iPad 2 Smart Cover Alternatives


I personally love the Smart Cover but there’s also some good third party cases for the iPad 2. Here is a list some of the best Smart Cover alternatives. All of these cases take advantage of magnetic sensor embedded in the iPad 2 that automatically turns the iPad off when the cover is closed and turn it on when it’s open.

Click or tap on the price to view more information about the cases.

Miniot Cover for iPad 2

The Miniot Cover is a gorgeous iPad 2 cover that is very similar to Apple’s Smart Cover. It is made from a single piece of cherry wood incised with grooves that allows the cover to roll instead of folding.

As much as I love the looks of Minot’s cover, I would wait on some reviews before purchasing the cover. It is priced the same as the leather Smart Covers. Price $70.

STM Skinny for iPad 2

It’s a lightweight, form-fitting case that provides full protection for your iPad 2. Price $39.99

Product Description: Sleek hard shell back and magnetic on/off front flap protects your iPad 2 from scratches and external abuse.

  • Durable and water resistant fabric plus high density foam fully protects your digital investment
  • Auto on and off front cover wakes up the device and puts it to sleep
  • Lightweight, slim and protective construction for a comfortable and easy carry
  • Snap in, hard shell back with soft lining provides enhanced protection from scratches and bumps
  • Easy to access device ports and control buttons
  • Foldable front cover folds for both typing or viewing positions
  • Complete protection for the iPad 2

The Octavo for iPad 2

Your iPad 2 will fit snugly into the Quill Octavio Case, crafted in Italian bonded leather. Close it shut and people will assume you’ve brought along a classy leather organizer. Price $59.99.

  • Utilizes the iPad 2 magnet sensor to shut off/turn on the iPad when you close/open the book!
  • Classic Red, Camden Blue and Field Green.
  • Optional interior pocket available in all colors.
  • Holds the iPad 2 very securely with proprietary bumper materials.
  • Covered in Italian bonded leather.
  • The ‘bookmark’ for easier device removal
  • Patented sound channel
  • Wrap around spine for multiple viewing configurations
  • Hand made in the Twin Cities, USA

SmartBlazer2 for iPad 2

The SmartBlazer2 Leather Folio is the closest replica of the Smart Cover that you will find. It opens, folds, and stands in exactly the same way as Apple’s creation—except that now, the case has added the desirable feature of protecting the back of the iPad 2. Price $59.95

Orbino’s Padova Leather Case

Orbino’s Padova Leather Case encases your iPad 2 in Italian leather, and comes in a variety of colors; or choose from five special edition Exotic Skins.

These are the most expensive cases on our list. The prices start at $209 for Italian leather, $569 for Exotic Skins and $689 for Brown Crocodile.


  • 8nn0yed

    How about something like this, but for the first gen iPad?

  • http://ipadhelp.com Phil

    The first iPad does not have the embedded magnets like the iPad 2. The embedded magnets active the sleep/wake function, help align the cover and hold it closed. These covers will not work with the first generation iPad but here is one pretty close. It’s called convertible Magazine Jacket, it has everything but the auto wake/sleep feature and it uses an elastic band to hold it closed. It provides protection for the back as well.


  • 8nn0yed

    Yeah, I’ve seen that one. It looks ok… I’d actually prefer one like the SmartBlazer for mine. Too bad it’s only for gen 2.

    These guys figured out how to make the “Smart Cover” work with a first gen iPad. Pretty simple, really, but I want to protect it from drops as well.


  • http://ipadhelp.com Phil

    As much as I like the smart cover, I can’t recommend anyone glueing magnets to the first generation iPad to make it work.

    I would recommend finding a good case that is designed for the first gen. iPad or selling it and buying a iPad 2.

  • eivai

    It’s indeed a good post, helped me a lot.

  • buy tramadol

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  • Mac Wayne

    I found this wood cover on Etsy.com:

  • gotanipad2now

    I just got this case…real letter, Smart cover function, full body protection. The site said they were hard to find, so I couldn’t say if there are any left.



    …best case for the money if you ask me

  • http://www.skinsipad2.com Alyson Emick

    Great report! What theme are you currently making use of? Looks really good.