• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just Purchased

    Not a seamless fit but sufficient. Fit where cover meets the case isn't seamless. Lightweight and feels durable but won't know for awhile. I would wait if you're not sure. Will have more choices no doubt. Will collapse if pushed when using stand. Light gestures ok but use both hands to be sure. Probably will last if handled with some care. Not good if used daily and thrown about.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Up to snuff

    This case has served my iPad mini well for 2 years. Outside buttons work well. Develops a nice patina. Good to touch.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    An adequate case

    After reading the reviews for this, I decided to buy it even though many were complaining about the flimsiness of the upright standing. It is better than I expected, but not amazing. I've used the Smart Cover for an older iPad and it is much sturdier. I will keep this though. I rarely use the upright stand position, and as long as you don't push your iPad, it will stay standing. Otherwise, it's a pretty good case.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pricy but Good Protection

    I have been using this case on my iPad Air since I purchased it in November of 2013. The case has held up very well and for being soft leather, it has not really shown much wear. I especially like the way it feels to hold it as you really feel like you won't loose your grip. The slim profile really adds complete protection to the iPad without adding much bulk.

    I have read some of the negative reviews and I must admit, I would have given this produce 5 stars if it did a better job of standing up when you fold the cover so it will stand up upright for viewing movies. Of course with the lightness of the Air compare to the 4th Generation iPad, it is just as easy to hold sometimes.

    All in all, it is not cheap, but it has proven to be a good investment to protect the iPad and it has stood the test of time.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't come with screen protector

    Don't be fooled by the product description. Yes the case fully closes and protects the screen while not in use but it does not have a screen protector. You'll have to buy one of those separately.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Its really nice and I recommend

    I really do like it. Although it is magnetized and doesn't cover the back, I paired it with a clear plastic back cover and it worked out super well. Iike the fact that it does double as a stand for the Ipad and does really work well. It does show stains on front when you don't have super clean hands but they wipe off after a good cleaning. Not a bad magnetized cover, and it shuts your ipad down when you close it up. I would recommend it vs getting an imitation.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice case but....

    The case fits very well on my iPad Air. But like the other reviews the trifold design could be better. Also not sure that the case is real leather; but it could be. I expected more for $79.99.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost but came up a little short.....

    When looking at cases for my iPad Air, I first checked out the 3rd party. From what I have seen, nothing seems to fit or look decent. So I went for the red smart case. I have the black iPad, so the red case looks nice. It fits very well and looks very much part of the iPad. Unlike some of the 3rd party cases that has that bulky look. I noticed you have to be careful when having your iPad upright with the cover folded. It is possible to have it sturdy but you have to take your time on double checking the folds as it takes some practice. One of the two things I don't like about the case is the texture. It's a little bit on the slippery side while holding. If apple made it with a softer leather like texture, that would be perfect! My other major gripe is the price! $79.99 seems way too much. It was hard taking this out of the box and using this case right after forking over that kind of money!! I would say this case is worth $39.99. But after having it for a week, it looks nice laying on my coffee table in my living room. Not only it offers good protection, it looks good for a decorative piece.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Can be good

    I returned my first two smart cases after having issues with vertical stand instability (folding cover kept collapsing) and the cover not folding flat behind the case. I thought I would try one more smart case because I liked the light weight. The case I have now is stable in the vertical position (the magnet holds the folding cover in place in the vertical stand position, it did not on my first cover) and the cover easily folds flat behind the case. The light weight and fit of this case are fantastic. I can recommend this case if you can find one that is not defective.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Lovely material, some minor but irritating flaws

    It's a nice enough case with pros and cons. Overall, I like it.

    On the down side:
    Audio hole is too small (this is really a problem with several headphones).
    Difficult or impossible to use the stand in portrait orientation.
    Magnets not always strong enough to hold it in the rolled up configuration.
    Flap tries hard to block the camera.

    On the plus side:
    Smooth grippy lovely material. Doesn't quite feel like just leather, seems a little technical, a little engineered, but it feels great. I've had the black for 5 months now, and use it every day. It picks up some debris on occasion, but is easily cleaned by brushing. Finger oils haven't had much effect, if perhaps improved the character a little (mostly no change). There has been no color loss.
    It's thin and light.
    It protects the iPad well on all sides. It's not an Otter Box, but few need that. It has enough of a lip to protect the screen when laid face down on a smooth surface, but small enough to not get in the way of typing or interfering with any other touch activities.

    In the end, though, it's the size of the headphone hole that I find most annoying, fitting less than half of the headphones I've tried. But this isn't enough affect the overall goodness of the nice feeling protector of the iPad.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Case

    As others have mentioned the movie stand function is flawed either because the magnets are too weak or because three folding sections don't work as well as four (that previous Apple cases had).

    If you're purchasing it primarily for protection however, I doubt you'll find anything with a superior fit/finish for the same price point. I had a Speck FitFolio case (which I liked) for my iPad mini and this case is far better. The speck case is half the price but it's also made of vegan (synthetic) leather. Apple's case is made of aniline (real) leather. You get what you pay for. Overall a great case.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Case for iPad Air

    In spite of a lot of negative reviews, I decided to get the smart case. Something redesigned for the iPad Air and not appropriated from what a third party sold on the previous iPads. I couldn't be happier. Searching around, I can honestly say that as of January 10, I could not find a substantive alternative that provided what the Smartcase does:

    Magnet Closure
    Full coverage - front and back (and edge) protection
    Slim form factor
    Elegant fit and finish

    I knock it down a star because I think 80 dollars is a lot to drop after getting an iPad, and a little much for a case, but I think the product stands on it's own. I have not had the same issue others have had getting the cover to support the iPad correctly. People must have trouble making triangles ;).

