Smart Cover compared Smart Keyboard

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by theprophe, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. theprophe macrumors newbie

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    Hi, can someone who has both (smart cover,smart keyboard)tell me, is the angle the ipad rests at different? It seems from pictures that maybe the smart cover is at a more vertical angle, thanks
     
  2. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040

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    With the Smart Keyboard Cover in laptop mode (with the keyboard out), the iPad lays back at a really nice viewing angle--almost the same angle that it lays back when you have the Smart Cover folded into a triangle and holding the iPad upright.

    When you fold the Smart Keyboard Cover in a way that emulates the triangle mode for the regular Smart Cover, the viewing angle isn't so great if you're sitting at a desk or something. The iPad is almost straight up and down. You can lean it back a little more and it usually stays put, but it's still not as nice as the angle with the regular Smart Cover.

    There are tradeoffs either way. That's why I own one of each. :)
     
  3. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a

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    Agree. I think the viewing angle of the smart keyboard is nicer. I mostly use the smart cover when I want my iPad raised just slightly, not in the upright position.
     
  4. Arran macrumors 601

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    My 12.9” iPad leans back at an angle (from vertical) of:
    • 26 degrees with the Smart Keyboard in triangle mode (never used, because I can’t remember the origami folds needed)
    • 36 degrees with the Smart Keyboard in laptop mode.
    • 31 degrees with the Smart Cover in standup mode.
     
  5. Peter K. macrumors 6502a

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    Me too!
     
  6. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a

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    I didn’t even know it could fold that way until I read this. It's not too hard! Now I kind of wish I hadn't gotten the smart cover.
     
  7. theprophe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks guys, and Arran that was exactly the information i was looking for, now the decision begins
     
  8. sracer macrumors 604

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    I CAN remember the folds needed but I don't use it because it is highly unstable in that configuration. The only purpose it serves is if one is going to watch a video and not have to interact with the screen. The angle is better for that.
     
  9. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah... I like it in that position, actually, for writing on the whiteboard while teaching, especially if I’m flipping back and forth between doing that and playing a game (while the student is working on a logic problem), but it collapses a lot.
     
  10. Arran macrumors 601

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    Agree on the instability issue.

    My favorite is laptop mode - mostly just sitting on my desk and listening to music/radio. It's very stable. And for a roughly $1K device I find that quite comforting :)
     
  11. Frankfurt macrumors 6502

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    It takes a bit of practice to remember the three folding options. I find the keyboard and stand up position as equally comfortable. I agre that the latter is a bit less stable specifically on an airplane. Overall, I find the ASK a great tool. I bought it to replace my MBP when on travel. Paired with MS Office for iPad I can now basically do everything i need when on travel. Still need to figure out how to present a ppt w/o Apple TV mirroring. I presume there is some sort of a pricey adapter available.
     
  12. sracer macrumors 604

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    Sadly there is no good option for that. I've been trying for YEARS and nothing really exists. I've had to resort to my 11" Macbook Air or Lenovo Yoga Book (Android) for PowerPoint/KeyNote presentations.
     

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