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GREAT DROP PROTECTION BUT POOR SCREEN PROTECTOR
on 16 May 2012
I had actually ordered a Griffin all singing and dancing survivor case, but due to poor availability and further research I opted for the Gumdrop.
I was concerned that the Griffin would make the iPad too bulky especially considering the fact that I would be carrying it around outside for work.
The Gumdrop arrived and I found that even though I had ordered a black case/black frame model it actually came with a red frame. I can live with that for the time being. It arrived well packaged; unboxing made it feel like a quality item. There were no instructions as to how you were supposed to separate the case, but finally common sense prevailed and I took it apart. The fact that it took some effort to remove the rubber/silicon cover gave me confidence in its ability to protect the iPad.
Once I had it apart it was simple to place the iPad into the frame but refitting the outer case took a little bit of effort. Again this gives me confidence that the case will survive a few knocks and drops.
The Gumdrop fits the iPad like a glove, it adds very little bulk, but there have to be compromises. The `tyre tread' pattern on the case makes it nicely grippy and unlikely to slide off smooth surfaces. It sticks to the table like a Formula 1 tyre.
The port covers for re charging and headphones etc. are a little stiff but do not get in the way.
All well and good you think? Not quite I'm afraid.
The plastic frame is a little sharp in places so mind your fingers. Secondly it comes with a built in but removable and replaceable screen protector.
The screen protector has reasonable optics, but on a tactile basis it is horrible. It sits slightly higher up than the screen so every time you swipe or press you feel the plastic giving way. Worse still, the screen protector sometimes sticks to the iPad screen in places and it gives the optical illusion that there is moisture on the screen.
Now I understand that there have to be compromises, but this is one too far considering the quality of the new iPad screen.
Now I like the case, I really do, it would not do it justice to only give it 3 stars. I have a solution to the screen protector problem.
The case does not boast that its shower proof. I will remove the plastic of the screen protector.
Before I place the iPad back into the case I will apply a quality screen protector, possibly a Zagg HD. I have had great results from them previously on all my mobile phones, even on the curved screen of a HTC Sensation, and they are pretty much indestructible and come with a lifetime guarantee.
To Gumdrop I would ask that they redesign the screen protector because it is really awful.
4 Stars for protection.
1 Star for the screen protector.
4 Stars for not adding too much bulk.