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nightfly13
May 3, 2010, 08:39 AM
The title might be aiming too high, as kids can be mighty destructive, but several of us have discussed in another thread how we're looking for the best solution for bezel/corner and screen protection (against drops) for families with young children - whom we DO want to allow access to the iPad.

The two options I'm scoping presently are the Hard Candy Street Skin (http://www.hardcandycases.com/ipad-streetskin.html) for $40 (which is hardcore rubber with a rubber flap that attaches to the screen or to the back of the unit when in use) and the Incase Convertible Book Jacket (http://store.apple.com/us/product/H0958ZM/A?fnode=MTc0MjU2Mjc&mco=MTc0MjY5MTU) for $60 (which seems to be the most protective leather folio).

I'm not in love with either option. The protection of the Street Skin seems ideal, but the hassle of the 4-corner tabs for the screen cover gives me pause, and the Book Jacket seems a bit unproductive of the bezel/corners when open (ie. kid drops it face down while cover is open).

The Otterbox Defender (http://www.otterbox.com/ipad-cases/ipad-defender-series-case/) isn't available yet, and $90. It's basically ideal, to me, with a highly functional screen covering option, but $90 is just crazy to me.

Other suggestions?



boltjames
May 3, 2010, 08:55 AM
Kid expert here. I've got 6, 9, and 11 year olds all of whom have iPod Touch's for more than a year and are always begging for dad's iPhone when we're in restaurants.

I can go on for several paragraphs or just cut to the chase: You want a Belkin Grip Vue. That's it. Extra grip, complete back/edge protection, a bit of a rubbery bounce if it ever drops.

As far as screen protection goes, skip it. My kids are not very careful with their iTouch's and we've never, ever had a single screen scratch on a single one and we're talking dirty sandy hands from the beach, sticky hands from Fruit Rollup's, iPod's that fell in the crack of the sofa, you name it. There's a video on YouTube showing some guys trying to scratch the iPad's screen with rusty nails and the thing is impervious.

Belkin Grip Vue, problem solved.

I'm working on a theory that I can stuff an iPad with the Belkin Grip Vue into a Griffin Elan Passport pleather folio so I can have the best of both worlds which is:

1. Grip Vue protection for the kids.

2. Pleather folio style for executive dad.

3. Never having to take the Grip Vue off the iPad in the process.

I'll let you know how that goes. In the mean time, get to an Apple store and buy a Belkin Grip Vue.

http://the-gadgeteer.com/2010/04/20/belkin-grip-vue-case-for-ipad-review/

BJ

nightfly13
May 3, 2010, 09:10 AM
Thanks for the feedback. My kids are only 4.5, 3 and 1. My wife's iPhone has a new spiderweb crack pattern down near the button from when the 4.5 year old shoved the (iPhone wielding) 3 year old off the couch, hard impact (had a silicone case but doesn't cover the chrome bezel). Obv the 4 year was disciplined seriously, but all that to say it's not scratches I'm worried about, but hard impacts on the screen.

The Grip Vue does seems to overlap the bezel more and more sturdily than my wife's fashionable pink checkered $6 silicone case did, but it's also a lot more glass that I'm just nervous about.

Reading a post in the 'Apple case after 2 weeks' thread brought an issue up with the 2 cases I mentioned in my first post: does hardcore bezel protection (extending significantly above the glass service) adversely impact the touch interface?

nightfly13
May 3, 2010, 09:34 AM
BTW the Grip Vue is in stock at apple.com, $50 (http://store.apple.com/us/product/H0984VC/A).

I'm not pulling the trigger yet but really appreciate the input.

lachyg
May 3, 2010, 09:36 AM
Ok so I've done some hunting. You've got a few options, if you want to keep it in the case and then take it out, I'd go with the Scosche Hybrid Case (http://ipadcasefinder.com/scosche/hybrid-case/), but if you want an all the time case I'd go for the Incipio Destroyer (http://ipadcasefinder.com/incipio/destroyer/).

boltjames
May 3, 2010, 09:41 AM
BTW the Grip Vue is in stock at apple.com, $50 (http://store.apple.com/us/product/H0984VC/A).

