Griffin’s IntelliCase for iPad 2 Makes Apple’s Smart Cover Look Kinda Dumb

Griffin’s IntelliCase for iPad 2 Makes Apple’s Smart Cover Look Kinda Dumb

Smart Cover? IntelliCase? Yeah, there’s no product-naming rivalry going on there. And just like its name, Griffin’s IntelliCase, is a cooler version of Apple’s ubiquitous iPad 2 Smart Cover, because it adds something sorely missing from Apple’s version: a back.

For $60 ($20 more than the Smart Cover), Griffin’s version, which ships today,  has the snazzy magnetic wake-on-opening trick and foldable stand brilliance, but turns into a folio case for when you want the iPad’s gorgeous derriere protected during transport. The only downside is that it’s only available in black.

  • Raj Randev

    The SwitchEasy Canvas and other products have been out longer and are tried, tested, and true.  Here’s my review on it.  I’m sure this is a great product also, but if you are looking for all the same features but ultimate protection, make sure you look at SwitchEasy first.

    http://slicedapple.wordpress.c

  • etmedic

    Cool… there is also BrainWizz SmartCover for iPad 2, I have one and it fit my ipad2

  • RogerKab

    awesome

  • RogerKab

    I just paid $23.87 for an iPod 2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/aRTD

  • Aldebaran0463

    I am pretty fond on this case from Marware: http://www.marware.com/top-10-

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  • saudio

    I purchased a GREAT leather full body case for my iPad2, but because it has magnets to make ‘sleep’ mode work, the Compass and/or GPS never works because the magnets interfere.  With the Apple SmartCase, the magnets are ‘taken away from the sensors’ as the protective cover is removed.  I would hope that Griffin’s case designers have figured this out.  I HATE the fact that I can’t use my iPad Map apps because of the case.

  • prof_peabody

    Just because people *want* a back, doesn’t mean that it’s needed or necessary.  Your mixing up customer desire with design here.  

    I have an iPad 1 and an iPad 2, I’ve never put them in any cover or any kind and use them extensively, dragging it around with me every single day all day and taking it in and out of bags, putting it on table tops chucking it on the couch etc. 

    Neither has a single scratch.  Not one.  The only marks on it are from sticky fingers or sweat. 

    Just because a lot of anal retentive idiots have blogs and can go on and on about the need for protecting the back, doesn’t mean that the back actually needs protection.  

    Edit: to be clear I’m not talking about Eli when I say “idiots with blogs” etc.

  • djrobsd

    60 bucks for a case?  Epic fail.

  • djrobsd

    I don’t know what Apple crack you’re smoking, but without protection ANYTHING is gong to get scratched.. Period end of story. So either you’ve onoy had your Ipads for a few weeks, or you’re lieing through your teeth.

  • elimilchman

    I hear what you’re saying (and thanks for the clarification); frankly, I’ve already scraped up the back of my iPad and I think this case is actually a pretty good idea.

  • Daniel Cardoso Balieiro

    Why do you need “a back”!?

  • Malcolm Allen

    I have the Smart Cover and this looks to have the same fault – the two angles at which it holds the iPad screen don’t provide a good viewing angle for reading text.

  • Hampus

    Eh, really that IntelliCase look far more dumb, just look at that ugly cutout at the bottom :p
    Also, the back hardly needs protection, if it does I wonder what the heck you use your iPad for…

  • Hampus

    While I’ve had my iPad in a case at times, mostly when in my bag and my iPhone 4 is in a leather “case” when in my pocket but with not protection at all when in use.
    The iPhone has a few tiny scratches on the front that can only be seen under strong lightning (like a desktop lamp) but that’s it for both devices, and those few scratches are from the three times I’ve dropped the phone.

    I must be lucky, most phones I’ve had got their corners complete scratched up by just one drop, the iPhone is still in such good shape after three drops…

  • Hampus

    Have that one too, but for my first generation iPad.
    Mine wont fold completely back for use of the handstrap though, or well, it does but the ipad comes loose from the corners :p

  • Abdulaziz Yousef Aleisa

    I have an iPad2 and the NOT smart cover my ipad  back is a crazy map because the not smart cover didn’t cover the back of it 

    maybe for you there is no need for others there is a greet need I was really waiting for this model long time ago

  • Hampus

    Even if you remove the smart case you still have a lot of magnets in the device, more than in the cover I think, I really don’t think they could interfere with the compass, and I doubt having the smartcover on would either.
    If the Griffing case effects it they must use stronger magnets.
    As for the GPS, should not be effected by magnets at all, shouldn’t be possible.

  • Hampus

    I wonder why all the third party ones use only three equally sized fold-able sections in the case (except the one someone made for the Samsung Galaxy Tab)…

    Apple use four sections, the second from the side where the magnets are is slightly wider, this is actually really clever, when you fold it up and put it in the writing position this give the iPad a slightly lower angle than all the third party ones, making it closer to the normal keyboard angle.
    When put in the upright ‘viewing’ mode it’s probably about the same as the others.

  • Yeahbabyyeah

    Hang on a minute.

    Just had a brainwave.

    How about putting a hinge in it and calling it a MacBook?

    :-)

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  • Randy Loughridge

    I ended up putting on four really low profile transparent feet on the back corners of my iPad 2 …similar to the feet on the macbook pro but much lower profile and clear. It’s a hack but it is just enough to keep the back off surfaces but still keep the design visible. Looks much cleaner than this $60 chunk of plastic.

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  • Raj Randev

    =( I’m an idiot with a blog, but I like to keep my things as protected as possible.  You are right, this is a want, but what you are forgetting is the iPad is a want as well.  The entire ‘customer desire with design’ can be applied to the iPad 2 and most everything outside food and shelter.  So to each his own I suppose…

  • MacGoo

    As always, a well-reasoned argument. My iPad 2 travels in my backpack every day – not in a special laptop sleeve, but in the main compartment. I’ve only used the smart cover, and the back is pristine. You really need to be careless to scratch a brushed aluminum surface. Just be thoughtful about where you set your iPad down (and don’t drop it) and the smart cover is all you’ll ever need.

  • saudio

    If I remove the iPad from the case I’m using, the compass works fine, and the magnets do effect GPS is you have the Maps follow your direction, i.e. always point forward.

  • Jackson

    Or you can buy an Acase Folio case from Amazon that does the same thing for $29.

  • dude

    I’m not sure about this case but i bought the griffin survivor case. It’s heavy as hell. It’s big. Really big. And my 3year old has dropped it multiple times. Threw it on the floor. Stepped on it. And so far, nothing. If this case is as advertised, then it would be a good case as far as griffin goes.

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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