1. Welcome to the new MacRumors forums. See our announcement and read our FAQ

gumdrop drop case = awesome

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by iphone4customer, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    #1
    No pics to upload yet but I will take a few. I opted for the black/black (initially ordered white/black but came to my senses as my toddler with a crayon would "enhance" that white case pretty quickly).

    Pros:
    - Finish is brilliant, just really well put together. all the pieces fit together well.
    - Easy to install, took me less than 2 minutes with my daughter impatiently waiting to get to Elmo on the ipad asap.
    - I threw this thing out the second story window and the ipad survived without a scratch - ok I'm totally kidding about that part, but if this thing were ever accidentally dropped I think it's got the best shot of survival.
    - Everything is covered like it should be. the grill on the speaker let the sound escape just fine for our tastes.
    - Screen protector is fantastic. I was nervous about the touch sensitivity on the thing with the protector on--no change to touch whatsoever. I even left on my adhesive protector in case I didn't like the case and I get the same response with both layers.

    Cons
    - Adds some weight to the ipad but not a whole lot more than the Targus Veravu case we've been using since we got the thing.
    - I miss having the stand ability of the targus with this thing. I wonder if there is a cheap stand alternative that will fit the case's width
    - Glare on the screen - not a big deal but it's pretty reflective
    - No cover for the screen - otterbox/seidio have the edge on this one, but on the other hand i could have seen myself ditching the cover pretty often. for trips I will definitely look for a simple sleeve that can fit the ipad with the gumdrop installed. if anybody has suggestions please let me know!

    I can take a couple shots and if you guys have specific requests to see a port or something let me know via reply to the thread.
     
  2. macrumors member

    #2
    Just received my military edition today. Fantastic case. Only fault ,I'm a keen photographer. Camera connection kit would not fit without removing case. But after 5 mins with a dremmel it works a treat now and you cannot tell I've modded the case.
     
  3. macrumors regular

    #3
    I completely agree, I have the Military edition and love it. Great, great case.
     
  4. macrumors 68020

    bowlerman625

    #4
    I just went to the website. Looks very interesting.
     
  5. macrumors member

    #5
    The case is a perfect fit and the screen protector which clips into the case before fitting is fantastic. Just noticed you can also get a spare screen protector. If original gets marked over time.
     
  6. macrumors member

    #6
    Please post some close up pictures, I really want one!
     
  7. macrumors newbie

    #7
    I have heard conflicting reports of whether you can use drop case without the screen protector installed. Whats your experience?

    Also on the topic of a sleeve suggestion has anyone found any armored/stiff sleeve that would fit the ipad2 with or without a case?
     
  8. macrumors 65816

    BlindMellon

    #8
  9. macrumors member

    #9
  10. macrumors 68000

    3goldens

    #10
    Yea, looking forward to those pictures, I'm holding off ordering.

    How much do you think it weighs with the ipad inside?
     
  11. macrumors member

    #11
    these are two photos I took to show the extreme conditions that our iPad is working in. I'll take more close-up shots later today.
     

    Attached Files:

  12. macrumors member

    #12
    I'm gonna say that the case adds 50% more weight to the ipad but I could be wrong. It's got a bit of a heavy feel to it when combined with the ipad but my toddler can still hold her own with the thing. Overall, however, the protection just beats out any addition of weight to the thing in my book. the screen protector is just great in addition to the overall protection. not sure if you can use the case without the screen protector but i'd guess you probably could.
     
  13. macrumors member

    #13
    Well I just bought one after hearing all the info on them, bought the black on black... should not add that much weight... I have a few other cases...
    ordered a Grove case, which will ship July 8th, have a switcheasy case which I love and for meetings and just because I liked it I got the Vaja Libretto Case, which is a work of art... They are all great cases.. depends if I am traveling or just back and forth to the office... Should get the gumdrop case this week. will let you know how I like it.
     
  14. macrumors 68000

    3goldens

    #14
    Can you post some more photos when you do please!
     
