iPad Air 2 leather case vs pro Smart Cover and back

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  1. TorontoSS macrumors 6502

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm posting this out of pure curiosity as I don't have an iPad Pro 9.7 (happy with my Air 2) but I wanted to know your views.

    I quite like the Air 2 leather case. I wanted to know your thoughts around the pro silicone back/Smart Cover and the leather case.

    - Which is better - leather case or the back / cover combo?
    - which is heavier?
    - is the back (without the cover) heavier than the leather case?
    - what's better to hold?

    Thanks a lot!
     
  2. Sillythink macrumors member

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    leather is much better, I even love my "air2's cover + no case" rather than "pro 9.7 + cover + case".
    If you don't use case on pro 9.7 the smart cover is **** and the camera bump **** too.
     
  3. HiItsMe macrumors 6502

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    I like the silicone combo better. It is slightly heavier but it feels more secure, more snug, more buttery/grippable, the lip around the device is firmer and easier to hold, has better color choices, and I think it will show wear a lot slower than the leather case did. I wish the silicon was cheaper and one piece but otherwise the silicone combo wins for me. The back case alone is lighter than the leather case as a whole.
     
  4. Sillythink macrumors member

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    Ya the silicone combo feel great but I can feel the weight, thinking should I return the silicone case since it also charge too much + the weight.
     
  5. TorontoSS thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks - so it seems that the new combo feels better and fits better but is heavier overall. But I guess when you're actually using it (and take off the cover part) it's lighter. That's good to know!
     
  6. HiItsMe macrumors 6502

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    I doubt you'll find a lighter, non hard plastic shell case though. But the price is exorbitant.
     
  7. briankeith513 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah it's a lot more than "slightly" more in weight. I'm gonna keep it though.
     
  8. Sillythink macrumors member

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    To be honest, it is quite heavy comoare to nothing but no case or cover protection make me worry when I put the ipad on table becuase of that camera bump..
     
  9. HiItsMe macrumors 6502

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    Data time

    According to my postal scale:
    Naked iPad Pro 9.7 - 15.7oz
    With back case only- 1lb 2.7oz (3oz difference from naked)
    With back and front- 1lb 6.4oz (6.7oz different from naked)
    In old Air smart leather case- 1lb 5.4oz (5.7oz difference from naked)

    So there is a one ounce difference between the old leather case and the new full silicone case.
     
  10. Sillythink macrumors member

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    Nice thanks.
    So case cover combo almost make the weight of small pro same as big pro.
     
  11. briankeith513 macrumors 6502a

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    Haha, I wouldn't be surprised.
     
  12. HiItsMe macrumors 6502

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    According to Apple, the big pro is 1lb 9.2 oz naked.
     
  13. TorontoSS thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hey thanks for this. I find this very useful. Takes away the need to guess!
     
  14. urkel macrumors 68030

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    I love Smart Covers, but what exactly are people protecting with a "Smart Back"? The metal backplate?


    I used to use full body Invisible Shields but that was more to give it grip than to protect anything. My first few iPads I treated like jewelry because I just didn't know if they were fragile or not. But by iPad 4 then I would throw the thing across the room, shove it in backpacks and use it on our stone kitchen counters. Not once have I seen a dent or even a deep scratch that would make me say "Wow, I really wish I invested in a hard plastic back.

    So I honestly am curious what everyone is so worried about. What is so fragile on the back that it needs a heavy $60 back plate.
     
  15. wwe2008 macrumors 6502

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    I'm thinking of using this:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/MoKo-Transl...ue&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_2&smid=A2W9JVEMMG88KL

    Paired with a midnight blue smart cover for my space grey iPad... However, I have usually only used a smart case on previous iPads, how strong are the magnets attaching the cover when putting pressure on the screen typing/ writing etc
     

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