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Just about okay - could be better
on 30 March 2013
I ordered this Griffin cable so that when our iPads are low on charge we can sit on the settee and still use them while they are charging. The 3m cord length is ample and the iPads charge albeit more slowly than with the shorter Apple lead.
So why only 3 stars? Well, given the cost of this cable there are three things Griffin could have done better. Firstly, this Griffin cable represents the antithesis of the iPad's cool - the cable itself is not nice looking, it is an "industrial" murky beige and quite thick at that, although, there are supposedly technical reasons for this. Secondly, the Griffin iPad connector is much bulkier than the Apple version. Apart from the ugly appearance, inserting the Griffin plug whilst the iPad is in its case is difficult because the plug won't fit into the aperture on either of our (different) cases. Finally, even with the case removed from the iPad, the Griffin connector doesn't seem to have the same "snap fit" as the Apple one and this gives you the feeling that it could fall out at any time which it has done a couple times.
If this cable were cheaper I would be more forgiving, but this is an expensive (for what it is) branded product and I'd expected better based on some of the other cables I've bought from suppliers on Amazon and the Griffin reputation for design and quality. Whether, in the light of these comments, and those of a number of other reviewers, Griffin will consider it worth improving this product now that the latest generation of iPads have Lightning Connectors is another matter. The shortcomings of this cable are inconsistent with most other Griffin products, and, therefore, the most generous assessment is, in my view, mediocre at best.