• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Cover provides good protection, but isn't a great stand

    • Written by from CAMPBELL

    The cover snugly encloses my iPad Air and provides a good seal between the front flap and the case the whole way around. As you'd expect, the cutouts line up perfectly and the automatic lock / unlock function also works well.

    However, the smart case isn't a great iPad stand. The flap does not provide enough stability for tablet manipulation (typing, launching apps etc) when folded back on itself when standing in the upright, requiring a second hand to support it to prevent it from falling over. Also, in the slightly inclined mode, the strength of the magnet built into the case is insufficient to keep the cover folded back on itself, and as a result the case usually collapses in on itself. Even when it doesn't, the incline is only slightly more angled than horizontal anyway.

    545 of 598 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Really nice case...but...

    • Written by from Loudon

    Honestly, the quality of the case itself is great, but it has a design flaw. When the cover is closed, it doesn't lay flat. Because of the way the hinge material (between the case and cover) was designed to be sturdy, it holds the cover up about 1/16th of an inch. This, in turn, makes the cover not lay flat as the back pane of the cover (nearest the hints) is raised and the other two panels of the cover lay flat. It's significant enough that it's very noticeable when looking at it.

    471 of 537 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Trying hard to love it

    • Written by from East Rockaway

    The look and feel of this case is great. I have one in black, it's sleek, it feels amazing in the hand.

    The functionality of the case when closed is awesome. It fully protects the iPad Air.

    When open it's a different story, the front cover just doesn't lay flat against against the back of the iPad, It's not the end of the world but it really is kind of annoying. I'll probably keep this around but if a better back that's compatible with a smart cover comes along I'm going to try it out.

    For $80, they should have added a magnet in the case itself to hold it nice and sturdy.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good case, not a great stand

    • Written by from TARPON SPRINGS

    The case fits the Air great, nice and tight. The cover passes for leather but because of the way the back is molded, it takes on an almost rigid cardboard quality. No doubt it protects my investment but the stand function is not great, both the standing up or perched up just above the table, I wish it was a bit more sturdy. $79 seems pretty expensive for what you get, maybe wait if you can for some after maket version that have perfected a full case.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Design Flaw for sure

    • Written by from Bengaluru

    Too bad design can't really use this as a stand. Thumbs down. Money spent is gone for a waste

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice case, bad stand

    • Written by from Sarver

    $80 and does not function very well as a stand in any position. 3 stars because I love the case itself, thin, light, nice! for $40 it is a great case, for $80 as a case and a stand, forget about it!

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Open Gap and Does Not Turn Off

    • Written by from Senoia

    Looks beautiful and feels great. HOWEVER, there is a good sized gap so the cover does not lay flat and that may be why my IPad does not turn off when closed. Or, is it like the refrigerator light and when you peek in the light is always on. Hhm?

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Just ok

    • Written by from Socorro

    The good:
    Very nice feel in the hands.
    Provides a good grip.
    Colors match their iPhone leather counterparts.

    The bad:
    The hinge sticks out too much, breaking the smooth lines of the device and creating an extraneous flap most other cases do not have.
    The hinge prevents the top cover from laying fully flat on the iPad screen, something the smart cover does not suffer from.
    The stand is way too flimsy.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Ipad doesn't sleep when close

    • Written by from LAS VEGAS

    I bought this cover to match my new IPhone 5s. It did sleep when I closed it during the first week but after a month of use, (I'm right here in New Zealand using this as my camera since I left my nikon in the airport), it doesn't automatically turns off anymore??? I don't know if I'm doing something wrong. I may have to go back to the store and ask them. Really love it though except for that part. I love the feel of the cover and protection, but the same cover of my IPhone got cut when my phone accidentally dropped, it did protect my phone from the scratch though! I read about the reviews where it doesn't fold flat but no one mentioned this concern I have. I'm just wondering why???

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Yes, it's true; good, but...

