One Month Later with the iPad 2 Smart Cover and It Isn’t Pretty

It has been a little over a month since we started using the iPad 2 Smart Cover. And while we have already reviewed the Smart Cover in depth, we need to comment on how disappointed we are with this accessory after using it for just a few weeks. Don’t get us wrong, although we hate its price tag, we do really like the iPad Smart Cover as an accessory. That said, we’re not happy with how the quality of the case has held up over the past few weeks. This is especially disturbing considering how pricey the cases are.

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Our $70 black leather smart cover case is already showing significant signs of wear and tear, and that is from just moderate use. Its edges are becoming bent out of shape, and the leather itself is starting to look rubbed out, scuffed, and old.

As for the $40 blue cover, that too is showing premature signs of age. For one thing – it has gotten dirty real quickly! When it comes to cleaning the cover, the grey underside of the smart cover is able to clean up pretty nicely. On the other hand, the color outside, which tends to pick up stains and scuffs, we’re having difficult time getting  it to look like new again. We tried using Clorox wipes to get the big stains off of our blue cover, but they aren’t budging.

I’m glad that some Smart Cover clones are making its way to the market because by looks of things…I’m going to need a new one stat.






Anyone else disappointed with how their iPad Smart Cover is holding up?

Update: It seems that many other Smart Cover owners are experiencing similar frustrations. Check out these threads over at MacRumors. (1, 2)


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  1. My black leather cover is holding up fine. If you let it get scuffed and dirty, you’re not taking very good care of your iPad.

  2. Nothing wrong with mine after daily moderate use since iPad 2 release. Stains? Are you setting coffee cups on this thing? I would hate to see the backside of your iPad 2.

  3. I take mine to baseball fields for scoring and I must admit the gray cover looks a bit dingy. But it still serves it’s purpose so I am cool.

  4. Helena: We hang out together one night, and I can see that you are absorbing my influence already. I mean, would else would use terms like “stat”? 🙂

    As an official apple fan boy, I am sad to see your critical remarks toward the iPad 2 case. I mean, who are we as mere mortals to attempt to judge something so magical. Come on… it has magnets. Magnets!!1!

  5. Andy & Me – isn’t the point of the cover to protect your iPad? If you have to be super careful to keep the Smart cover in good condition too, it seems kind of silly to use it altogether. And no, we’re not setting down cups of coffee on it.

  6. Haha I’ve been reading about this…I thought the pics would be much worse…jeez it’s just a few spots chill out people! I mean it is a cover, isn’t it supposed to take the wear and tear instead of the iPad?

  7. I have the red leather cover and noticed a good sized stain yesterday from who knows what. I used a wet cloth to clean it, which mostly got rid of the stain, but also took some of the color off. Now there’s a lighter red splotch on it. Any suggestions for getting the color back? Wishful thinking? Maybe leather conditioner?

  8. Yeah my Tan leather smart cover already has two stains on it. I’m not surprise that I have stains on the cover, just wish it had better stain protection on it. Think I’ll like my leather portfolio case that I have on pre-order.

  9. Yep, mines getting dirty and the corners are getting bent. Also, so much for cleaning the screen. The smart cover leaves 3 great big vertical lines on my screen. It is cool. But the quality does’nt hold up in my opinion.

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