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The Game 161

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Those who take theirs out and about?

I have the silicone case and as good as it is for protection I have been tempted to go without as without the cover it really helps the weight of the device when taking it out and about. Although given my concern of scratching the back chances are I will keep it on in most cases..no Pun
 

infiniteentropy

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I use the silicone case for the back, and the Smart Keyboard for the front. Adds to heft but I don't mind at all. It's still remarkably portable for all you get.
 

Cnasty

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I had the white silicon until I returned for a space gray model pro.

When I got the space gray on i only went apple smart keyboard for the screen protection. Left the back naked. Sure enough the first week I stupidly dragged my pro across a desk to move from one chair to another in a meeting and whatever was on the table scratched the back. :(

Ordered a silicon case in gray to match the keyboard now. No biggie as it doesn't functionally change anything but knowing its scratched tickles the OCD in me lol.
 
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Night Spring

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I was concerned about the weight, so I went with just a back case from Amazon, and no front cover. I also got some stands to prop up the iPP when I want to use it with the Bluetooth keyboard.

I decided to do this because I absolutely can't do without a back cover -- I find the edges of the iPad too sharp and it hurts my palms. I also find that a back cover makes my iPad feel protected when I carry it in my bag, but a front cover only lacks padding.

Oh, I did put on a screen protector.
 

The Game 161

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I had the white silicon until I returned for a space gray model pro.

When I got the space gray on i only went apple smart keyboard for the screen protection. Left the back naked. Sure enough the first week I stupidly dragged my pro across a desk to move from one chair to another in a meeting and whatever was on the table scratched the back. :(

Ordered a silicon case in gray to match the keyboard now. No biggie as it doesn't functionally change anything but knowing its scratched tickles the OCD in me lol.
This is why I got a silicone case for my pro as my air 2 I somehow scratched the back when I just had a Smart Cover on it.

I'm weird that because I have the silicone case on my pro I need to have it matching on my 6S plus
 

Cnasty

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This is why I got a silicone case for my pro as my air 2 I somehow scratched the back when I just had a Smart Cover on it.

I'm weird that because I have the silicone case on my pro I need to have it matching on my 6S plus

Crazy part is that I have had my 6S+ naked since launch and not one scratch. Had the new Pro for less than a week and bam. Dumb me for dragging it across the table. Still have no idea what was on the table. Maybe salt.
 

The Game 161

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Crazy part is that I have had my 6S+ naked since launch and not one scratch. Had the new Pro for less than a week and bam. Dumb me for dragging it across the table. Still have no idea what was on the table. Maybe salt.
Yeah I think that's how it happened with my air 2. I left it on my sidetable and just grabbed it and must of dragged it which caused it to scratch which in the end took 20 pounds off me selling it.

So maybe I will use my silicone case when it's on the side and just take it off when using it normally if I would rather do that..dunno. Which I could do with the smart keyboard I have.
 

sjleworthy

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Dec 5, 2008
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i view my tech like my guitars - a few nicks and scratches here and there never hurts. war wounds. they actually give 'character' i find :)

i never sell on, so it personally doesn't bother me. my old faithful ipad2 for many years have the back so scratched it was appalling. there was even a good few scratches in the glass front (more on the bezel areas). as i say, i learned to like it :)
 

Ryan0751

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It's too slippery for me without a back case. Also, prior experience had showed me that you put it down on a table once without a back case, and if there's a small grain of dust or dirt, you scratch it all up.

So, I have the silicone cover. Nice and grippy.
 
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AlexJoda

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After using my iPad Air for more than a year with a transmissible film on the back (to not destroy the nice design) I removed it finally because it gets yellow by the time and it feels vey "smearing" with continuous usage. After that I used the Air for another year without anything on the back and it still looks like new (and feels much better).

For my new Pro I decided to stay without anything on the back, only a Smart Cover at the front. That seems the best compromise between protection, looks and weight. The Smart Cover protects the back too if you put it on the back while using the iPad. While transporting I always put it in a neoprene sleeve. That way I am confident that it stays looking like new too...
 

MartyCan

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I went bareback for a while and before very long at all I had a big scratch right through the shiny Apple logo on the back. My IPP lives in a silicone case now.
 

phillyboy82

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Just a smart cover on the front for now. I had the back cover + smart keyboard, but that was a noticeable weight difference especially when I also carry a 4.5 lb Thinkpad clunker in my bag :). I might transition back to just the smart keyboard, we'll see, but I don't use it as much as I thought I would.
 

Newbert

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Nov 17, 2015
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It's too slippery for me without a back case. Also, prior experience had showed me that you put it down on a table once without a back case, and if there's a small grain of dust or dirt, you scratch it all up.

So, I have the silicone cover. Nice and grippy.

Yup. Even though I don't take my IPP out, I bought the silicon back cover for this very reason.
 
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macguy360

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After using my iPad Air for more than a year with a transmissible film on the back (to not destroy the nice design) I removed it finally because it gets yellow by the time and it feels vey "smearing" with continuous usage. After that I used the Air for another year without anything on the back and it still looks like new (and feels much better).

Thats like those people that put a car bra on their car to prevent bug damage to their paint, but they never get to enjoy the hood of their car looking good because it is always covered on the front. The dilemma of covering the back of the iPad is that it makes it stay new, but you don't enjoy it because you never see it. I say buy the warranty and just use it like crazy.
 

MartyCan

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Thats like those people that put a car bra on their car to prevent bug damage to their paint, but they never get to enjoy the hood of their car looking good because it is always covered on the front. The dilemma of covering the back of the iPad is that it makes it stay new, but you don't enjoy it because you never see it. I say buy the warranty and just use it like crazy.
Last car I put a car "bra" on was an 84 Camaro and I put it on because I kinda liked how it looked.

Conversely I do wish the IPP silicone cover and keyboard did not add quite so much bulk and weight but at the end of the day I like the little bit of extra protection just "in case."
 

Jukens

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Jun 13, 2013
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Carbon fiber skin from Amazon for $10
 

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friedmud

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Jul 11, 2008
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I scratched (gouged?) the back of my original iPad.... since then I've always rocked a protector on the back and a smart cover on the front. This time around I went with the Silicone back from Apple. No complaints here.

What is interesting is that I DONT use any kind of protection on my phones... my 6+ is perfectly fine naked. One of the big reasons is that I want to be able to get it in and out of my pocket easily... which isn't so mich of a problem with the iPP ;-)
 

Farrellcollie

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Apr 23, 2011
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I tried using my ipad pro without any case or back on it at first - but I just don't like holding it without something on it. It is not comfortable to me. I got the apple cover and back and used it until the pad and quill oxford case came out. I liked the apple silocone set up okay but prefer the p&q case because of the way the ipad can be used with an external bluetooth keyboard with it in my lap. The p&q case has a place for the keyboard to sit. I was less concerned about scratches than it was hard for me to hold.
 
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