    • Written by from New York

    As has already been fairly stated, this is a decent case because it is light-weight, provides a good seal, and is usable as a stand. However, it has limitations as a stand because it is less than rock-steady and may not provide what you consider to be the best viewing angle. Finally, for $79, there has GOT to be a better choice out there. Unfortunately, I couldn't find one. So, I bought it and like, but recognize the fact that it is not necessarily the perfect case, and I have to imagine that it is not the best deal to be had.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice texture, looks great on white iPad

    • Written by from Atlanta

    The brown case looks great on the white iPad air. I agree with the previous reviews about the stand not being as sturdy as possible. I also get irritated when I'm holding the iPad air vertically because the case does not lay flat against the back.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sleek Protective Case, Terrible Stand

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    Pros: Very slim and adds little weight compared to other cases, nice feel in your hands, no awkward cut outs
    Cons: can barely stand with its flimsy flip cover - the Smart Cover for the previous iPad was WAAAY more sturdy

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent case...

    • Written by from Santa Barbara

    - snug fit (it's quite difficult to take the iPad out of the case)
    - smooth leather

    - certain earphone jack plugs won't fit
    - durability concern (especially the "rim" part of the top cover which has been glued to the bottom cover)

    To me, pressing on the volume control/lock buttons is alright, I don't have complaints. Standing either way (keyboard or facetime position) is also stable for me. I can press anywhere on my iPad without worrying about it falling.

    If you're a perfectionist-type of a person, I recommend going to an apple store to grab one, because not all of the brand-new cases looked perfect (i.e. with wrinkles and/or discolorations).

    The quality of the case to me is worth 4 stars (assuming it won't break easily), but I give it 3 for its high price. As pointed out in the cons section, I am the most afraid it might just tear off eventually, because it seems like glue was used to hang the top cover to the bottom cover... Time will tell.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but some frustrations with the hinge

    • Written by from Indianapolis

    I like the feel, and my iPad Air stays snug in the case. I also like the patina mine has acquired. The problem I have is that the hinge has gotten a bit stretched over time and so the "smart function"--putting the iPad to sleep when I close the cover--doesn't always work as the magnets no longer line up. All in all though, I much prefer leather to synthetic materials.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Well made but design flaw

    • Written by from Cupertino

    The execution of the case is very nice: material, fit and finish are five stars. Design is two stars, maybe even one, because I cannot for the life of me figure out how someone at Apple let that ugly, in the way, eyesore of a hinge bump be produced. It is not a design necessity (the top cover hinge of the faux leather Invellop case is beautiful designed and it sits in a recess in the back shell). I will also comment about the lack of dark brown and navy blue, but since I am not going to keep it for other reasons, that wouldn't help it this time.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good case but too expensive

    • Written by from SEABROOK

    I got this case for Christmas and it does everything it says it does except holding it up on portrait mode. I am mostly satisfied with this case but think the price is outrageous. I would NOT have paid over $80.00 for it.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Smart Case iPad Air

    • Written by from Peru

    I like this case. I made a loop out of 1/4 inch elastic to keep it closed and also placed a row of binder clips in the folded edge to make a better crease. After removing the clips, it does close flat. I wish the design would include a silicone bump on the 4 corners to give a little more drop protection, but otherwise am happy with this case. I did purchase it with my Black Friday gift card offer and would not have paid $80 for it. But it is sleek, lightweight, and the cover does provide some resistance that may keep it from slipping out of my hand.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's a nice case for iPad but..

    • Written by from Washington

    It has a nice design and it really protect my iPad but, I think it's too expensive ..

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as previous cases...

    • Written by from Toa Alta

    It feels great. It is very light, and looks good. I think they need to improve the front cover, it does not lay flat when it's closed. Also is not good when is used as a stand. I don't use it because it does not feel secure. Overall, looks good, feels great, not as good as previous models.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality is just so-so

    • Written by from Battle Ground

    I find the case to be flimsy and not what quality I have come to expect from Apple. I have chosen to spend another $20 and get another brand of case with a keyboard.