I have a black shockdrop case for my mini ipad. I also have a shockdrop for my iPad 2, which I have not used, and a Griffin Survivor, which I do use. Both are really heavy but the Hard Candy smelled too much of tire and i couldn't get over it. I have a three-year old daughter and needed the most protective case I could find, and at that point, the Griffin and Hard Candy were it. The Otterbox got consistently bad reviews, so that was out of the running immediately. I also had (several) Otterbox defender cases for my iPod Touch4, which Otterbox replaced at no charge four times because the silicone on the outside kept stretching out. It's a rugged but a terrible design to have the silicone as the outside layer rather than as the inside layer like the Griffin and Shockdrop. The Griffin, though, has definitely serve its purpose - the thing has been dropped a hundred times. The Hard Candy iPad 2 cases looks just as sturdy, and I used it for a week, but the tire smell didn't dissipate much. Both ipad 2 cases were pretty heavy, though the Griffin is so heavy that it's hardly portable outside home, particularly if you live in NYC. This time around, as I searched for a case for my new iPad Mini I still needed the most durable case I could find, but hoped, without any great expectation, that I would find a more portable and attractive case than the iPad 2 cases. On the list were the Otterbox defender, the Griffin Survivor, and the Hard Candy Shockdrop. After a lot of research, I decided on the Shockdrop for the somewhat silly reason that it was the cutest of the three. Each case has a built-in screen protector, which for me was essential, and each was clearly rugged enough to handle the inevitable falls and spills and other mishaps that would inevitable happen. So it was also crucial that the cover be reasonably sealed, but also that the camera, speakers, and other sockets be accessible without ruining the case. The Griffin definitely failed in that respect. It has these ridiculous tabs that have to be opened and moved aside to expose the speaker or use the camera, and charge it. That was a really bad design. I ended up cutting off several of those tabs just to make it usable, and of course, the exposed speaker got wet. Ugh! The Shock Drop is a totally different beast. The case protects every part of the device without having to remove or adjust anything for the device to be fully functional. In the end, weight was less a factor than protection, but I did hope I would be able to carry my Mini around with me and hoped it wouldn't look like an embarrassing suit of armor, but that wasn't my priority. Well here's my experience: (A) It is VERY light in comparison to any of the other protective cases, and I can carry easily in my bag walking around or on the subway in NYC. (B) It's extremely protective. It has already passed the drop test several times, as well as the spagetti and apple sauce tests. For protection, in my opinion, a built-in screen protector is critical, particularly if there are children. (C) It is cute and grippy. I like the nubby checker-like design. It's attractive and very easy to hold. Oh, and there's no tire smell.