Purchased a total of three of these cases for work iPads, plus one for the iPad mini. Things to love:
- Soft, but tough outer shell that's smooth to the touch.
- Rigid inner plastic frame houses the iPad snugly.
- Outer rubber (actually, it's silicone) layer has many points of attachment to the plastic frame, so that it comes together looking like one solid piece (and makes it impossible to become loose or detached).
- Extra rubber on the square corners to absorb more shock from a drop (hence "ShockDrop")
- Access to all ports via flexible openings.
- Integrated screen protector that one will hardly notice when using the iPad.
- Opening for speaker on the back.
- Rubber material makes it easy to grip; it won't slide or slip off of surfaces.
- Fits the latest iPad model (4th generation).
Things NOT to love:
- Rubber tends to attract dust, hair, etc. to the outside of case. Keep a can of compressed air handy to blast it off safely, and some antistatic wipes to routinely clean the screen protector.
- Not completely waterproof, but certainly water resistant.
- Rubber buttons are very prominent and often accidentally pushed.
- Adds considerable weight and size, making the iPad feel like a brick. (Could be a pro for some.)
- Screen protector doesn't have a sticky inside surface like most of the ones bought separately, and this means there is (sometimes) a noticeable air pocket between the protector and the iPad screen. (I personally don't care for the sticky protectors, as they always end up getting that one speck of dust inside that makes the whole thing look and feel dirty and cheap.)
Other things to note:
- I purchased the "Black/Grey" model, but it's really "Black/Black". I think the grey refers to the outer rubber layer, but it's only slightly lighter than the inner plastic frame. No one I know would look at this case and call it grey.
- The rubber cover for the charging port keeps closed very well, but when plugged in for charging, the stiffness of the open cover makes it push against the cable with considerable force. Not enough that I would worry about it bending or dislodging the cable, but enough to at least give you a hard time when plugging in. (Definitely a two-handed task.)
- Price: everyone will have a different opinion in this area. Personally, I was hesitant to spend 10% of the value of the new iPad 4 to get a case. However, I do not regret doing so at this point. A good protective case is an insurance policy on a $500+ investment. That being said, I think this company could market their case at a lower cost. I bought the first two at $49.99 and the second one at $59.99. A better price would be right around $39.99.
Overall, given the pros and cons, this is a great case that won't disappoint. If you need to use your iPad in rough environments, it's perfect. If you're really clumsy with stuff, this should protect from most major bumps and falls. If you just plan on using it around the house and you take care of your things, this is overkill.