Smart Cover and Back? Or Case?
I picked up my new iPad a few days ago, having sold my iPad 2 to a co-worker, but I still have my smart cover from the previous iPad. I had used a hard shell back with the cover on my iPad 2, but the shell doesn't fit the new one. I've thought about using the smart cover and buying a new back, but I also am considering getting an entirely new case, such as the Otterbox or Seido cases, both of which Amazon have for great prices, I might add. I want protection for my new toy, and while it's not like I throw it around like a frisbee, it's better to be safe than sorry.
That said, do people generally use the smart cover/back combo? Or a case? Suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
- 04-12-2012, 03:48 PM #2iMore Beginner
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I prefer cases myself. These things are slim enough that a few extra millimeters isn't too bad - in fact, in some cases, I find it helps the tablet fit better in the hand. Seido has one that is functionally about as good as OtterBox (it's just missing the built-in transparent screen protector). The Ballistic case is a bit less ergonomic, but you definitely wouldn't have to worry about damage. If you wanted to stay slim, you could always just slap a Bodyguardz on the back. I hear they work really well.
- 04-13-2012, 01:29 PM #3
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- 04-13-2012, 03:33 PM #6
Thanks for all of the suggestions. At first I was going to get one of those rugged cases (Otterbox or Ballistic), but they all seem to come with built-in screen protectors that ruin the experience of the retina display. The Seidio looks good, but I read that the back is quite slick and tough to grip. I think I'll go with a back such as the Incipio.
- 04-14-2012, 01:13 AM #8
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- 07-29-2012, 08:58 PM #14
When the SmartCase was first introduced, I remember seeing a video/review (it was long) that wasn't that keen on it because of it's fit - problems with not being able to grab the cover to open it because of the lip of the base not fitting properly and problems with the magnets not really securing the cover properly
Did they fix all of this?
- 07-30-2012, 12:17 PM #15
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- 07-30-2012, 10:03 PM #16
I usually just go with my black leather Smart Cover and a snap-on back; either the Incipio Feather (light, holds SC to iPad securely) or the Union by Devicewear (thin, StayOpen magnet on the back).
For deployments I prefer my Griffin Survivor to my Otterbox. Both are realistically probably more protection that the casual user will need. If you're handing your iPad to toddlers, that's a different story. The built-in screen protectors (easily removed with a blade) will take away from the retina screen, but they definitely come in handy for the various elements we deal with.
- 07-30-2012, 11:29 PM #17
- 07-31-2012, 09:24 AM #18
I go in between the Logitech Ultra Thin Keyboard cover and the smart cover for the front of the "new" iPad. I have nothing on the back. It has been fine like that since release day when I got it.
My iPad2 has just the smart cover and that is also just fine. My iPad1 is in the Apple case that was sold with the iPad at launch.
- 08-06-2012, 09:08 PM #19
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- 08-08-2012, 09:30 PM #21
I recently got the SmartCase for my iPad 2. I absolutely love it! Keeps the slim factor of the iPad, but also protects the front and back. I did notice a bit of a fit issue using it on the iPad 2, but I cut a piece of felt and placed it behind the iPad before placing in the case and it fits perfect!
I take my iPad everywhere, so I keep it in a neoprene sleeve while it's in my bag. I was most concerned about the case showing dirt, but I've found this case very easy to clean with a damp cloth and I've had no problems. Had it almost a month and it still looks brand new.
- 08-09-2012, 09:06 PM #22