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Apple iPad Smart Case (Dark Gray) – MD454LL/A

Apple iPad Smart Case (Dark Gray) – MD454LL/A

  • iPad Smart Case (Dark Gray) – MD45

The iPad Smart Case covers your iPad – both front and back – yet still retains the thin, light design of iPad. Like the Smart Cover, it folds easily into a stand for reading, typing, and watching video. And it automatically wakes and sleeps iPad on open and close. Made from polyurethane, it’s available in six bright colors. And you can personalize it with free laser engraving on the Apple Online Store.

Features Keyboard stand – The Smart Case does double duty as a keyboard stand. Fold it

List Price: $ 49.00

Price: $ 54.99

Speck Products Fitfolio Burton Design Case for iPad 2/3/4 (SPK-A1755)

  • Fits iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad 4
  • Specially designed to complement your minimalist iPad, the slim, lightweight cover looks good-and feels good, too
  • The form-fitting cradle secures your iPad, when you’re in cyberspace-shopping on Amazon or reading your Flipboard-and when you have to move around in the real world
  • Open FitFolio and-voila!-your iPad wakes up. Close it, and your iPad goes to sleep.
  • Reading? Writing? Re-watching that funny YouTube video? With four viewing angles, there’s one that’s right for everything you do.
  • Smooth-snap clasp – when you’re on the go, closing the FitFolio is a snap

Speck’s form-fitting protection meets Burton’s fresh designs in these cases for iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad 4. FitFolio Burton features a protective padded cover, soft micro suede interior, and a custom hard-shell cradle. A handy snap closure keeps your cases for iPad 3 and iPad 4 securely shut, while integrated magnets enable the iPad sleep/wake function. Whether you’re on the streets or on the slopes, FitFolio Burton has the style to match your iPad, and you.

List Price: $ 44.95

Price: $ 12.99

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6 Responses to “Apple iPad Smart Case (Dark Gray) – MD454LL/A”

  1. Beau Charleston says:
    59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Smart Case on a 4th Generation iPad, July 1, 2013
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    This review is from: Apple iPad Smart Case (Dark Gray) – MD454LL/A (Personal Computers)

    Background:
    I bought this case for my iPad with retina display (4th generation with lightning connector). I’d been waiting for something like this as the Smart Cover never really made sense to me; it could be tugged off and didn’t protect the back of the device at all. I decided to buy the Smart Case in spite of many seemingly negative reviews since the images and videos I’d seen appeared to contradict many of them and also ran contrary to my experience with Apple’s accessories. In fairness, finding the right case for oneself is a personal choice and this case is not without some design features that some people will not prefer. As proof of this, I was able to purchase a “like-new” model form Amazon Warehouse deals and so it only cost me $37 rather than the retail $49 and when it came it was indeed like new; not a single flaw except that the original packaging had been taped shut again. I wanted the dark gray version for the same reason I wanted a black iPad: so that the colors wouldn’t detract from watching movies, reading, etc. and while this case is not black it is the darkest color available and does “fade away” in that sense.

    Performance:
    I read a lot of reviews and they all seemed to mention the same set of perceived flaws so I will try to address them in turn.
    Many reviews said the product quality was very unlike Apple; in other words, sub par. As far as quality of material, I have to disagree with these reviews, especially at a $12 discount. While I’ve only had the case for several weeks, the microfiber lining is very soft and nice and the polyurethane body is smooth and matte. It has a rubberized feel to it and grips well.

    Many of these reviewers also disliked the fit, saying it was not snug enough. I have to disagree on this point as well. While I can only speak for the 4th generation iPad, I’ve found the fit to be nearly perfect. When I first put the iPad in the case following the instructions on the packaging, I immediately flipped it over to check the microphone to see if the cut-out lined up since it was the smallest and would seem to have to be the most precise to allow it to function. It is aligned perfectly with my iPad’s microphone and Siri can hear me just fine. The mute/orientation lock switch is also perfectly aligned. I will say that the camera hole is bigger than the lens and it sits nearer the bottom of the cut-out but it doesn’t bother me and doesn’t block the camera in any way. I chalked this up to the case having to fit 3 different devices. I imagine, without knowing for sure, that the camera may be in a slightly different position on the iPad 2. The connector cut-out of the 30-pin connector is obviously much larger than it needs to be for the lightning connector but I’ve found that this does not detract from the look of the case or bother me like I thought it would.

    Another common complaint I read about this case was the manner in which it fits. When opened, the iPad will be surrounded by a lip, the corners of which keep the iPad held in place. Most people complained that when they held their iPad this lip would slip off of the iPad. Indeed, if you hold it by this lip it will slip off (keep in mind, however, that the iPad does not slip out of the case entirely as the corners hold fast). And while I don’t want to repeat antenna-gate’s “you’re holding it wrong,” I’ve found that if you continue to hold the iPad by its own bezel as if you normally would hold a naked iPad, then this becomes a non-issue. Other commenters have said that the edges are too sharp. I have to disagree once again. They may be a little rough to some, perhaps, but I would certainly not characterize them as sharp.

    Yet another common complaint is that the magnets in the Smart Case’s cover are not strong enough. The magnet will wake the iPad when opened and put it to sleep when closed. So in that sense, the magnet is strong enough. It will keep the case closed when setting face up and even when you flip it over so long as you have some part of your hand on the cover as well. If you flip it upside down without at least a thumb on it, it will fall open due to gravity. When opened and folded around the back of the iPad, it will not stick to the back of the iPad.

