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Apple iPad 2 Smart Cover: Early Hands-On Reviews are Glowing



Andy Inatko of the Chicago Sun Times was on hand at the Apple iPad 2 announcement Wednesday. Afterwards he was able to get his hands on Apple’s new tablet and surprisingly one of the first things he discussed in his appearance on This Week in Google, a streaming Internet television show on the Twit network, was the iPad Smart Cover. The show is not ready for online viewing until a day after the live airing.

It’s hard to call the Smart Cover a case since it just lays on top of the screen. But one of the incredible features is that it has a magnet in the case that holds it to the iPad. Magnets inside the iPad sense when the case is laying on top of the screen and puts the iPad to sleep. Add to that the microfiber surface that will help clean fingerprints off the screen, suddenly the $39 price tag doesn’t sound very steep. As our own Warner Crocker wrote, Apple has solved some of the biggest complaints about the iPad in one accessory. Aside from the fingerprint issue, Warner’s other problem was with previous iPad cases covering up the beautiful engineering Apple has put into its tablet.

Before hearing Andy’s description, I was skeptical. My previous experience with Apple’s first-generation iPad case was not good. To be honest I thought it was a cheap piece of junk. But this one looks promising, and I will likely be ordering one when I get my new iPad 2.



  1. Elgringo79

    03/02/2011 at 11:32 pm

    I thought case magnets were bad for the iPad 1 (or at least interfered with compass.) Was I misinformed? Or did apple work around that issue somehow?

  2. Mon Samarista

    03/03/2011 at 1:44 am

    apple nailed it – even the case.

  3. Sonialalsingh

    03/03/2011 at 3:02 am

    Can this smart cover work for the first iPad?

    • Htl318

      03/06/2011 at 8:42 pm

      No, the iPad 2 case is integrated with the magnets that are built in the iPad 2 which the first iPad doesn’t have.

  4. Anonymous

    03/03/2011 at 5:18 am

    Yup That’s the Apple …. still !

  5. Designer66

    03/04/2011 at 9:28 pm

    Nope, I heard it cannot work with the first iPad.

  6. Anonymous

    03/04/2011 at 10:05 pm

    The worst way you can drop an iPad is to drop is and have it land on and edge, this “case” while looking Very Clever offers ZERO Protection to four of the Most vulnerable points ..The edges.. while this IS tempting for the Cool factor , I believe I’m going to keep looking

  7. Black Kixs

    03/11/2011 at 8:02 pm

    never buy apple products first gen

  8. Robert Griffith's friend

    05/20/2011 at 4:25 am

    Is it true they make these covers out of Yak scrotums? 

  9. Gsc

    06/12/2011 at 9:29 am

    The apple case is expensive and really bad overall despite looking thin and light. It doesnt protect the iPad in anyway, the screen gets scratched if any kind of dirt gets in the inside of the cover as the cover is not tight and loosens over time – acting as a bit of sand paper. The cover apparently acts as a stand when you fold it up behind it, but really quite unstable and worse still manages to pick up every bit of dirt on a table on the inside, giving issue to the aforementioned and marking the screen with three stripes where the cover bends, so your constantly cleaning the screen. Overall irritating, expensive and ultimately useless for protection. 

  10. Ruk18th

    08/25/2011 at 2:05 am

    Can I use this case for my Acer 10.1 notebook?

  11. Bentimson

    09/04/2011 at 11:07 am

    I hate it it has just dented my IPad 2 where the magnets have bin *wall*

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