I love the official iPad Smart Covers. However, this being the white version, leaves you with some problems you could do without. For one thing, the white is very easily stained, and it is hard to clean without ruining the cover. Secondarily, the soft underside stains and picks up fingerprints with the slightest touch of anything on them. So while this was new, it was beautiful. Once I used it for a couple weeks, it kind of got a bit grungy and I'm going to end up looking for something else at some point to replace it. :(
Despite being well made and chic, these premium priced covers eventually wear out and fall apart. Unlike some third parties offering lifetime warranties, the Apple warranty is only one year. While my cover lasted perhaps 3 years with very light, normal usage, the magnetic strip did manage to fall off recently. Given the almost ridiculous premium price of this product, I actually expected it to last the life of the device. My opinion is that the third party manufacturers are the better alternative since the product is fairly likely to be replaced one or more times during the life of your iPad Mini. At least with other manufacturers you may have the promise of replacement if the product fails. I liked the fit and performance of this case, but its lack of durability was a surprize and disappointment.