    In a related matter to the cover, there were complaints that when it is folded to become a stand that the angle was too steep and that the iPad would fall forward onto its face. I’ve had no issue here, though I’ve never used a Smart Cover to compare it to. Still, it’s never fallen face first while watching a video in this fashion and the angle of my iPad while supported by the cover seems to be consistent with the images that Apple has of the device in this position.

    A final note on the cover is related to the complaint that the cover doesn’t extend out past the other half of the case. In other words, instead of the cover overhanging the edge of the case to allow for easy…

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  2. Khaleel Sabdia says:
    84 of 92 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Lightest Protective Cover I have come across, August 7, 2012
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    Khaleel Sabdia (Johannesburg, SA) –
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    This review is from: Apple iPad Smart Case (Dark Gray) – MD454LL/A (Personal Computers)
    Simply can’t understand the negative reviews for this case. It is light as a feather, fits very well (have had it on for well over a month and it has never come loose). I agree this case could be a little cheaper but honestly after spending so much on my iPad I really didn’t mind forking out some extra cash for a cover that i’m happy with.

    Here’s why it deserves 5 stars:

    *Extremely light – Adds virtually nothing to the iPad (i’ve tried the Speck Pixel Skin HD which is similar and it is really heavy). I read a lot on my iPad so I really find weight to be an important factor.

    *Good looking – Nice colors available and the back and front both look really cool.

    *Easy to clean – i’ve spilled on the case, held it with oily hands, and so forth and always has been extremely easy to just wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

    *Feels good in the hand. I like the texture, its nice and grippy without feeling tacky.

    *Durable – I am a heavy user and very few of my accessories look like brand new a month after I’ve had them, this case does.

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  3. Bryan says:
    33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Case – Still Room for Improvement, August 11, 2012
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    Bryan

    This review is from: Apple iPad Smart Case (Dark Gray) – MD454LL/A (Personal Computers)
    This is a good one-piece case that does a very good job protecting both the front and back of the iPad and it is aesthetically pleasing like all other Apple products. It also does a good job of keeping dust and other particulates from getting to the back surface of the iPad. So far it could be a five star product.

    However, I have two complaints worth one rating star apiece…

    Due to the flimsiness of the back side protection part of the case, two problems are introduced: the iPad fits inside of the case too loosely causing problems with the use of the headphone jack on top and with connections to the dock/cable connector on the bottom. Those two problems make plugging the iPad in to charge it, manage media on it or back it up a challenge when the iPad is left in the case as the opening for the connector does not line up very well with the connector (I do not sync nor back up my iPad using WiFi) – I usually have to move the case around to get a solid connection. Additionally, unless you are using the Apple ear buds, a secure connection for your headphones is not guaranteed because the case gets in the way of the headphone jack at the bottom of the opening for it. I use Bose QC15 headphones and their connection in the headphone jack is not complete. The audio quality and using the mic on my headphone cord with such an incomplete connection are still fine.

    Regardless of the fact that I can manipulate the case to get the power/data cable connection to work, and the headphone connection works while not being complete, Apple should have made the back cover of the case more rigid so as to make sure that the openings for the connector and headphone jack are always properly aligned and so that more than just the Apple ear buds can connect completely to the headphone jack.

    In the end, I ended up giving this case to my dad as a random gift and went with a Moshi versacover for iPad (clear, hard back case with attached “origami” style multi-angle Smart Cover) with a *perfect* fit, and the Moshi iVisor XT (washable, reusable always and absolutely bubble-free screen protector).

    *** First Update ***

    For those who may like to know, this review was written regarding the fit and finish of the Apple Smart Case for my third-generation iPad with the Retina display (aka iPad 3) – apologies for leaving iPad model details out of my review. Also note that I have not seen the Apple Smart Case for iPad for any model improve since I wrote my review and I still recommend the aforementioned Moshi combination (you get what you pay for).

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  4. Xiaodan Niu says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good for it’s value, February 7, 2014
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    This review is from: Speck Products Fitfolio Burton Design Case for iPad 2/3/4 (SPK-A1755) (Personal Computers)
    I liked the way it looked, slender and classic. However the top cover doesn’t close completely, there’s a gap where the cover folds. Also I dropped it on it’s corner once, not very far, maybe a foot. But the corner cracked, so now the case doesn’t fit very well.

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  5. Nrw says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    love it, February 1, 2014
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    Nrw

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    This review is from: Speck Products Fitfolio Burton Design Case for iPad 2/3/4 (SPK-A1755) (Personal Computers)
    this case is perfect. slim fitting good stucture and unique. not durable to handle drops though. this is great for anyone who doesnt have kids or might be clumsy. :)

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  6. N. Harres "N or J Harres" says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great case but maybe not for the iPad 4…., January 26, 2014
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    N. Harres “N or J Harres” (Lakewood, CO) –

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    This review is from: Speck Products Fitfolio Burton Design Case for iPad 2/3/4 (SPK-A1755) (Personal Computers)
    Bought this for my iPad 4 in hopes to replace the Speck case I bought (and subsequently broke) when I purchased my iPad. For starters, the case does not list the iPad 4 on its packaging even though the product description does. I feel like this was a bit misleading. The case fits my iPad but not as well as my former Speck case which was made specifically for the iPad 4. It’s a very tight, snug fit. Not enough so that I won’t keep it for the less than $15 I spent on it, but tight enough I would definitely NOT recommend it to anyone with an iPad 4. It leaves a small gap on the bottom and top between the cover and my iPad. Th gap is big enough to pinch you and for dirt to get trapped in. I guess the iPad 4 must be a tiny tiny bit wider than the previous models? I haven’t checked into this, but if the dimensions are the same for all 3 than I wouldn’t recommend this case to anyone. Otherwise, it’s a good case for the money but not really meant for the iPad 4.

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