  15. macrumors 6502a

    #15
    Very good case, I posted my video review of the white on black on my YouTube channel if any of you are interested.
     
  16. macrumors 68000

    3goldens

    #16
    Piece of Junk Riddled with fissures and gapping holes!

    I received mine today.

    To my dismay there were stress fractures or fissures that run all along the sides of the case. As you can see from the pictures I have attached there are two gaping holes that go completely through the case.

    I am not at all sure why this kind of thing would happen but it makes me feel like this is not the case that was represented.

    The quality is probably the worst I have ever seen in any mass produced plastic case. This does not speak very highly of Gumdrop's quality control. Looks more like a product rushed to market made in some cheap chinese factory where quality is completely disregarded.

    Additionally the inside of the case has no protective qualities what so ever, you place the aluminum skin of the ipad in a naked plastic case that has no cushioning, no form of micro fiber protection to ensure that it will not scratch once in the case.

    I also found the rubber silicon that wraps around this defective plastic shell way too loose and it easily comes apart from the main casing.

    And here I was under the impression this was a snug fit! No such luck! Just holding it in my hand in any position I see the rubber separating from the plastic shell. Very Poor. And it doe s add considerable weight to the overall ipad experience, which is another thing this company fails to mention on their web site, oh by the way, your ipad is going to weigh 75% more than it did before you put this case on!

    I may very well just take a complete refund and go back to the Otter. Unless Gumdrop assures me a replacement will not have these same kind of defects.

    After waiting some time for this and with great expectation of receiving a quality product, I received a completely defective and poorly manufactured case.

    I'm not at all sure I believe in the standards this company pontificates about on their web site any longer. What I do see is shoddy work men ship and an ill fitting silicon wrap, neither of which the =Otter has and I am beginning to think is probably way better constructed case in the long run, than this poorly crafted piece of junk.

    right side.jpg

    left side.jpg
     
  17. macrumors member

    #17
    The gaping holes you describe which are on the case edge are meant to be there to aid in separating front from back.
     
  18. macrumors 68000

    3goldens

    #18
    and the fissures running along the edge are supposed to be there to right?
     
  19. Geordie bry, Jul 7, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011

    macrumors member

    #19
    Can't tell off the photos. I know one thing though. The holes you describe as gaping are exactly the same on my case and there tiny.My case is spot on you may just have a rogue case return it for a replacement or refund.
     
  20. macrumors newbie

    #20
    That was my only concern about the Gumdrop case, which I ordered and am awaiting receipt of. Has anyone applied a protective film for the back before installing the Gumdrop case? Any issues with fitment?
     
  21. macrumors regular

    #21
    Screen Protector

    DropTech Series. Has anyone found out if you have to use the screen protector? Also, would appreciate the size and if it fits NEW iPad. Amazon varies with each page and cannot get a reply from Gumdrop. Thanks.
     
  22. macrumors 6502

    #22
    The original one had two plastic pieces to sandwich together then add the silicone. It was update late last year with one plastic piece. The older one shows the plastic triangles on the back.

    The updated one fits the new iPad. If one does not wish to use the screen protector it is removable. I've also read that one can remove the screen protector from its plastic frame and install it using no protector or using your own stick on protector. Without the frame installed it might look a little ugly. At least that's what I've read. I read up on them and almost bought one but missed the Staples sale for 40 bucks. Apparently they do that every few months.
     
  23. macrumors 6502a

    #23
    Without a doubt this is my favorite case for my kids. I really have no worries with them using the iPad when it is in this case. I actually picked up 2 of the new ones online and while it no longer includes the back plate it is still very secure and protected. I'll be posting an updated review (video and photos) soon and will post pics, etc.. here
     
  24. macrumors regular

    #24
    What is the difference between the drop tech and the military? Besides 10 bucks.:D
     
  25. macrumors 6502a

    #25
    I don't think there is a difference. I have a Pink one and the Military edition and aside from color they seem identical.
     

Share This Page