• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointing

    • Written by from Jericho

    You would think, considering the relatively high price, that this would be a really nice case for the iPad Air. It's not. Although the case is said to be made of leather, it actually looks and feels more like rubber or vinyl. It attaches snugly to the the outside edge of the iPad, similar to the way a bumper case attaches to an iPhone. While the case is very light weight, which is a plus, it covers over both the on/off and the volume buttons on the iPad with its own built-in buttons, again similar to the way plastic bumpers cover the buttons on an iPhone. This makes the buttons less responsive to the touch and a bit more difficult to use. But what's worse is the very small opening for the lock rotation/mute switch, which makes accessing the switch quite difficult. Bottom line: there are much better designed cases out there for the iPad Air at a fraction of the cost of this one.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I'm an avid Apple fan who has been consistently drawn to the company's products because of their quality and ease of use. My first of more than 30 computers was the original MacPlus, and my most recent is an iPad Air. The leather case I purchased with my iPad Air is a great cover. However, as a stand it is the worst product Apple product I've ever owned. Heck, my original iPad came with a case that was a far superior stand device than this overpriced horrible excuse for a stand I'm using now. I use an Apple Bluetooth keyboard and still the iPad won't stay up. Ugh! I miss Steve Jobs.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Air cover

    • Written by from san bernardino

    Must be their worst ever.poor fit around edge,irritates hand,slippery outer finish.Makes for a poor stand.had the first gen iPad with cover and still use,that was a great cover.Wish this one was similar.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Less is not always more...

    • Written by from Troutman

    I love the look and feel of this case. However, the design is not as good as its predecessor; the leather Smart Cover. I do like the fact that it covers the front and the back. What's missing? One fold.

    The cover for previous generations had 4 flaps that folded nicely into a triangle which provided a solid support / stand. This version only has three and it doesn't hold together nearly as well. Assumedly, it's because of the width reduction of the iPad Air, but in my opinion the scale and width of the four folds should have been scaled accordingly.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the money

    • Written by from Taunton

    I have been using it for a week and I am sending it back. As a stand its very flimsy and if you don't fold it just so it doesn't stand up well. Def not worth $80. I am returning asap. Now, if you just want something that looks good visually and protects the outside then I guess it would be worth" the money?

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Flimsy design

    • Written by from Cupertino

    The new design is unstable and tends to collapse easily.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    IPad Air Case

    • Written by from Spartanburg

    Very disappointing for the price. Feels llike plasticl, not a soft leather. Fits case however cover does not close tightly, and light shows, doesnt put it to sleep. Very annoying when using at night. Stand is floopy, doesnt hold it up and constantlly slips. Tab is very stiff and needs to be massaged and loosened before slipping into slot to hold pad up, or close. Very shoddy product for Apple to choose to use with this great new product! Very surprised at lack of quality. How about some nice new bright colors? This cover will have to do until something else comes out, but Apple dropped from the tree on this one.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expect from Apple

    • Written by from Victoria

    I bought a Red smartcase at the same time I ordered my iPad Air. Firstly it is more orange than red, not a huge problem but still. Secondly the case is almost impossible to remove which can be a good thing but not when the case will not allow my headphones to fit into the jack, the case must be partially removed. Also the front of the case will not lay flat against the iPad air so the lock feature does not work unless you push it down. However it still will not lay flat. Will be returning the case. Fairly poor design for $90 Cdn.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Two flaws, one of them major

    • Written by from Bellevue

    Beautiful case, but two flaws that really make it useless.

    First, the big flaw that makes the case useless. It won't stand by itself. Fold up the cover, stand the iPad Air up, and the "wedge" folds in on itself, causing the iPad to fall. If it does stand by itself, if you try to use the iPad at all, it falls. You must still hold the iPad.

    Second, when closed, the cover part doesn't lay flat. The hinge edge stands about 1/8 inch above the screen, not completely sealing off the screen, and making it very easy to accidentally open the cover. Things may barely catch the edge, and the cover open up from the hinge side.

    Useless case. $80 gone.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Covers and protects well. Does stand well.

    • Written by from CHICO

    I'm less than impressed with this cover. It supplies ample protection and has a nice soft interior but the cover (near the hinge) doesn't close flat and the tri-fold style of screen cover doesn't hold the ipad as well. It will often collapse while I have it on my lap or even on a table. It seems the fourth fold that was removed on the smart cover redesign really added some stability. I also noticed that when holding the ipad with the cover in a triangle shape (portrait) it is a little too large to hold comfortably.

    Pro- Covers well. Soft interior.

    Cons- Does not work as a stand. Holding ipad in portrait with smart cover in a triangle isn't comfortable.

    I will continue to use this cover until I can find one better.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Design

    • Written by from Washington

    The case feels solid and yet soft, just like the Smart Cases for previous generation iPads. While it may not provide much impact protection, I have no doubt that it will protect the iPad from scuffs and scratches.

    I noticed immediately that the front cover doesn't lay flat across the screen of the iPad when closed. The fabric hinge is too stiff, and without the folding metal origami of the previous Smart Covers, which I am sure added weight, the cover doesn't seem to fit quite as it should.

    This is odd considering Apple's typical attention to detail, but when the cover folds into a stand the situation gets worse. It appears that while the previous generation cases and covers used two sets of flat magnets to hold the the folding pieces together, the newest case only has a set of small magnets in the very tip of the cover.

    The larger flat magnets in the previous cover held the whole surface of the cover against itself when you folded it back, increasing friction between them. This elegant design held a heavier iPad steady while the user pushed and swiped at the screen using the weight of the device as a further means to push the case onto itself and holding everything fast.

    The new case only has weak magnets at the very tip of the cover flap, and if you don't align them very carefully, the iPad will fall flat. Also, the weight of the iPad no longer helps to anchor the cover because of the steep angle, so when you push or swipe at the screen it rocks backwards, sometimes collapsing the cover and causing the device to fall again.

    When you consider the simple, brilliant design of the previous Smart Cover/ Case this newest case is designed in a shoddy manner inconsistent with its $90 price tag.

    What we have here is a case where Apple is selling an accessory unworthy of their own product.

    42 of 54 people found this useful