The Incipio Smart Feather for the iPad 2 is meant to be a perfect, ultra-light companion for the iPad 2 using an Apple Smart Cover. I realized some time ago that being compatible with the smart cover is now a must-have feature for me when looking for iPad 2 cases, as I’ve found that I’m a huge fan of the smart cover.
In fact the smart cover is very rarely off my iPad when I’m at home. It is easily the best cover / case I’ve ever used with an iPad, and I’ve been searching for the ideal companion case to use with it for a while now. The Incipio Smart Feather sounded quite promising when I first saw it. Here’s a little bit of its intro at the Incipio site:
The Smart feather® is custom-molded to fit the contours of the iPad 2, ensuring a snug and sturdy hold. With great attention to detail, Incipio® designed strategically-placed custom cutouts in the Smart feather®, allowing the Apple Smart Cover magnets to adhere to the iPad 2 near each of the two side corners.
Sounds great if you’re a fan of using the iPad 2 smart cover right? Unfortunately it hasn’t lived up to my high hopes for it, not by a longhsot.
In fact, this case has very quickly become unusable for me. The reason for that is that it does not work at all well with the iPad 2 smart cover. It basically ruins the smart cover while it’s on the iPad 2.
It ruins it because the smart cover falls off often and continually while the Smart Feather is on – something that * never * occurs in normal usage of the smart cover. It also makes it much harder for the smart cover to attach itself to the iPad 2, and more often than not when it does attach, it attaches wrong. It attaches itself to the left edge of the iPad 2 bezel, rather than to the left side of the iPad 2 as it should do – as you may be able to see in the photos below. The first one is the iPad 2 with the Smart Feather on, and the smart cover is ‘stood up’ on the bezel rather than attaching properly to the side. The second one is the iPad 2 and the smart cover attached properly.
This case does feel fairly lightweight, though not as ultra-light as I expected. It looks relatively smart (it comes in a range of colors, I chose black) though it does pick up fingerprints and smudges incredibly easily.
Honestly, none of its other attributes matter for me. It was purchased solely as a good prospective companion for the iPad 2 and smart cover – and it doesn’t play nicely with the smart cover.
I’m not in the market for a stand-alone back cover case for the iPad 2, the only purpose of this case was to work with the smart cover and it fails to do that, so it’s a goner. I’ll continue looking for an ideal case to use with the iPad 2 smart cover – but I’m beginning to feel that my current combo of smart cover plus screen protectors for front and back may be my best bet.
If you want to see more details on the Smart Feather for iPad 2 or place an order, you can visit the Incipio page for it here: http://www.myincipio.com/iPad-2-Smart-feather-Ultralight-Hard-Shell-Case/
Have any of you tried this case out with the iPad 2? If so, how did it go for you?