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Of the three, the lexington was the best and an overall solid product.
Unlike it’s cousins reviewed below, the lexington covers your entire iPad, as shown above. It’s made of micro suede, which gives it a nice feel and a decent look (see more on that below). It has a magnetic screen cover—which is the first case I have seen other than Apple’s smart cover to have that feature. The magnet means your iPad turns on/off when the cover is pulled back or flipped over.
You can also adjust the screen cover to provide a slight incline for typing, or a stand position for viewing things on your iPad (similar to the Apple smart cover). The case also has a little buckle to make sure the case is closed and holding your iPad nice and tight.
There are two main issues with the lexington. One, although it looks and feels comfortable, it does not look very professional. It looks like a dress shirt and khakis from Kohl’s department store—perfectly acceptable, but not particularly memorable. At the same time, it works well. Compared to other cases that look nicer, but don’t work as well, I’d take the lexington ten times out of ten.
Two, the buckle needs some work. It’s just another flap of micro suede that fits into a little pocket of micro suede. Trying to buckle and unbuckle was like trying to put on or take off wet socks. Speaking of which, the micro suede has a funny smell. Not wet sock funny, but noticeably “plasticky.”
Overall, the lexington looks like it makes your iPad comfortably and it is comfortable to use. The real downside is that micro suede looks like . . . well . . . micro suede. If you are ok with that, this is a solid case and deserves a 4/5.
The smart feather
The smart feather has a nice feel to it, looks nice, and is ultra thin as advertised. It includes a screen protector, but the screen protector is a separate piece of thin plastic that adheres to your screen. I have never been a fan of screen protectors.
One, I hate the way they reduce the screen’s sensitivity. Two, I hate how they look—it’s almost a given you will have one crease or air bubble in your screen protector.
Whether you use the screen protector or not, the actual case does connect with Apple’s smart cover so that you can completely encapsulate your iPad, if you desire.
It’s nice to have that option, but it’s also pretty lame that you need another product to make the smart feather useful.
So the real question is if you already have a smart cover, should you get a smart feather? I say nay. It’s a decent product, but I actually prefer the feel of the iPad over the matte finish of the smart feather. Plus even though it interplays with the smart cover, it’s not exactly a snap to connect the two products.
Overall, the product gets a 1/5 if you don’t have a smart cover, and a 2/5 if you have a smart cover. In other words, there are plenty of better options available, including the one below.
Like the smart feather, it interacts with an Apple smart cover. In other word, it’s not that useful unless you also have a smart cover.
The cover is made out of a “next generation polymer.” In terms of look and feel, it looks like hard plastic with a matte finish and it feels like hard rubber with less gloss. It actually looks much harder than it feels.
I don’t think a pure “protector” is all that useful unless you don’t care about having a keyboard or being able to prop up your iPad. I can live without a keyboard, but being able to prop my iPad at various angles is a must have for me.
The case feels much sturdier and looks better than the smart feather, so overall the NGP gets a 2.5/5. There’s nothing wrong with it, it just doesn’t do much.