iPad 2 Price Is a Rip-Off Without the Smart Cover

Emily Abbate
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Smart Cover iPad CaseYesterday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs surprised everyone, coming out of his medical leave to make the newest announcement from Apple about the iPad 2. With a release date of March 11, the iPad 2 will feature a sleeker, lighter design, and will cost you $499 plus the price of a wireless plan. Some are saying that's a deal, but I don't think so. It's expensive for the average family and that's why I think the hefty price should come with one of the new Smart Cover cases thrown in.

I know what you're thinking: What's so cool about a stupid case? Well here, let me show you:

First things first: It's beauteous. But these covers take it to a whole new level. Coming in 10 different shades, the Smart Cover is made with every personality in mind. And while basic colors begin at $39, the leather collection will cost you $69 big ones. Why couldn't they throw the basic color one in the original $499 price?

The geniuses at Apple just want you to spend money, so they made this case a must-have. When I watched the demo of how easily it attached (and stayed put), I was sold.

But it gets even better: Did you think turning the iPad on could get easier than pressing a button? Well, it does. By simply opening and closing this new case, the iPad automatically comes in and out of sleep mode. Yup, effortless on-again off-again capabilities. Protection and ease in one? I'm sold ... again.

The Smart Cover's biggest selling point deserves a bit of a drum roll. It has folding functionality. It folds into a FaceTime and video stand, allowing you to stand your iPad completely upright, and also into a keyboard stand, to tilt the device ever so slightly for easier typing. This capability saves consumers a chunk of change by combining other accessories into one (sorry iPad stand). And, well, it looks super cool doing it.

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Who doesn't love a super fun (and pretty) accessory? And why couldn't they just include one when you buy an iPad 2?

Will you be getting a new iPad? And if so, what about a Smart Case?


Images via Apple

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