I'm not pulling the trigger yet but really appreciate the input.

Something that's really important in the kid equation is this:

They're using it for gaming.

As such, relying on a folio style case isn't going to do the job primarily because the kids won't be able to pick up the iPad and aggressively interact with it as intended. "Rollercoaster Rush - New York" or "Need For Speed" are games that rely on a tight grip and the physical tilting/panning/spinning of the iPad. In a leathery case, the kids hands couldn't hold the iPad properly (cover foldback is in the way), the sweaty palms would eventually cause discoloration (leather less durable than plastic), and you of course run the risk of the iPad being slung out of the case during an aggressive in-game stunt (most folio's are slip-in's).

The screen is a simple issue to solve. You either believe (as I do) that the screen won't get scratched and go bare-back or you get a stick-on screen protector. Let's take that out of the equation for now.

For the best combination of edge/back protection *and* extra non-slip grip *and* a modicum of shock absorbtion *and* convenience, a case with a form-factor like the Belkin Grip Vue is the way to go.

BJ

TraceyS/FL
May 3, 2010, 10:13 AM
My kids have dLo Game Jackets on their Touches - a nice sturdy chunky case that gives them grip and really makes it wayyyy more useable. I can hardly type on mine without it! LOL!!

I went with the Speck CandyShell for now, with the 25% coupon it was $34 - $45 wtih shipping to FL from CA.

I'm not afraid to return it if i don't like it. I have no experience with the iPhone/Touch version, so i'm not sure how it will seem to me.

I read the newest batch of Belkin's weren't as good as the originals - they don't overlap the bezel as much. Which could be a bummer. I hope to get more comments on that in the coming weeks.

My kids (5 & 10, but the 10yo is more like a 6-7yo in most ways due to developmental issues) will be using mine for school work while we are out and about, and then i expect it to be used at Civil Air Patrol by a variety of people (teens) weekly. I wish i could avoid that.... but a few things will just be easier using it.

I will then be using it during Search & rescue exercises - and want something grippy for that too.... handing it to my IC to check his email won't stress me out as much if its in a case! LOL!!

But i look forward to seeing how everything is working for real life experiences :D

TraceyS/FL
May 3, 2010, 10:16 AM
Ok so I've done some hunting. You've got a few options, if you want to keep it in the case and then take it out, I'd go with the Scosche Hybrid Case (http://ipadcasefinder.com/scosche/hybrid-case/), but if you want an all the time case I'd go for the Incipio Destroyer (http://ipadcasefinder.com/incipio/destroyer/).

The scosche is on my list to see how everyone likes it - i think it would be a good "field case" option for me....

I wonder if i have to pay now if i preorder?

nightfly13
May 3, 2010, 01:25 PM
... The screen is a simple issue to solve. You either believe (as I do) that the screen won't get scratched and go bare-back or you get a stick-on screen protector. Let's take that out of the equation for now...

While I appreciate your experience, input and perspective, I think there might be a bit of a false dichotomy that prohibits me from taking the screen out of the equation: I'm not concerned about scratches, I'm concerned about the iPad screen being shattered while in use. This very thing happened last week to my wife's iPhone while in a silicone case. When I think about a 9.7" glass screen I almost want to cancel my order for dread that it won't survive 6 months in my rowdy household.... not when it's left on the ottoman and handled by my two toddlers (and we don't want to make it off-limits, that was a major part of our justification for the purchase).

Obviously if they whack it with a stick or bang the glass against a hard corner nothing can be done to protect the screen. But I'm looking for a case that offers bumper bezel protection when in use, AND some kind of serious screen protection when stowed, either to be tossed in backpack or left on a coffee table. The trick is the screen cover should be easy. So the folio wins for ease of use, but the Street Skin or Defender win for in-use protection. The Defender really meets all of my criteria, but it's $90 and not available.

