I always got a smart cover when i got a new iPad. these new smart cases came out, i think its good for the mini since people travel with it a lot and pull it out when they're waiting or riding the bus or subway. but for regular sized iPads, i really dont see the point, unless your with kids or just want to overly protect your iPad. i use my iPad for work (Our company develops apps that compliment our main software) so i have to take it everywhere, and traveling comes at least 4 times a year, either out of country or out of state. i never saw the need for me to have a case, it just makes it heavier and bulkier. im not going out to bars or taking my iPad out when I'm commuting (unless its on a plane) id just go on my iPhone rather than my iPad, its just too cumbersome (if i had a mini it'll be different, and who the hell goes out on a night with their full sized iPad?) Full sized iPads usually stay in the work place or at home. so, are you a case man? or a cover man?