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EXCELLENT PROTECTION FOR AN i-PAD 4 AGAINST AN AUTISTIC CHILD !!
on 14 October 2013
Our son is Autistic & as such, has no concept of how fragile these types of items are & how to handle them properly. Something like this would be toast in a day, so to protect our investment, we decided that we had better wrap it up from the start.
I did a few comparison reviews & eventually it came down to this or the Otterbox - both seemed to have their pros & cons, both were in the same ballpark price wise. Both offer built-in screen protection, both have a hard plastic case & both have a rubber/silicone wrap-around "bumper". In the end, I went for the Survivor as quite a few reviews mentioned that the Otterbox made it difficult to depress the home button.
Feels quite heavy, it's not really, but the bulk fools you into thinking that it is. The instructions are safely stored inside the closed case - which is slightly irritating, as until you've read the instructions, you have no idea the best (ie. without damaging a clip) way to open it. Luckily, I'd seen a few on-line tutorials, so not that much of a problem - the instructions are next to useless anyway. I suggest you find a YouTube video - much better.
It all snaps together with a close fitting feel, the back case clips on so well that when I had to remove it (as I'd stupidly missed that the two corner covers have to be pulled through into the back case prior to it being snapped into place) I really struggled. The silicone cover stretches enough to give a snug fit, the lips & recesses push together with a satisfying feel. The screen protector finishes the case off nicely. One word of advice - give the screen & inside of the protector a clean off with a screen cleaner & cloth or you will end up with irritating bits of dust between the two.
A few reviewers have commented about it not fitting properly. I checked with Griffin who confirmed that you need the GB35108 for the 4th Gen i-pad - make sure that is what you receive
For our requirements, it's ideal. The silicone sleeve adds enough bulk to be handled by smaller fingers; the screen protector resists greasy, marmite on toast fingers & whilst being thicker than the average film protector, does not diminish the sensitivity of the screen & the buttons can still be easily used. The port covers are a good, firm fit, so much so that you need to open the speaker one, or else the sound is muted - which is not a bad thing for an Autistic child whose only comprehension of volume control is "FULL".
How well it fares in a "hostile" environment I couldn't say, but it certainly feels as if it will protect against the rigour of normal day to day life. I'm not sure how well it would cope with having a glass of juice tipped over it (certainly not now I've had to "modify" it), probably if it went on the front you'd get away with it, don't know about the back. But definitely a lot better than not having anything. In all fairness to Griffin, they do not claim that the case is "water resistant", only that "The Integral Display shield deflects wind and rain" - which I would agree with.
I certainly feel a lot happier with it on - I'll update how well it lasts over the next few months.
29.10.13 - UPDATE
So the only problem so far is that he doesn't like the two corner covers on the rear which cover the camera & speaker. Every time I put them on, he pulls them off, & to refit means taking the whole thing to pieces. I'd rather them be there as they stop toast crumbs etc. finding their way into the speaker grill. They won't stay there without the little rubber toggle which pushes through into the back cover so it's a catch 22 situation. I finally decided to cut off the toggle, then used a piece of 3mm, tube elastic. Knot it, BRIEFLY pass it over a naked flame to seal the end, feed through the back plate. It's just the right size to sit below the level of the back of the iPad, but will not pull through the hole. You'll need to make a small hole in the rubber cover (I used a thick needle) & then repeat the process so that you have enough elastic to allow the cover to rotate. Knot it, cut it & carefully flash it across a naked flame. Just have to see how it goes.
05.12.13 - Update
So far - so good - it's resisted all that Zak has thrown at. Marmite encrusted toast crumbs are wiped off on a daily basis with a baby wipe. The silicone means that Zak gets a good grip on it. Sarahs' main concern was that the screen protector would impede the sensitivity of the screen - this does not seem to be the case at all. Another reviewer has commented about the "oil slick" on his screen being an indication of it being fake. Mine does the same & I have no concerns about it being fake - it's probably just that its not a fixed screen protector that attaches directly to glass, but sits above it. You don't notice it after a while. The fix on the corner covers seems to have worked as well - he's lost all interest in pulling them off - however, this will have reduced its ability to cope with spills.
30.03.14 - Update
Zak dropped the ipad last night. He was sat on a barstool at the breakfast bar, attempting to juggle apple, juice & ipad - what could possibly go wrong !!! It bounced on the floor - picked it up expecting the worse - fine, it was still switched on. Switched it on & off a few times - no problems at all. Wouldn't have cared for its condition without the cover.
So far, I'm very happy with our choice of case & would certainly buy another.