Any alternative suggestions? I'm tempted to just get something like a Grip Vue and a $15 neoprene sleeve for stowage.

boltjames
May 3, 2010, 02:04 PM
I'm concerned about the iPad screen being shattered while in use. This very thing happened last week to my wife's iPhone while in a silicone case. When I think about a 9.7" glass screen I almost want to cancel my order for dread that it won't survive 6 months in my rowdy household.

Obviously if they whack it with a stick or bang the glass against a hard corner nothing can be done to protect the screen. But I'm looking for a case that offers bumper bezel protection when in use, AND some kind of serious screen protection when stowed, either to be tossed in backpack or left on a coffee table.

http://scavenging.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/pillow.jpg

I think the technical term for what you're describing is: "a pillow".

BJ

MacToddB
May 3, 2010, 08:41 PM
Here are a couple to consider.

http://snapcdn-zoovy-2.simplecdn.net/img/incipiodirect/W400-H400-Bffffff/I/ipad_148_copy.jpg
http://www.myincipio.com/apple_ipad_cases/ipad-1337-silicone-gaming-case

and

http://www.otterbox.com/images/products/375/apl2-ipad1-20-c4otr.jpg
http://www.otterbox.com/ipad-cases/

nsp80
May 3, 2010, 11:58 PM
yeah these two are the ones that I am considering for protection when my 2 year old uses it...

Here are a couple to consider.

http://snapcdn-zoovy-2.simplecdn.net/img/incipiodirect/W400-H400-Bffffff/I/ipad_148_copy.jpg
http://www.myincipio.com/apple_ipad_cases/ipad-1337-silicone-gaming-case

and

http://www.otterbox.com/images/products/375/apl2-ipad1-20-c4otr.jpg
http://www.otterbox.com/ipad-cases/

eTip
May 4, 2010, 01:01 AM
You need some balls........errr uhhhh, I mean.....iBallz:

http://gizmodo.com/5469475/hey-ipad-we-got-your-iballz-right-here-get-it-get-it

Check out the YouTube vid where they show an iPad surviving a drop.

OGDaniel
May 4, 2010, 01:08 AM
A good spanking is all the kid-proofing you need :eek:

nightfly13
May 4, 2010, 04:42 AM
You need some balls........errr uhhhh, I mean.....iBallz:

http://gizmodo.com/5469475/hey-ipad-we-got-your-iballz-right-here-get-it-get-it

Check out the YouTube vid where they show an iPad surviving a drop.

Interesting concept, funny theme song. Pretty sure the video shows a ceramic tile with an iPad image stuck on it surviving, which isn't unimpressive!

Seems they've already jacked the prices up from $15 to $20 + shipping.

eTip
May 4, 2010, 05:04 AM
Interesting concept, funny theme song. Pretty sure the video shows a ceramic tile with an iPad image stuck on it surviving, which isn't unimpressive!

Seems they've already jacked the prices up from $15 to $20 + shipping.

In think there's a separate vid on YouTube of them dropping an actual iPad. Could have imagined that though. Maybe they tried it w/ a real iPad and it broke & that's why they had too jack up their prices.

Too bad about the price increase, because I was interested at $15. Now, I think I will just get some stretchy string and tie my own ba.....NEVER MIND....

nightfly13
May 5, 2010, 04:50 AM
After a silly amount of debate and decision-making, I opted for the 1337 Case for $35 shipped (with a screen protector) from Incipio (got a 2g iPhone case for $5 for the wife, too). I'll pick up a cheapo neoprene sleeve and be done accessorizing for some time. Fair-well, kind forum, thanks for catering to my passing obsession for iPad protection :)

MacToddB
May 5, 2010, 05:59 AM
After a silly amount of debate and decision-making, I opted for the 1337 Case for $35 shipped (with a screen protector) from Incipio (got a 2g iPhone case for $5 for the wife, too). I'll pick up a cheapo neoprene sleeve and be done accessorizing for some time. Fair-well, kind forum, thanks for catering to my passing obsession for iPad protection :)

Let us know how the 1337 works out... I'm thinking of getting that, too!

