The iMums Favorite Protective Cases for the iPad and iPad mini
The iMums are proud to showcase some of our favorite case reviews that we have done. Many of these are “durable” cases for your iPad to help keep it child-safe and protected despite any unexpected drops, finger print smudges or other things that your child might do to your iPad.
Survivor from Griffin Technology
Are you looking for a child friendly case for your iPad 2 or iPad 3 which meets or exceeds US Department of Defense Standards? Griffin’s Survivor does all that and more. The Survivor features a poly carbonate frame with shock absorbing silicone and a built- in screen protector to ensure your screen doesn’t get scratched, covered with 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. Available from Griffin Technology, Amazon.com, and other retailers. RRP: US$199.99. Read our full review here
The Otterbox Defender cases are tough protective cases built to withstand drops, bumps and shocks. This is a very well-made case and has 3 layers: an inner hard plastic shell which includes a built-in screen protector, an outer silicone layer and a removable shield/ stand. The multiple layers of the case do a great job of protecting the mini. It feels rugged enough to protect against bumps and falls and I feel comfortable with my children using the mini in this case. It is not waterproof, there are cutouts over speakers. headphone jacks etc, but otherwise feels like it can take pretty much whatever else your child is likely to throw at it. The outer layer has a slight texture to it that makes it feel nice and “grippy” in your hands, and unlike cases with a smoother cover it doesn’t feel likely to slip out of your hands. Highly recommended when using the iPad Mini with children or in any situation where you want a tough protective case that also looks good and has the added benefits of a built-in stand and screen protector.
The Trident Kraken A.M.S. series is Trident’s most protective line of cases.The case comes in 3 pieces and is very easy to assemble.
Inner silicone layer: this just slips on and includes plugs over the mute button, charging and headphone ports. Back cover: this is a hard polycarbonate shell that covers the back of the iPad, it clips on over the silicone layer giving extra strength and protection. it has cut-outs over the various ports and also allows the silicone to be exposed in certain areas so that the case is more “grippy”. Screen cover : the screen cover is attached to a hard plastic rim that covers the front edges of the iPad. This is slightly overlapped by the back cover around the edges of the iPad and the 2 parts of the hard plastic cover clip firmly together. The rear cutout is where the A.M.S. accessories attach, there is an iPad stand (sold separately) which can attach here and more accessories are planned.
This is great everyday case for use with kids. Available from Trident, Amazon and many other retailers. RRP: $35 – 70. Read our full review here
Lifedge iPad case by Lifedge
Are you looking for an iPad case that takes whatever life (or your child) throws at it? Then you should check out the Lifedge iPad case. Lifedge’s parent company is Scan Strut a British company that has been designing products for marine electronics for over 25 years, so they have plenty of experience in protecting delicate electronics from the environment. This case was originally designed for use on boats so has a number of features that make it useful in that environment, but also make it great for use with kids. It is totally waterproof, dustproof and it floats. As a parent, drop protection is really important to me, and it performs well there too. The company has tested it by dropping it from 1 meter onto concrete, dropping on all its edges, and both the case and the iPad were unharmed.. Available from: LifeEdge. RRP $ £99 / $155 Read our full review here
GripCase and GripBase by Gripcase USA
Looking for a lightweight case for your iPad that provides protection, portability, handles and is made of non-toxic materials safe for children? Meet Gripcase and GripBase by Gripcase USA this is a protective, lightweight case for your iPad or iPad Mini.
This case allows you to securely click in your iPad using the snug edges to hold it in while providing full access to your ports and allowing you to hold the iPad either via the handles or place it in a secure stand. The case is made with Eva Foam and is one of the most lightweight and durable cases that I have tested on my iPad.
Speck iGuy Case & Stand
iGuy is a freestanding case for your iPad 2/3/4 which brings a whole new level of personality to your device. I loved that you could stand him on the coffee table with your iPad and watch a video, hold him on your lap to play with an app and even have the tactile touches of the case. The case also worked well for Skype with family as he would stand on the table during the call instead of you having to hold the iPad steady for the camera.
The case is sturdy and easy to balance on your lap while using the iPad. My son enjoyed carrying around the case using the arms of iGuy – something that made me a little bit nervous but the iPad seemed well protected.
Gumdrop Drop Tech Series by Gumdrop
GumDrop Drop Tech Series How do you trust your three year old with your iPad? For us, the solution was a Gumdrop DropTech Series case. This case consists of a screen protector, clamshell plastic case covered by a rubberized “gasket” which goes around the back of the iPad. The case also has covers over the headphone jack, power button, sound buttons as well as covering the port where you plug in your iPad into the cord for recharging. The covers allow for easy use, but protect the actual iPad as well.
Seidio Active iPad Case with Multi Purpose Cover For iPad 2 and 3
Seidio Active iPad Case with Multi-Purpose Cover For iPad 2 and 3 is Seidio’s most protective iPad case. It is a 2-layer case with a matching “mounting cover” which can be used to cover the screen when not in use, or used as a stand. The main case comes in 2 parts and is very easy to assemble. First you slip on a black rubber polymer skin, making sure to line up the cutouts with the right places on the iPad. Next you clip on the hard polycarbonate “skeleton”. This cover most of the back of the iPad with fingers going up and covering all 4 corners and the mid-points of the two long sides. It includes a clear window over the Apple logo. The case is very easy to put on and take off. It’s dual layers feel like it would protect the case pretty well in a fall, and I like that the corners are well protected. Read our full review. Available from Amazon for US $30.
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