iPad 2 Smart Cover review, GREY

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  1. weisjt macrumors 6502a

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    So the iPad 2 came out and with every portable device apple releases they usually release a case design with it. The Smart Cover is apples special design case that utilizes magnet technology not only to attach the case to the iPad 2 but also serves as a sleep/wake mechanism. When the case is flapped closed it puts the iPad 2 to sleep and when it is opened it comes to life. The Package is very Simple as all Apple packing is and comes only with the case and some instructions printed on the backing of the package.

    PROTECTION
    The Apple iPad 2 case was designed to be a minimal protection case as most of their case designs have been(apple bumper, ipod socks). The case attaches by magnets on the side of the iPad, when you not using the iPad it is closed and the case protects the screen. The inside of the case has a soft foam feeling material that will protect your screen while it is closed. When the case is open you can swing it around the back and it will protect the backside while the screen is exposed. The Apple smart cover is more of a functional cover than a protective cover and i will get into that next, the case does not protect the sides and will not give much protection from drops.

    FUNCTIONALITY
    The Apple Smart Cover is one of the most functional case designs I have seen. The cover is in four sections so it can be folded into a triangle which gives you two viewing angles, one that gives you a keyboard type feel for sitting in lap or on desk and on angle for viewing video which has a steeper angle. The Smart Cover has magnets inside of the cover that connect to magnets inside the ipad that keep it closed when flapped shut, it also serves as a sleep/wake mechanism. When the magnets connect it turns the iPad off and when the cover is pulled open the iPad turns back on. The cover is very slim and has a soft lining to keep the screen clean protected when closed, it also gives some good grip when folded up to keep from sliding around on the desk. Overall the Smart Cover does everything that apple designed it for and works very well.

    DESIGN & QUALITY
    The Design of the Smart Cover is great with the magnet attachment and sleep/wake magnet system Apple really put some good design time into the cover but there are a few features that I found to be weird. So if you flip the smart cover over and use the ipad you hand comes in direct contact with the soft lining that touches the screen, so if you have oily hand or anything it will transfer to the ipad screen when you close it. I also felt like apple should have released a full body case with the smart cover Incorporated into the design. Apple usually sets out to make a minimal case and they did just that. The Quality of the cover so far is pretty good, the magnets are very strong and the covers doesn't slid around when in use. The hinges have small hard plastic pieces to keep them from contacting the ipad case when opening and closing the smart cover. The angles for viewing when the smart cover is folded up are spot on for me and the magnets in the smart cover even keep it folded into the triangle for a secure standing position.

    Overall the Smart Cover is a great option for minimal protection. We will all have to sit and wait to see if companies will incorporate the magnets into the design of there cases and even leave room for the Smart Cover to fit with the case. These cases come in a bunch of colors and in a leather option, check out apple site for color options, the cost $39 and $69 for the leather.
     

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    thanks for the write up :)

    i don't think the smart cover is for me, but I appreciate the input and the pictures. I've seen many manufacturers include option for larger versions of their cases to incorporate the smart cover as well. I was perusing sfbags.com last night lusting over the muzetto and noticed all their sleeves now have an ipad, ipad 2, and ipad 2+smart cover option when it comes to sizing, so that's pretty cool
     
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    i would like to see a nice snap case that you can use the smart cover with..
     
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    cool, tnx. that's the exact same set up i'll be running when my ipad is finally delivered
     
  7. joltaxt macrumors regular

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    nothing i didnt already know from seeing it on apple.com
     
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    haha apple tells you that oil sticks to the inside of the cover when it is flipped over? haha oh well
     
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    I've found the cover looks great and works well when it is closed. When it's open and you're trying to use the thing its annoying as hell. Flaps everywhere. I thought it would stick to the back. Nope.
     
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    i use mine folded up on my lap or desk more than anything but i know what you mean it does kinda just flap around.
     
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    I dont really know why everyone keeps saying this, or if I just got lucky somehow, or if it has something to do with being left handed... But when I fold the case around the back, it sticks and stays perfectly. It's not a really tight magnetism but it is certainly enough to hold the back flap all the way on the other side.
     
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    it does stick a small bit from the magnets but it comes off lefthanded might help your situation a little
     
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    Very thorough review. Where can I locate your home wallpaper, if you don't mind? Thanks in advance.
     
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    I have a grey one ordered to play with. I think people are trying to make this more than it is. Its a cute cover, that's all...no more. As long as there is no back, it cannot be called a protection solution of any sort.
     
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    like i said in the review it is more or less a screen protector, its how apple used the magnet design that makes it so unique. have you seen this design on any other case for other tablets or devices?

    i will put it up on my picasa photos in a little bit. took the picture a a week ago in the mountains near my house.
     
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  17. alan111 macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the review. Got a gray smart cover for my black ipad 2, but after a couple of days have concluded it's a little bland. I think I will exchange for a leather tan. It looks nice and rich.
     
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    i like the navy leather, saw it at walmart and thought about picking it up
     
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    I ordered the tan leather one directly from Apple about a week ago. Apparently some Chinese fellow is swimming the thing to California, where I'm sure it will be transferred to a burro for the rest of the trip to my home in Nebraska. I'm expecting to see it sometime before Labor Day...:rolleyes:
     
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