As noted yesterday, I recently joined the masses and picked up an iPad 2. With that glossy screen and pristine aluminum, protection for the device was something that I pondered about for a while. I wanted something that didn’t get in the way, that still preserved the look and feel that Apple intended, but still gave it overall protection for the inevitable accident in the form of a scrape or scratch.
When Apple announced the iPad 2, I was immediately intrigued with the device’s Smart Cover. Its accordion flap that snaps off and on with power magnets was something I had not quite seen before…but wanted. Since purchasing the Smart Cover (grey polyurethane) people I encounter seem to be more impressed with it than the iPad 2 itself. I love the ability to be able to lift open the flap to have my iPad immediately turn on and resume where I was. The folding of the cover into a sturdy stand for typing and table top browsing works surprisingly well and you can usually adjust to an appropriate angle to get the job done. Probably the best part about the Smart Cover is the ability to get rid of it when you want. I went through a naive period where I was annoyed while reading for a while to have to hold the cover behind the device as it doesn’t stick there, but merely flaps and gets in the way. When the obvious hit me that that is why they have it magnetically attached. I quickly snapped it off and set it aside for when I was done reading my eBook. Think of it as more of a sleeve than a permanent cover and you will go far. The one downside to the iPad 2′s smart cover though is the fact that it only really acts as 1/2 of a sleeve. The entire back, the part that really encounters the elements, is exposed. Enter ZAGG’s invisibleSHIELD.
As mentioned earlier, I really wanted to maintain the true shape of the iPad 2 as much as I could. I didn’t want to bulk up the thin profile that the company managed to achieve. I’m unusually careful (my wife would say obsessive) about not dropping my gadgets, so I didn’t need so much “dropping” protection than I needed scraping protection. I even was so foolish as to go about a week with no back cover, babying it as much as I could, only to get a large scratch on the back from a tiny grain of some sort of debris. This meant it was time for me to apply ZAGG’s invisibleSHIELD. The application went good and now I have the back of the device covered as well without needing to worry about invisible granulars and unforgiving surfaces. The invisibleSHIELD adds a bit of a grip to the device which actually improves overall handling.
This is my protection configuration and overall I’ve been really happy with it. The front Smart Cover gives protection and functionality to the device while the invisibleSHIELD offers exactly what its name implies.
What is your protection set up for your tablet? What works for you? Sound off in the comments…