Apple’s new Smart Cover for iPad 2 is one of the most interesting protective cases yet, not because of the clever magnet design, but also because of its innovative and compact outlook. iPad 2 is thin, sleek and flat-out amazing. So why hide it in a bulky case? The slim Smart Cover protects your iPad screen without covering up its aluminum back so that your iPad 2 still looks and feels like an iPad. Now third-party iPad 2 Smart Cover is online on tinydeal.com now, with only $21.23.
The best thing about the Smart Cover is that it attaches to the iPad 2 via the magic of magnetism. The Smart Cover’s hinged side connects to the side of the iPad 2 with a satisfying click and the cover itself clings to the tablet’s screen like a baby monkey clings to its mother.
Smart Cover Magic and Innovation
The magnets also provide a little more of that Apple magic we are all getting used to seeing. If you close the cover your iPad 2 will automatically go to sleep. Lift the cover off of the iPad 2 and it wakes up. If you don’t like this feature you can adjust turn it off by launching the Settings app and changing this behavior. If you have a passcode lock you’ll be prompted to enter it when the iPad 2 wakes up.
Stand and Deliver
The Smart Cover is divided into four differently sized sections, so that you can fold the case into a triangular stand. You can lean the iPad 2 against the stand so that it’s at a steep angle for watching videos, or a shallow angle for typing and swiping. If you use the stand on a sloped surface, such as your lap, sometimes it won’t sit still. If the angle of the surface is steep enough, the weight of the iPad 2 pulls it down, and the stand flips over to the front of the tablet.
How to Use iPad 2 Smart Cover With 1st Gen. iPad
The iPad 2 is 33% thinner than the original iPad, a significant design difference. That means first-generation iPad cases won’t fit on the new iPad. So how to use this smart cover on your iPad 1st Generation? To place the magnets, just stick them first to the magnetized hinge of the Smart Cover and slid them around until they became locked into a position. This may end being asymmetrical. Then line up the cover with the iPad and use masking tape to mark where the magnets should be placed. If you want this to be a somewhat permanent solution, you can use super glue to affix the magnets to the iPad. If you are not so daring, or want to test it out to make sure you like it, just use transparent tape. Even though the super glue keeps the magnets secure and in place, they are actually pretty easy to remove by just “chipping” them off with a flathead screwdriver and a very light tap of the hammer.
The iPad 2 Smart Cover isn’t quite as magical as Apple might lead you to believe, mostly because it flaps about when open. Also, the stand only functions in landscape mode, and, although the case protects the screen, it isn’t suitable for people who treat their gadgets harshly. But the case’s magnets are undoubtedly cool, and it hardly adds any bulk to the iPad 2. We hate bulky, ugly cases, so the Smart Cover appeals to our desire to travel light and protect the iPad at the same time. The cover can also be converted to a stand in the blink of an eye. All of its plus points mean we’ll be sticking to the Smart Cover like a magnet.