Review: CoverBuddy case for iPad Pro

I've been using the SwitchEasy CoverBuddy case for iPad Pro for a couple of months now, so I figured it's about time I write a short review about it. The CoverBuddy is a rear case for iPad Pro (offers rear and side protection only) and is designed to work with the Apple SmartCover. The unique part of this case is that it includes an Apple Pencil holder.

Back view of the iPad Pro with the CoverBuddy and Apple Pencil attached

Back view of the iPad Pro with the CoverBuddy and Apple Pencil attached

The While CoverBuddy matches my white iPad Pro and white Apple Smart Cover perfectly (but it also comes in Translucent Black and Clear). For me the killer feature is the Apple Pencil holder. I'm not an artist by any stretch, but I find when I am trying to draw out a concept I do better when I physically put pen to paper (or Apple Pencil to screen). There is just something about the tactile aspect of drawing something out that makes the creative process that more productive. The key for me is being able to quickly switch (cough SwitchEasy) from what I am doing into a drawing application and start sketching something out before my train of thought is lost. Having the Apple Pencil always attached to my iPad Pro and just a quick slide away has proven invaluable. Also, I use my iPad Pro as my sheet music reader for playing keyboards in the church contemporary band. When we practice we are always changing something about the music and being able to pull the Apple Pencil out of the back of the case and make a few quick notations on the music makes prepping for the performance that much easier.

One of the most obvious downsides to this case is also one of its main features...the protruding Apple Pencil holder. With the protruding holder on the back the iPad Pro no longer lays flat on a surface, also when using the Apple Smart Cover as a typing stand the edge of the iPad closest to your fingers is now slightly raised above the surface. I almost always use a Bluetooth keyboard when doing a lot of typing, but when I do occasionally use the on-screen keyboard (like when typing on a tray table on an airplane) the slight elevation doesn't bother me.

A slightly elevated iPad Pro in the typing position

A slightly elevated iPad Pro in the typing position

Pros:

  • Extremely light-weight, adds almost nothing to the weight of the iPad Pro
  • Has a slight texture to the case, which makes it easier to grip
  • Cut-outs for all the buttons, lightning port, headphone port, speakers and Smart Connector
  • Works flawlessly with Apple's Smart Cover
  • Edge protection is substantial enough to really protect but subtle enough to not notice while holding the device
  • Apple Pencil sleeve does an excellent job of protecting the Apple Pencil
  • It's a nice looking case

Cons:

  • Apple Pencil holder keeps the iPad from laying flat
  • Apple Pencil is not always super easy to remove (takes a bit of practice, but then works great)
  • Protruding Apple Pencil holder changes geometry of on-screen typing and adds extra bulk to the case when sliding the iPad Pro into a bag or sleeve

I'm not a "big case" kind of guy. I "baby" my tech toys/tools so I don't really need a lot of protection. That being said I like having at least a little bit of protection. The CoverBuddy for iPad Pro has proven to be just what I need in an iPad case. One last tip, if you end up using a CoverBuddy along with your iPad Pro in sheet music reader mode then double fold the Apple Smart Cover when leaning your iPad into a sheet music holder. Doing that will compensate for the extra thickness of the Apple Pencil holder and keep the screen of the iPad Pro flat (or perfectly perpendicular) to your eyes.

Folding the Smart Cover allows the iPad to lay flat when using as a sheet music reader

Folding the Smart Cover allows the iPad to lay flat when using as a sheet music reader

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