iPad Naked iPad

joshkhaos1

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Well I have gone through case after case after case on my iPad Air and I just can't find something I like. So today I took my final case back and put on a Zagg Original screen protector. Going case-less. I am pretty careful with my iPad and never drop it. What do you guys think, will I be okay like this? Anyone else go ceaseless with your iPad?
 

triptolemus

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Personally, I need a case mostly to provide options for holding the iPad and propping it up. My concerns are more ergonomic in nature than protective. That said, I friggin' hate the Targus case I have on my iPad 3. Have had a good mind to shop for another one, but never seem to get around to doing it...
 

juanrp

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All of my apple devices are naked, including my iPad mini.

I used to have a rocketfish clear back and an iPad mini Smart Cover back in 2012. It got old after a while.

I have used my iPad mini naked since then, and it's fine.

It has some real noticeable scratches, some of the aluminum is missing (like small chunks of it). The screen is okay, other than the fingerprints and occasional scratches.

I like the naked feel of it, the cold aluminum, but that's just me. I don't like cases at all. I use the case the iPad came with, it's own chassis.

It's all good.

-Juan
 

joshkhaos1

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I hear ya. I decided to get a sleeve off of Amazon to keep it in when I am not using it. I just can't stand the added weight and bulk of cases.
 

ron7624

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Mine are definitely naked. I do however have primo protection on the back because I use a Skinomi TechSkin. It's so thin that you can put the iPad in most any case you want. It also gives the iPad gripability when holding it. There are no scratches on my iPads but on my rMini, there is a 1/2 inch white streak that is where the paint rubbed off on the skin when I ran into a door frame lol.
But yes, they are both naked all the time. I use a Smart Cover when I travel, but that's it.
 

mad3inch1na

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Well I have gone through case after case after case on my iPad Air and I just can't find something I like. So today I took my final case back and put on a Zagg Original screen protector. Going case-less. I am pretty careful with my iPad and never drop it. What do you guys think, will I be okay like this? Anyone else go ceaseless with your iPad?
The beveled edges are very delicate. The metal back scratches pretty easily as well. If you don't mind wear, the iPad will still work if you go caseless. It just won't look perfect. As Ron mentioned, using a case when outside of your home is a very good idea.

Matt
 

AxoNeuron

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I just use a tempered glass screen protector on my retina iPad mini and a Smart Cover and it still looks as if it just came out of the box. Not one single scratch. I am very careful when using it and especially when I set it down somewhere, I try to set it down on a surface that won't scratch the aluminum.

My iPhone 5 also looks brand new but I do have a very thin case on it. Finally found one that I like, clear (but matte) back plastic and white plastic sides, adds maybe 2mm to the phone but it's also very protective from drops. I also use a tempered glass screen protector on the iPhone, I'll never use any other kind again because tempered glass protectors are so amazing.
 
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bandofbrothers

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When I purchased the iPad Air the Apple specialist showed me the official leather case for it.

Retailing at £65.00 / $110.55

Hmmm

I ended purchasing a similar one off Amazon for £7.00 / $11.89

I use the case to keep it in good condition for when I sell it on and I prop my iPad Air up in a stand so the case stops any rub marks.
 

joshkhaos1

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I tried the Speck Durafolio and that was WAY too much, and I didn't like that the flap didn't magnetize to the back. I returned that and got the Speck Stylefolio case and that was a lot better, but at the end of the day I just don't like the added weight and bulk of the case. So I returned that and just decided to get the Zagg screen protector. That combined with the ipad air sleeve I just bought should be a pretty good combination. I work at an office so while I do take my iPad to work with me every day, it's never in the dirt, out in the sun, getting thrown around or whatver.
 

CapHill Bum

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It's been said a few times already but a great alternative to a case is a skin. I personally went with a "brushed titanium" skin that keeps the same look/feel of a naked iPad and offers pretty good protection from scratches and scrapes. I'll throw on my smart cover every once and awhile and it's pretty much safe from any reasonable danger in my home.
 

willyx

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It's been said a few times already but a great alternative to a case is a skin. I personally went with a "brushed titanium" skin that keeps the same look/feel of a naked iPad and offers pretty good protection from scratches and scrapes. I'll throw on my smart cover every once and awhile and it's pretty much safe from any reasonable danger in my home.
It's a good solution. The only problem with skins is they don't cover chamfered edges which are very prone to dents :(
 

mnsportsgeek

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When I get an iPad this fall I'll be getting a case because I want a keyboard with me at all times.
 

timsutcliffe

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Zagg invisible shield on the back, Smart Cover on the front.

Perfect combination for me. I'd recommend it to everyone.
 

thelookingglass

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It's a good solution. The only problem with skins is they don't cover chamfered edges which are very prone to dents :(
Exactly. Plus skins invariably start to peel. They're great for about a month and then it all goes to *****.

I use an Apple Smart Cover and a Caudabe Shell for the back (http://www.caudabe.com/products/the-shell-air). Very happy with this and have been using it for the past couple of generations. Keeps the iPad nice and light, but provides decent drop protection.
 

imlovinit

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Used to go naked with the ipad never had any issues until the one day I did lol In which it dropped and cracked the screen. Now I go with a case. I just don't want to risk it anymore. Not like accidents don't happen with a case but it's less of a risk. Shame too since it's such a gorgeous tablet that shouldn't be covered but even with a skin it's still too easy for something to happen. IMO anyways.
 

joshkhaos1

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My thoughts exactly. As soon as I didn't have the case anymore I felt insecure, so I went online and ordered a sleeve for it. :D

Used to go naked with the ipad never had any issues until the one day I did lol In which it dropped and cracked the screen. Now I go with a case. I just don't want to risk it anymore. Not like accidents don't happen with a case but it's less of a risk. Shame too since it's such a gorgeous tablet that shouldn't be covered but even with a skin it's still too easy for something to happen. IMO anyways.
 

GalFriday

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I use a non-Apple smartcover with a tinted yet translucent hard plastic back. It protects the back and corners as well as the screen. I have a nice Coach zippered sleeve that I put it in when I travel. I don't bother with a screen protector, I've always found them useless and detrimental to screen clarity. YMMV of course. :)
 

joshkhaos1

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I generally agree on screen protectors. Have you ever tried the Zagg one though? I literally can't even tell that it's on there when the screen is on. Every other SP I've tried gets scratched over time.

I use a non-Apple smartcover with a tinted yet translucent hard plastic back. It protects the back and corners as well as the screen. I have a nice Coach zippered sleeve that I put it in when I travel. I don't bother with a screen protector, I've always found them useless and detrimental to screen clarity. YMMV of course. :)
 

silversurfer91

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I too use the Apple Smart Cover. It protects the screen and allows you to prop up the device without being too bulky. As long as you're not braving the elements with it, you should be fine for general use in the home/office/coffee shop.
 

maflynn

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I have a case and ghost armor on my Mini. I guess I'm too paranoid to let it get dinged up. Especially with my kids using the iPad as well.