TraceyS/FL
May 5, 2010, 06:59 AM
Let us know how the 1337 works out... I'm thinking of getting that, too!

I agree - i mean, you can't just STOP the thread, we need feedback!! :D

My CandyShell should be here tomorrow, and i'll add that to the thread. I let the kids use it yesterday... sitting on the floor with it between them. That wasn't tooooo paranoid was it?

psychonaut
May 5, 2010, 09:42 AM
Just now reading this thread so I thought I would throw my 2 cents in.

For your best bet with kids, I'd probably look at the Otterbox or the new Hard Candy Cases Squish Skin which ships on May 18th.

Based on what Hard Candy is showing the Squish Skin is modeled after a Wii Controller Jacket which should protect well. I'd imagine it adds bulk but I suppose thats the trade off if you want hard core protection.

Here is the link to the Squish Skin: http://www.hardcandycases.com/squish-skin-ipad-case.html

TraceyS/FL
May 5, 2010, 09:50 AM
Just now reading this thread so I thought I would throw my 2 cents in.

For your best bet with kids, I'd probably look at the Otterbox or the new Hard Candy Cases Squish Skin which ships on May 18th.

Based on what Hard Candy is showing the Squish Skin is modeled after a Wii Controller Jacket which should protect well. I'd imagine it adds bulk but I suppose thats the trade off if you want hard core protection.

Here is the link to the Squish Skin: http://www.hardcandycases.com/squish-skin-ipad-case.html

Ohhhhhh, i'm going to pre-order one of these I think. Looks wayyyyy more useable in the field. I wonder what kind of stand i can find for it??

And if i should really go for the green one! LOL!

Thanks for sharing!!!

nightfly13
May 6, 2010, 03:21 AM
Yeah I would have gotten the squish skin if it were shipping. I like Incipio's stuff, but the 1337 was the only one actually available. Unfortunately, I won't get it for another 25 days or so (supply problem from my side, not a prob w/ shipping). Will try to remember to post back, but you'll have to likely decide without my feedback.

Fanatik7
May 6, 2010, 05:26 PM
I preorded the squish skin. I have three youngsters and this looks like the best protection from drops. Will post pics and review when it arrives.

MacToddB
May 7, 2010, 06:53 AM
Here's an interesting new entry... adds an extended battery

http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/2458/ivyskins-smartcase-goes-distance-rugged-protection-plus-extended-battery

http://www.iphonelife.com/sites/iphonelife.com/files/images/iPad-SmartCase.png

SchneiderMan
May 7, 2010, 09:36 AM
You need shock and impact protection, and the Belkin Vue Grip will not suffice. I would go with one of Incipio's silicone cases.

nightfly13
May 9, 2010, 06:25 AM
Just a small update: iPad hasn't arrived, but my 1337 skin came quickly (4-5d from late night order) as did a cheapo eBay neoprene zip case (like $12 shipped) for stowage. My dad's 'unboxing and review' of the 1337 live on Skype video this morning suggests that it's 'heavy duty rubber' and probably 3/4rds of a pound (50% of the iPad's weight). So Incipio ships pretty promptly.

redman042
May 29, 2010, 03:42 PM
I have a concern that hasn't been raised here yet: excessive pressure on the glass causing it to crack.

I let my 2 yo play with my iPad but only under very close supervision. One thing she likes to do is set it on the ground and sit cross-legged next to it, but after a few minutes she wants to stand up, and she'll lean forward and press against the face of the iPad with her hands as she stands up. She is putting half her weight on it. Of course, after seeing this once, I put a stop to it. Without watching her, I know it would only be a matter of time before she tried to STAND on it. She REALLY likes to try to stand on things for some reason.