    If you appreciate what Apple provides and like the Kool-Aid, you'll be happy you bought this case.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great ergonomics, basic functionality, high price

    I've had an Ipad since they came out in 2010 and after much research bought the original Apple case. Three years later, that case has a lot of mileage on it and despite my initial concerns about the longevity of the mystery material its made of and the seams/edge design, it literally looks like new.

    Now we just purchased an Ipad Air and again after looking at the alternatives went with the leather version of the Apple Smart Case. While there are other nice cover options, they are not as sleek and basically just bulk up this beautiful design, like putting a puffy raincoat on a supermodel.

    The Smart Case leather feels great in your hands and the cover operates smoothly.

    One concern is that the cover material does not provide as much dampening as the original cover because of its sleeker design. Don't know if anything but an obnoxious rubber raincoat (e.g.otterbox) could really protect the Air from a common fall. Definitely think worth augmenting with the AppleCare+ warranty upgrade.

    After reading other reviews I was worried about the top cover not laying flat but it stays closed and really lays down pretty good--I can't notice any issue with it.

    The only lifecycle issue I could possible see is the hinge seam sticks out about 1/4 inch from the case and the unsupported material in this area may wear or be subject to damage.

    The downside is price: $79 is pretty steep considering where its made. You could go with the non-leather case for less $$ and get the same functionality. If the material is the same mystery material as the original Ipad case it has great wearability.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good!

    This black leather case is a great addition to my new silver iPad Air.

    Looking at this case, it seems durable... For light wear and tear. It's slim, and lightweight. Although, when standing the case upright, the magnetic power for holding the cover/stand in place is quite weak. As well as the magnet holding the cover to the case itself. I also noticed a little something about the case, unlike the smart case for the older generation iPad, little things like the silver details around the volume buttons and the switch are gone.

    I do like the dual functionality of the whole case itself, I just wish that the stand wouldn't collapse with just one tap of your finger.

    Thank you!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Case is nice and stable if you use it correctly

    I understand all of the comments about the stability, but the truth is if you fold the cover properly so that the magnet engages, it is much more stable than previous Smart Covers. Try it!

    I agree that black is the only practical color although I love the looks of the tan natural leather.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply, good protective casing for daily use and travel

    I first bought the cover - only covering the screen. See my review of that (1 star) - cover fell of when I was walking with the iPad, ipad slipped out of my hands onto the hardwood floor, screen cracked.

    The cover of course is a tiny bit thicker, but only just. You can easily travel with it (back protected as well) and I can't imagine the iPad Air falling out by accident.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Feels great fit okay?

    I love the look a feel of the smart case. The black smart case over the black/gray ipad air looks great as well. The cases fit is where I have an issue. When I close the case I have a gap of space on the left side from top to bottom, which leaves a space between the screen and the smart cover. I will return it to apple to see if it is only this case or just how the case fits? Is it enough of an issue to return it and go with different case... No, it works and I love the feel and I will keep it. However; apple is about perfection and it is disappointing to a degree. Apple could have made the same back with a space on the left side to fit the smart cover and could have sold it as a set or just back or front cover... It would fit better this way. It is the non-apple type hinge that is the issue at least on my cover. Again I still love the look, fit and function and will keep the smart case as it is the best option on the market.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not terribly impressed.

    I ordered the case because I wanted total coverage for my iPad air. It was anticipated the cover would serve as a stand. Unfortunately, the stand collapses easily. As a cover and case, this is lovely. As a stand, not so much.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Premium price, but exceptional quality.

    Full disclosure: I am writing this review having used the iPad Air Smart Case(Black) for one week.

    The case is made out of a quality aniline dyed leather and feels considerably solid. The iPad snaps into place VERY firmly, to the point that it is initially somewhat difficult to remove the iPad from the case. After inserting and removing the iPad a few times, you'll get a feel for the best method of removal. Time will tell if the leather holds up or gets discolored with use. I assume the black model will probably last longer in this respect. The front folds up exactly like a Smart Cover, although compared to the previous Smart Cover (which had 4 sections compared to 3 on the current cover) it provides less support. The price is rather steep, but this case will please anyone looking for an professional or elegant solution to protecting their iPad Air.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good case

    This is a terrific looking case, bought the black one for my black iPad air.
    The only reason I am giving this 4 vs 5 stars is due to the fact, when using the cover to prop the iPad up on a table, I find the angle a bit to low. But everything else about this cases, is so much better then the after market cases, makes that a minor issue
    If you spend lots of time without an external KB, typing documents, this case may not be for you, the majority of the time, my device is in my lap and not a table,
    Smart Cover works better then any after market I owned for the prior iPad
    Worth the cost in my opinion, a bit over priced, but you get what you pay for.
    The feel is buttery and rich, and the iPad just drops in, a PERFECT fit, unlike some other
    cases I have used in the past for prior models

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