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Apple's iPad Smart Cover after a year of use

If you don't treat your Apple Smart Cover well, it may eventually end up looking like this.

Apple's Smart Cover for the iPad can get a little rough around the edges with regular use (click to enlarge). David Carnoy/CNET

Some people treat their iPads -- and iPad cases -- with extra care. Some don't.

Take CNET editor Joe Kaminski's Apple iPad Smart Cover, which I previously mentioned in a piece entitled, "Apple's iPad 2 color conspiracy." It's now a year old and in not in particularly good shape, with worn, fraying corners and assorted other blemishes.

"It's not that I'm not careful," Joe told me. "I just use it. This is what it looks like when you pull it in and out of a bag for a year."

Apple's Smart Covers start at $39 for a polyurethane version like Joe's, or $69 for one that comes in "rich, aniline-dyed Italian leather."

Of course, not every Apple Smart Cover looks like this after a year of use. Depending on how well you treat yours, it may look pristine. That said, at least the polyurethane ones don't seem terribly durable.

A close up of the edge of Joe's cover (click to enlarge). David Carnoy/CNET