• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Standardly Standard

    • Written by from Albertville

    The headphone opening is too small to fit oversized headphone inputs, the side buttons feel clunky but functional. The iPad fit snugly in the body, but the cover is not what i expected. It bulks in the first joint slightly and refuses to lie flat on the screen. It doesn't fit quite comfortably in the hand as I would have thought, and for the price of the case alone, I expected a firmer material and snug fit.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    IPad Air case looks dirty

    • Written by from Baldwinsville

    I am so disappointed with this case. I purchased the brown, I thought it was beautiful. It felt so nice and looked great and I didn't have any trouble with the stand or the magnets. But over time the oils from my fingers have discolored that beautiful leather. It looks awful! I've tried everything I can think of to clean it and restore it to something close to its original appearance but nothing has worked. I paid $79 for this case that hasn't even lasted five months before it needs to be replaced. I am not happy.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good looking, but poor functionality.

    • Written by from Ventura

    Doesn't stand up worth a ding dang. Very frustrating. If you want to prop it up to write emails and stuff, you're gonna hate it.

    Stands up ok in the movie viewing format though, as long as you don't breath on it wrong.

    I gave it an extra star because it sure looks pretty.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Change it back

    • Written by from Hood River

    I have used the original Smart Cover for the iPad 2 for 3 years. The new cover and case for the iPad Air isn't impressing me. The material is nice, but the design isn't. The cover has one less fold than the previous covers. This causes the incline to feel less secure and the magnet doesn't hold well. I feel like I am always readjusting it and trying to keep it from coming undone. I am writing this review simply to give Apple my feedback in the hopes that they head back to the drawing board on the covers design or head back to the original design. It was far better.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not that great, way overpriced.

    • Written by from Raytown

    I've had this case for about four months and over that time the cover flap has started to become very flimsy with daily use. It also doesn't work that well when you try to use it as a stand. Honestly it's just not that great of a case, I would look elsewhere. Too overpriced for something that wears down so fast.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Poor Usability & Design

    • Written by from Santa Fe

    I owned the smart cover for my iPad2 and loved it, but it had no back protection. When I saw the new design I was thrilled! That is, until I got one. The cover NEVER lays flat when closed. There's always a gap between the cover and screen. The 3-panel design is VERY UNSTABLE as a stand. iPad just falls over when watching videos. Worst of all NONE OF MY HEADPHONES FIT IN THE JACK NOW!!! I HAVE TO REMOVE THE CASE TO USE HEADPHONES!!?? FOR REAL??!! Apple's all-around product quality has seriously diminished since the change in management. SEVERELY DISAPPOINTED!!

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the money

    • Written by from Easton

    The leather is nice enough, but the hinge protrudes from the side of the case, creating a sharp edge. This makes the case very uncomfortable to hold - a really bad design choice from a company which otherwise makes very, very good ones.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    case must be improved

    • Written by from Mono

    I bought a leather case for my new Air inspite of the negative reviews as I wanted to start using the machine ASAP. The case is attractive, but I agree that it does not close completely so the screen is left exposed to dust etc. This is not what I expected of a product sold by Apple. I suggest that all of us with this complaint be offered a free upgrade when this product is improved. Also although I have learned how to make the case fold to support the device my friend who has the previous 4-fold case is happier with it than I am with the 3-fold verison. Why was it changed?

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't stand

    • Written by from Providence

    High quality in almost every way except that it won't stand up! I'd love this case otherwise, but it's a big part of what I use it for. I even returned it thinking it was a bad model, but it's a design issue.

    Apple, please redesign and allow users to change it in. $79 is NOT cheap for a case and it should do what it advertises.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Fundamentally Flawed...

    • Written by from Dublin

    Well made, fits device great but having a flap with 3x folds instead of 4x is simply wrong It just isn't stable in your hands. Ita like a bad juggling game trying to maintain the triangle shape and hold the ipad to type. Whomever signed off this design should be given their Marching orders immediately. SJ would NEVER have let this design out the door. Alan.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Black screen when folded all the way back

    • Written by from San Antonio

    The screen goes dark, sleep mode I suppose, when the cover is flipped all the way back and touches the lower backside of the unit. I think that the magnets activate sleep mode when in contact with that area behind the unit. I am trying to adjust how I handle the unit to prevent this from happening, but it is such an inconvenience. This does not happen at all with ipad and vinyl cover. Will likely take the case back.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Really Bad for stand....

