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3.0 out of 5 stars Works well but doesn't last, 18 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Invision® New iPad 4 (with Retina Display) & iPad 3 Case Cover in Black- Front & Back Protection Smart Cover With Magnetic Auto Wake & Sleep Function - Full Grade Leather (PU) with Smooth Satin Inner Cloth - Premium Quality with Superior Design Features - Independently Recommended by "Which?" Magazine. (Black iPad 3 & 4 Case) (Electronics)
I bought this product nine months ago for £6 more than the current price of £15. It is still working well in terms of protection, and the 'sleep' function given by the front cover generally operates consistently. However, you must ensure that the cover is 'square' with the four corners of the iPad, or else it will wake from sleep mode. As other reviewers have mentioned, if you are carrying your iPad in a bag or rucksack, you should check that the cover has not slipped or peeled back, as this will cause it to wake.

The main drawback with this cover is its lack of durability. The four corners where you clip the iPad into the cover are the major weak point . After about 5 months one of the corners of my cover started to degrade. Initially the leather at the 'tip' of the corner started to peel off, and once this had happened more leather gradually began to peel off to reveal the grey plastic underneath. After a further few months the leather covering another corner started to peel off in the same way. There isn't much you can do to repair this (I've tried PVA and natural adhesives) as the corners receive quite a hammering from everyday use, and the leather just starts to peel off again. Unlike some reviewers' experience I've found that my iPad is still very secure within its cover and has shown no signs of slipping out.

In conclusion I would rate this cover as only reasonable value, even at its current price of £15 - mainly because of its lack of durability. I think a cover in this price bracket should be expected to last at LEAST a year before showing serious signs of wear and tear.

The 'PU' leather used for this cover is really a misnomer as it is not really leather at all in the strictest sense. PU leather (also known as bicast or split leather) uses the lowest quality layer of a leather hide combined with a thin layer of polyurethane plastic on top. That's why the corners deteriorate - the plastic top coating cracks and delaminates from the very thin leather backing during everyday use. I'd love to see someone make a good quality 'Smart' cover from genuine leather, for example aniline dyed goatskin or pigskin for durabiliy, as I'd happily pay for such a product if it came with, say, a two year guarantee against wear and tear to the vulnerable corners and edges.
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