• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Concept, Failed Execution

    • Written by from QUINCY

    Smart Covers for the previous iPads had 4 panels where panel 1 and panel 4 would magnetically lock together, creating a solid triangular base for use as a stand, or even a left-hand "clutch" in portrait mode while surfing/lounging on the couch.

    These new Smart Covers/Cases have 3 panels where the edge of panel 1 sits in a magnetic groove on edge of panel 3. Guess what? It doesn't work for beans. The iPad falls over in both positions, and it falls apart when you try to use it as a "clutch" as previously mentioned.

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive "smart case" gets an F

    • Written by from Jacksonville

    I loved my old iPad 2 case, it functioned well and supported the iPad in upright horizontal position. However, this new iPad air smart case is very flawed!!!
    Even though this full protection case does the job of protecting the iPad air, the accordion design is flawed. It doesn't support the iPad, and constantly collapses in the horizontal keyboard position, and falls over when in the more upright position. Plus, it has a cheap feel to the usually superior design and build quality that Apple normally produces.

    APPLE, YOU NEED TO DO A RE-DESIGN AND RECALL OF ALL OF THESE EXPENSIVE "SMART CASES" ARE YOU LISTENING??

    9 of 9 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!!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy it. Wait for next version. Rudimentary design flaw unacceptable

    • Written by from Cupertino

    Love the snug fit and the style, but someone in design could have taken the time to actually try to see if it is functional.

    When propped upright it constantly falls over. I didn't notice until it was too late (got a scuff mark on it and can't return).

    Now headed to the hardware store to buy velcro to fix it the problem.

    Love the iPad Air, great job, but the case? Major fail.

    10 of 11 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Most frustrating Apple product ever

    • Written by from BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

    Suffice it to repeat - This product would never have graced Apple's shelves when Steve Jobs was in control. It is beautiful, protects well, but that's it. Used as a stand, it collapses if you bump, breathe on, or even just walk near your iPad. (Watch someone try to use it on an airplane). It's just too lightweight to hold the iPad for more than a few minutes if you're trying to actually use the iPad. But there is a fix! Grab two medium size Paper Clamps and clamp the Smart Case in the "Stand" position. It works perfectly to make the stand rigid and won't scratch or harm your iPad because the clamp squeezes the raised ridge on the front of the Smart Case and clamps the cover to the back of your iPad. Quick and it's free if you have the clamps available. A wonderful, beautiful case that requires a clunky fix to be useful. Apple should be ashamed.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple can do better for 80 bucks

    • Written by from BURLINGTON

    I read the tepid reviews but went ahead and bought one. The reviews were accurate.
    PRO's - clean fit, light, easy turn on off

    CON's - 1. the charger doesn't fit! if you force it it 'might' stay now and then
    2. the headphone jack - other than the apple headset does not fit at all.

    So i thought do i cut the case to make it work? For 80 dollars i returned the case.
    The pad is amazing, it needs a light, smart case, but this is not it.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great case!

    • Written by from Antwerpen

    Brought a black smart case for my iPad air at the apple store. I like it a lot and I don't get what people are complaining about. It works great as a stand, protects the iPad... It just does what it needs to do. Maybe the complainers don't know how to use the stand/case? Or do they have the wrong case?

    There is one thing though: $79 is pretty expensive for paper board and a little leather. But hey, if the product does what it does and there is nothing else that's better at it...

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy cover instead

    • Written by from Astoria

    This does protect your back, but it just won't fully close. There is a gap when closed and very hard to press volumne button.

    8 of 9 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

    Functional design flaws

    • Written by from Sun City

    I agree with the other review stating that the case does not function as a secure stand. It is a secure case but not the quality of the ipad2 cases. Also I had a Dr. Dre's stereo headset which fit into the jack both on my ipad2 and on my iPhone but I must remove this case in order the plug in the headset. This case has design flaws and I hope Apple will seriously take a look at this. It's even $10 more than the ipad2 cases. Very disappointed.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    FOLD WITH MICROFIBER ON THE OUTSIDE

    • Written by from San Diego

    90 percent of the one star reviews should get one star for their epic fails at using such a simple and effective product, the SmartCase for iPad Air.

    Claim: the case doesn't adequately support the iPad as a stand as the magnets are too weak.

    Fact: For some strange reason folks haven't figured out that you are supposed to fold the trifold cover so that the microfiber is on the OUTSIDE. REPEAT - FOLD THE COVER SO THAT THE MICROFIBER IS ON THE OUTSIDE. AND (added bonus) you won't scratch up the cover. When you do it like this the hinge folds over the triangle resulting in a stable support. If you do it with the leather side on the outside, you don't form a stable triangle.

    So for those that are thinking about this product, the negative reviews about not being able to use the cover as a stand are from people who are using the product wrong.

    Kind of depressing actually, to know that people wouldn't at least try this obvious solution. This is more like one of those problems you give a 6 year old to solve.

    SERIOUSLY, people.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't use headphones without removing case

    • Written by from Fort Wayne

    The case is very sturdy and looks like it would provide great protection for the iPad. However the case is so thick that it's difficult to make the controls such as volume work. You have to push as hard as you can to make the buttons work. I have the Bose noise canceling headphones which are great but I have to remove the iPad from the case (not easy) in order to insert the headphone plug. Poor design,

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    VERY BAD CASE, NOT SMART AT ALL...

    • Written by from West Hills

    So frustrated with this case first of all it does not stand at all the magnetic backing does not stay when folded back and it constantly falls when I try to prop it up. I literally threw it away out of frustration. Three-fold system is very bad I can not beleive that came from Apple. Four-fold system on the old cover was great and I do not know why they have change it. Don't waste your money, becauease you will be frustrated too...

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please bring back the more sturdy version!

    • Written by from Fairfield

    I'm sorry, but Apple, who is usually amazing in the design department, really botched this one. The case frustrates me every time in use it. It has no stability. Apple's engineering department seems to have forgotten basic principles. I always have to readjust the stand in both positions because it never quite fits my viewing perspective and it's flimsy. I truly hope Apple can rectify the major flaws of the IPad Air Case and Smart Case.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    TERRIBLE case not even worth a zero star rating.

    • Written by from Torrance

    So frustrated with this case first of all it does not stand at all the magnetic backing does not stay when folded back and it constantly falls when I try to prop it up. I literally threw it away out of frustration. Don't waste your money.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Functions poorly

    • Written by from Ontario

    Stand does not support weight of device, regardless of how it is positioned; just too flimsy. Also does not close in a secure manner. Fails to do the job it was purchased to do (protect iPad from damage). This one should go back to the drawing board.

    6 of 7 people found this useful