    • Written by from El progreso

    Nice protection.... Bad for everything else....

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful but flawed

    • Written by from Kailua-Kona

    The case is beautiful, the leather is soft and great quality. The brown looks amazing on the white iPad Air...but...the case does not lay flat at the hinge and it's gap does not get smaller with time and use. I am surprised that Apple released this product the way it is now. As a stand it is flimsy and prone to fall, not as good as the previous smart cases that had the 4 separate magnet design(this only has three, probably due to the fact that it's thinner). Hopefully they will release a better version but as of now it's pretty much an $80 pretty looking case that's not functional.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good fit, poor performance

    • Written by from Bronson

    This case looks nice but don't plan to use it as a stand. The way the cover folds into a stand it is supported only by magnets and will collapse with slight pressure. Apple missed the mark on this one.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    For $79 Why Should You Have to Compromise?

    • Written by from Denver

    Really? I remember when the iPad first came out Apple was handing out smart covers. Now that iPad accessories have turned into more robust product line for Apple, you see things like $80 covers and $30 30 pin to lightning converters. All this is fine - and Apple should be able to charge what the market will bear... with the caveat that these expensive accessory products should (like the products themselves) actually work and fill a need. Sadly, the leather iPad Air Smart Case falls short of this goal - and doesn't do the trick for me - my chief complaint being that you simply can't use this in portrait (i.e., reading) mode. I returned my case because of this - and because the case itself did not sit flush against the glass surface of the iPad. So basically it did not do what I needed it to do. I'm looking for Apple to step up the quality of its accessory offerings to more than simply white labeling an inferior product. Let's see some of the Jony Ive innovation in the accessory department.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    A step backward

    • Written by from BOSTON

    I have the 3rd gen ipad Smart Cover, and it's an impressively simple design that works very, very well. The new case for the Air is loaded with issues that are unacceptable for something coming out of Cupertino:
    1. The case protrudes further over the edge than the cover, making it difficult to grasp the cover to open it.
    2. The three-section stand design is absolutely useless compared to the robust four-section design. The new one falls flat, literally. I'm actually surprised. It's like the designers never actually used one.
    3. The cover doesn't lie flush and looks sloppy
    4. The hinge is just a flap of leather and is too stiff to let the ipad stand upright properly. The hinge (an actual hinge) on the 3rd gen cover moves much better. The new one might break in if I weren't returning it tomorrow.

    Two stars because the materials are nice and it looks good.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just ok

    • Written by from Missouri ciy

    The stand provides good protection, but the stand is weak. Furthermore, placing in a position to type, is difficult to maintain. The slightest pressure while typing causes it to collapse. I just purchased 4 days ago, and I travel extensively, often typing out emails and other correspondence during flights. Although I spent nearly $ 80 including tax, it will have to be a loss, because I must get another case. Looks nice, but I would not recommend.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointing

    • Written by from Jericho

    You would think, considering the relatively high price, that this would be a really nice case for the iPad Air. It's not. Although the case is said to be made of leather, it actually looks and feels more like rubber or vinyl. It attaches snugly to the the outside edge of the iPad, similar to the way a bumper case attaches to an iPhone. While the case is very light weight, which is a plus, it covers over both the on/off and the volume buttons on the iPad with its own built-in buttons, again similar to the way plastic bumpers cover the buttons on an iPhone. This makes the buttons less responsive to the touch and a bit more difficult to use. But what's worse is the very small opening for the lock rotation/mute switch, which makes accessing the switch quite difficult. Bottom line: there are much better designed cases out there for the iPad Air at a fraction of the cost of this one.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I'm an avid Apple fan who has been consistently drawn to the company's products because of their quality and ease of use. My first of more than 30 computers was the original MacPlus, and my most recent is an iPad Air. The leather case I purchased with my iPad Air is a great cover. However, as a stand it is the worst product Apple product I've ever owned. Heck, my original iPad came with a case that was a far superior stand device than this overpriced horrible excuse for a stand I'm using now. I use an Apple Bluetooth keyboard and still the iPad won't stay up. Ugh! I miss Steve Jobs.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Air cover

    • Written by from san bernardino

    Must be their worst ever.poor fit around edge,irritates hand,slippery outer finish.Makes for a poor stand.had the first gen iPad with cover and still use,that was a great cover.Wish this one was similar.

    1 of 2 people found this useful