Alternative to smart cover?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories for iPAD 1, 2 and 3' started by jamie.long951, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. jamie.long951

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    Sep 10, 2011
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    I've found that the official smart cover (poly) is a right dust magnet. As soon as I put it on it covers my screen in fluff and dust.

    Does anyone know of any good alternatives, that don't create this problem?

    Thanks in advance!

    Sent from my iPad using iPF
  2. jsh1120

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    The problem you mention is widely reported. The felt/microsuede side of the SmartCover seems to be responsible (though some people, myself included don't have the problem.) There are many alternatives, but almost all of them incorporate a screen cover with a back protector to which it's permanently attached. Just do a few searches on the Accessories forum and you'll find a number of alternatives. If you want to avoid dust collection, stick with covers that are leather (or some leatherlike) material on the "underneath" side when the cover is in place. Less likely to attract dust and "fluff."

    However, if you're looking for a screen cover that has all the features of the SmartCover, (i.e. easily detached, magnetized attachment at the hinger) your choices are very limited. That's because, I'm sure, Apple jealously guards its SmartCover name and design.

    The only exception to this general rule I've seen (though there may well be others) is from a "DeFauber Woodshop" on the Etsy website. The cover itself is wood on one side and leather on the other. It's specifically designed to solve the problem you cite. I haven't seen one in person but the maker has several wood choices and the photos are very attractive. As you might expect, it's relatively expensive.

    Bubinga iPad 2 Smart Cover by DFauberWoodsmith on Etsy
    #2 jsh1120, Oct 9, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2011

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    Jan 3, 2011
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    Several Members have made their own 'Smart Covers' with magnets and a cover of their choice. Head on over to the DiY section to see some of the many solutions that Members have come up with.


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