There's been an awful lot of hooting and hollering about the amazing, magical "smart cover" Apple is selling with the iPad2. Well, I'm here to tell you the emperor has no clothes, Steve Job reality distortion field is in full effect and you should definitely skip the overpriced and flawed not-so-smart cover.
- The leather on the front of the cover is low quality and stains easily. And the microfiber underside of the cover not only also stains easily but picks up bits of dirt when it's folded back to support the screen (see picture below) and then gets your screen dirty when you close it again. Bad design.
- The smart cover doesn't protect the back of the iPad including the exposed camera lens so you need another cover or sleeve in any event. Bad design.
- It's bulky and heavy because of the complex magnet hinges and so makes the iPad even less pleasant to hold in your hand when you fold it back. Bad design.
- Who cares about instant on, especially if you have a PIN code set? Press any button and get instant on with no smart cover. Useless.
- The automatically aligning magnets are the ultimate misdirection in a magician's tool bag. They solve a problem that only exists because of the smart cover -- they don't solve any problem people actually had with other covers. Bad design and useless.
p.s. The iPad2 itself is a fantastic device -- a great upgrade of Apple's innovative and game-changing tablet. Just skip the dumb cover.