So I went and re-bought a smartcover :)

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Sir Ruben, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Sir Ruben macrumors 65816

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    After my previous thread where I stated my reasons for returning my smart cover (hinge damage to the iPad etc). A lot of people said they had no issues, and a few said that they had applied some scotch tape to the side of the iPad so that the smart cover magnet and hinge do not make metal to metal contact.

    Anyway when I spend money I AM OCD about keeping it like new and just cant accept that a smartcover, something thats meant to protect the iPad, can actually damage it. Thats not okay.

    However I really like the smartcover and so I re-bought one (dark grey) and decided to use the scotch tape method on the magnet and hinge itself rather than a strip down the side of the iPad. The results are almost invisible and give peace of mind that no scratching will happen to the iPad itself.

    Check out the results, I had to take these shots ridiculously close up for you to even be able to see the tape. Hardest part was cutting the tape to the right size but its worth it:

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    Magnet strength does not seem to be affected either :)
     
  2. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    i'm like you OCD about ANY marks or scratches on my stuff. I have a smart cover, it was used once. I don't want to put tape on my iPad either, but what's REALLY annoying is that all the top end case makers who produce stuff I like are including the damn magnets.....I like the Maroo stuff (Magnets) I like the Senna stuff (Magnets) I also like Kavaj, eye. All of them have the magnet tech. built in.

    Will somebody please make a decent leather case without them please?
     
  3. Sir Ruben thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Im confused why the magnet bar and hinge doesnt just have a coating as standard, would save a lot of issues.
     
  4. iapplelove macrumors 68040

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    I never had any issues with my smart cover,and I'm still using the same black leather one for my ipad3. Any marks it's ever made has wiped off cleanly with a microfiber towel
     
  5. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Okay, apart from the damage aspect, here is my beef on magnets...I started using computers when the were not a household item as they are now. One thing everybody knew (and it still holds true today) Magnets+computer hardware =World of pain and failure.

    My iPad has a home button....I can press it. I DON'T NEED MAGNETS!...:mad:


    End of rant.
     
  6. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Try having a couple of kids under 3. I used to be OCD about scratches and marks.

    Kids will change everything. My iPad 2 has a couple on dents on it even with a cover.

    When your kid plays and scratches your $5000 dining table. Dents on a $700 iPad doesn't bother me.

    Now I have the new iPad No dents yet! But my 21 month old has been eyeing the new iPad. He clearly recognizes the screen is sharper. I let him use it on the carpeted area of the house. The iPad 2 I don't care anymore. That's his to play with.
     
  7. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    :eek::eek: Recoiling in sheer terror.....My kids are all long gone...:D
     
  8. blue43fan macrumors regular

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    You really need to let that go. The sleep/wake magnets will not damage the iPad in any way and are extremely convenient.
     
  9. paulyras macrumors 6502

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    After they dented your iPad?:eek::D
     
  10. firstapple macrumors 6502a

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    I have a feeling that we will be seeing a post from you at some point that complains about how your home button doesn't work anymore because it was pushed one too many times. All of us using our covers with magnets won't need to worry about that. :D
     
  11. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Nope, in those day's no such a device had even been dreamed of...The thing with mine was my guitars, but they knew that they were off limits and I never suffered any catastrophes that I know of....Unless my wife had something repaired when I was away...:D
     
  12. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020

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    This sort-of OCD can be related to a deep lack of self esteem, my interior psychologist tells me. A mark won't make your life any better/worse.
     
  13. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    :eek:So I have been suffering from a deep physiological flaw all these years....I'd better take a sharp implement to these then....:D
     

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  14. smallnshort247 macrumors 6502a

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    I find myself using the smart cover/ hand gestures more often than pressing the home button. It's nice to know that I can live without it at least on the iPad.
     
  15. malnar macrumors 6502a

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    All of you using Scotch tape to protect your iPad would be much better off buying a cheap iPhone skin and cutting it to the appropriate size. Scotch tape ages rather disgracefully and eventually the tape will fall off leaving the adhesive behind - not to mention, there's no telling what the adhesive itself is doing to the aluminum's finish. At least with the iPhone skin you know that's not going to do any damage and will stick for a good long time, especially since you don't interact with it (which is what causes the complaints about the edges of the skins to peeling up.)
     
  16. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Do you not understand that a weak household magnet is harmless to a modern computer and other consumer electronics? Also I suppose you realize that speakers, and, yes, hard drives! contain magnets.
     
  17. dsc888 macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for this post. I almost freaked when my 2 year old dropped my iPad 2 and dented it. I am a person who usually keeps my tech toys in pristine condition but I've learned that life does go on:D. My son enjoys the 2 with all the educational software that's on it. My wife and I enjoyed teaching and watching him learn on it. That's much more important than any cosmetic damage the iPad has since suffered:p.
     
  18. ctc799 macrumors member

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    My iPad 2 got scratched up from its smart cover, and I got a new one for the iPad 3. I noticed that on the original smart cover, you can see all of the individual magnets and I think that's what scratched it up. The newer ones have that nice lining thing that has left mine spotless now.
     
  19. scirica macrumors 68020

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    I'm not sure if I'm reading the original concern right. I've had a smart cover on my iPad 2 since day one. I noticed what looked like scratches but they are actually just smudges that rub right off. I'm OCD about my toys as well, but this is a non-issue.
     
  20. jekyl macrumors 6502

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    You are of course aware that if your computer has any spinning drive inside (floppy, hard drive, cd or DVD drive) there are magnets in there right?



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  21. Sir Ruben, Mar 31, 2012
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    Sir Ruben thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'd like to agree that it is a non issue, but as you can see from the following links many people have had issues with the smart cover:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1130984

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3030623?start=0&tstart=0

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bradmcgilligan/6811609752/

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2787638?start=0&tstart=0

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/17544537#17544537

    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-accessories/22128-smart-cover-wear-tear.html

    http://forums.macrumors.com/archive/index.php/t-1339141.html

    http://www.everythingicafe.com/forum/threads/not-so-smart-cover.76740/

    http://forums.macrumors.com/archive/index.php/%20download%20piarco%20/t-1127522.html

    http://forums.macrumors.com/archive/index.php/.../t-1305358.html

    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-2-forum/23676-anyone-elses-smart-cover-rubbing-like.html

    There are posts all over the web about the same kind of issues but you get the picture. Prevention is better than cure.
     
  22. miamialley macrumors 68030

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    Glad I'm not having one of those things. A kid I mean.
     
  23. wesk702 macrumors 68000

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    You need a better camera
     
  24. tekchic macrumors 65816

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    +1 :p
     

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