With the introduction of the Smart Cover, Apple has created yet another clever i-accessory. Clever as it may be, however, the Smart Cover doesn’t provide protection for the entire iPad—it protects only the tablet’s screen.
This fact hasn’t been lost on users. Even many of those who liked the Smart Cover’s design and functionality enough to buy one have been looking for a way to keep the back and sides of the iPad 2 safe. But while vendors are cranking out case after case for the iPad 2, few can partner with the Smart Cover.
We’ve been keeping tabs on the various protective offerings that are, according to their manufacturers, “Smart Cover-compatible.” Here’s a look at the ones we’ve found so far. (Of course, pretty much any iPad bag will hold a Smart Cover-equipped iPad 2, so we’ve limited our selection to form-fitting cases, carrying sleeves, and protective films.)