When I decided to get an iPad Mini – I knew that I wanted a protective case for it even though it was “mine” versus being a family iPad. I didn’t want to take a chance of my son grabbing my iPad and accidentally dropping it onto the floor. The Griffin Survivor Mini meets or exceeds Department of Defense Standards for durability and our iPad 2 which has a Survivor on it has survived many drops and falls! The Survivor features a poly carbonate frame with shock absorbing silicone and a build in screen protector to ensure your screen doesn’t get scratched, fingerprints or worst case cracked in a fall. There are hinged plugs which seal the dock connector, camera lens, headphone port, volume controls and also a bonus stand for ease of viewing your iPad on a flat surface. You can view videos and test results online at www.griffintechnology.com/armored. To read our review of the original – check it out here.
I really love the durability that this case provides for my iPad Mini which I frequently slip into my bag to take places with me since it is small and portable. I don’t have to worry about the screen getting scratched since the case features a protective covering. I also loved all the color choices (including my favorite pink!) as well as the nice form factor for the case. The case was easy to install and is easy to clean using Clorox wipes to prevent from spreading germs around when using the iPad Mini.
In terms of improvements – it does “muffle” the sound a little bit making it a tiny bit more difficult for Siri to understand me compared to not having a case, but honestly the protection is worth it in my book! I haven’t taken it off my Mini since I got it – and it’s stood up to a few drops, bumps and a little bit of abuse in the meantime. Our original Griffin Survivor case on our iPad 2 survived an accidental fall of 8+ feet so I know for a fact that the case is durable! I would love it if this case was waterproof, and to be honest I’ve never tested it in the rain. I would also like to buy a separate protective covering for the screen in case of accidents. Griffin should also include a link to a video demo of the case – as the instructions are inside the case instead of being readily accessible which can make it frustrating to install if you are not familiar with it.
Overall. very protective case and good value for the money. I like knowing that my iPad Mini is protected no matter what the situation or potential drop hazard. Available for purchase at Griffin Technology .
- Product Height 8.01″
- Product Width 5.38″
- Product Weight 7.75 oz.
- Product Depth 1.12″
NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.
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