Product Type: Apple Mobile Phone Case
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Great cover, not so great price!
Apple iPad 2 Smart Cover
Member Name: EKO1
Apple iPad 2 Smart Cover
Advantages: Great, stylish cover to protect the iPad screen.
Disadvantages: Price, doesn't clear all of the screen!
When I got my iPad, first thing I did was hunt down a cover to protect the screen. After having a good look through different websites I decided to go for the Apple smart cover, I mean its Apple right? Must be good?
My main reason for choosing the smart cover is that compared to others it didn't affect the size or feel of the iPad which I can't stand about most covers. Apple designed something great to hold and to then ruin it with a case that makes it thicker and not a nice to hold, is not something I wanted to do.
I opted for the grey polyurethane cover, I did look into the leather one, but for something that already costs a fair bit I couldn't justify the price for the leather case. The polyurethane cover feels quite nice to touch on the top side it has a nice soft, yet grippy feel making it feel safe to carry in one hand. The other side of the cover which touches the screen is a microfiber type fabric which can also be used to clean the screen. The "smart" thing about the cover is that it has a few magnets placed within it and on the hinge which allow you to easily manipulate it.
The cover attaches to the left of the iPad, it just snaps into place and auto aligns so its always in the right place. The magnets between the iPad and cover are pretty strong, a lot stronger than i thought they would be. Holding the smart cover in the air with the iPad facing down it can easily hold the weight of the iPad and not give way making it pretty secure. The cover fits nicely a long the screen and doesn't add much thickness to the iPad, not enough to make a massive difference anyway. With the cover in place the screen is protected and stops any dust getting attracted to it, giving you a nice clean screen everyone you take the cover off. A really nice feature about the smart cover is that it can wake the iPad (and put to sleep) when you lift the cover off. This saves messing around with the lock screen and gives you instant access. The case can also be manipulated and used as a stand which is pretty useful for anyone away from home, also makes it a lot easier to use the iPad's virtual keyboard.
Now, a few bad points about the case. One of the biggest gripes I have with it is that when its covering the iPad screen and you take it off it leaves 3 horizontal bars. These bars are there because the cover doesn't cover the iPad screen 100%, the case is split into 3 sections. This allows it to be flexible, but it means dirt is left behind in the form of the 3 bars which can be quite annoying if you're in a bright place and they take quite a bit of rubbing to get off!
Another small gripe is when actually using the iPad the case gets in the way, so you have to keep removing it and butting it back on between use of the iPad, no biggie though.
This case is great for anyone looking to protect their iPad screen which isn't something you want to scratch/damage. The case still makes the iPad feel great to hold and adds minimal thickness and weight.
The price of the cover will probably be the biggest deciding point if people buy it or not. For me I believe it is worth it because I use my iPad at University so its always being carried around. If your iPad is mostly going to stay inside the house then it may not be the best option for you.
Summary: Great iPad screen cover and other features, price may not be for everyone.
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