• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor reading angle in both positions

    • Written by from Ottawa

    In both orientations this case fails to provide good angles for reading / web browsing. It's either too steep in the upright position, or too shallow in the low typing position. Does apple even test using their cases? I don't understand how they could release something so unintuitive given their design ethic.

    16 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Try again...

    • Written by from White Plains

    Like many here, my initial impressions were not great due to the stand being flimsy, but after reading one reviewer try taking it out and putting it back into the case, I did the same. It worked for me as well and I have no idea why. Give it shot and report back.


    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Color and material

    • Written by from Alexandria

    3/5 durability and color not what I had hoped for

    I wish there was a non leather option (as is the cover offering) for those of us who would prefer not to use leather or would like something more durable - and I wish that there was a bright green offered (as there is in the cover offering).

    - wasn't there a synthetic case in green for the last iPad?

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stay away

    • Written by from San Francisco

    The case is worthless. Look at 3rd party covers. I say this as an Apple fan. It is a waste of money. I travel weekly and this case is not functional for airplanes or working remotely. The ipad is not stable.

    9 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great concept but....

    • Written by from Knoxville

    I bought the black smart case looks and feels amazing, but for the $80 price tag this case lacks so much, a magnet in the back would be idea, and the case is utterly useless as a landscape stand the ipad falls over constantly. The front cover also isn't very secure apple needs to work out the bugs on this one

    18 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Change of Original Review

    • Written by from Avon

    In my initial review I complained about the instability of the case when using the iPad Air in the upright position ... the case would collapse if touched (even lightly) in the upper half of the screen.

    Well, I took the iPad out of the case and then put it back in.. Although I could not see any physical difference before or after this ... BUT NOW THE CASE IS VERY STABLE IN THE UPRIGHT POSITION. I do not know what changed, but now it works as described. (Putting the iPad into the case is a simple pop into the cavity, so I don't know what changed ... the iPad was secure both initially and now).

    So now I give it four stars (I would have preferred a less slick texture. It feel like it could easily slip out of my hand).

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Trying hard to love it

    • Written by from East Rockaway

    The look and feel of this case is great. I have one in black, it's sleek, it feels amazing in the hand.

    The functionality of the case when closed is awesome. It fully protects the iPad Air.

    When open it's a different story, the front cover just doesn't lay flat against against the back of the iPad, It's not the end of the world but it really is kind of annoying. I'll probably keep this around but if a better back that's compatible with a smart cover comes along I'm going to try it out.

    For $80, they should have added a magnet in the case itself to hold it nice and sturdy.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Form > Function... Sort of...

    • Written by from Mountain View

    Overall, a sharp case that works OK. The case can be a little unstable in landscape mode as it has a tendency to fall backwards. It takes a little fidgeting, but you'll get it!

    The leather is very soft and looks great. I'm excited to see how it ages with use. Since it is made from a natural material, there will be surface defects. As such, I had to go through the whole stack to find one that met my picky requirements.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    As good as it gets

    • Written by from ORLEANS

    Great product. Honestly. The feel and functionality meet a great product. I was a bit hesitant to spend $89 for it but once I wrapped it around the iPAD, it just felt good. The flap gets nicely closed to the back of the case when its opened. The smooth and soft feel of the suede or Microfiber protects the screen and cleans the screen from constant touching.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Really Didn't Like This Case

    • Written by from Powell

    I've loved the Smart Covers I've had for my other iPads and thought the case would be a great evolutionary step, so I ordered the red case. I wasn't terribly impressed. Here's why.

    1. I agree with the reviews that were disappointed with the leather quality. I had a red leather cover for my iPad 3 and lived it, but this case wasn't as attractive, and the color wasn't as vivid.

    2. I hated the texture. I use my iPad for reading, and I hated the feel of the case. In addition, I missed the smooth corners and edges of the iPad -- the case felt rough, like I'd need to use hand lotion after a long reading session.

    3. I hated the red border the case created -- it was a distraction when I was reading. Had I ordered the black case, this might not have been a problem, but since I hated the texture, why order a different case?

    So I'm going back to a Smart Cover -- apparently less is better for me when it comes to my iPad -- and returning the case.

