All iPads How is your ipad mini smart case doing after a while of use?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by FatPuppy, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. FatPuppy macrumors 68000

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    I have a black smart case for my r mini and it broke at the lightning connector, it is also a bit loose.
     
  2. Charliebird macrumors 6502a

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    My brown one doesn't lay flat at the hinge otherwise it's holding up nicely. It actually looks better now it has a slightly worn look to it.
     
  3. madrich macrumors regular

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    I have a Devicewear case. It is holding up great.
     
  4. bevsb2 macrumors 65816

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    The black smart case on my rMini is holding up fine, but I have to say it is treated very gently. The rMini lives in a zippered pocket of my purse when not in use.
     
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    I have a black Apple smart cover for my iPad Air. It doesn't close sometimes. :apple:
     
  6. g0odfr1end102 macrumors 6502

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    I've had mine since February, and it's holding up surprisingly well–a lot better than my Apple iPhone case, which cracked right above the lightning connector in less than a week since it's so difficult to pop out...

    I think the iPad Smart Case is a very good product: sure, it's very expensive but it does offer full protection and avoids making the iPad bulky
     
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    It is worth a try but if you take the case to the Apple store, they might replace it on the spot. Apple is pretty good about these things.
     
  8. jakesaunders27 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah my sisters 5c case broke at the lightning port, replaced no questions asked!
     
  9. japanime macrumors 68000

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    Mine also broke at the lightning connector opening, which is annoying. Otherwise, it's been a great case.
     
  10. Donoghan macrumors regular

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    I believe there is a one year warranty on the Apple cases so I'd take it back. I had to swap out one of the iPhone cases that broke at the headphone jack. They replaced it no problem.
     
  11. irnchriz macrumors 65816

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    Wtf are you doing with it????!!

    Smart case on Air and rMini, still looking brand new, both product red.

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    Seriously?? How can you break it? Are you taking it off and on again over and over and bending it at the connector??
     
  12. FatPuppy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Maybe, I take it off many times.
     
  13. japanime macrumors 68000

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    Yes, seriously. It's broken.

    I've removed the case maybe a half-dozen times in the past nine months, mostly to swap SIM cards when traveling overseas. I don't think that should cause a leather case to split apart the way it has, though.


    Good to know. I'll visit the local Apple Store and see if they will treat it as a warranty replacement.
     
  14. japanime macrumors 68000

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    Visited the Apple Store in Shibuya yesterday. A clerk told me the lightning cable opening is a "weak point" in the case design, and said he would get permission from a manager to exchange the case under warranty.

    The manager then told me that the case was "too old" to qualify for a replacement. The case is 8 months old, and the warranty is supposed to be for 12 months.

    I didn't feel like arguing, so I simply said fine and left the store. It was a disappointing experience, though. Had I abused the case, I could see them refusing the exchange. But other than the crack at the cable opening, the case looks brand new. The crack certainly wasn't caused by abuse.
     

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