Nope. Just the opposite here. They seem stronger than with my iPad 2.
Same here. Had to use quite a bit of force to pull it off the back. The front might be a little touchier probably due to the slightly thicker case - if you hold it the wrong way, the edge will pop off easily.
Are you saying you had to use force to pull it off the back plate to re-close it? Or are you talking about the hinge? Mine won't even stay attached to the back whatsoever. This is my first iPad and smart cover, so I'm not sure if it's supposed to attach to the back as securely as it does to the front.
I was transferring it from iPad to iPad when I was exchanging and it didn't want to let go of the backplate on my first iPad.
Are you sure you're attaching it the right way?