I'm sure the glass can only withstand so much pressure before it gives way. I know this firsthand because I once replaced the glass on a broken iPod Touch, and cracked the new glass while trying to press it into the case. So I had to order another, and be REALLY careful the second time.

iPad glass is more expensive plus it looks much trickier to install. No screws. All prying. Yikes!

I know the iPad has thicker glass. But it also spans a much greater distance between the edges. Be careful with your ipads folks -- I don't think any case available can protect the device from the weight of a child. I have no idea what the pressure limit is on this glass - hopefully no one has found out the hard way!

iserian
May 29, 2010, 04:23 PM
Do we have an eta on the defender ship date?

I initially had a purple grip vue on my 6 year olds 64 but have since replaced it with another apple case. IMO you have more grip options with the apple case. My daughter holds it like I do most of the time with the extension out.

I don't think I want the bulk of the incidio but am very interested in the defender and would like to pull the trigger.


Screen crack - IMO if you are worried about this a simple square trade policy will give you 24months of piece of mind.

nightfly13
May 30, 2010, 12:26 AM
The case is really high quality. Batman suit tough rubber (sans nipples, thankfully). However, it isn't all good news, as the iPad is more 'weighty' than I anticipated, and adding 0.7lbs or whatever to the 1.5 really makes increases this. Not a disaster, and I feel fine leaving in my 3 or 4 year old's hands without watching them like a hawk (comes with a good screen protector, so the $40 is more reasonable). I'm not sure what I'll do long-term. Just use the iPad in the 1337 all the time, or just put in in there when the kids use it (also have a cheapo neoprene sleeve).. but I find it's pretty slippery in the hands, or super grippy/heavy with the 1337. I feel it gives just the right amount of over-the-front bezel protection, I could drop it from 2-3 feet, glass side down, and it'd probably survive, although I do not recommend this at all!

You can read my epic-spammy impression thread on the iPad here (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=924478).

redman042
May 30, 2010, 01:10 AM
Screen crack - IMO if you are worried about this a simple square trade policy will give you 24months of piece of mind.

Hmmmm...SquareTrade - Never used them before but you have me thinking about it now. They have a sale on iPad warranties right now. Less than $100 for two years.

iserian
May 31, 2010, 07:47 PM
Ok - looking for something more "GIRL" for my daughters Ipad. Trying the Incase combined with the purple Belkin Grip Vue ---- Looks good but has the downside of being w/out very much protection once outside the slip case.

I'm also very interested in the Vaja Matelasse Case --- waiting to see folks who have ordered this to see how bulky the Ipad is when the front case is snapped on the back.

T4R06
May 31, 2010, 08:11 PM
get an insurance...

nightfly13
Jun 11, 2010, 12:36 AM
Love the iPad and 1337 case. Leave the case on all the time. Every 2-4 days I take it off briefly to show someone the actual size/heft of the iPad and I'm surprised how svelte it really is. But I love the protection and gripability with case on and we are totally used to it. No drops yet (that I am aware of!) but this case takes all the stress out of letting my 3 year old use it for extended periods of time.

nightfly13
Jun 11, 2010, 12:43 AM
For those worried about the bulk of the 1337 have a look at the durmaSHOT which is the same case without the backside protrusions on the corners. Were I to do it over that might be enough protection.

brentsg
Jun 11, 2010, 12:51 AM
Thing is, the glass is what you need to worry about.

No case that permits functionality is going to protect the glass from impacts.

nightfly13
Jun 11, 2010, 11:30 PM
Thing is, the glass is what you need to worry about.

No case that permits functionality is going to protect the glass from impacts.