    5 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good case, not a great stand

    • Written by from TARPON SPRINGS

    The case fits the Air great, nice and tight. The cover passes for leather but because of the way the back is molded, it takes on an almost rigid cardboard quality. No doubt it protects my investment but the stand function is not great, both the standing up or perched up just above the table, I wish it was a bit more sturdy. $79 seems pretty expensive for what you get, maybe wait if you can for some after maket version that have perfected a full case.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a Good Choice

    • Written by from Old Greenwich

    I just took delivery of my iPad so didn't have the benefit of the reviews but had I a choice, I would never have bought this smart case. I was looking for protection for both the front and back of the machine so it works for that. It is also light and has a nice look and feel but I agree with other reviewers that the fit and functionality aren't there. The stand is flimsy and the machine falls over and, even when you get it to work, if you bump it a little will also fall over. There is a very definite gap between the top flap and the iPad at the hinge that is noticable; the top doesn't fit flush with the machine. If in a bag, I feel any debris will easily get underneath and sit on the screen. If you have a choice, I'd consider something else.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    HORRIBLE case!!!

    • Written by from Prairie Village

    I so much wanted to like this lightweight form fitting case which shows the top bezel. However, just like the flimsy cover version, this case is almost totally non functional. It won't stand up on my lap, it falls over, and the leather feels fake and cheap. Back to Piel Frama I go for real leather, real functional cases. I've had 6 of those and loved every one. Oh well. Apple rocks their core business, but cases aren't it.

    12 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great look & feel, but maybe too soft as a stand

    • Written by from Littleton

    This case has a great feel. Nice, soft leather with an even softer interior to protect you iPad Air. Full coverage front and back so no worries about scratching your device. Thin and light so it complements the tablet. The only complaint I have is when the cover is folded and used as a stand, I have to position it just right otherwise the triangular "base" created by the cover collapses and the unit falls backwards. This seems to be because the cover is soft. Perhaps the polyurethane cases will work better since they appear more rigid.

    433 of 478 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Snug fit

    • Written by from AUBURN

    The fit of this case is very good. The tricky little surprise is when you close the lid, the ipad goes to sleep. When you "peak" it wakes up. Cool. Only negative is that it does not go vertical with the support. It does allow you to hang on to it without slippage and protects it with minimal bulk. Fun colors.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Cover provides good protection, but isn't a great stand

    • Written by from CAMPBELL

    The cover snugly encloses my iPad Air and provides a good seal between the front flap and the case the whole way around. As you'd expect, the cutouts line up perfectly and the automatic lock / unlock function also works well.

    However, the smart case isn't a great iPad stand. The flap does not provide enough stability for tablet manipulation (typing, launching apps etc) when folded back on itself when standing in the upright, requiring a second hand to support it to prevent it from falling over. Also, in the slightly inclined mode, the strength of the magnet built into the case is insufficient to keep the cover folded back on itself, and as a result the case usually collapses in on itself. Even when it doesn't, the incline is only slightly more angled than horizontal anyway.

    539 of 591 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Ya gotta get it!!!

    • Written by from Nutley

    Just got the air pad and had to have the case to keep it nice and new and pretty.
    Fits like it was designed by the same folks who made the air pad .....wink wink......
    Nice material for the device and the cover is smoooooth.....
    Highly recommended

    13 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brown Looks Very Classy

    • Written by from BEDFORD

    Just purchase the Brown smart case for my new iPad Air and so glad I didn't get another color. The Brown looks very classy on the Air....I think it will look very nice even when the leather weathers a bit.
    The fit is perfect, no share edges like on the smart case for the previous generation iPad.

    As far as protection goes I'm sure it will take care of the iPad Air for lite bumps and minor drops just like the previous one.

    I did consider the Black but once I seen the Brown I was hooked.

    32 of 40 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Really nice case...but...

    • Written by from Loudon

    Honestly, the quality of the case itself is great, but it has a design flaw. When the cover is closed, it doesn't lay flat. Because of the way the hinge material (between the case and cover) was designed to be sturdy, it holds the cover up about 1/16th of an inch. This, in turn, makes the cover not lay flat as the back pane of the cover (nearest the hints) is raised and the other two panels of the cover lay flat. It's significant enough that it's very noticeable when looking at it.

    469 of 533 people found this useful