• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Massive Quality Downgrade - 3 Panels vs. 4

    • Written by from Fort Collins

    I originally had a the first leather Smart Cover for iPad 2. Loved it, it was incredible. Having just bought and iPad air, I bought a new Smart Cover as well. I want to love it, I really do. When apple redesigned the Smart Cover to contain 3 panels instead of 2, the structural integrity of the folded Smart Cover went completely down the drain. It is CONSTANTLY collapsing to the point where I am not even comfortable using it for the purpose it was created.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Big step backward in overall usability

    • Written by from Inglewood

    Because of the smaller size of the iPad air, this cover does not fold over and magnetize out of the way for regular usage. Yes, you can fold it up and then hold that in your hand, but the moment you let go or try to pass the iPad to someone else, it all just flops back open.

    You can (kind of), get it to magnetize completely open on the backside of the iPad, but this is a VERY weak magnetic connection that falls apart at the slightest vibration, and it also means the 'open' backside is the 'soft' interior of the smart cover, so if you set the iPad down in that configuration, any dust/debris will now be stuck to the 'inside' of your cover (which will then eventually get closed back onto your iPad screen).

    I cannot fathom why for the price they could not have included some additional magnets within the 'middle' folds of the cover so that when you fold it upon itself on the back of the iPad it all just stays magnetized in place.

    As it exists now, this cover is only useful in the 'closed' position or when being used in the 'stand' configuration. For the 90% of the time when you actually just want the cover open to use the iPad while in your hands, this cover is a flopping, annoying distraction that, if you're anything like me, you'll constantly want remove.

    On the plus side of the new design: the metal hinges of the old smart cover have been replaced with just an extension of the same material the cover is made from. So I no longer worry about the metal hinges scratching the back of the iPad where they connect or scratching a delicate surface that the iPad is set down onto.

    Also, the magnets seem to be much stronger than with previous iterations of the case, so it doesn't fall off unintentionally as often as the old one did.

    But overall I would recommend that you DO NOT BUY THIS COVER at this price. There just has to be a more clever design out there that makes the cover less annoying for every day usage.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesnt stay on

    • Written by from San Francisco

    It looks great. It attaches easily, but if its open and folded back,it comes off if you move the ipad

    109 of 124 people found this useful