silicon, jelly..

    You have lots of choices if you want back protection.
  4. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
  5. Kendo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    Awesome. How does it stay on though? Sticker or it just wraps around naturally?
  6. andyw715 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2013
    I had my rMini in a case before giving it to my wife...the back of the mini was flawless....she uses a cover, and its all scratched to hell....i guess it depends on what you are sliding it on.
  7. Scarpad macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    I have an Air 1 and for a lont time I used a poetic case, I just bought a new Smart Cover and a Neoprene case to hold the tablet when I'm not using it, but just in case I ordered a Decal Girl skin for the back, that way I get the protection from scratches, still an issue if you drop the tablet just has to be careful
  8. mattroman246 macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Honestly the back is pretty tough and resilient to scratches
  9. Pjrufus macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2014
    I prefer a case, but there aren't many options available right now. I bought a Luvitt Dolce on Amazon, and an Air 1 Smart Cover on eBay (they fit the Air 2.) Spent under $30 for both. I may just find I like that combo over a case, but at least I'll have something.
  10. merrickdrfc macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2011
    I use a Smart Cover day to day, and just throw it in a sleeve I bought from Amazon (think it was about £5) when it goes in my bag. Seems to work pretty well
  11. bronzini macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    Same here. Not a scratch
  12. MisterPunchy macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2013
    Ya, mine was pretty resistant to deeper scratches, but the anodizing totally rubbed off all around the perimeter of the back. Looks bad. My next one will either have some protection on the back, or a smart-cover and I'll always set it on its front (cover down)
  13. Rayban macrumors 6502


    Sep 5, 2008
    I opted for the cover instead of the case because of your same concern. Any time I set it down I just leave the cover on the back or lay it face down with the cover on the screen. And like some above said, I also got a slip case for traveling.
  14. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2013
    My wife and son use cases, and we all have neoprene slip cases from the dollar store. My wife has pink, and we have black. They weigh nothing.....
  15. bhags8 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2012
    Get the smart case. It's my first time ever using a smart case and damn it's awesome!
  16. addictzz macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    kayscase from amazon also protect the back only with clear cover. you might wanna check Amazon.
  17. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    Same here, October 2013. Not a scratch.
  18. cindaddy macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2011
    Do you have one? I was hesitant to order because the first review said it doesn't allow the Smart Cover to close completely.
  19. purpleparrotuk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2010
    Luvvitt themselves say its not compatible with the smart cover because it has no cutout for the magnet.
  20. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Getting mine today.


    That's the Clarity. The Dolce is specifically designed to work with a Smart a Cover.

    Or so says the product description.
  21. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    In simple terms, NO! I had a smart case on my iPad Air for a year. I carried it around a lot. I sold it the other day and the back looked perfect.
  22. MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I've been using skinomi sold on Amazon for the last 4 years.
  23. macstever macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2014
    Orlando, FL
    Got Air 1 on launch day and never used back case. No scratches.
  24. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    I've used both my iPad 2 and iPhone 5s without a back case and the aluminum never had any scratches whatsoever. On the other hand, the chamfered edges on the Air might get scratched up easily, but other than that the Smart Cover is more than enough to keep your iPad protected.
  25. Lukewarmwinner macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    I dont like the smart cover as well due to the back being unprotected. Maybe the TPU from Luvvit would do the trick.

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