Review: Zagg LEATHERskins for the iPad 2

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As I’ve mentioned many times here, I’m a huge fan of the iPad 2 Smart Cover. It’s nearly never off my iPad 2. So I’ve been trying out a number of back cover cases that are compatible with the iPad, and screen protectors and gelaskins for the iPad 2’s back cover

Until recently I found the gelaskin to be my ideal partner for the iPad 2 and its smart cover; and that is certainly still an excellent option for me – but ZAGG LEATHERskins for iPad 2 have proved to be another top favorite for me.  I’ve been using a ZAGG LEATHERskin for iPad 2 for a couple of weeks now and I’m impressed and happy with the skin.



Just a quick detail point: I’ve used Zagg’s style of upper / lowercase spelling for the Leatherskins above here in this post. From here onwards I’m just going to call them Leatherskins or Leatherskin, for the sake of faster typing.

Zagg’s Leatherskins come in two styles to match your iPad 2 smart cover: actual leather skins to match a leather smart cover and polyurethane to match the polyurethane smart covers. There are five color options for each, matching up with the smart cover options – so you can choose the one that matches up perfectly with your iPad 2 smart cover.

There are also some solid, embossed, and premium versions of these skins – but my interest was immediately in getting the navy Leatherskin to match my navy smart cover.

The Leatherskins for the iPad 2 go for 49.99 and are currently on back order – hopefully they’ll be back in stock soon.




— They look great. The color is a very near perfect match for my smart cover, and the pairing of the Leatherskin and smart cover offers a very smart and professional look.

— They appear to wear well. I’ve just had mine for a few weeks and as you can see in the photo above it has picked up some marks and signs of age – but these are to be expected as the skin is made from real leather and they don’t detract from its handsome appearance. I don’t have any bubbles or imperfections even in corners and around ports – everything looks sharp.

— Applying the Leatherskin was easy and quick (even though I ignored the included 3-step instructions for the process). I got it right in terms of aligning it with buttons and ports on my second try and ended up with a near-perfect install – and that’s saying a lot as I’m an absolute klutz when it comes to applying skins.

— They add minimal bulk to the iPad 2 and very little weight – so the iPad 2 feels almost as wonderfully light as it does when ‘naked’ or when just using a gelaskin. I really love the slightly lighter feel with a gelaskin on, but having just a few more ounces of weight while matching the smart cover color and look is a worthwhile trade-off for me.


— None to speak of.


The Zagg Leatherskin is my new favorite iPad 2 smart cover companion. It installs easily, fits perfectly, and is a spot-on match for my smart cover that provides an elegant and handsome look for the iPad 2.

For more details, you can check out Zagg’s page for it here:

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Patrick Jordan

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4 thoughts on “Review: Zagg LEATHERskins for the iPad 2”

  1. How come nobody ever has photos of what these things look like from the front (screen side) – i.e. the ugly way that back covers are held in place?

    Or did I just answer my own question?

    1. I’m not sure I understand your question. This back cover is a skin. It holds itself in place with adhesive from the time you apply it. It’s flush with the back, so not sure what’s ugly about that.

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