Shield your Apple iPad Air or iPad Air 2 with this Apple® MF053LL/A smart cover that features durable polyurethane material and a microfiber lining for reliable protection. The cover doubles as a stand to allow media viewing and comfortable typing.
Best Smart Cover You will find for the iPad Air
Posted by: mrxiro from: Los Angeles, CA on
I reviewed the Mini's Smart Cover last year and overall I wasn't too fond of it, the magnets were weak and the colors were blah...
The Air's cover is the same design and this year's colors are a lot better. Though Red is still a little "orange-y" for my liking it doesn't look as bad this year against the Space Gray. On the Slate back of the Mini last year I hated it.
The magnets on this cover is a LOT stronger... strongest it's ever been on a smart cover I think... you have to really shake it hard to get the cover to come off. The of the cover and the folds are great at this side and really hold up when you're using it as a stand. The Mini's collapsed on me a lot. The Air's cover has not thus far.
For value, it is a little bit on the pricey side... though the older covers were 49.99 retail so at least it's cheaper than before. If feel like at 19.99-29.99 is a more fair price for the cover considering the quality.
My biggest knock against this cover, as it's been for the last 4 years, is that it can't stand your iPad up in Portrait mode. I recently picked up a full case (called an Origami case) that gives you 4 ways to stand your iPad up, including vertically in Portrait... If it wasn't for the fact that I really dislike back cases I would keep my iPad in it. But I like seeing the metal back of the iPad (protected by a clear skin similar to ZAGG Invishield) so I'm keeping the iPad Air Smart cover and tossing my Origami case in the drawer for that just in case day when I know I'm taking my iPad out to somewhere it's going to get a lot more manhandling. But because nobody else makes a smart cover I am not taking a star off for that.
This is truly a 5 star product and the only magnetic case you'll find for your iPad. There are a couple of knock off ones sold from China you can find on ebay but I wouldn't bother getting one of those as they don't have the quality feel as the official Apple Smart Cover.
14 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Posted by: TechDaveM from: RI on
It does what it should. It protects the screen of the Air without adding unnecessary heft to the device.
19 out of 24 found this review helpful.
Posted by: SMELTN from: Prattville, AL on
This is a fantastic cover. It's no different than previous models though, except for the size to fit the Air. The Red looks fantastic and holds up great. Easy to clean and love how the magnets stick to keep it in position when using it in stand mode. Only negative thing I can say is that it does not cover the back. That's by design though. You can always get a clear back cover by Rocketfish or others to go with this and it would be perfect. Again this is NOT a case, its a cover. It keeps it light and thin unlike most cases.
11 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Great mineable cover for iPad air
Posted by: jpretguy from: Southfield, mi on
I own several tablets with covers made by off brand manufactures that never quite fit the various tablets. Not so with the smart case for the iPad air. Fit is perfect and all cut outs are where they should be.
8 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Unusable viewing angle
Posted by: ShawnInKB from: Pottstown, PA on
This case is perfect except for 1 fatal design flaw that renders it useless. For some reason, some Apple engineers decided to go from 4 folds down to 3 and now this case is unusable in the landscape viewing mode. It basically holds the ipad at about 85 degrees (almost straight up), so you can't watch anything on it unless you sit like 4 feet back. Crazy unusable design. Not sure how this ever got past Q/A.
Here's a pic of the smart case vs. smart cover. You can easily see how much more upright the case is. It is also very unstable at this crazy upright angle. Returned it after 1 day.
9 out of 11 found this review helpful.
In love with the color and feel
Posted by: JoshW41 from: Wadsworth, OH on
I was disappointed when Apple stopped making the leather smart covers for this generation, but once i realized how much protection this provides for the back, I was sold.
Even with the smart case, the size and weight are still less than the previous full sized iPad. I'm very happy with it.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Jake1459 from: San Diego, CA on
The cover part of this case is the problem with Apple's product. The cover, if fully opened and flat against the case, does not lay flat at the first cover joint. This design flaw makes it difficult to hold the device and leads to tearing the case at the case to cover hinge. Another problem with the cover is that it does not properly support the device if you try using the alternate stand (triangle) positions. This case is not worth purchasing until Apple redesigns the smart case to fit properly.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Posted by: lawgal10 from: long beach, ca on
you should probably wait for other manufacturers to come out with ipad air cases instead of this one if you want more bang for your buck. this is an expensive case but it is very minimalistic in it's use and i can't say it enough but i hate the stand function--not enough angle options and the stand easily collapses.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Weak magnets, doesn't stand well.
Posted by: Fleebnork from: Atlanta, GA on
The suede texture feels nice and gives it a luxurious feel to the touch. Unfortunately, the magnets in the cover are too weak. If you fold the cover to act as a stand, the magnets can easily give way and the iPad falls over. I am returning mine and exchanging it for a Smart Cover.
6 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Works great with the new Air 2
Posted by: Kman13413 from: New Hartford , NY on
This cover works great with the new Air 2 and fits perfectly