If you want to enjoy the beauty of the naked iPad 2 and Smart Cover combination then buy the ZAGG invisibleSHIELD, the best invisible protection available. It is totally compatible with Apple’s Smart Cover; the invisible shield protects the back of your iPad, while the Smart Cover protects the front when it’s not in use. If you already know about this, but wish to know more about iPad 2 cases that work with Smart Cover, this article is for you.
Apple’s Smart Cover brought a revolution to the iPad world. Many fans appreciated it, but even more of them feared the inevitable scratches and wear due to leaving the back of the iPad unprotected. This is why some people gave up buying a Smart Cover and got full cases. Others were keen to find a compatible hard shell case to protect the back of the iPad 2. We did a bit of research and came up with the following list:
GreatShield Smart Cover Buddy Snap On Slim-Fit Case
The GreatShield Smart Cover Buddy offers a slim fit, free access to all iPad 2 functions and at the same time it keeps the back of the iPad protected from scratches and normal wear. This snap-on case is very easy to install and to remove. It is available in Transparent Smoke and Transparent Clear. Although it is branded, it leaves the Apple logo visible. You can find it on Amazon.
Useful tip: Gift-wrap is available if you’re buying for someone else.
Smart Cover Companion Flexible Hard Gel Case Cover
The Smart Cover Companion is made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). This makes it very flexible, yet tough, so it preserves its shape very well. There are cutouts for all ports and commands, as well as for the back camera.
The case is very durable and provides a good grip without being sticky like those really cheap silicone skins. You can find it on Amazon. It is available in black and clear.
Marware MicroShell iPad 2 Case
Made from polycarbonate, this hard shell case covers only the back of the iPad 2, being fully compatible with the Smart Cover. It is durable and stress-resistant and it allows access to all ports and buttons.
The Marware MicroShell iPad 2 case also features a cutout for the back camera. The case is available in 5 beautiful colors.
Shipping is free for US Priority Mail if you order from the Marware website.
Enki Genius Case
Enki Genius will be made from precision fit polycarbonate and it will come in four variants: Clear, Smoke, Blue and Pink.
This case is not available yet, but you can pre-order it now and get it after May 2nd.
Enki will offer “Forever Guarantee”, which means they will replace any defective product at any time.
We think Enki Genius looks very promising.
Available in Clear and Smoke, the Joy SmartFit2 is a ultra-thin iPad snap-on case that is compatible with Apple’s Smart Cover. It is branded with the Joy logo, but that doesn’t obstruct Apple’s branding.
The case features openings for all functions on the iPad, including the microphone and the speaker.
XGearlive Smart Cover Enhancer
The Smart Cover Enhancer from Xgearlive is a snap-on case which protects the back of the iPad, while being perfectly compatible with the Smart Cover.
It leaves all ports and controls open, so there’s no problem in using your iPad 2 normally without having to remove it from the case. The hinge flap for the Smart Cover is not blocked at all. This allows the cover to fold as if there wasn’t any case on the back of iPad.
Xgearlive EXOSkin Carbon Fiber Skin
The EXOSkin is a super slim 3M durable skin which gets applied on the back of the iPad2 and which is compatible with the Apple Smart Cover. It looks like real carbon fiber, thanks to the high-quality material, but it comes much cheaper than carbon fiber cases. It is available in black, white or red.
If you want to change it, you need to peel it off. Unfortunately it is not reusable.
XCase Flexible Shield For Apple iPad 2
This is another cool-looking case, or at least is promises to be so.
There’s not much of a description on the XGear website. Nonetheless, we think the photo looks cool, so we decided to include it in our list.
This case is going to start shipping on April 29th, but you can pre-order it if you want.
Belkin Snap Shield for iPad 2
The Belkin Snap Shield is another beautiful, low-profile case which works with the Smart Cover. It is translucent and it has a soft-touch finish. We found it on the Belkin website. However, buying directly from them is not possible, so you’ll need to find a retailer or wait for it to become available on Amazon.
There’s no indication of the price on Belkin’s website either.
Update: This may be available at Best Buy, see comment below from Clyde Anderson.
Speck iPad 2 SmartShell Case
This hard-shell protective case will be available in 5 colors, all matching the Smart Cover.
There aren’t many details available about Speck iPad 2 SmartShell Case yet, other than it’s 1.2mm slim and that it is designed to keep the Smart Cover in place even when flipped open.
The case is not even listed on the Speck website. We are keeping an eye on it and will update you as soon as we have news.
Cool Bananas SmartShell Case for iPad 2
The Cool Bananas SmartShell Case is made from TPU. It offers excellent protection against scratches without interfering with the normal use of the iPad. All ports are free, there’s a cutout for the back camera and a lateral one for the Smart Cover.
We found this case in the Cool Bananas online store, but it is currently sold out. They expect to have it back in stock on April 28th.
Are there any other iPad 2 cases that fit the Smart Covers? If you found one which is not on our list, please let us know, so we can add it.