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Video Find: Miniot Cover Review - Buying Decisions

We had a Miniot Wood Cover on order but we have just cancelled it, for several reasons, including massive delays in production and shipping (we would not have got ours until the end of May/early June) plus a lot of consternation we have seen on Twitter and in forums about some Miniot Covers' magnets not working properly and not laying flat.

If we are honest, the cost too was really more than we wanted to pay, despite the impulse purchase, so sadly we decided to cancel.

The video below also helped us to finally decide that, as gorgeous as the Miniot Wood Cover is, its practicality is not as good as Apple's Smart Cover. Thank you to YouTube user iplay360 for sharing this with us, we hope it helps others decide if the Miniot Cover is right for them.

If you have ordered a Miniot Wood Cover be sure to let us know if you plan on going ahead with your order or not, we would like to hear your thoughts.

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Reader Comments (14)

Are there any other alternatives?

Like ones that combine the convenience of the Smart Cover with the style of the Miniot?

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHarga

@Harga - Not that we have seen so far. The main thing is the Smart Cover's hinge arrangement which leaves the cover attached when folded back, but nothing has the appeal or design of the Miniot sadly. We will keep looking though!

April 29, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

Wow - I am almost happy I acted "cheap" with the tax going on top.....

I really don't get why they didnt make the same flippy attach thingy (sorry; dunno what it is called in English...) as Apple did

BUT still; it is a REAL BEAUTY !!!

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSjeltur

I'm glad I saw your video today.. It's the only video, other than the maker's video, I could find that actually shows how the miniot works. I love the idea of wood and how it rolls, but would be very frustrated that it doesn't attach to the side like the smart cover. You saved me much frustration.

Thank you!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKader

@Sjeltur - Yeah, it really does need some sort of hinge so it can attach like the Smart Cover.

@Kader - thank you for your comment, the video was from a YouTube user (iPlay360) so he deserves the credit, but it helped us make the same decision, regrettably, we still love the design in wood.

May 2, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

I think if they incorporate the hinge feature which is found on the Apple case then they'll have a great looking alternative.

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShaun Mullen

Is it possible to flip the miniot cover before setting it on the iPad?

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGerard

Hi Gerard - Not sure exactly what you mean, sorry.

May 17, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

I bought the miniot cover and I think its better than the smart cover in every way except the hinge. So i plan to cut the hinge off my smart cover and attach to the miniot.

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmilelka

@Amilelka - We've heard of people planning to do that. We would love to see some photos of it when it's done.

May 18, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

How well does it stick behing the Ipad?
Thanks for the video.

May 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterET

I am a leather smart cover owner who also ordered the Miniot cover. I watched the Utube videos of other users showing problems with the Miniot cover. I received my cover June 7th and was pleasantly surprised! The magnets are very powerful and even without the hinge, when folded the covers magnets hold quite well. I am disappointed with the Apple Smart cover. Over time the cover leaves stains on both the back and the front where the microfibre contacts the Ipsd 2. I do have Invisible Shield on both the front and the back. I'm not sure the staining would occur if I didn't have the shield installed. I do know that if I didn't have the Invisible Shield installed I would have scratches from the microfibre picking up dust when folded and used as a stand. Both covers have positive an negative aspects. Since the Invisible Shield has a lifetime warranty, I simply replace the cover when it becomes stained. I am hoping the Miniot won't stain like the Smart Cover. I also noticed the Smart Cover leather has begun to separate from the microfibre and the plastic separator sheets have been exposed along the edge.

I have to say I'm disappointed. Beautiful to look at and very well made, it's simply not very practical as it requires constant flipping and turning to get it to do this and that. The magnets also are not as strong as the Apple case, so it slips off easily. Sadly, I don't see myself using this for much more than a well angled stand while reading recipes during cooking.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert norman

@Robert - That is a shame. It seemed like such a promising cover but many have been disappointed like you for various reasons, especially the magnet strength.

Thank you for letting us know what you think.

August 3, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

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