iPad iPad Air 2 back prone to scratches?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by kzhlin, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. kzhlin macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Hey guys,

    Just got an iPad Air 2 and wanted to only go with a Smart Cover. Is this a bad choice? Is the back really prone to scratches? My previous iPad was always fully covered so I don't really have any experience with uncovered iPads...

  2. Zenton macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2011
    It is my understanding that the back is same material as in the iPhone 6 (anodized aluminium). I've used my iPhone 6 without a case since launch and it has no scratches at all.

    You'll be fine. I'd go with just the Smart Cover as well since it is the very best looking "setup" IMO.
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    It all depends how u handle it and where u set it down. I like using a case since its a bit slippery naked.
  4. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    Yes it is prone to scratches like all previous iPads and the past few iPhones as well. It does depend as already mentioned where you lay it down. If it's a hard surface you do run the risk of scratching it. If you're concerned about that then either get a case or a back shell that is Smart Cover compatible. I use a clear polycarbonate back shell by BoxWave that also allows me to use the Smart Cover.
  5. donnaw macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2011
    Austin TX
    You can also use a skin. iCarbon, best skins ever, **********, Ghost Armor, Zagg, etc. some are wet applications, some are dry and come in colors, wood, leather looks.

    I've used both the wet and the dry. You can get them for as little as $10. I prefer this setup because I can set my iPad down anywhere and not think about scratches yet they add no weight.
  6. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2014
    Monroe, Louisiana
    It'll be scratch prone naked but if you have a white/silver model, they will be much less noticable than on a space gray or gold model. I got an iCarbons skin for the back of mine and I don't worry about laying it around anymore.
  7. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    It's aluminum. Harder materials will scratch softer materials.

    How prone it is to scratching isn't just a matter of material but of use as well. Odds of scratching can vary from person to person. You need to decide based on how much you want to prevent scratches.

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