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iPad 2 Smart Covers Are Not The Smartest Covers We’ve Seen

Posted by Don at 10:25 AM on March 3, 2011

Yesterday Apple announced a follow-up to their successful iPad tablet, the iPad 2. Along with the tablet, they spent a ridiculous amount of time showing off what they call the “Smart Cover.” It’s basically a polyurethane (or leather) sheet that lays over the iPad 2′s screen protecting it from scratches and such. What separates this cover from the case they released for the original iPad is, well, the fact that this one is smart — sort of.

The Smart Cover doesn’t wrap around or snugly fit together with the iPad 2 like the previous case did. Instead, it uses an aluminum hinge with magnets inside to stick to the side of the tablet. They made sure everyone saw this at their press event — over and over and over again. Aside from the disappointment that was the original iPad case, Apple has always done a good job designing accessories for their products, and this Smart Case is no different. When you fold it closed it will automatically put the iPad 2 to sleep, when you open it the iPad 2 wakes up, simple as that. Another great feature is the predetermined folds. These folds let you set the iPad 2 up at a couple different angles. One for watching videos and video-chatting via FaceTime, the other for typing and playing games.

The covers — don’t call them cases, they’re covers! — look like they’ll be great for your screen but, there’s no drop protection whatsoever and the aluminum back will no doubt get scratched if you plan on using one. (Maybe “Smart Cover” wasn’t the best name choice) They will come in a variety of colors and we can choose between a classy leather cover or a fun happy colored polyurethane version. They’ve got a microfiber lining on the screen side that Apple claims will keep your screen clean (I doubt it will be that easy) and both versions will be available at launch, March 11th. Just like all of Apple’s other accessories, don’t expect to pick one of these up on the cheap. The polyurethane versions will cost about $40 while the leather one will set you back about $70.

One Comment

  1. From tomwiles at 5:36 pm on March 5, 2011

    Don, if the aluminum backs on the iPad are similar to the iPod Touch, if it is left unprotected it WILL become scratched. The back of my iPod Touch started getting scratched immediately since I couldn’t buy a case that had a kick stand the day I bought the iPod, but had to buy it online.

    Oh well. the aluminum back got scratched. I USE my devices. Apple devices that are made of aluminum do seem to end up looking bad after use in the real world.

    If I ever find myself tempted at some point into getting an iPad, I will get a conventional iPad case. Who gives a rip about trick magnetic hinges if the very expensive status device itself is going to end up with nasty scratches?

    Also, why are people so worried about protecting the glass touch screen when the aluminum back is far more apt to end up scratched than glass?