iPad Pro "Leather" Smart Covers from China

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by StPatty33, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. StPatty33 macrumors 6502

    StPatty33

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    Hey, all!
    So several of us here on the forums have discussed over the last month that we were specifically looking for a leather Smart Cover (NOT case) for the new Pro 9.7. Apple doesn't make them, and some of us finally found some available on eBay and ordered them. Being that they were coming from China, delivery time was crazy long, but I finally just got mine today. This is my review for those waiting for theirs, or considering getting them.

    I ended up buying 2, each from a different seller, because the 2nd one I bought was available with a quicker shipping option (www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/381579527462 , www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/351687307475). I ordered them both around the 2nd or 3rd of April, and just received both today. As I expected, the manufacturer and part number was identical. The verdict is:

    They suck manbits.
    1) They're not leather. The auction specifically said luxury leather, and they are the same cheap rubber/vinyl type material that knockoff smart covers have always been made from (I had a couple for my iPad 3 along with my name brand leather one).

    2) They don't fit any better than Apple's covers. They are all loosy-goosy and hang way over. From comparing the two, I think this is mostly because the way they're attached to the hinge--there's too much excess material between the cover and the hinge.

    3) The smart functionality is iffy at best. I've already chopped my hinges off trying to absorb some of that excess material to reattach it, and it's making it so the smart functionality sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. Essentially, the magnets in the cover are placed to work while the cover is all FUBAR and hanging over. If you fix it to where the cover fits right, then the auto-on/off magnets likely won't.

    Here are the pictures.
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    Here's an additional shot of the back of the "leather":
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  2. lyngo macrumors 6502

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    Are you going to get your money back? What is the right "next step" that you'll take? I've got one coming, too.
     
  3. StPatty33 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've messaged them through eBay letting them know the product doesn't match the description and that I'm very unhappy. If they don't reply with about 24 hours I'll give negative feedback. With as cheap as they are, I half expect they'll just refund my money. It's not even worth sending them back.
     
  4. StPatty33 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So it wasn't a total waste. I ripped the crap synthetic material off the front, and used one of my Zagg Leatherskins to recreate the whole thing. The only thing I'm bummed about is that I was out of black ones, so now I have a black back and a brown cover. Oh well--I still prefer it to any retail cases!
     

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  5. killaz05 macrumors member

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    I too just got my smart cover from ebay and it suffers from the terrible quality and fit that yours does. I was hoping for something much better but I guess you get what you pay for here...
     
  6. zhenya macrumors 603

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    Got one too. Absolute garbage. Thin cardboard and the cheapest plastic covering possible. Barely fits.
     
  7. lyngo macrumors 6502

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    I just started the return process too. What a joke! Wow. Not leather, not to scale, none working magnets for the triangular shape. All of it. It's going back! Well, I am going to get my money back.

    Have you heard back from them?
     
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  10. rotkiv3451 macrumors newbie

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    I don't get why you guys are complaining about the materials. It's a cheap case, of course the materials aren't great. The only thing that matters is if they protect the front and the magnets work well enough to fold into different positions.
     
  11. baconcow macrumors member

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    They are complaining about the materials because what they bought was not as it was advertised as, cheap or not. Some people care about more than just front protection and the stand working in different positions. Usually I would say you "get what you pay for", but in this case, they didn't.
     
  12. DerMario macrumors member

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    Are there some for the 10.5 iPad Pro? I can’t find any...
     
  13. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Well here's the iPad official leather Smart Cover [​IMG]
     
  14. DerMario macrumors member

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    Of course I meant the China ones, not the original
     
  15. sracer macrumors 603

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    Why resurrect a year old thread? Why? :confused:
     
  16. ipos macrumors 6502a

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    cheap thing is not good. good thing is not cheap
     

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