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Apple iPad Mini Smart Cover review

This Smart Cover is a bit of a flop; well, a bit floppy at least…

Our Verdict

For

  • Stands the iPad Mini two ways
  • Attaches and detaches elegantly

Against

  • Wobbly in upright orientation
  • Bouncy and jittery when typing

As we sat in the audience watching the iPad 2 launch, we were interested in its new features, but we had no strong desire to replace our original iPads with it. Until, that is, the Smart Cover was shown.

For us, this was reason enough to buy an iPad 2. It protected the iPad, stood it vertically for watching movies and lifted it to make it comfortable to type on. Best of all, it was attached gracefully with a clever system of magnets.

So when the new, smaller Smart Cover launched alongside the iPad mini, we assumed it would be as much of a must-buy as its big brother.

But no. The basic schtick is the same - magnetic attachment, rolling up to provide a stand for viewing and for typing - but the much-balyhooed new hinge design is less rigid and so less good. It's wobbly when in movie-viewing mode, especially when you tap at the top of the screen, and there's an irritating amount of jitter when you try to type on it in the flatter orientation.

Ultimately, it's still one of the better cases you can buy since it provides protection that is literally and figuratively flexible, and it attaches and detaches cleanly and elegantly. It's not, however, a worthy addition to the Smart Cover family.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCover Case
Exterior MaterialPolyurethane
StyleCover
ColourDark Grey
Brand NameApple
Application/UsageiPad mini
Case FeaturesFoldable Stand, Automatic Wake-up/Sleep Function
Compatibility

Apple - iPad mini

ManufacturerApple, Inc
Product NameiPad mini Smart Cover - Dark Grey
Manufacturer Part NumberMD963ZM/A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.apple.com/uk
Marketing Information

Redesigned for iPad mini, the iPad mini Smart Cover is designed to be its perfect match: a thin, durable cover that magnetically aligns for a perfect fit. It automatically wakes and sleeps your iPad mini. It's a handy stand for reading, watching and typing. Its microfibre lining keeps your iPad mini screen clean. And it's a way to make your iPad mini as personal on the outside as it is on the inside.