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156 of 159 people found the following review helpful
The thinnest, best sounding, nice to hold protective case for the iPad21 April 2012
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This is a great case for any iPad owner who needs or wants impact protection.
I confirmed with GumDrop that the iPad 3 case is the iPad 2 case without any changes made. So you can buy this case for either model. It fits my iPad 3 perfectly and I am very pleased. My first out of the box reaction was the plastic seems cheap (until I tried the new Otterbox case, now it doesn't seem as cheap). The plastic fits on the front of the iPad and has a few places where it wraps around the iDevice, mainly the rear camera, headphone port, dock connector and the orientation/mute switch. The plastic piece holds the iPad very tightly. Next a rubber piece covers the back, sides, and most of the front bezel. Compared to the new Otterbox iProtection Defender Case this is one of the areas the GumDrop shines.
This case feels great in your hands. Considering how tablets are meant to be held, this is very important. The rubber has a nice grippy feel with out being too sticky. The tire tread texture on the sides and back is addicting to hold with your hands. The home button is easy to find and press as well as the volume switches. The orientation lock switch is behind a flap so you have one extra step to use it. As far as style goes, I think the iPad looks good in this case and it is much thinner than the Otterbox or Survivor.
As much as I love the naked iPad I need a protective case. I bought both the new Otterbox and GumDrop to try out. The Survivor was going to be my fall back if one of these two didn't work out. I have experience with the Survivor on my iPhone so I knew what to expect there. The Survivor is serious protection that I need for my phone but not so much with my iPad. With the Survivor your device is 100% sealed from dust. For my iPad I need impact protection, a screen protector, grippyness to prop up to watch shows, and the best dust/dirt protection I can get without the cameras, microphone and speaker being covered. Both the GumDrop and Otterbox delivered that for me. After trying both cases on my iPad 3, I can say without a doubt the Gumdrop is a much better case than the Otterbox. The Otterbox looks cheap, feels cheap, is uncomfortable to hold and is much thicker. The Otterbox's thin silicone cover would slide around on the case's plastic back and the front bezel is almost all ugly plastic. The Otterbox also rendered the home button useless and the screen cover did not fit against the screen in the corners, leaving a gap.
So the GumDrop is just what I am looking for in a protective case. The screen protector isn't the best. It feels good and sits flush with the screen, so no decrease in performance. It just has that speckle to it that most screen protectors have. It is removable, but I believe it is removable to be replaceable if scratched. Using the case without it would leave an odd gap around the screen. So if you wanted to use your own screen protector you still need to peel it from the plastic. Another inconvenience is the design of the opening for the ambient light sensor. The cut out for this sensor is narrow and deep, therefor in bright light you have to hold the iPad in the direction of the light source for a second. Not an issue if the source is behind you but if the light is in front of you, the iPad needs to be tilted towards the light when first unlocked. I would also improve the hinge of the dock connector flap. It is very stiff and puts pressure on the cable when connected, but at least it is secure.
Overall this is a great protective case. I love how thin it is compared to the other protective cases and it just feels great to hold. The speaker is covered with a waffle pattern of cut outs that protects it and makes it sound better than without any case on. And now this is the longest review I ever wrote. Oh well.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Bought for my special needs son7 Dec. 2012
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We bought this based on another review, and so glad we did. My son who uses this has multiple neurological disorders that result in destructiveness and impulsiveness. His iPad has been awesome in helping with schoolwork and learning, and entertaining, but we were leery about him using such an expensive and portable piece of technology. This case has done a wonderful job of protecting his iPad. He even took it in the shower with him one time. I wouldn't recommend that, but his iPad is still working! It's been 10 months of daily use and sometimes abuse, and all is well. Would buy this case again and highly recommend it to others.
50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Gumdrop Ipad3 military case: pros and cons31 Mar. 2012
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I have the ipad3 version of this case, ordered direct from Gumdrop manufacturer website. The case shipped 3 days after I placed the order online. The packaging was labeled ipad2 but there was a sheet of paper in the box indicating this was the ipad3 version. It fits perfectly, as far as I can tell.
