Apple opted to totally redesign the official iPad cover this year as they felt the previous one covered the first model too much, and it was a shame to hide the device away after putting all that work into the design.  So, this year, we get the Smart Covers.

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Through the use of magnets, the Smart Cover stays in place on the iPad 2, and will even wake the device up when you peel it back, and put it back to sleep when you fold it back over the front. Thanks to the microfiber lining of the inside of the front cover, your screen should stay clean due to it wiping it every time you move it.

Like the first cover, you can fold this one around to the back to prop up the device at different angles for viewing of the screen.

The most notable issue is that it doesn’t cover the back panel, so we’ll have to see how badly your tablet may still get scratched.  It may not be the best choice for those who carry their iPad 2 around with them every where they go, and you may want to wait for another option.

What do you think?  Is the Smart Cover the choice for you to protect your new investment?