Well, the way I think about it, the 1337 or even duraSHOT give great corner/bezel protection while in use. I think I could drop mine, at any angle, and it would likely be fine, due to the great corner protection. If one whacked the glass screen against the corner or a table while walking, that'd be different. But I decided on my storage with two ideas in mind: protection while in use (in the hands of young kids), and protection (including screen protection) while stored/stowed. For the latter I have a neoprene case and lots of bags, although I find I carry it around in just the neoprene case often.

I feel it's a mistake to try to find something that'll protect while in use and in storage, because it'll diminish usability.

SchneiderMan
Jun 12, 2010, 02:28 AM
I reviewed both the 1337 and the DermaSHOT. And the 1337 got a better score from me..
1337 review
http://www.gadgetmac.com/gadgetmac/2010/5/10/incipio-1337-gaming-case-for-ipad.html

DermaSHOT review
http://www.gadgetmac.com/gadgetmac/2010/5/17/incipio-dermashot.html

As well as the Incipio Tek-Nical sleeve which isn't all that great..
http://www.gadgetmac.com/reviews/2010/6/11/incipio-tek-nical-ipad-sleeve.html

wodeh
Jun 12, 2010, 04:06 AM
Otterbox defender. For certain!

I put an iPhone 3G into an OtterBox and gave it to my then 2 year old daughter. It's been thrown about, chewed, scratched, splashed, dropped and generally subjected to the sort of abuse you would expect from a child.

Suffice to say, the phone inside is still pristine save for the scratches on the back which happened before I consigned it to the OtterBox. I have no vested interest in recommending their products over those who pay me commission, but OtterBox are the gods of phone defence. Accept no substitute!

reptiledude4
Jun 12, 2010, 05:47 AM
Kid expert here. I've got 6, 9, and 11 year olds all of whom have iPod Touch's for more than a year and are always begging for dad's iPhone when we're in restaurants.

I can go on for several paragraphs or just cut to the chase: You want a Belkin Grip Vue. That's it. Extra grip, complete back/edge protection, a bit of a rubbery bounce if it ever drops.

As far as screen protection goes, skip it. My kids are not very careful with their iTouch's and we've never, ever had a single screen scratch on a single one and we're talking dirty sandy hands from the beach, sticky hands from Fruit Rollup's, iPod's that fell in the crack of the sofa, you name it. There's a video on YouTube showing some guys trying to scratch the iPad's screen with rusty nails and the thing is impervious.

Belkin Grip Vue, problem solved.

I'm working on a theory that I can stuff an iPad with the Belkin Grip Vue into a Griffin Elan Passport pleather folio so I can have the best of both worlds which is:

1. Grip Vue protection for the kids.

2. Pleather folio style for executive dad.

3. Never having to take the Grip Vue off the iPad in the process.

I'll let you know how that goes. In the mean time, get to an Apple store and buy a Belkin Grip Vue.

http://the-gadgeteer.com/2010/04/20/belkin-grip-vue-case-for-ipad-review/

BJ

LOL, "executive"? Not to hijack this thread or anything, but why did you remove that wonderful signature of yours?

matthewr
Jun 24, 2010, 08:38 PM
I've hit on THE BEST kid friendly iPad case out there. And the best part is it is not marketed as an iPad case, so it is less than $20!

Buy the Lamaze My First Mirror

Remove the mirror from the frame.

You'll note that the mirror and iPad are virtually the same size.

Simply slide the iPad into the case and make sure the velcro closure on the back is firmly closed.

The case is plenty grippy for holding on.

The foam triangle that comes with the mirror can be used to prop up the iPad at a decent viewing angle for the little ones (not pictured below).

There is plenty of padding on the front to protect it from the under 4 year old crowd hitting the front of the iPad (both my 3.5 year old and 6 month old like to do this)!

There are straps on the back to attach it to the headrest of a car.

And best of all, the frame covers the volume button so the little ones can't crank the volume (again, something my boys find it fun to do).