I’ve been using an Apple Smart Cover for my iPad 2 since Day 1 of owning it. Not so much because I love the smart cover – as I’ve said before, I have very mixed feelings about it. I’m using it constantly because all the iPad 2 cases that I want are not yet available – I’ve got three on order, but none has shipped yet, and Apple and other retail outlets near to me have either zero or very limited options for 3r party case for the iPad 2.
So for now my iPad 2 uses just the smart cover ( a navy blue leather one) and front and back screen protectors from Ghost Armor.
One of the things that is touted by Apple about the smart cover is its ability to keep your iPad 2 screen looking sharp:
And since the microfiber lining gently buffs off any smudges or fingerprints as you move, iPad always looks good on arrival.
Now that I’ve had a few weeks of usage with the smart cover, I’m finding this really isn’t true.
The smart cover’s microfiber lining may be helping to reduce smudges and fingerprints on my iPad 2, but the cover itself is increasingly a magnet for little specks of dust and dirt that end up on the iPad 2’s screen. By now, I very rarely open the smart cover and see a really clean iPad screen.
Now of course I could spend some time cleaning the smart cover, and likely reduce the dirt and dust that I’m seeing. That seems pointless and like defeating the purpose to me though. It’s far easier to just use a good microfiber cleaning cloth to keep the screen itself clean.
What do you all think? Is your smart cover really keeping your iPad 2 screen looking good without any extra effort on your part?