• 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.

    122 of 138 people found this useful

  • 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

    89 of 101 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed...far from Apple's usual quality

    • Written by from Findlay

    I find myself wishing Apple would recall this product. Otherwise, I'm stuck with a $40 accessory that probably won't last more than 3-4 months. Biggest gripe is the material used for the hinge is too weak. After a couple days of use, material weakens and the cover no longer stays on straight nor does the stand feature work as it should. I'm constantly shifting the folded cover triangle to make it sit straight. I had one of these for my iPad3 which performed beautifully. Not this current version. Wish I could return it...but for you I wish you take this review to heart and avoid buying this cover.

    90 of 107 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It works

    • Written by from Alhambra

    So far I haven't had any issues with the fact of the new design. However I am taking one star because of the color... The green is much lighter than the one from the picture. Anyway, very good product and I recommend it.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Do Portrait

    • Written by from PHILADELPHIA

    This is the first iPad cover I bought from Apple. I bought it because I thought, looking at the pictures, that I could stand my iPad in portrait mode and go. Not so. The origami construction does a lot of things, but if you need to use the cover to stand up vertically, it's a FAIL.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    As it used to be

    • Written by from Vista

    First of all, I've owned iPad Retina, iPad mini, and this iPad Air all with smart covers. And there were all best case out there on the market. No exception this time. It works great as it should be . I don't really understand why those reviews giving low ratings. I think they either don't know how to use this propery or got inferior ones.

    But, one thing you should know is that this is defferent from old smart covers with metal magnets. For those of you who have used iPad mini with their smart covers, that's exactly how it feels.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Case Yet!

    • Written by from Oakland

    I love the new colors! Lime Green is my fav!
    This case is the only case you should consider for your iPad if you are looking for minimal.

    9 of 16 people found this useful

  • 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.

    2 of 4 people found this useful