I do agree with the first reviewer's comment regarding the built in screen protector. Particularly with white backgrounds, there is a slight but noticeable degradation of screen image quality (prism effect). Depending on your sensitivity regarding image quality, this may or may not be a significant issue for you. Perhaps this effect is more apparent on the new iPad vs the ipad2. Also, the screen protector does have some reflection glare that can be distracting, depending on the amount and angle of incident lighting. I am debating whether to remove the screen protector and replace it with a higher quality alternative. The built in screen protector is the only thing I do not like about this case and the reason for me giving it only 3 stars.
The rubber and plastic components of the case are very high quality and I really like the one piece rubberized shell. It provides excellent protection of the iPad and makes it much easier to grab and carry. This case does add some weight to the ipad, so that is a factor to consider but I don't find it to be any problem. Also, with this case, there is no built in capacity to stand the iPad up at an angle on a desk, so you'll have to rig up your own base of some sort for angled viewing. There are clear plastic covers over both the front and rear camera lenses. I wonder if this causes any reduction in image quality for the 5 MP rear camera. In any event be sure you clean the lenses before putting the case on! Finally, all of the iPad control buttons remain fully usable with their rubberized coverings. In fact, the home button and volume controls seem even easier to use.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Best iPad case for the money6 Dec. 2012
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Our family's has 4 Gumdrop cases--one for a Kindle Fire, one for a Nook Tablet and two for our iPads (iPad 2 & iPad4). We've used several of the usual starter cases, but after a friend recommended Gumdrop to us it's the only case we use. We have twin 6-year olds so all the tablets get a lot of use and go through a lot of unintentional drops. Not saying they get thrown down the stairs, but they have been dropped from table/bed height (landing flat and on corners) without missing a beat. The vital ports are easily accessible and the buttons seem easier to use than without a cover.
When I picked up the new iPad a few weeks ago I wasn't sure if Gumdrop made a case to fit so we grabbed the Griffin Survivor series at Best Buy. I'm sure the Griffin case would protect the iPad, but the shell felt slippery and there was a rubber cover for the camera and speakers that you have to pop open and swivel out of the way to use them (and the speaker one kept falling off). After some looking on line we learned that the most recent iPad (what I call the iPad 4) has the exact same dimensions as the iPad 3 (since the iPad 4's "Lightning" power connector is smaller than the iPad 3 it's not a problem to access the power plug-in through the 30-pin silicone port cover). That meant we were able to return the Griffin and order a Gumdrop case after all. As a bonus, the Gumdrop case costs less than the Griffin.
The case fits like a glove and the silicone outer cover is thick with a great texture, providing excellent grip and protection (especially in the corners). Because it's silicone it's easy to lean the tablet up against something and it won't slip or slide out of position. So far the polycarbonate screen protector has held up well to the abuse we dish out. Plus, when it's time to replace the screen protector they can be ordered from Gumdrop. Some people have commented on a prism effect, but I only notice that when the screen is off. When it's powered up I can't see it.
The case also provides a polycarbonate cover for the cameras (front and rear) so am not sure if that impacts the image quality. I haven't been able to tell a difference, but haven't really done any tests either. Be sure your iPad is as clean as you can get it when assembling the cover.
For us it's all about the peace of mind the case provides. When the kids have a tablet out we don't have to worry about an accidental drop or any aggressive handling. Also, I have to admit that I've missed the nightstand a couple of times myself :) I've seen cases out there that are waterproof, etc., but the Gumdrop provides the protection we need and just feels right when it's put together.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
BE ADVISED THAT THE POWER BUTTON DOES NOT WORK ONCE IN THE GUMDROP CASE!2 Nov. 2013
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In the rush to get this out, they were unable to guess exactly where the power button was going to be and as a result the case does not align up with the iPads power button once the plastic shell is in place.
I tried putting the rubber protective body over it 50 times in order to get it to line up and function, just not going to happen. I also will comment on how easily their durable plastic "screen protector" scratches. Such poor quality and your paying top dollar for this case. They should be ashamed of themselves!
Why not put a little more time and effort into your product and make correctly and with the best materials. Otterbox is a terrific example and I am going to return this inferior case and look to see if Otter has one out yet. I took a gamble with this and lost, this is a big FAIL and I would advise you to steer away from it!