I don't go throwing my iPad around and don't have kids handling it roughly, so I like the somewhat minimal protection of just having the smart cover to keep from scratching the glass. I bought an iPad Mini because I like to sit in a comfortable chair and read books on it. Having the easily detachable cover is great because I can easily pull it off of the iPad and set it aside, noticeably reducing the weight of the iPad when I'm holding it like a book. Of course it simply flips out of the way nicely when I put the iPad Mini in a table stand. While I use a protective case for my phone, I'm glad to have this more minimalist option for my iPad Mini.