We‚Äôve already been playing around with our iPad 2 for a while, and we‚Äôve posted some initial impressions about the tablet. We also picked up one of Apple‚Äôs fancy leather Smart Cover ($70), and have some things to say about it as well. We‚Äôre a little more neutral on this one, but we‚Äôre still having some mixed feelings.
Hit the jump to read on:
The cover obviously doesn‚Äôt cover the back of the tablet (pictured above). That‚Äôs not exactly a good thing. On the bright side, holding a well-crafted chunk of aluminum in your hands feels great. Still, if you want full, all around protection, you will want to look elsewhere.
The cover latches to the iPad 2 via a magnetic clasping hinge that snaps on to align perfectly. The real benefit of this is the ability to quickly drop on the cover (literally) when it‚Äôs time to move, or remove it when you want to put your iPad in a car dock or similar holder.
The magnets on the hinge clasp to the iPad 2's side to align (Image iFixit)
There are also magnets located over by the flap where the cover opens. All of these magnets help keep the cover in place on the iPad. On of these magnets also activates and deactivates the iPad's sleep mode. This was one of the issues we had with the cover. We picked up our tablet and accidentally slid the cover over just enough to activate the wake mode on our tablet. Perhaps a firmware update can help fix the sensitivity of the wake upon the removal of the magnet.
The magnets in the flap of the Smart Cover snap down on the magnets located in the iPad 2. The round circular one (circled on Smart Cover) activates/deactivates sleep mode. (Image: iFixIt)
Also worth noting is that the microfiber lining isn‚Äôt quite what Apple says on their website, ‚ÄúAnd since the microfiber lining gently buffs off any smudges or fingerprints as you move, iPad always looks good on arrival.‚Äù The iPad 2 is definitely sexy, but we wouldn‚Äôt say it‚Äôs free of fingerprints when you pop the case open. You can, however, gently move the cover from side-to-side you can clean up your screen a bit. It's definitely not 100 percent, but it's ready to go.
We also want to add that the thing stinks, literally. The good thing is that the leather smell almost disappeared by the end of the weekend.
The case is pretty, and doesn‚Äôt bulk up your iPad. It‚Äôs very thin and the magnetic hinges make it very easy to put on and remove the cover.
Though auto-alignment and auto-wake are great, it‚Äôs it seems that it‚Äôs a little sensitive and we managed to wake our iPad a few times without meaning to. It‚Äôs not a deal-breaker, but it‚Äôs definitely a bit of an annoyance.
Should you get one or not?
That depends on what type of person you are. If you want a bulletproof case for your gadgets, then this case is not for you. You will not get the peace of mind of having the protection you need.
Now, if you have never had your gadget fall out of your hands and you're normally very careful with the things you own, this cover is a delight–a no brainer from Apple for an Apple device. Apple even says, "In fact, the Smart Cover and iPAd work so well together, it's easy to think of them as one device."
We fall into a third category. We are that person who will use this one, but have a more protective case on hand for when the iPad 2 is going to be used by the kids or during travel or trips to the beach, etc.