I use a Smart Cover to protect the screen on my new iPad because I like how sleek it is compared to most covers and cases on the market. I still want some protection for the metal back, but I don’t want it to completely obscure the appearance or add a lot of bulk. I’ve been using a clear polycarbonate back cover with my new iPad, and it works okay with the Smart Cover. The big problem is how the Smart Cover just flops around when it’s folded to the back while I’m using the iPad. The magnets in it hold the Smart Cover closed over the screen, but they don’t hold it flat to the back, and it folds and flaps around at the plastic “hinges” where the Smart Cover folds into a stand. Belkin addressed both my concerns – protecting the back of the iPad and keeping the Smart Cover out of my way – with their Snap Shield Secure back cover for the new iPad. I was happy to be selected to give the cover a try. Will it replace my current back cover?
The Belkin Snap Shield Secure is a hard plastic back cover that snaps on the edges of the iPad. No specification is given for the type of plastic. It’s available in clear, pink, and smoke; green, red, and navy colors are coming soon. I selected the clear. You can see from the photos that the case is actually a frost color. The Snap Shield Secure has a soft-touch finish on the outside.
The case weighs 2.5 ounces.
A metal plate is embedded into the plastic on the side opposite where the Smart Cover’s hinge attaches to the new iPad. The plate is very flush to the interior surface, so I don’t worry that it will scratch the back of my iPad.
Here you can see the exterior of the metal plate with the case installed on the iPad. You can also see there’s a large opening for the iPad’s back camera. The Snap Shield Secure doesn’t affect the quality of the pictures taken with the back camera.
The case snaps securely over the metal sides of the new iPad. There are a few little tabs that just fold up along the edges of the glass. The Snap Shield Secure is designed for the new iPad, but it also fit my iPad 2.
There’s an opening for the speaker grill. The speaker’s sound isn’t affected by the case. There’s a cutout around the charging slot. I was able to use Apple’s 30-pin charging cable while the iPad was in the case. I don’t have a dock to test if the case will fit, but it is so thin that it may fit in some docks.
The rotation lock/mute button and volume rocker were easily accessible.
Cutouts along the top left the sleep/wake button, headphone jack, and the microphone accessible and easy to use.
The Snap Shield Secure is designed for use with the Smart Cover, and there was an opening along the side of the new iPad for the cover’s hinge. This opening is much smaller than the openings on the other back covers I’ve used. It’s just big enough for the hinge, and it doesn’t leave a lot of the back exposed like some back covers I’ve used in the past.
Here’s my leather Smart Cover in place.
This close-up lets you see how well the Smart Cover fits into the opening. The cover opens and closes flawlessly.
This picture shows the Smart Cover folded to the back. I’m holding the iPad suspended in the air. With all other back covers I’ve tried, the Smart Cover would be dangling with nothing to hold it in place. The magnets in the Smart Cover grab the metal plate in the Snap Shield Secure, and the cover is held in place. It doesn’t let go even when I shake the iPad. You can see a bit of slackness at one of the “hinges” in the cover, but the Smart Cover hasn’t once fallen loose.
I really like the Belkin Snap Shield Secure. It fits snugly against the back of my new iPad to protect it. It’s clear enough that I can see the back of my iPad, and all controls and connectors are open and easily used. I love how the metal plate holds my Smart Cover securely when it’s folded to the back. The Snap Shield Secure does exactly what it promises, and you can’t ask for more than that. It has replaced the back cover I had been using with my new iPad.