First review of the new year. As always, thanks to MobileFun for sending this product out to me for review.
- Very light and thin
- Premium feel
- Quite tough
- Front cover is very loose
Usually Smart Cover copies are generic and use rubbish materials meaning they don't last long. Tuff-Luv have come out with their own Smart Cover copy but they say it's "Smart-er". To put it simply it's a Smart Cover with back protection and without the ridiculous high price.
Like the Smart Cover it features the sleep/wake feature - this is where you can close the cover to put the iPad to sleep, then when you open it up it wakes the iPad. Amazingly people still think there is some sort of crazy magic behind this - it's just the use of basic magnets to trigger the action.
One thing I was disappointed with was how loose the front cover was. It can easily flap around because the magnets used aren't strong enough to keep it together. This is probably the only bad thing about the case.
On the inside of the front cover there is a lovely fine layer of Microfibre. This is supposed to keep your screen clean but it attracts a lot of dust.
The inside of the back cover has a very smooth plastic matt black finish. It is also a very tight fit so your iPad doesn't pop out by accident. You have to really shove it in the cover though, making sure it's clipped in all around the sides. It's also very tough and rigid which is surprising due to its slim profile.
All ports and buttons are accessible, no need to remove the iPad from the case.
It has a faux leather finish all the way round, looks very real, feels very real too.
I love this part. The hinge design and the stitching used isn't the usual design you will see - where it's one whole piece. There are two parts which are then stitched together. Very nice attention to detail here.
The case is thin, very thin compared to others. You can really appreciate the slimness when you've actually got it in your hands. Usually when cases are this thin, protection takes a hit - this is not the case here. It very tough and rigid, tougher than other thicker cases I've used before. It has an assuring feeling to it.
And not to forget it does have the stand capability with the two angles the Smart Cover provides.
Tuff-Luv have come up with a case which solves the problem which Apple's Smart Cover doesn't - back protection. It features the benefits of a Smart Cover but provides exceptional back protection for your iPad. With it's slim profile, smart and minimal look, this is a case which will last you a very long time and will keep up to the job of looking good at the same time.