Product Type: Apple Mobile Phone Case
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A smart way to protect your iPad
Apple iPad Smart Cover
Member Name: 2012Saver
Apple iPad Smart Cover
Advantages: A really clever design, folds into a stand, saves battery life
Disadvantages: There are cheaper covers available
I recently purchased a brand new iPad as a little treat for myself. I had decided before buying that I was going to buy myself a cover for the iPad to keep it shiny and new for as long as possible. I wanted to buy an official Apple cover as because I was spending so much on the iPad, I wanted a cover that would fit it perfectly and protect it well.
There are 2 types of the Apple smart cover available, the polyurethane and the leather. The polyurethane style is available in 5 colours - dark grey, grey, pink, green and blue. The leather is also available in 5 colours - cream, tan, black, dark blue and red. The polyurethane variety currently costs £35 and the leather costs £59 when bought directly from Apple. I opted for a polyurethane cover in light grey, which I thought matched my white iPad well.
So what is the cover? The cover is designed to attach to the iPad and protect the screen. It attaches to the iPad with little magnetic clips and is designed to fit the iPad perfectly. The cover is flexible and is indented into 4 sections. This is where the clever design comes into play, the cover can be folded back to create a stand for the iPad which is perfect for if you are watching movies or typing on the iPad.
The cover is also cleverly designed using magnetic forces to switch your iPad onto sleep mode and lock the screen when you close the cover. When the cover is opened, the iPad switches back on. This is a good way to save power and prolong battery life.
The inside of the cover is made of microfibre and Apple claim it will keep your iPad screen clean. I would agree with this as when I open the cover there is never any dirt or dust on the iPad screen, just the odd fingerprint, but we can't expect a miracle from the cover!
This cover does not protect the back of the iPad which is good for those of you who like your iPad to still look like one. Also available in the apple range is the 'Smart Case' which has the same front as the smart cover but for a slightly larger price tag, will also protect the back of the iPad.
I have had my iPad for nearly 2 months now my iPad screen has stayed in perfect condition. The cover itself has also stayed in great condition however I have not taken the iPad out of the house and it hasn't been in any handbags etc. One thing I would say about the light grey colour is that it does mark easily for example if my hands are slightly dirty it can end up with fingerprints on it, however I'm sure that if I picked a different shade I would not have had this problem.
Overall I love my iPad and think I chose the right product to protect it. The design of this cover is so clever. I would definitely recommend it to anyone with an iPad.
Summary: Keeps your iPad shiny and new