An recommendation for Smart cover compatible back cover?

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    Hi, I am new and I just ordered my iPad2 and smart cover. I am looking for something to protect the back.

    My ideal case must be very slim and must compatible with smart cover. anyone has any idea?
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    Belkin has a plastic snap on back, and it works great for me. Others have complained about the quality, but I've had no problems.
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    I'm using HyperShield. Matching colors for Smart Covers, and reasonable prince. There are probably better, but probably not for less. I'm satisfied with mine.

    HyperShield TPU Back Cover for iPad 2
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    Lots of options. The main issue you'll want to consider is whether you want the back protector to "lock" the SmartCover in place. If you do, you won't face the problem of picking up the iPad by the cover and having it detach. Of course, that also means you cannot detach the SmartCover without removing the back case.

    If you're looking for recommendations, search is your friend.
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    My wife took hers to the mall and got a Zagg Invisashield installed. Doesn't get any lighter then that. Offers scratch protection,but does nothing for drop protection.

    Lots of TPU skins on eBay that would offer drop protection too. They tend to be a bit heavy
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    Now that does look pretty cool.

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    It's a middle of the road case that works pretty well. The little bit of plastic just below the Home button is weak, but the rest fits well. The boarder around the edges keeps the Smart Cover from sitting as tightly as it could, but it is still reasonably secure and doesn't flip open on it's own.

    I spent quite a bit of time searching for something that looked good, added some reasonable protection, and wouldn't cost so much that I'd regret buying it unseen. I'm happy enough that I feel no need to buy another case until I'm certain it is exactly what I want.

    If you ever watch the AppAdvice Daily videos by Robin Rhys you can sometimes see a an iPad in a pink case. I'm pretty sure is a Hypershield.
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    Im using the Zum SC Ulimate. Limited colors but it locks the smart cover into place.
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    Thanks for your help... I have found out there are some negative reviews on the belkin case.. anyone has more info about the zum case? never heard about the brand
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    Look at the reviews on amazon or other forums. I really like it. I like the fact that it locks the smart cover on. It's one of the cheaper options and has the most functionality.
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    On the other hand, I like the fact that I can easily detach the SmartCover from the iPad and leave a back protector in place. The ZUM eliminates that feature. It's really a matter of personal choice. I've tried several SmartCover compatible back covers that DON'T lock the SmartCover in place.

    The clear case from ENKI (Enki | We've got you covered) is well made and doesn't scratch easily. The leather covered back cover from Bear Motion (available on Amazon) works very well but is a "bear" to install at first. (It fits VERY tightly.) The back cover from Spec has a small metal strip that holds the SmartCover in place when it is folded over but I found that it scratched easily after about a month. If you want the functionality to prevent the SmartCover from "flopping" around when it's folded over, get a thin feeler gauge strip at the hardware store and glue it in place on the back cover. That solves the problem.
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    I'm one of those people that less is more for me but then I can read a paperback book cover to cover & it looks like it never left the bookstore when it's done. I have the black leather smart cover and I use an iPad style messenger bag to carry it around. When in my office at work or home I use a simple black mouse pad to set it on. I couldn't imagin ever picking up my iPad by the smart cover no mater how it was secured.
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    Same for me but as others have pointed out, having an iPad in a household with a toddler presents a whole new world of risk. Different strokes for different folks.
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    I have the black leather smart cover too and a Bodyguardz on the back which adds zero bulk and it's brilliant. It stops the back getting scratched and gives really good grip and make it feel really secure in my hand.

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    If your looking for something that works with the smart cover, does not add a lot of bulk and fits snug and secure, then get yourself a Switcheasy Coverback. I got the clear one and you can see my Gelaskins graphics through it. Even getting tossed and slid about by a toddler at home has done no damage to the back. I can just pop off the Switcheasy and the back is all new and clean again.
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    I have about 15 cases, all the way from a true carbon fiber DRO concepts covers to many bookcase portenzo type cases. I think my Zum/Poly/icarbons smart cover is about the best combo I own. I travel for a living and make about 10 flights/hotels a month.

    1. the smartcover is the most thin, precision cover I own. fits perfectly and is handy in all situations. Both cover and zum fit precisely.
    2. the Zum protects the back and locks cover on. Also very easy to take off without "wearing" edges so long term the fit suffers. I have this in a lot of other cases/covers - take them out every day, and the "nubs" or whatever holds it in, wear down. Not so with Zum.
    3. the combo of the two lets the ipad slide in an out of my timbuk2/waterfield bags better than other bulky or sticky cases. This is huge when you are retrieving from under air seats.


    I'm done buying until the ipad3. I need to garage sale my other cases...
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    Check out TekNet ipad2 cover on Amazon. It's gives protection to back of ipad and is cheaper than Apple covers.
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    What is your people's experiences with the smart cover leaving/not leaving scratch marks on the side of the iPad? I have seen a lot of people say both ways. Thinking of going the smart cover + back cover route that locks it in place to prevent any possible scratching.

    Thanks!
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    I have a protect skin on the back of my iPad so no scratches at all and the smart cover still holds on really tight.

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