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dose smart covers really scratch the iPad

Paulshaqz

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i heard they do scratch your iPad because if that's true i probably better get full body screen protectors before i add it on?
 

gamecube117

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They sell screen protectors for iPads? I didn't know that. I have one for my iPod Touch. Many of my friends have an iPad but they don't have screen protectors on them, they just have a case and there's no scratches on them, just smudges that you could see all the time (which can easily be wiped off). However, if you do add a screen protector, it kind of disturbs the quality of the iPad... (And also, aren't the screens for iPads suppose to be "scratch-proof"?)
 
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maclook

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They don't scratch the iPad. I've used it by itself (no case, screen/back protectors) for a year and never had problems.
 
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Kauai

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Oct 13, 2010
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I don't know about the poster above me, but both me and my cousin used the smart cover and it did indeed scratch our iPads. No smartcover for me with my new iPad, I don't like the fact that it doesn't have a back either.
 
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ac4lt

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I've used a smart cover with my ipad 2 from the first day. After a year thare are some very, very minor scratches but I had to look carefully to be sure. I've never found a case I really liked. For me the smart cover works because I can remove it when using the ipad or use it as a stand on the table.

I normally transport the ipad in a slip case in my purse so it gets lots of protection there but when using it I generally like it naked. The smart cover has worked well for me because I get to remove it easily when I don't need it.
 
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ReallyBigFeet

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Apr 15, 2010
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They don't scratch the iPad. I've used it by itself (no case, screen/back protectors) for a year and never had problems.

I think its one of those "just depends" sort of things. While I'm sure a lightly-used iPad with a SmartCover could survive without scratches, I had mine on for the full year and traveled over 100K air miles with it, plus used it on construction sites extensively. Dust has a way of working into everything and I ended up with an absolutely tiny, almost invisible wear mark where the finish on the iPad had worn away to a shiny spot. You couldn't even see it unless you held it at just the right angle to light, but it was there.
 
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maclook

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I used mine for the whole year pretty heavily (though no construction sites) and never took the Smart Cover off. I don't doubt that your iPads could get scratched but I've been surprised by how durable the back aluminum is considering I don't use any other form of protection.

My issue with the Smart Cover is that it gets itself dirty. It created black smudges on the suede (?) side, the magnet bar, and the hinge. It would leave a little black smudge on the iPad but that easily rubbed away. The black smudges don't rub off not Smart Cover itself though.
 
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Paulshaqz

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is there a case for the smart cover to mag on the case instead of the iPad to avoid scratches and without a back shield protector?
 
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ipadrulesforeve

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Apr 16, 2012
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mine does

i have an ipad 2 and the blue smart cover has scratched it not at the end but in the middle and i cant get it off just send me ur email and i can show u the photo
my ipad ruined!!!!!:mad:
 
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Roy Hobbs

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Apr 29, 2005
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i have an ipad 2 and the blue smart cover has scratched it not at the end but in the middle and i cant get it off just send me ur email and i can show u the photo
my ipad ruined!!!!!:mad:

Ruined? I'm sorry the tiny scratched have made your iPad inoperable.
It's too bad a small scratch on the side makes the whole damn thing worthless now.
:rolleyes:
 
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kingalien

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Oct 14, 2010
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My 2 had a couple of scratches on the side. Still sold it for top dollar when the 3 came out.
 
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EDH667

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Nov 25, 2009
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Have never had a problem with a smart cover on the iPad 2 and iPad 3 over the last year. I remove and install the smart cover several times a day along with having a smart compliant back cover and have never had a single mark.
 
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